One of the best things about Pokemon Legends: Arceus is that there’s lots to find and collect.

I’ve always enjoyed the completionist side of the Pokemon series, and find collecting Pokemon to be particularly fun in this series instalment. The Pokedex is infinitely more interesting with the addition of research tasks and challenges.

Finding rare spawns in this game is a great way to pass the time if you’re looking to do something other than the main storyline, and I stumbled across one of my favorite electric Pokemon in the game today.

Here’s how to catch a Pichu in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Where to Find Pichu

Pichu, as many of you will know already, is what Pikachu evolves from – though you can catch Pikachu in Legends: Arceus too. It’s a cute, tiny electric mouse Pokemon that packs a surprising amount of power. It’s not the most competitive Pokemon to have on your roster by any means, but it’s still worth finding. Plus, it’ll pad out your Pokedex and help you to rank up quickly.

If you’re looking to catch yourself a Pichu, you’re going to need to head to the first zone in the game: Obsidian Fieldlands. There’s a vast variety of Pokemon available right off the bat with this game, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first zone includes rare spawns.

Many of the rare spawns in Pokemon Legends: Arceus have time-based requirements for when they are going to spawn into the world. Pichu, for example, is only going to spawn if it’s daytime. Other types of rare Pokemon that fall into categories like ghost Pokemon or dark Pokemon might only spawn at night.

If you want to change the time of day, simply head back to your nearest camp and select the tent. Here, you’ll be able to select the ‘rest’ option and pick out a time of day.

Not only does this meet the time-based requirements, it also heals up your party. Bonus.

The specific spawn location for Pichu is in the Nature’s Pantry area, as shown in the screenshot below. It’s right next to the edge of the cliff, near the Oreburrow Tunnel name tag on the other side.

It may take a little while to find Pichu, as Pichu has a tendency to hide amongst the rocks and the grass. I managed to track down Pichu by using the sound and identifying the right Pokemon noise. This is a great technique to use if you’re hunting for a particular Pokemon, and can also be used to track down shiny Pokemon when shiny hunting, too.

Make sure to crouch and sneak as you approach Pichu, and try to throw the Pokeball from behind. This is a quick and easy way to get an extra boost to your Pokedex tasks, and to make the catching process even easier.

If you do end up battling Pichu, make sure to pick a good type match-up to make it super speedy.

Electric Pokemon get absolutely demolished by ground Pokemon, but will make quick work of your team if you’ve opted for a flying or water Pokemon. Try using a Geodude if you’re still in the beginning part of the game, as they’re easy to find in the general vicinity.