Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Eevee has brought the much-loved Pokémon RPG to a wider audience, satisfying veteran trainers and newbies alike. We’re back in Kanto, with the original 151 Pokémon, 153 if you include the two new additions Meltan and Melmetal. While this may seem like a lot of Pokémon to a new fan of the franchise, older fans will find this a comparatively small number. Today, there are 809 Pokémon that now exist within the Pokémon universe.
This number is ever-increasing with new iterations of the famed RPG, but for now, we at The Gamer have listed where you can find the rarest Pokémon from Bulbasaur to Mew. Remember, the higher the catch combo, the more likely the rare spawn. You might even be lucky enough to catch a shiny!
The one caveat of Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu and Eevee is that you don’t get to pick a starter Pokémon. Well, you get to pick one of two depending on which version of the game you bought. Choosing either Pikachu or Eevee means that Kanto’s three original starters are not as easy to get your hands on.
Luckily, despite being a rare spawn, you can catch yourself a Bulbasaur pretty early on in the game. While traversing Viridian Forest, you may come across a wild Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur is a rare spawn, but thanks to Pokémon Let’s Go allowing you to see wild Pokémon, it shouldn’t take too long to find one. Additionally, you can get Bulbasaur in Cerulean City from a woman in the house next to the Pokémon center if you’ve caught 30 Pokémon.
Another original starter Pokémon, Charmander, will be high on the list of ‘must catch Pokémon’ early on in the game. Who doesn’t want to train their adorable Charmander into a formidable Charizard? Again, like Bulbasaur, Charmander will be a rare spawn in the wild. You can find Charmander on routes 3, 4 and in Rock Tunnel.
If running around in circles waiting for a rare spawn isn’t your cup of tea, you can get Charmander from a trainer across Nugget Bridge in Cerulean City. You’ll have to have caught 50 Pokémon for this particular Charmander.
The last original starter Pokémon, Squirtle, won’t be as easy to catch early on in the game. Encountering a Squirtle in the wild will require patience - as with the other two starter Pokémon. However, you won’t stumble across one until route 24 and 25.
If you can’t wait that long, after a bit of chasing by Officer Jenny, you’ll finally be able to get a Squirtle from her in Vermillion City, if you have caught at least 60 Pokémon.
7. Dratini, Dragonair and Dragonite
The most adored and wanted rare Pokémon, other than Mew and Mewtwo, has to be Dratini and its eventual evolutions. As a pure dragon type Pokémon, this one will be very high on collectors' lists.
Dratini can be found in the wild on route 10, but is a very rare spawn. Dragonair can also be found here, but as you might have guessed, is an even rarer spawn. If evolving your Pokémon isn’t your thing, and you’d rather literally catch them all, Dragonite does spawn in the wild, if very rarely. If you are lucky enough, you will find Dragonite spawning on route 22. According to GameRant, you can also find Dragonite flying over nearly all routes, as a rare spawn.
One of the three legendary bird Pokémon, Articuno is a difficult catch and can only be found in one place before beating the Elite 4. Whilst traversing the Seafoam Islands you’ll run into puzzles where you need to use Strong Push to move large pillars. Eventually, you’ll come across the legendary Articuno and have an opportunity to catch it. Be careful, as players have reported Articuno fleeing before they could catch it!
After you’ve beaten the Elite 4, Articuno will spawn in the wild extremely rarely, and you’ll only be able to catch it if you’re on a flying Pokémon.
Again, Zapdos can only be found in one place before beating the Elite 4. The Power Plant just above Lavender Town houses the legendary bird Pokémon, but again, be careful as you can lose out on catching it if flees!
After you beat the Elite 4, Zapdos will spawn in the wild. Zapdos will spawn in the wild extremely rarely, and you’ll only be able to catch it if you’re on a flying Pokémon.
The last of the three legendary Pokémon birds, Moltres, can be caught on Victory Road, and is one of the most sought-after bird type Pokemon in the entire game... Don't let it get away from you!
Again, like the other bird types we've just been discussing, Moltres will spawn in the wild extremely rarely after you beat the Elite 4, and you’ll only be able to catch it if you’re on a flying Pokémon.
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Unfortunately, Mew will never spawn in the wild no matter how long your combo chain is - so give up on searching for a wild Mew, and turn your attention to the only way to get one.
To get your hands on Mew, you need to purchase the Poké Ball Plus. There is no other way around this, so if you truly desire Mew you’ll have to fork out some extra cash to get the Poké Ball Plus. This will allow you to receive Mew as a gift when the 'Communicate' part of the menu opens up later in the game.
The famed Mewtwo makes a thundering return to the Pokémon franchise in Pokémon Let’s Go. Being the one to catch, the genetically engineered Pokémon is the ultimate catch for any trainer in the Kanto region.
In order to catch Mewtwo, you’ll first need to beat the Elite 4, and then venture back to Cerulean City. Here in the water west of the city, you’ll find Cerulean Cave. After traversing the cave you will eventually reach Mewtwo waiting for you, ready for an epic battle. Fair warning, be prepared for this battle, as you only get one chance. You’ll need the Master Ball you’ve already collected and Pokémon powerful against psychic type Pokémon.
Aerodactyl is a pretty awesome Pokémon to get in Pokémon Let’s Go. First off, it’s an ancient Pokémon that needs to be revived in order for you to acquire it. Secondly, it’s one of the select few ridable Pokémon in Pokémon Let’s Go.
Riding around on a giant prehistoric Pokémon is very, very fun.
To get Aerodactyl you’ll need to return to Pewter City’s Museum of Science with the move Chop Down. Using Chop Down you will be able to get to the back room where someone will give you Old Amber. Take this Old Amber to Cinnabar Lab on Cinnabar Island, and those brainy scientists will revive Aerodatyl from the Old Amber for you!