Pokemon Let's Go has been released and is available worldwide! We discuss how to get the original starter Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.
Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee have Pikachu and Eevee as their respective starting Pokemon. This differs from the original Kanto region Pokemon games where you'd choose from Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle.
As a result some of the older Pokemon fans who were hoping to play with these three classics may be a little disappointed. Don't worry though, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle can be captured elsewhere.
The most obvious way to obtain the classic starter Pokemon is in the wild. Bulbasaur and Charmander are roaming the wild at relative early stages of the game. Squirtle on the other hand can't be caught until later.
Furthermore, they aren't common like Pidgey, so you might have to do a bit of grafting before you encounter them. Here are their spawn locations in the Kanto region:
The easiest way to capture them is to be given them by various NPCs. Pokemon Let's Go is more similar to Pokemon Yellow than Red or Blue.
Consequently, the game follows a story line closer to that of the Pokemon anime. All three of Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle can be obtained by the time you've gone through Vermillion City. Here are their exact locations and the requirements to be given them:
The catching requirement doesn't mean unique captures either. It can be duplicates. For example, if you have captured 60 Pidgey that would qualify as 60 types of Pokemon.
There is another way to get these original starter Pokemon, through Pokemon Go! Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle are easier to capture on Pokemon Go.
If you have them already, or once you do, you can transfer them over to Pokemon Let's Go to use in the Kanto region.
Here are the spawn locations for all 151 Pokemon in Pokemon Let's Go:
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