It's possible to get Pikachu in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it's a lot easier to obtain the electric mouse creature if you played 2018's Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu. In this Pokemon Sword and Shield Pikachu guide, we'll be detailing how you can both find your own Pikachu out in the wild, as well as getting it as a reward from playing Let's Go Pikachu.
Where to Find Pikachu
If you didn't play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, then you'll need to venture out into the wilderness of either Sword or Shield. Firstly, you can find a Pikachu in the Stony Wilderness wild area, which is between Motostoke and Hammerlocke.
Secondly, you can find Pikachu roaming the Route 4 area south of Turffield. You can sometimes find a Pikachu around the area on this route that's just north of the Galar Mine.
How to Get Let's Go Pikachu Rewards
But if you played Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Switch last year, you're in for a treat. To claim your reward for playing the game, you need to go to the train station at the Meetup Spot on the map, which is just south of the very first wild area in Sword and Shield.
Go inside the station, and you'll see a couple that are stood just inside the ticket barriers. Speak to the woman, and she'll remark that you had a "special Let's Go adventure' with a Pikachu last year.
For doing this, she'll give you your very own Pikachu! This is the easy trick to obtaining Pikachu in Pokemon Sword and Shield, and saves you roaming around the two locations we mentioned above.
At the very end of the conversation with the woman at the Meetup Spot train station, she'll remark that you should probably try Dynamaxing your Pikachu. If you do this, you'll see that your creature transforms into… Thiccachu!
That's right baby, full body Pikachu is back, and he's stronger than ever. If you're a 90s kid, you'll remember an iteration of Pikachu that used to be without a neck, making him look like a big fat mouse. We absolutely love Thiccachu, and we're glad he's back for Sword and Shield.