There’s still a couple of days left in Pokémon GO’s fifth anniversary event, which ends on July 15th. Through one method or another, many of the generational starter Pokémon have been made readily available to players, though one that may have gone under your radar is the Gen IV Fire type starter, Chimchar. Compared to its evolved forms, to say nothing of other Fire starters, Chimchar is a bit of an odd man out, but hey, who doesn’t like a little monkey fella with a flaming butt? Here’s how to get Chimchar in Pokémon GO.
Unlike many of the other starters, Chimchar hasn’t had its wild spawn rate boosted, so while it is technically possible to find one by walking around where Fire types spawn, your odds aren’t great. Luckily, there is one way to guarantee a Chimchar will come find you, and one way that, while not guaranteed to yield a Chimchar, is a fairly reliable method.
How to Get Chimchar in Pokémon GO
The first way to get Chimchar in Pokémon GO is to simply activate a Lure module at any normal PokéStop. Fire types don’t have any particular affinity with any particular Lure module, so just pop a generic one. Remember, you can get Lure modules from the in-game store, and from completing certain tasks. When you activate one, a handful of Pokémon will spawn in, one of which, at least during the event, is guaranteed to be Chimchar.
The second method to make Chimchar show up is to complete particular Field Research Tasks. If you’re lucky, when you spin a PokéStop sign, you’ll get a task with a Gen IV starter spawn as a reward. One such example of this is “Make five great throws,” wherein you’ll need to catch five Pokémon with a throw technique rated at great or better. Accomplishing this task will cause one of the Gen IV starters to spawn nearby: Piplup, Turtwig, or Chimchar. While it’s not a guarantee that it’ll be Chimchar, the odds are only one in three, so you’ve got a decent shot. Worst case scenario, get another Field Research Task and try again.