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Second Generation Following the success of Red, Blue and Yellow, Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal introduced fans to an exciting new world full of new Pokémon to find, catch and train. Reminisce about your favourite moments in the Johto region, share your adventures and argue about the Johto master race.

View Poll Results: Did you get rid of it?
Yes, I did! 40 19.14%
No, I didn't. 169 80.86%
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Old August 10th, 2013 (5:16 PM).
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Old August 10th, 2013 (6:10 PM).
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Well, I'm playing through my Pokemon Yellow again right now and no I didn't get rid of it because I keep getting so lucky with it and getting one-hit ko's with it. It's a powerhouse but I don't think that'll last for long. We'll see! :D
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Old August 11th, 2013 (1:06 AM).
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I got rid of him, he's just too weak. Even Thunder didn't do any significant damage.

He's a lot better in GSC since he holds a Light Ball once you trade him to the newer games.

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Old August 11th, 2013 (2:59 AM).
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Since I was really young then, I thought I had to keep him, even though I did only play it for about 1 hour one day at my friend's house. I just thought you had to keep Pikachu, or it was game over. o.o

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Old August 11th, 2013 (6:09 AM).
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I traded mine to the Blue version and evolve it!
It was one of my power house back in the days,
before getting to know of Electabuzz's existent. lol
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Old August 11th, 2013 (7:30 AM).
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Look at this face

Would you get rid of it?

EDIT: Can you see the face? Because I can't. What I am trying to say is that Pikachu is awesome.
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Old August 30th, 2013 (10:30 AM).
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100 keeps, woo! I kept him too simply because at the time I didn't know you could box things paha. The first six Pokémon I caught were the ones I was stuck with - it was lucky I found one for each HM or I'd have been completely stuck. Pikachu is one that I'd quite like to try using properly some time now that I know more about Pokémon and the following animation is adorable, so I probably would keep him in my team if I was to play again but I don't think I'd be too happy about the no evolution concept.
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Old August 30th, 2013 (11:39 AM).
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No. I'm actually not that fond of Pikachu but I reeeeally liked how he looked walking behind you! So cute (´ω` ) I loved checking up on him every now and then~
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Old August 30th, 2013 (12:57 PM).
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I never got rid of it. I always liked how Pikachu kept walking behind you all the time, and when I discovered you could box him and he disappeared I just kept missing it, so it was in my team all the time, yet was the weakest Pokémon of the team.

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Old August 30th, 2013 (6:05 PM).
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I put it away in my PC during my third gym battle, but I later got it back because it was the strongest Pokémon I had at that time. Just like most of you, I was kind of upset that I couldn't evolve it into a Raichu. I loved it when it was following me around, though, because it was very cute to see that little creature right beside me. n__n Also, it was fun to see the expressions on its face when you interacted with it.
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Old August 30th, 2013 (10:45 PM).
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I thought I couldn't get rid of it.
But I used it as a lead of my team.
It's not the best lead but it's a good lead in my opinion.
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Old August 31st, 2013 (1:41 PM).
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Outside of trading or a glitch, I don't think you CAN truly get rid of the Pikachu. Sure, you can store it in the PC, but you can't release it and can't evolve it.
What would I like to see in the future? A few things, actually.
1) A trio of ROM hacks [gen1, gen2, gen3] that, aside from the generation, are pretty much identical: You start in Kanto and post-elite four you travel through Johto as it would have been "3 years ago".
2) A demake of Heart Gold / Soul Silver. Possibly using Fire Red as a base.
3) An official Pokémon game, following the standard "gotta catch 'em all" format, but aimed more at the older players.
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Old September 1st, 2013 (8:21 AM).
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I always kept Pikachu because it was awesome :D Obviously it wasn't the strongest electric type in the game but, like many others here, I never PC my starters (apart from when I'm playing different challenges). Plus the fact it followed me around simply made it a keeper in my opinion.
It's a good job that I'm not able to make my own ROM hack. It would be insanely difficult to complete, even for me!
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Old September 1st, 2013 (9:28 AM).
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No. If I didn't want Pikachu in my party I would have played Red or Blue. But since I was playing Yellow then Pikachu was definitely going to be a staple on my team from the beginning.
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Old September 4th, 2013 (9:09 AM).
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Never got rid of it.
As several people in this thread said already, I usually keep my starters, as they are a somewhat 'special' Pokémon to the game (to me at least).
I never see the Pokémon games as a strategic battle game only, I mostly like the 'artistic' aspects of it. The design, the music, basically what goes on in your head for the most part; really "getting into the game", the story, the feeling of being a trainer going on a huge adventure.
Therefore I also care a lot about the Pokémon I use, despite from judging them on their strenght.
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Old September 7th, 2013 (5:12 PM).
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The fact that the starting Pikachu could never evolve into Raichu in Yellow severely hampered its usage. Not to mention you could get the starters anyways and they become better than Pikachu.
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Old September 8th, 2013 (9:07 PM).
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Actually I used him like a normal Pokemon but only because I was playing as Ash and I wanted to emulate his team lol. I liked my Pikachu I just wish I still had Yellow version so he could walk behind me. Ah the memories.
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Old September 11th, 2013 (6:12 PM).
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I haven't ever abandoned a starter in any Pokemon game through the story mode.
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Old September 13th, 2013 (12:37 PM).
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I didn't get rid of Pikachu at all simply because I really enjoyed the concept of being able to have a Pokémon traveling behind you, and because I thought the expressions it had offered were hilarious.
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Old September 13th, 2013 (6:04 PM).
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No, I didn't get rid of Pikachu. I always grow really attached to my starter (I don't even like to box it temporarily, if I can help it), so I never even considered getting rid of my Pikachu in Yellow. Also, I liked talking to Pikachu, having it follow me, etc., and it would have been a shame to lose access to those features because I traded it away, boxed it, etc.

I think my Yellow Version Pikachu knows Surf (from Stadium), so it's more versatile than the average RBY Pikachu. Of course, its stats are still pretty weak, but for in-game, how much does that really matter, anyway?
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Old September 18th, 2013 (9:09 AM).
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As some other people have posted, I emulated Ash's team from the anime. I made sure to have Pidgeotto and Butterfree before I got to Brock. Only exception was that I let all the 3 starters evolve to final form.
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Old September 18th, 2013 (9:22 PM).
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I traded with my cousin and we stoned our Pikachus for each other then trade back.

I was a kid back then and got annoyed the already-Raichu stopped following me behind.
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Old September 21st, 2013 (4:17 AM).
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I'm playing it right now and nope, I didn't get rid of it. It's not extremely strong, but it's fun to have it follow you around.

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Old September 22nd, 2013 (11:39 PM).
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The game was based around Pikachu so why would I get rid of him? Sure he wasn't the best but he was adorable and made for a valuable team member :D
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Old September 29th, 2013 (6:00 AM).
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Yellow is a novelty game, I would never get rid of the precious Pikachu!
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