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There's a secret Pikachu at the start of Pokémon Go

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Mei Tan

Hongkongers rejoice! Pokémon Go was finally released in Hong Kong today after what felt like too much vicarious catching thanks to pretty much everyone else in the world being able to play except for us. By now you probably would have downloaded your app but, before you put on your walking shoes, we thought we'd let you in on a little secret: there's a hidden Pikachu right at the very start of the game. Yes, you read that right. Here's what to do to find our favourite little guy.

At the start of the game, you're dropped into the map with three Pokémon to choose from: Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle. Hold fire though – instead of catching any of them, you actually need to ignore them. Walk far enough away and the three will respawn around you, tempting you to catch them again. But be resilient. Walk away again, because you want that elusive Pikachu. Do this four times and Pikachu will appear as one of the choices to pick on the fourth or fifth respawn.

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