Find out how to get Pikachu and subsequently Raichu in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Nintendo’s Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the 2021 remakes of 2006’s classic Pokémon Diamond and Pearl role-playing games. No matter if you’re a seasoned veteran or a new Pokémon player, everyone wants to get their hands on the franchise’s ever-popular mascot – Pikachu.
Not only that, in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you will also be able to evolve Pikachu into Raichu. However, it cannot be done in the traditional levelling up method – but more on that later. In this guide, we will be going over a number of things. Starting from where to find Pikachu, what you need to catch it, and what you will need to evolve Pikachu into Raichu.
Pikachu in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Location of Pikachu
In order to get Pikachu, you will have to continue progressing the story until you have reached Hearthome. Once you have made it to Hearthome city, head onto the city’s southernmost exit until you reach Route 212. From there, continue heading south until you reach the gates of the Pokemon Mansion.
Head inside the Pokemon mansion and keep going straight to reach the back end of it. You will eventually reach the Trophy Garden. Once you have made it to the Trophy Garden, head onto the grassy platform and circle around it. Usually, you will find various types of Pokemon spawning in the same location, with different levels of rarity. You can easily encounter a wild Pikachu and catch it from this location.
How to Catch Pikachu
No need to worry, as Pikachu is not a rare Pokemon to catch. It has a spawning rate of about 40%, so you should not have any trouble encountering it. Catching Pickachu is pretty easy as all you need to do is use a Quick Ball at the start of the battle. There are different kinds of Pokeballs available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl but Quick Balls are the most effective for catching Pikachu as they have the most successful catch rates when used at the beginning of Wild encounters.
Where to buy Quick Balls
- Wyndon – Quick Balls cost 1,000 Pokedollars and can be first bought at the Pokemon center in Wyndon City, which is situated in Galar Region’s northernmost part.
- Wild Area – Quick Balls can be purchased for 50 Watts from Watts traders scattered across these 7 locations in the Wild Area:
- Meetup Spot
- Hammerlocke Hills
- Giant’s Cap
- East Lake Axewell
- Giant’s Seat
- Bridge Field
- Dappled Grove
Evolving Pikachu into Raichu
Pikachu is one of the two Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl that cannot be levelled up the traditional way, and need to be evolved using a Thunder Stone. It is one of the eleven evolution stones you can find in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearls.
Although it can be grinded at the Grand Underground, the easiest way to snag a Thunderstone is at Sunyshore City. Just keep heading East of the glass bridge near the city entrance until you find a Sailor. Behind him is a staircase that you need to climb down. There, a Thunder Stone will be resting beside the boulder for you to grab.