'Pokémon Let's Go:' How to Catch Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee are re-tellings of the classic Yellow Version . As such, trainers cannot choose the typical Kanto Region Starter Pokémon — Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle —to begin their journey.

That doesn't mean you can't get them along the way. In Pokémon Yellow Version, just like in the anime, you could get all three Kanto Starters as gifts. It's the same in Pokémon Let's Go. But, that's not the only way to catch the starters.

Of course, you can just transfer them over from Pokémon Go if you have an account (which you should) but there may be some wild Kant Starters you can come across.

Here's all the ways you can catch Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle in your Let's Go adventure.

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You can catch Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander in 'Pokemon Let's Go' Nintendo/NewsGeek


When you reach Cerulean City, head to the house next to the Pokémon Center. You'll find a female NPC that wants to gift her Bulbasaur to you. However, you'll need to catch 30 Pokémon first.

This doesn't mean 30 different species of Pokémon; you can catch 30 Pidgey, it doesn't matter. Also, Pokémon transferred from Pokémon Go or obtained via trade in-game does not count toward the 30 Pokémon goal.

Wild Bulbasaur can also appear but are very rare and only in the Viridian Forest. You can increase your chance of finding a Bulbasaur by using Lures and Super Lures as well as amassing a Catch Combo, but this only works in this case when catching Bulbasaur. This is the case with Charmander and Squirtle as well.


Like Bulbasaur, Charmander can be gifted to you by talking to the male NPC on Route 24, which is north of Cerulean City.

This time, you'll need to have caught 50 Pokémon.

Wild Charmander are also rare but can be found in the following areas:

  • Rock Tunnel
  • Route 3
  • Route 4


Finally, Squirtle can be gifted to you by Officer Jenny in Vermillion City. Trainers will need to catch 60 Pokémon to obtain the Water-type.

Wild Squirtle are rare but can be found in the following areas:

  • Seafoam Islands
  • Route 24
  • Route 25

Have you caught all three Kanto Starter Pokémon? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.