During a February 2021 Pokémon Presents presentation, the Pokémon Company unveiled a new game called Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It marks a new direction for the Pokémon series. Many people are even comparing this more open-world style to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It's early, but it already looks like it'll be one of the best RPGs on the Nintendo Switch. Here's everything you need to know about the brand new Pokémon game.
Latest Pokémon Legends Arceus news
Update Jan. 13, 2022: 13-minute trailer explains gameplay
The Pokémon Company released a new 13-minute trailer that shows off Pokémon encounters, the ability to ride Pokémon, and more.
Update Sept. 28, 2021: Wardens and noble Pokémon revealed
The Pokémon Company announced via Twitter that there will be special Pokémon in the game protected and cared for by human wardens.
Update Aug. 15, 2021: Pokémon Presents bring new Legends: Arceus info
During the Pokémon Presents, we learned about regional variants, battle mechanics, and modes of transportation.
Update May 26, 2021: Pokémon Legends: Arceus receives a release date
In a surprise update from Nintendo's Twitter, both Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl received release dates. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is dropping on Jan, 28, 2022.
13-minute Trailer shows off several gameplay aspects
On Jan. 13, The Pokémon Company released a 13-minute trailer that explains several aspects of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Here's an explanation of everything shown in the trailer:
- Hisui Region: Mt. Coronet is in the center of the Hisui region and surrounded by locations with distinct terrain, Pokémon, and foliage. This is the area that will later become known as the Sinnoh Region, as seen in Diamond and Pearl.
- Wild Pokémon: Different Pokémon appear in the overworld depending on the time of day and weather. However, not all Pokémon are the same. Depending on their temperaments, they might be skittish and eager to run or aggressive. If you fail to catch it in your first sneak attempt, you'll need to send your own Pokémon out and fight it. Get its health down and then you can attempt to catch it again.
- Items and Pokémon catching: Items can make it easier to acquire new Pokémon. For instance, Berries can distract them, and make catching a lot easier.
- Hisui Region Pokédex: You are a member of the Survey Corps, which means you not only need to capture Pokémon to complete your Pokédex, but you also need to observe Pokémon performing certain moves or doing certain behaviors. - Traversing Hisui: In order to easily traverse the land, there are specific Pokémon you can ride in the air, water, or on land. Once you've unlocked them, you simply rotate through the list of special Pokémon and press the + button to change to a different riding Pokémon.
- Jubilife Village: This is the main hub where you find Galaxy Team headquarters, stores, Pokémon trading posts, and your home. Not to mention, there are members of the Medical Corp, Security Corp, and Survey Corp here.
- Missions and Requests: Missions are quests that help advance the plot while requests are sidequests given to you by Hisui residents. You'll be rewarded with items for completing them. The kinds of tasks you'll be given might be to see a specific Pokemon, capture a certain number, or find a specific item.
- Pokémon Battles: These start after you've thrown your own Pokémon out at a Wild Pokémon. If you successfully snuck up to the wild Pokémon and hit them with your Pokemon's Poke Ball, you might even stun them and get an extra turn in before they attack. Battles are turn-based and you can use either Strong Style or Agile Style to attack.
- Alpha Pokémon: These are larger than the others, have red eyes, and will take more work to take down. You'll need to use more strategies in order to defeat and capture them. However, if you capture them, they will be more powerful on your team.
- Customization: The clothier at Jubilife Village allows you to purchase clothing so you can customize your avatar. More clothes unlock as you play. The Hairdresser also lets you adjust your hair color and hairstyles.
- Noble Pokémon: These are special Pokémon in various areas. Something is putting them in a frenzy, but you can't just defeat them, you need to throw balms at them to calm them. Instead of attacking your Pokémon, they will attack you directly, so prepare to throw balms and attack. Once the Noble Pokémon lets down its guard, you can work on battling it with a Pokémon and capturing it.
What is Pokémon Legends: Arceus?
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a new Pokémon game set in the ancient Sinnoh region. In this era, people from all over the world have settled in Sinnoh to explore this new land. Receiving a partner Pokémon from a professor, you set off to capture every Pokémon and help create Sinnoh's first Pokédex.
What's new in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?
Almost everything, really. Pokémon Legends: Arceus seems like a Breath of the Wild-inspired take on the traditional Pokémon formula. Sinnoh has been transformed into an open world, and you're free to explore the region's untouched mountains, beaches, and forests.
You can hunt for Pokémon much like you did in the Wild area of Pokémon Sword and Shield, but now you can toss a Poké Ball right at the Pokémon and capture them. The movement has been improved, and battles also seem to be tweaked. Now you can engage wild Pokémon alongside your own Pokémon.
Who are the starter Pokémon?
Every new region comes with new starter Pokémon. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, however, you'll come across some familiar faces. The starters include Rowlet from Generation VII, Cyndaquil from Generation II, and Oshawott from Generation V. The mix of starters were captured and brought to Sinnoh by a traveling professor, who remains a mystery at this time.
Are there regional variants?
There sure are. During the August 2021 Pokémon Presents, we learned of four Pokémon with Hisuian region looks. There will likely be even more within the game.
|Wyrdeer||Normal/Psychic. This is a Hisuian region-specific evolution of Stantler.|
|Basculegion||Water/Ghost type. It's an evolution of Basculin only found in the Hisuian region.|
|Hisuian Braviary||Psychic/Flying. A regional variant of Braviary.|
|Hisuian Growlithe||Fire/Rock. This is a regional variant of our favorite fire dog. It's head is made of rock.|
Can you ride Pokémon?
Yes! We've already seen that players can fly with the help of Hisuian Braviary, cross water with the help of Basculegion, and simply ride around the overworld on the back of Wyrdeer. There are undoubtedly more Pokémon to ride in the game, but we don't know the full extent yet. We'll update when we learn more.
To call these Pokémon to you, you'll whip out your trusty Celestica Flute. It's unclear where players can pickup the Celestica Flute. It could be given to you at the onset of your journey, or you might have to earn it somehow.
What's the story in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?
We don't know much about the story of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. So far, we know that it takes place years in the past, even before the idea of a Pokémon Trainer or Pokémon League even existed. You're tasked with building the region's first Pokédex, though we still don't know how the titular mythical Pokémon fits in.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Wardens & noble Pokémon
Instead of running around collecting gym badges, players go to areas where special noble Pokémon reside. There is a dedicated Warden looking after each one by providing food and keeping the area safe. However, noble Pokémon are becoming frenzied for some reason and it will be your job to calm them with balms. The Pokémon Company already revealed some of these noble Pokémon.
Spoiler: Click the link below to see the revealed Pokémon.
Kleavor is a Bug/Rock type. It evolves from Scyther if you give it special minerals.
Basculegion is a Water/Ghost type. It's supposedly "possessed by souls of other Basculin" that died on their way upstream.
Wyrdeer is a special Stantler evolution native only to the Hisuian region.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus battle system
Not every Pokémon in Legends: Arceus needs to be battled to catch it. When you approach, some Pokémon will be friendly, others will hide, and others will need to be weakened before you can catch them. Players throw a Poké Ball with one of their Pokémon at a wild creature to start a battle. The battle then begins right there in the overworld without going into a separate battle mode.
The combat order is determined by either Pokémon's stats, including Speed and status conditions. A box displays in the upper right corner, letting you know the order in which Pokémon will be able to attack.
Agile Style and Strong Style
As with the core Pokémon games, each Pokémon can remember up to four moves at a time. However, in Legends: Arceus, each of these moves can be performed in one of two styles: Agile Style or Strong style.
- Strong Style: Increases power but reduces action speed.
- Agile Style: Increases speed but reduces power.
You'll need to use these styles accordingly to get the upper hand on your opponents. For example, Strong Style is the way to go if you think you can knock out the other Pokémon in one hit. Meanwhile, if you need to sneak in a few more attacks before your opponent can strike, you'll want to use Agile Style.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus character customization and shops
We might be in ancient Sinnoh, but that doesn't mean there aren't any classy clothes or items to deck your character out in. Plus, there are a number of shops in Jubilife Village to help you stand out.
- Hairdresser and clothier Change your hairdo and get the perfect clothes to match your style.
- Photography studio Grab your favorite Pokémon and say cheese! You get to choose your poses, backgrounds, faces, and more.
- General store and craftworks Get all of the items you need for your journey here. If it isn't sold then you might have to make it yourself.
- Pokémon pastures: There aren't any computers in ancient Sinnoh, so you'll leave all of the Pokémon you've caught that aren't in your party in the pastures. You can visit them at any time and see how they're doing.
What is gameplay like?
Players are out to complete the first-ever Pokédex by working with the Galaxy Expedition Team. You'll be given research tasks, and fulfilling them earns you points. As you earn more points, you'll move up in the rankings and be able to explore new locations.
Whenever you're away from Jubilife Village, you'll be able to stop by Base Camps to rest up, buy supplies, or craft items. Just like Pokémon centers in core Pokémon games, if you faint in battle, you'll wake up at Base camp.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus crafting
You read that right. Crafting is being brought into the mix in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. So far, it looks like you can craft different Poké Balls, Smoke Bombs, and other items with the help of materials found in the wild. There's definitely more to learn here, but we'll keep our ears to the ground and will update when we learn more.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Arc Phone
You'll receive the Arc Phone near the beginning of your journey (just ignore the fact that it's basically an iPhone in ancient feudal times). This device helps you keep track of missions and requests and also allows you to view a map of the area. The name implies that it has something to do with the titular Legendary Arceus.
How many Pokémon will be in the game?
We don't have a count of how many Pokémon will appear in the game, but we've caught already caught a glimpse of some familiar Pokémon throughout screenshots and trailers. You can see the full list of confirmed Pokémon for Legends: Arceus.
Will there be two versions of the game?
Breaking away from Pokémon tradition, there's will only be one version of the game. Hopefully, that means we can capture every Pokémon ourselves.
Will there be multiplayer?
This games breaks away from several Pokémon traditions, however, according to Nintendo's website it will offer some kind of multiplayer experience for up to two players. We know that there will be trading posts where players can trade Pokémon, but we don't know if there's anything else. We'll keep our ear to the ground and will update when we learn more.
When does Pokémon Legends: Arceus release?
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to release on January 28, 2022, for the Nintendo Switch and preorders are currently live.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus preorder bonus
Anyone who preorders Pokémon Legends: Arceus will get a free Hisuian Growlithe Kimono Set for their character to wear. Players can redeem these clothes once the game releases by going to the Mystery Gifts menu within the game and selecting Get via the Internet.
Can I preorder Pokémon Legends: Arceus?
Yes, you can preorder Pokémon Legends: Arceus now for $60. As of right now, there are no special editions available.
Update Jan. 13, 2022: Added information shown in 13-minute gameplay trailer.
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