People are still looking for their old-school favorites like Bulbasaur and Squirtle in Sword and Shield. The Kanto starters are what defined the start of a new adventure, and old-school players will be looking for these Pokemon until the game’s over.
Here’s where you can find a few of these classics. Sadly, out of the classics, the only one that’s readily available according to dataminers is Charmander. Squirtle and Bulbasaur are nowhere to be seen at this point.
Dataminers found that both Bulbasaur and Squirtle are found in the game’s code, but nowhere that you actually find in the wild. Maybe in the Galar Region? Or DLC?
There are at least 35 other species to catch that haven’t been actually made available yet. We’ll have to wait for Nintendo to sort this out. But why Charmander only? I want my Bulbasaur, dagnabbit.
You can find Charmander by going to Hop’s House, found in the cozy city of Postwick. From there, enter the home and go upstairs to Leon’s room. You’ll find a PokeBall on the floor and Charmander will be inside.
There’s also a special letter attached to the PokeBall (spoiler alert):
“If you’re reading this… then I’m leaving you this special Charmander to you! Let’s have a fiery battle again soon! Best, Leon.”Leon
The Charmander will need to be trained as it’s a mere LVL5 scrub. You’ll have to do some grinding to level it up if you plan to use it. At LVL16, it’ll evolve into Charmeleon, followed by Charizard at LVL36.