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Pokemon Let’s Go | Bulbasaur, Charmander & Squirtle

Published: 17/Nov/2018 17:17 Updated: 20/Nov/2018 5:51

by Paul Cot


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 Starter Pokemon

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.

Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle Spawn Locations

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:

  • Bulbasaur: Viridian Forest
  • Charmander: Route 3 & 4 (either side of Mt Moon) and Rock Tunnel
  • Squirtle: Route 24 & 25, Seaform Island

Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle – Given Away

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:

  • Bulbasaur: Cerulean City, house next to the Pokemon Center. You must have caught at least 30 types of Pokemon
  • Charmander: Route 24 (north of Nugget Bridge). You must have caught at least 50 types of Pokemon
  • Squirtle: Vermillion City, you’ll see Officer Jenny standing with Squirtle. You must have caught at least 60 types of Pokemon

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.

Pokemon Go: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle

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.

All Pokemon Spawn Locations

Here are the spawn locations for all 151 Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go:

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How to catch Dragonite easily in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:56

by Brent Koepp


One of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Dragonite, can now be caught in Sword & Shield. The lovable orange dragon was added to the RPG in its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here is how you can catch the majestic beast fast. 

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak opted out of a third game for its eighth generation release, Sword & Shield, in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, the Nintendo Switch title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The massive update brought a host of past gen favorites to Galar, including the beloved ‘mon Dragonite. The majestic beast has an incredibly low spawn rate, however a new method will have you catching it in literally no time at all.

dragonite pokedex entry
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Dragonite can now be caught in Sword & Shield.

How to catch Dragonite quickly in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Introduced in 1996, Dragonite has been one of the most beloved Pokemon for decades. According to its Pokedex entry, the creature is “kindhearted, and if it spots a drowning person or Pokémon, Dragonite simply must help them.”

While not a Legendary, the character is a fan favorite. Unfortunately for Sword & Shield owners, it also has one of the lowest spawn rates in the Crown Tundra DLC, with its lower evolutions having a 5% chance of showing up.

Thankfully, a method has been discovered that forces the monster to spawn. We will cover the steps below on how to find the Dragon-type, and it’ll have you adding it to your team in the quickest way possible.

ballimere lake map pokemon sword shield
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Dragonite can easily be found at Ballimere Lake near the Dyna Tree.

Steps to quickly catching Dragonite

  • Step 1: Hit the Home button on your Switch, and go to System Settings. Next, scroll down to the very bottom and click System. Go to Date and Time and set Synchronize Clock via Internet to OFF. Lastly, set your date to September 3, 2020.
  • Step 2: Fast travel to the Dyna Tree location. If step 1 was performed correctly, it should be thunderstorm weather. After spawning in front of the tree, immediately take a right, then a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower level.
  • Step 3: Due to the thunder, Dragonite will spawn in this location. You will see the lovable orange dragon walking around the overworld. Save your game first, then run into it and engage in a battle.
  • Step 4: We recommend using a Pokemon with False Swipe, or a sleep move. Using an Ultra Ball or higher will increase your odds. Should you accidentally knock it out or run out of items, reload your save and the monster will be in the exact same spot.
thunderstorm in pokemon crown tundra
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Dragonite walks around the overworld only during thunderstorms.

Dragonite in Pokemon Max Raid dens

Another method to securing Dragonite is through Max Raid dens. According to popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, there are five raid dens that the monster shows up in.

Based on tests we ran though, the weather method at Ballimere Lake is infinitely faster. However, those that want to catch the character this way can do so at the locations below.

  • Giant’s Bed
  • Path to the Peak
  • Frigid Sea
  • Three-Point Pass
  • Ballimere Lake
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The Dragon can also be found in Raid dens.

There are two other methods to get the orange Dragon, and that is either capturing its lower evolution Dratini in Dynamax Adventures, or finding it at Ballimere Lake at a 5% spawn rate. However the thunderstorm method is almost instant.

The Crown Tundra has given Sword & Shield players hours of new gameplay with the host of Legendaries and new monsters they can catch. Thankfully, Dragonite is fairly easy to secure.