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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet see the return of many familiar Pokémon, including the Pokémon mascot, Pikachu. The Electric-type Mouse Pokémon is one of the most popular Pokémon in the franchise and received a pre-evolution, Pichu, in Pokémon Gold and Silver. This may leave you wondering how to evolve Pichu into Pikachu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
How to get a Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
You can evolve Pichu into Pikachu by lifting its friendship in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. You can increase friendship by keeping your Pichu in your party and keeping it healthy. If Pichu passes out or has a status condition for long periods of time, their friendship will not increase.
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You can also equip the calming bell, which you can purchase at Delibird Presents stores for 5,000 Poké Dollars. This held item will increase the rate at which your Pokémon’s friendship increases. We recommend using this item if you plan on evolving Pichu into Pikachu.
If you’d rather just find a Pikachu instead of catching and evolving a Pichu, the Electric-type Pokemon is pretty easy to find and can be caught early on. We found ours right outside Cortondo. Regardless of how you get a Pikachu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll eventually want to turn it into a Raichu so you can reach full strength from it.
For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, see How to Evolve Jigglypuff to Wigglytuff in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and How to Get Oinkolgne in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in Pro Game Guides.