Pikachu is Available as a Starter
Pokemon GO veterans are probably already well aware of this, but it’s worth mentioning here anyway. When you first start up the game, the tutorial will allow you to catch your first starter Pokemon. When you look at your mobile phone screen, you’ll see three available Pokemon: Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.
However, you don’t actually have to pick any of these three Pokemon if you don’t want to. If you walk away from the three Pokemon (yes, literally walk away from them) a certain number of times, Pikachu will eventually show up on the screen, along with the other three starters. Once Pikachu shows up, you’ll be able to catch it and have it as your starter Pokemon. How neat!