Games: How Do You Catch a Pikachu in "Pokemon Crystal" Edition?

by Mitch Reid ; Updated September 22, 2017

In the "Pokemon" games, Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokemon that excels in speed. While Pikachu has its share of elemental weaknesses, it is resistant to Steel-, Flying- and Electric-type attacks. In addition, you can give Pikachu an extra boost in power by evolving it into Raichu, a larger Pokemon with similar abilities. In "Pokemon Crystal," there are two ways to obtain this Electric-type creature.

Wild Pikachu

Play through the game’s storyline until you arrive in the Kanto region. You can access the area after you defeat the Johto region Gym Leaders, the Elite Four and the Pokemon Champion.

Travel to Route 2, which sits between Viridian City and Pewter City in western Kanto.

Walk through the area’s tall grass until you encounter a wild Pikachu.

Weaken Pikachu with attacks, but don't knock it out. It is most vulnerable to Ground-type attacks.

Throw a Poke Ball to capture Pikachu.

Prize Pikachu

Travel to Celadon City in central Kanto.

Enter the Game Corner in the center of the city.

Play the slot machine games until you earn 2,222 coins.

Walk next door to the prize exchange building.

Purchase a Pikachu in exchange for your collected coins.


  • Purchase a Thunder Stone from the Celadon City Department Store. This item will evolve your Pikachu into a Raichu.

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Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.