The world of Pokémon keeps expanding. From anime to trading cards, to game boy simulations, and even a virtual reality game called Pokémon GO that sent fans into a frenzy when it was first introduced.
Through it, trainers get to go out into their own neighborhoods to find, catch and train their very own Pokémon.
Aside from the new games, the developers have also been busy creating and releasing new types of Pokémon.
To date, there are 898 Pokémon available from eight different generations, with a ninth generation slated for release in 2022.
Among the relatively new releases is a fourth generation EleSquirrel Pokémon called the Pachirisu, seen in the anime Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl.
In the 19th episode, trainer Dawn catches her first ever Pachirisu, and it turns out to be quite the mischievous and stubborn little guy.
Despite the rocky start to their relationship, however, the pair eventually team up and become friends.
Pachirisu are an electric-type Pokémon. They are adorable, small, and quick, with white bodies and light blue ears, and a similarly light blue stripe running from the tops of their heads to the tips of their tails.
In typical squirrel fashion, Pachirisu have been known to hide their berries in tree holes, stored inside fur balls that cackle with electricity.
They are number 417 on the Pokédex and, since they belong to the fourth generation of Pokémon, will be difficult to find.
Though challenging, capturing a Pachirisu is not an impossible task, as evidenced by the many players who have managed to successfully do so. You just have to know where to look.
Pachirisu are regional, found mainly in Alaska, Canada, and Russia, and sometimes in Kazakhstan and Greenland. Specifically, they have been known to spawn beyond 50° latitude in the north.
This means you'll have to visit places that are higher up, like Edmonton and Saskatoon in Canada, Anchorage in Alaska, and Yekaterinburg in Russia, for a chance at capturing these elusive Pokémon.
Even though we've narrowed down the spawning locations of Pachirisu to a few countries, they are still huge, with a lot of ground area to cover.
You might spend hours scouring the maps for an electric squirrel and still not find a single one.
Don't fret, however, because with guidance from a very helpful Reddit community, we were able to compile a short list of coordinates for you to search and try your luck.
They are as follows:
Reddit user Midland3640 also made a map of the many places Pachirisu has been sighted in Russia and Kazakhstan. You may access it here.
Have a look around any of these places, as well as the coordinates above.
When an EleSquirrel finally appears, entice it with a berry or two before attempting to capture it with a Pokéball.
These helpful maps reveal to players the locations of Pokéstops, Gyms, Nests, and Pokémon spawns, among many other features in real time.
Finding and catching a Pachirisu would have been much easier with their help.
Sadly, none of them contain any information on where and when to find our furry little friends.
Still, for your reference and daily grinding needs, we recommend you check out these Pokémon live maps. They'll surely be worth your while.
Now, all this information on the elusive Pachirisu is well and good for trainers who live in Alaska, Northern Canada, and Russia, but what about the rest of us?
I would argue that booking a plane ticket to any of these countries just to catch one Pokémon is a bit excessive. There's school, work, travel requirements, and monetary constraints to consider.
So, how do we catch a Pachirisu without having to worry about any of these? Well, we make use of spoofing applications. By definition, to spoof means to deceive.
Essentially, you'll be deceiving the game into thinking you're in a different place even though you never left home.
For Pokémon GO, we recommend you use the MockGo app, though it sadly only supports iOS devices.
You can still download it onto your Windows computer in case you don't have a Mac, though.
Here are the steps to downloading and using MockGo:
Step 1. First, you'll need to download the app, then install and launch the program.
Step 2. Connect your device to your computer via a USB cable. After successfully connecting the first time, connecting via wifi will be enough the next time you need to access the app again.
Step 3. Once connected, a new window will pop up displaying your current location. Activate teleport mode by clicking the first icon on the upper right.
Step 4. Enter the name of the place you want to go to on the upper left box, then click Go.
Step 5. The app will direct you to your desired location. First, check to make sure it is correct, then click Move Here.
Your virtual location should now be changed. Use the GPS joystick at the bottom left of the screen to walk around and find your Pachirisu.
MockGo also has an official video tutorial on YouTube if the written instructions are too complicated to follow.
To avoid getting caught and being penalized, adjust your teleportation speed by simply dragging the slider found at the bottom of the screen. The walking man, cyclist, and car icons indicate how fast you can go.
A Pachirisu is not only adorable but a powerful companion as well. Sadly, it is also a regional Pokémon, which means it can only be found in certain areas around the world.
Grinding your way to the top is a satisfying way to play and win any game. But having to physically travel to a different country just to catch a new Pokémon is another story.
If you don't have the time and the means to do so, there's no shame in going around the rules and using a trusted spoofing app to get the work done for you.
When all is said and done, only you get to decide how you want to enjoy the game and what risks you are willing to take to continue doing so. So, play hard and play smart, trainers!