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Can you beat Pokemon Shield only using Pikachu?

Can you beat Pokemon Shield only using Pikachu?

Pikachu

has been the face of

Pokemon

for over 20 years now. Sure he's adorable and has been Ash's partner since day one but, can a

Pikachu

conquer the galar region all on his own? My name is Trendge and we're about to find out. So obviously

Pikachu

isn't an option for starter in generation 8 so we'll have to pick them up a little later. We pick Scorbunny as our partner so that Hop will choose Grookey. We have to get through the game's tutorial which includes two battles
can you beat pokemon shield only using pikachu
against Hop before we can get to

Pikachu

. Once we arrive in the wild area we can talk to this girl and she'll give us a

Pikachu

as long as you have Let's Go

Pikachu

game data on the same Switch profile. This

Pikachu

has the ability to Gigantamax, and I've seen a few sources say that it has perfect IVs but I haven't confirmed that myself. Let's quickly go over the rules now that we have our new partner. No

Pokemon

except

Pikachu

can be used in battle. No items can be used in
battle, but held items are okay. And no glitches or cheats can be used.

Pikachu

's stats are...well at least he's fast. We named our new little buddy Sparkx, and head out the challenge Galar region. We immediately take on some max raid battles so that we can get some experience candy to get

Pikachu

ready for his first big battle. We get

Pikachu

to level 15 and head to the Budew Drop Inn to challenge Team Yell.

Pikachu

currently knows Electro Ball, Quick Attack, Thunder Wave, and
Double Team; and he has the ability Static which is super convenient for this challenge. Team Yell proves to be no real challenge and we defeat each member with ease. After the Gym Challenger Ceremony we get a chance to take on Hop

using

only

Pikachu

. We have a bit of a level advantage over his team, but we nearly get taken out by his Grookey. Thankfully Electro Ball is a pretty good move, and we managed to get the win. We make our way through Route 3, and then head to the first Galar Mine where
we meet our newest rival Bede. His psychic Pokémon deal quite a bit of damage but thanks to Double Team and Electro Ball, we push through and just barely claim the victory. Just on the other side of Route 4 we find our very first gym challenge. Milo is the first gym leader of the Galar region. He specializes in making trainers chase Wooloo, working out, and raising grass type

Pokemon

. We head into battle with

Pikachu

at level 19. We drop a few Double Teams in hopes to avoid most of his attacks.
We're just barely able to take down his Gossifleur, but we meet his Eldegoss, and it takes us down with no issue. We tried this battle of a couple times before I finally accept that we just can't win at this level. We try again at level 21 with the move Spark now under our belt, but it's still no use. Even a level 23 and 25 I can't defeat Eldegoss. Surely I can do it at level 27 right? ...I guess not. I was hoping to save the leftovers for later in the game but we need them right
now. With the help of the leftovers we make it to Eldegoss with full health and finally claim the first badge. We proceed to cross route 5 and battle some more Team Yell members, and pick up the bike from this nice doctor. Before we can make it to the next town we have to battle our old buddy, Hop, again.His Wooloo goes down with no problem but now we have to deal with his Thwacky, and I'm pretty tired of grass types at this point. We manage to paralyze him with Spark but his Razor Leaf does
a ton of damage and he finishes us off with Double Hit. The second time around we take the opportunity to use double team a few times while battling Wooloo. Our first attack on Thwacky is a crit and inflates paralysis. Thwacky misses a double hit and we fire back with Slam. Hop heals Thwacky but thanks to our higher evasiveness and paralysis he doesn't land a single attac.Thwacky goes down with Corvasquire right behind him. With that out of the way we can head to the next town to take on the
second gym leader Nessa. As you can probably imagine Nessa's water type

Pokemon

doesn't stand a chance against

Pikachu

. We're easily able to one-shot both our Goldeen and her Arrowkuda, and her Drednaw falls after just two G Max Volt Crashes. Now that we have the water badge we can press on to Galar mine number two. We barely make it through the entrance before being challenged by that pipsqueak Bede again. His Solosis drops right away to Electro Ball, and it

only

takes two to take
down his Gothita and it's Hatenna. His Ponyta confuses us and nearly takes us down thanks to Bede

using

a super potion. We get very lucky and push through the confusion enough to land two sparks on Ponyta, getting us the win. We come across Team Yell in the mines, and this time Hop lends us a hand. Team Yell actually manages the take

Pikachu

down during this battle, but since Hop still has

Pokemon

, he's able to finish up, and the game still counts it as a win. I was actually pretty
surprised by this. Our next big battle takes place in the Budew Drop Inn Lobby against Marnie. Her Croagunk knows the move Revenge which takes about half of our HP right at the start. We struggle to get past her Scraggy and her Morpeko uses Quick Attack, taking us down right away. This time our battle against Marnie goes a bit differently. It takes three Discharges to drop Croagunk because Marnie heals him. Scraggy is unable to attack thanks to the paralysis from discharge, and he goes down with
ease. Morpeko misses us twice, and all it takes is a few Slams to bring it down and claim the victory. We can now challenge Kabu for the third gym badge. Kabu specializes in holding towels and training fire type

Pokemon

. His Ninetails knows the move Will-o-wisp which is super annoying. We managed to get past Ninetails but his Arcanine takes us down with a critical hit Flame Wheel. We give it another shot and this time get lucky enough to make it past his Arcanine. We Dynamax and paralyze his
Centiscorch dealing a decent amount of damage. We get to attack twice more before Centiskorch can retaliate thanks to the paralysis, but it's not enough to bring him down and he takes us out with a Max Flutterby. We come back at level 35, and this time Ninetails doesn't use Will-o-wisp but unfortunately, Arcanine does. Once again Centiskorch drops us with a single Max Flutterby. We try again at level 37 with the move Thunderbolt now on our side. Once again we make it to
Centiskorch burned, but this time we still have most of our health. Max Flutterby takes us all the way down to half health so things aren't looking good. We go for a Max Guard to ensure we won't be hit by his next attack, and he isn't able to attack a third time thanks to paralysis. We go for Thunderbolt and he starts to spam Smokescreen. Thankfully we

only

miss once and Centiskorch falls to a final Thunderbolt, giving us the third badge. We have another battle with Team Yell once we
can you beat pokemon shield only using pikachu
get to Route 6 but as expected, they prove to be no challenge. Before we can take on the 4th gym leader we have to have another battle with Hop. His Cramorant goes down immediately and his Silicobra becomes paralyzed thanks to

Pikachu

's static. He goes for dig so we use Double Team, ca

using

him to miss his attack. After a few Slams, Silicobra goes down. Our evasiveness comes in clutch against his Thwacky, who isn't able to land a single attack on us. His last

Pokemon

Toxel, stands no
chance and goes down with Slam. Allister is the master of being creepy and raising ghost-type Pokémon. When we make it to him,

Pikachu

is level 45 and knows the moves Thunder, Slam, Thunderbolt, and Double Team. This is a problem. I completely forgot that Allister's first

Pokemon

is a Galarian Yamask, a ghost and ground-type. None of my attacks will inflict any damage to it. All I can do is spam Double Team, so that he will miss most of his attacks and burn out all of my power points that I
can use struggle. Yamask actually runs out of power points before we do, but we're not far behind. We bring Yamask down with struggle, but now we have no real moves left for the rest of this

Pokemon

, and you're not able to Dynamax if you have no moves left. We lower his Mimikyu to about half health before succumbing to recoil damage. Thankfully for us,

Pikachu

has a rather diverse move set with the use of TMs and TRs. We grab the TM for Thief, a dark type move and head back to
Allister's gym. This time we're able to inflict some damage on Yamask, but he likes to use the move Disable, preventing us from

using

our new move. While waiting for the move become available again we use double team to increase our evasiveness. We make it to his Mimikyu again, and use Thunder to deal massive damage, and we get lucky enough to inflict paralysis. Another Thunder brings Mimikyu down. Here's where our next problem begins as Cursola knows the move Curse which deals way
more damage each turn than the leftovers will restore. We take out his Cursola quickly, but the curse is here to stay. Allister Gigantamaxes his Gengar who we hit with max darkness taking about half of his HP. We get Gengar down to his last sliver of health, but he gets the best of us and

Pikachu

goes down. We try this battle a few more times all with similar results. On our next attempt we max out our evasiveness

using

double-team while battling Yamask. We make it to Cursola with full health
but we can't one-shot it and it uses curse again. We use max darkness on Gengar to get him down to yellow HP. He uses the same move on us and we fire back once more taking him down and claiming the ghost badge. Before we can take on gym number 5, we have to have a little battle with Bede at the Crayola ruins. Since we still know the move thief, we plowed right through his team with very little issue. Bede is kicked out of the gym challenge by Chairman Rose and we chuckle all the way through
Glimwood Tangle. We pop out at Ballonlea and head straight for the next gym. Fortunately for us, Iron Tail is one of the many TMs that

Pikachu

can learn, so we teach it to him to prepare for the battle against Opal. Opal ask questions throughout the battle that gives

Pikachu

stat buffs, assuming the questions are answered correctly. We take out her Galarian Weezing with a couple of iron tails and her Mawile with a thunder. Togekiss falls after a thunder and a thunderbolt and, her GMax Alchremy
goes down after three max steel spikes. Wth the fifth badge by our side, we head to Route 7 have another battle against Hop. This battle proved to be one of the most challenging in this entire run. We first attempted this battle at level 49. His Trevenant knows the move horn leech which steals a very large chunk of our HP. To make matters worse he also knows confuse ray. We aren't able to

beat

his first

Pokemon

on this first attempt. I teach

Pikachu

the move thief again in hopes to make
dealing with Trevenant a bit easier. Thankfully that helped but he still manages to confuse us before we make it to Snorlax. Snorlax is such a tanky

pokemon

that not even thunder deals much damage eventually Bodyslam takes us out. I tried this battle so many times that I. lost count. Level 52, nothing. 55 not a chance. At level 60 I make it to his last

Pokemon

Rillaboom, but I still can't

beat

him, thanks to Hop

using

a healing item. Finally after several attempts at this battle at level 62,
Rillaboom goes down, and we can continue our journey. We cross route 7, 8, and 9 arriving in Sirchester at the location of the sixth gym. Melony specializes in being thicc as hell, and ice type

Pokemon

.

Pikachu

is pretty over leveled thanks to that ridiculous Battle with Hop. Frossmoth goes down after a Thunder and Thunderbolt but Darmanitan actually takes us out with Icicle Crash. Maybe we're not that over leveled after all. On our second attempt well hit Darmanitan with a devastating
Thunder, and finish him off of a thunderbolt. Eiscue does very little damage to us and also drops after a Thunder and a Thunderbolt. Melony's final

Pokemon

is a G Max Lapras who does a decent amount of damage with two G max moves. We fire back with three G Max Volt Crashes and claim the ice badge from this goddess. I'm pretty sick of Hop at this point but that's just too bad for me because it's time to battle him again in Circhester. His Dubwool goes down easy enough but we miss
three Thunders in a row on Snorlax, ca

using

us to be taken out by a body slam and hail damage. We lose to Hop a few more times and come back at level 65. We take out Dubwool and Snorlax, and hail damage finishes off Rillaboom for us. It takes a while to take down Pincurchin because he keeps

using

curse, but we finally get him down and make it to his final

Pokemon

Corviknight, and he goes down with a single Thunder. With Hop out of the way, we can head down Route 9 towards Spikemuth. we have a
quick battle with a few Team Yell members along the way but they don't pose any threat. Before we're granted entance into Spikemuth, we have to battle Marnie. Marnie kicks things off her Liepard who drops after a single Thunder. Toxicroak confuses us with Swagger, but we take it out with a Thunderbolt and Thunder. We push through the confusion and drop Scrafty with a couple Thunderbolts. We miss several attacks against her Morpeko and it that somehow takes

Pikachu

down. We lose the
can you beat pokemon shield only using pikachu
second time thanks to poison damage, and try again at level 69. Nice. This time Morpeko is taken out by a critical hit Thunder and we can head into Spikemuth. In order to begin the seventh gym challenge, we have to have a second

pokemon

in our party for a double battle. We catch a Magikarp and head into the gym. Piers is the next gym leader we have to face and there's no Dynamaxing in his gym. His Scrafty takes a lot of our HP with Brick Break and Payback, but we take him down with a couple
electric attacks. Malamar survives a Thunder from

Pikachu

, and takes us down with Payback. On our second attempt, we bring down Scrafty a bit more smoothly, but Malamar still hits us pretty hard with payback. We bring it down and Piers sends out Obstagoon. We hit him for half his HP with the Thunder and he fires back with Throat Chop, nearly bringing us down. Thunderbolt finishes him off and Piers sends outs Skuntank. Piers flat out tells you that Skuntank knows the moves Sucker Punch, so we
use Double Team four times. This also allows the leftovers to heal us up a bit. Skuntank switches to Toxic, but misses a Sucker Punch. A Thunder takes him to his last bit of health, and he nearly takes us out with another Sucker Punch. We fire back on with one more Thunderbolt, and claim the Dark Badge from Piers. There's

only

one gym badge to go, so let's not waste any time. We teach

Pikachu

the move Play Rough, and catch another Magickarp to prepare for the next gym. Raihon specializes
in selfies and dragon-type pokémon. Play Rough takes out Flygon right at the start. Gigalith takes out Magikarp and Raihan sends out Sandaconda. Neither Sandaconda or Gigalith are dragon types, so i'm in trouble here. My electric attacks won't work on Sandaconda, and will barely damage Gigalith. They quickly take

Pikachu

out with Earth Power and Body Press. Don't give up hope yet though because

Pikachu

has another trick up his sleeve.

Pikachu

can learn the move Surf, which is not

only

super effective against ground and rock types, but also hits all

Pokemon

on the field in double battles. The first time we try this out we land a critical hit on Sandaconda and it goes down. It doesn't do a ton of damage on Gigalith, but it's better than what we were doing before. Unfortunately it's still not enough to win the battle. We try again a few more times at increased levels but we're still not able to get the win. We're able to get close a few times, but
apparently level 85 is the magic number. We make it to Duraludon with Gigalith still on the field. We use Surf so that Gigalith will go down, but also to do a small amount of damage toDuraludon. We take a Max Rockfall like a champ, and Gigantamax

Pikachu

. Max Starfall brings Duraludon down to yellow health and he fires back with a max knuckle dealing very little damage. It

only

takes one more max Starfall to bring down Duraludon for good. With the eighth and final badge in hand we can head into
the semi-finals. After trucking through the snowy Route 10. We find ourselves in Windon. Once we make it to Windon Stadium, we battle our first rival Marnie. Marnie's Liepard and scrappy both go down to a single Play Rough given that they're weak to fairy-type moves. It

only

takes one Thunder to take out our Toxicroak, and another Play Rough to eliminate her partner Morpeko. Her ace in the hole is a Gigantamax Grimsnarl. We paralyze him, and deal massive damage with just one attack. He
fires back with G Max Snooze, but it's too late. One more attack from

Pikachu

brings him down. Next up is our old pal Hop. He starts off with his buddy Dubwool who

Pikachu

crushes with Thunder. His tanky Snorlax is next. We hit him with thunder and take about half of his HP, but unfortunately we don't inflict paralysis. He fires back with High Horse Power, taking a good chunk of our HP, and we manage to miss our next attack allowing him to land another High Horse Power. We miss again,
and Snorlax takes us down. On our next attempt we land our first and third Thunder on Snorlax bringing him down. Hop sends out his Pincurchin next, and we attack it with play rough. It deals quite a bit of damage, and one more takes him out. Corvaknight goes down with a thunder, but Rillaboom's the one I'm concerned about. which I Ganton max and go for G Max volt crash which is guaranteed to inflict paralysis. Lucky for us it works out perfectly and Rillaboom is unable to attack. We sent
a max star fall his way, taking his health down to the red. Rillaboom is able to attack this turn, and hits us with Max Quake dealing a good amount of damage, but not enough to bring

Pikachu

down. Hop uses a full restore on Rillaboom, crushing my dreams in the process. We both go back to our normal forms, and we hit Rillaboom with a play rough, taking him down to his last speck of health. He fires back with high horse power and

Pikachu

is taken out. So close. I lose to Hop a handful of times but
I know we can

beat

him at this level. The trick is to max out our evasiveness and get Hop to use his full restore earlier in the battle. We get him to use it on his Dubwool and roll through the rest of his team. Once you make it to Rillaboom, we go for the paralysis with G max Volt Crash and thankfully he can't attack...twice. With no more full restores at his disposal, Hop loses his final

Pokemon

to a Max Starfall. Chairman Rose and Oleana start to cause trouble, so of course it's up to
Hop and I to stopped them. We find Oleana waiting for us on top of Chairman Rose's tower and begin to battle. She starts off with a Frosslass who loses most of its HP to Play Rough. It fires back with Icy Wind, which doesn't do much damage but it lowers

Pikachu

's speed, allowing her attacked first the next round. She uses Will-o-wisp and burns

Pikachu

.Frosslassfalls to another play rough and her Milotic goes down to a single Thunder. Her Salazzle attacks with Venoshock but thankfully
it

only

takes one Surf to knock it out her next

Pokemon

. Tsarenna is especially annoying because it knows the move attract. We managed to land two thunders despite

Pikachu

's infatuation, but Tsareena gets the best of us and

Pikachu

goes down. After a few more tries we push past her team avoiding Will-o-wisp and a track and a make it to our last

Pokemon

a GMAX Garbodor. I was mashing the "A" button so fast that I didn't Giganta max

Pikachu

but managed to land that critical hit
Thunder anyway. Garbodor fires back with a max quake, but it's not enough and we bring him down on the next turn. Back at Windon stadium, we have to battle Bede again. Turns out he's still bitter. His Mawile cuts

Pikachu

's attack with his intimidate ability but it doesn't matter because thunder brings it down in one hit. Gardevoir is up next and it's able to survive a Thunder from

Pikachu

. It uses wish, then we go for surf and attempt to bring it down.Then Bede uses a full
restore. Surf does a decent amount of damage but the wish comes true and Gardevoir is fully healed again. We hit it with a surf and a Thunder and Gardevoir goes down. He sends out his angry unicorn next, and it manages to avoid a thunder. Our second attack lands with no issue and Rapidash goes down. His last

Pokemon

is a G Max Hatterene. We attack with Max Starfall dealing a decent amount of damage, and it fires back with max mindstorm also dealing quite a bit of damage in return. We go for G
Max Volt Crash on the next turn and win the battle. Nessa is next and as you can probably guess we have no issue clearing out our water type team with

Pikachu

's Thunder. Her G Max Dreadnaw is taken out with ease as well. Allister is up again, and he kicks things off with a Dusknoir. Play Rough and Thunder brings it down, and Alistair sends out Chandelure next who goes down with a surf. His poltergeist is pretty annoying because it keeps

using

protect and it actually manages to take us
out due to us missing Thunder. The next time around we go for double team knowing it'll use protect and ultimately take it out with a couple of thunders. His dreaded Cursola is back but thankfully it

only

takes one attack to bring it down. Finally we make it to his Gengar, who is defeated with Volt Crash and Max Starfall. Raihan is the last one we have to get through in this tournament. He starts off with Torkoal who goes down with a couple Surfs. Flygon is right behind him after a play
rough. It takes a few surfs to get past Turtinator, and

only

one play rough to drop Goodra. Duraludon is last, and after a few Max Star Falls, Raihan uses a Full Restore. We go back to our normal forms and pelt him with Play Roughs until he goes down. We have to take care of some more story stuff before we can face Leon, so our next big battles against Chairman Rose. We have quite a difficult time with this fight, struggling to even make it past his first

Pokemon

. We teach

Pikachu

Brick Break
after several failed attempts. We're able to take out Escavalier with a Thunder and a Brick Break, and Farrothor, Perrserker and Klingklang go down after two brick breaks each. Finally we make it to his G Max Copperaja who goes down after two max knuckles. We had some trouble against Eternatus, and had to get

pikachu

to level 95 to

beat

him, but we did manage to get it done. It's finally time to face the Galarian champion, Leon. The trick to getting past his Aegislash is to use Double
Team when he uses King

Shield

. It takes me quite some time to get it just right as he can be a bit unpredictable. This will also help us avoid Shadow Ball which does a ton of damage. We also have to be careful with his Haxorus as a knows the move earthquake. We battle Leon several times at level 95 but we just couldn't win. We have no choice but to make the final push to level 100 and try again. On one of our attempts, we get lucky and take out Aegislash with a single critical hit Thunder.
At level 100

Pikachu

can take down Haxorus with a single play rough and Intelon is no issue as long as we don't miss, and Dragapult goes down with one Play Rough. Mr. Rime comes out and now things get interesting. A single Thunder doesn't take it down and it uses Teeter dance, so now

Pikachu

is confused. We're able to push through the confusion to use another Thunder, and make its Leon's the last

Pokemon

Charizard. We out speed and go for a G Max Volt Crash, and with that

Pikachu

has single-handedly become the new champion of Galar. But... Can we

beat

Hop one last time? in order to win this battle we need his team to miss their attacks a lot. We max out our evasiveness and get to work. Doubwool and Snorlax go down pretty quickly but it's Rillaboom that I'm worried about. We hit him with a critical hit Thunder and thankfully he misses a Drum

Beat

ing. Another Thunder isn't enough to bring it down and he lands his next Drum

Beat

ing, taking over half of our HP.
We take the last bit of his health with Theif, and Hop sends out Pincurchin. We use play rough and thief and, he goes for Recover. This

only

helps us regain more health from leftovers and Pincurchin quickly goes down. Corviknight goes down with a single Thunder but now we have to face his Zacian. He misses a close-combat and we land our first thunder. He misses again, and another thunder takes him to his last bit of health. He misses one last time and thief brings him down for good. I know this
probably looked pretty easy, but I did this battle many many times I was convinced that it just couldn't be done, but we undoubtedly have the strongest

Pikachu

in all of Galar. This challenge was a little tougher than I expected, however at the same time I'm surprised that I was able to win the last battle against Hop. Thanks for watching! What

Pokemon

should I attempt this challenge with next? Let me know in the comments down below. Hit that like button, and subscribe to see more videos
like this one. My name is Trendge, and I'll see you on the next adventure!