Pokemon Pikachu PHD
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How to Get Pikachu, Ph.D. in Pokemon GO – Answered

An educated gentleman.

There’s finally a reason to enter as many PokeStop Showcases as possible! Which is obtaining the smartest-looking Pikachu that you have ever seen. But obtaining a Pikachu, Ph.D. in Pokemon GO isn’t easy, and it will take considerable effort to achieve it!

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How to Obtain Pikachu, Ph.D. in Pokemon GO

If you’re like me, and as soon as you saw what Pikachu, Ph.D looks like, you knew that you had to have one. For better or worse, this intelligent-looking Pikachu is locked behind a task that will take you considerable time to complete, and it requires you to frequently participate in PokeStop Showcases. Fortunately, finding PokeStop Showcases is now even easier, as you can see where PokeStop Showcases are in your area.

Not only will you have to participate in PokeStop Showcases but Pikachu, Ph.D is the reward for coming first in a PokeStop Showcase 100 times.

Pokemon GO PokeStop Showcase Avatar Rewards

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Whilst winning 100 times seems so very far away, there are other incentives that will have you feeling rewarded for participating. At certain intervals, trainers will be rewarded with both a medal and avatar items that are inspired by the legend Pikachu, Ph.D itself.

  • Bronze medal (10 Wins): Pikachu, Ph.D. Headband
  • Silver medal (25 Wins): Pikachu, Ph.D. Glasses
  • Gold medal (50 Wins): Pikachu, Ph.D. Pose

How to Win Pokemon GO PokeStop Showcases

Depending on how many other Pokemon GO trainers enter a specific PokeStop Showcase, winning can be rather tricky. Each PokeStop showcase will have a specific requirement that your Pokemon must be the best at to win. Such as the following.

  • Best specific Pokemon
  • Biggest Buddy Pokemon
  • Best Pokemon of a certain type

When you are at a PokeStop Showcase, you must put any eligible Pokemon into the competition. You don’t have to be nearby to swap out the entered Pokemon for another one, and it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the competition to ensure that you remain on top.

One good tip is to make sure that you try to have multiple of the same Pokemon that will be in the upcoming PokeStop Showcases. This means there will be a bigger pool to choose from when selecting a quality participant. It’s also a good idea to hold onto those tiny and huge Pokemon you encounter, as they will be important in sized-based competitions.

The more you enter PokeStop Showcases, the more chances you have to win. Now that Niantic has added Pikachu, Ph.D., avatar items, and medals, you can be sure that PokeStop Showcases will have higher competition than they previously did. But you’ve got to be in it to win it, so go out there and be the very best.


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Priscilla is both the weekend editor and a freelance writer at Prima Games. She began working at Prima Games in early 2023. Prior to this, she spent nine years writing for both her own personal gaming blog, and other related websites. Priscilla has grown up playing video games, and most often plays her PS5 and Nintendo Switch consoles. You can find her playing Final Fantasy XIV, RuneScape, Pokemon GO, or lost in the latest RPG to release. She is an Australian living in the United States with her American husband, three children, and her Basset Hound. Before moving to the United States, Priscilla obtained a Bachelors of Secondary Education majoring in English and Japanese Language. This allowed her to teach English and Japanese in a high school setting. You can follow her on Twitter/X at @Cilllah