Arceus (アルセウス Aruseusu) is a Normal-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV. This Pokémon is known as the creator of the Pokémon world. It is the most powerful Pokémon in the Pokémon world, being able to change into any type and has the highest base stats of any non-Mega Pokémon.

Arceus also is the master of the Creation Trio and the Lake Guardians.

Biology

Physiology

Arceus as all of its different forms

Arceus is an equine being similar to a Qilin. Its body color is white with a gray, vertically-striated underside, the pattern of which has similar recurrences on the underside of Arceus's mane, tail, and face, and Arceus's pointed feet are tipped with gold hooves. Its mane is quite long, jutting away from its head, and its face is gray, with green eyes and red pupils, and a green circular pattern below its eyes. Arceus also has a streak of gold coloration on its head, and ears that point upward. Its neck is fairly long, with two pairs of extrusions to the sides, and a flap-like feature on the neck's underside that is colored white like much of the body. It also has a golden cross-like wheel attached to its body by its round abdomen, which changes color along with its eyes and hooves based on Arceus's current type. The wheel also has four jewels attached to it. The pattern of striated gray of Arceus's underbelly resumes past Arceus's waist, the underside of Arceus's limbs also being gray in coloration, and with extrusions at the tops of the legs. Arceus's tail is fairly like its mane in shape and coloration. Arceus looks like a fusion of Palkia and Dialga, resembling a wingless dragon of some sort. It's appearance also bears some resemblance to a llama. Arceus will change color as well as type with whatever type of plate it is holding. It is shown with other colors of the wheel, though always being different.

Natural abilities

Arceus has the ability Multitype, which is an ability exclusive only to this Pokémon. Multitype allows Arceus to change its type based on whichever plate or type-specific Z-Crystal it is currently holding. For example, holding the Flame Plate makes it the Fire-Type, while holding a Waterium Z will make it a Water-Type. Generation VI introduced Fairy type, so Arceus can be a Fairy Type upon having Pixie Plate or Fairium Z.

According to the Pokédex, Arceus in mythology is said to have shaped the Universe with its "1,000" arms, though, due to Arceus not actually having any arms, it can safely be assumed that the "1,000 arms" are metaphorical. The "1,000" arms could be Arceus's move "Judgement" but this is still unknown. It has also been stated that Arceus created the Legendary Titans (otherwise known as the Dragon Trio) Dialga, Palkia, and surprisingly Giratina, as well as the Lake Guardian Trio (also known as the Lake Spirits) Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. Arceus can also easily hold off Giratina, Palkia, and Dialga all at the same time, making it incredibly powerful and it can speak using telepathy. Its balanced stats surpasses Mew's, Celebi's, Jirachi's, Manaphy's, and even Victini's. It is also capable of learning Draco Meteor if given the Draco Plate. It can learn nearly every move, excluding ones that require the use of arms or hands. The exception to this is Seismic Toss, although it can be presumed that it can lift its foes with telekinesis. It can be said that Arceus is arguably the most powerful Pokémon since its the creator of all Pokémon and its ability to overpower three extremely powerful legendary Pokémon (Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina.)

Evolution

Arceus does not evolve.

Game info

Arceus first appeared in the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl being a Legendary Pokémon. As of November 2009, Nintendo released a one of a kind Arceus to the USA. So far this has been the only way to get an Arceus except through the use of a cheating device. Arceus is captured in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum versions after obtaining the Azure Flute event item through the aforementioned cheating device and using it to gain access to the Hall of Origin. Even though Arceus existed in the first Generation IV games, it was not revealed by Nintendo until February 2009. In the game, there exists data for the ??? Type Arceus (and apparently the ??? Plate as well), but there is no way of obtaining it except via hacking. (It is possible that Nintendo only put a ??? type coloring for Arceus and a ??? Plate in the game's code to keep it from crashing). In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, there is an event in which you can trade the 12th movie Arceus over from Diamond, Pearl or Platinum, enter a new set of ruins (the Sinjoh Ruins) and watch Arceus create a newborn Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina, all at level one and each holding their respective orbs. The event can be activated twice; once with the movie/TRU Arceus and another time with a Hall of Origin Arceus, although the only way to obtain a Hall of Origin Arceus at this time is through cheating. Arceus is also in the game Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky. On the final floor at the last dungeon, your hero will find a Silver Arceus Statue. It will give you a very powerful item called a Space Globe, which raises all the active Team Member's Attack stat. Arceus itself does not appear in the game. However, Arceus has a very small role at the end of the final episode. After beating Primal Dialga and Dusknoir vanishes from the timeline Grovyle and Celebi are about to themselves. However, it is suddenly canceled and Dusknoir's fading is erased. Dialga (despite being how the Hero is brought back to the timeline) says it is not his doing, but another Pokémon's at a much higher power level. Many think that this Pokémon is Arceus because Arceus is stronger than Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina combined. Dialga controls time, Palkia controls space, and Giratina controls antimatter. Arceus created Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie so they can calm the Creation Trio when they are angered and protect their own lakes. Azelf has willpower, Mesprit has emotions, and Uxie has knowledge. In Guardian Signs, he is found at the Light Temple along in the Sky Fortress.

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond and Pearl Hall of Origin (Requires Azure Flute) One
Platinum Hall of Origin (Requires Azure Flute) One
HeartGold and SoulSilver Trade None
Black and White Pokémon Global Link via event One
X and Y Event None
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Event None
Sun and Moon Trade None
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Event None


Pokédex entries

  • Diamond

    It is described in mythology as the Pokémon that shaped the universe with its 1,000 arms.

  • Pearl

    It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.

  • Platinum

    It is told throughout ancient times in Sinnoh as the Pokémon who shaped Sinnoh and created heaven.

  • HeartGold

    According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.

  • SoulSilver

    According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.

  • Black

    It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.

  • White

    It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.

  • Black 2

    It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.

  • White 2

    It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.

  • X

    According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.

  • Y

    It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.

  • Omega Ruby

    According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.


Stats

Arceus's Stats
HP
120
Attack
120
Defense
120
Sp. Atk
120
Sp. Def
120
Speed
120
Total
720

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting Physical
1 Cosmic Power —% 20 Psychic Status
1 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical
1 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical
10 Gravity —% 5 Psychic Status
20 Earth Power 90 100% 10 Ground Special
30 Hyper Voice 90 100% 10 Normal Special
40 Extreme Speed 80 100% 5 Normal Physical
50 Refresh —% 20 Normal Status
60 Future Sight 120 100% 10 Psychic Special
70 Recover —% 10 Normal Status
80 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
90 Perish Song —% 5 Normal Status
100 Judgment 100 100% 10 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 3 0 ♥
1 Cosmic Power —% 20 Psychic Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
1 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
1 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical Cool 2 1 ♥
10 Gravity —% 5 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
20 Earth Power 90 100% 10 Ground Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
30 Hyper Voice 90 100% 10 Normal Special Cool 2 2 ♥
40 Extreme Speed 80 100% 5 Normal Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
50 Refresh —% 20 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
60 Future Sight 120 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 2 0 ♥
70 Recover —% 10 Normal Status Clever 2 0 ♥
80 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
90 Perish Song —% 5 Normal Status Beautiful 4 0 ♥
100 Judgment 100 100% 10 Normal Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting Physical
1 Cosmic Power —% 20 Psychic Status
1 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical
1 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical
10 Gravity —% 5 Psychic Status
20 Earth Power 90 100% 10 Ground Special
30 Hyper Voice 90 100% 10 Normal Special
40 Extreme Speed 80 100% 5 Normal Physical
50 Refresh —% 20 Normal Status
60 Future Sight 100 100% 10 Psychic Special
70 Recover —% 10 Normal Status
80 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
90 Perish Song —% 5 Normal Status
100 Judgment 100 100% 10 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 3
1 Cosmic Power —% 20 Psychic Status Cool 0
1 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
1 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical Smart 1
10 Gravity —% 5 Psychic Status Beauty 2
20 Earth Power 90 100% 10 Ground Special Smart 2
30 Hyper Voice 90 100% 10 Normal Special Cool 3
40 Extreme Speed 80 100% 5 Normal Physical Cool 3
50 Refresh —% 20 Normal Status Cute 0
60 Future Sight 80 90% 15 Psychic Special Smart 2
70 Recover —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
80 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
90 Perish Song —% 5 Normal Status Beauty 2
100 Judgment 100 100% 10 Normal Special Smart 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM02 Dragon Claw 80 100% 15 Dragon Physical
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM38 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM50 Overheat 130 90% 5 Fire Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM71 Stone Edge 100 80% 5 Rock Physical
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
TM76 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM91 Flash Cannon 80 100% 10 Steel Special
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status
TM94 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM98 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM01 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM02 Dragon Claw 80 100% 15 Dragon Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Beautiful 2 1 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM14 Blizzard 110 70% 5 Ice Special Beautiful 1 3 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Cool 3 0 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground Physical Tough 2 1 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special Tough 2 1 ♥
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Tough 2 1 ♥
TM38 Fire Blast 110 85% 5 Fire Special Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM39 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical Clever 3 0 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM50 Overheat 130 90% 5 Fire Special Beautiful 6 0 ♥
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM59 Incinerate 60 100% 15 Fire Special Tough 3 0 ♥
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 85% 15 Fire Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM67 Retaliate 70 100% 5 Normal Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM71 Stone Edge 100 80% 5 Rock Physical Tough 3 0 ♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 1 3 ♥
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical Tough 2 2 ♥
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical Tough 2 2 ♥
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical Cool 2 1 ♥
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Clever 2 0 ♥
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Cute 1 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM91 Flash Cannon 80 100% 10 Steel Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM94 Rock SmashXY 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special Tough 4 0 ♥
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical Clever 2 0 ♥
HM03 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM06 Rock SmashORAS 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM07 DiveORAS 80 100% 10 Water Physical Beautiful 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status
TM02 Dragon Claw 80 100% 15 Dragon Physical
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM19 Telekinesis —% 15 Psychic Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special
TM39 Rock Tomb 50 80% 10 Rock Physical
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM50 Overheat 140 90% 5 Fire Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM59 Incinerate 30 100% 15 Fire Special
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM67 Retaliate 70 100% 5 Normal Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM71 Stone Edge 100 80% 5 Rock Physical
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical
TM83 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM91 Flash Cannon 80 100% 10 Steel Special
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM02 Dragon Claw 80 100% 15 Dragon Physical Cool 2
TM03 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 Water Special Beauty 2
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 0
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Cool 2
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Beauty 2
TM09 Bullet Seed 10 100% 30 Grass Physical Cool 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special Beauty 2
TM14 Blizzard 120 70% 5 Ice Special Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 10 Grass Special Smart 1
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Cool 1
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
TM26 Earthquake 100 100% 10 Ground Physical Tough 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Smart 2
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 2
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 3
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 2
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special Beauty 2
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special Tough 2
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Tough 2
TM38 Fire Blast 120 85% 5 Fire Special Beauty 2
TM39 Rock Tomb 50 80% 10 Rock Physical Smart 2
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM50 Overheat 140 90% 5 Fire Special Beauty 2
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Cool 2
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special Beauty 2
TM55 Brine 65 100% 10 Water Special Smart 2
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM59 Dragon Pulse 90 100% 10 Dragon Special Smart 2
TM61 Will-O-Wisp 75% 15 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM62 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Special Beauty 2
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Cute 2
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Cool 1
TM67 Recycle —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM71 Stone Edge 100 80% 5 Rock Physical Tough 2
TM72 Avalanche 60 100% 10 Ice Physical Cool 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status Beauty 0
TM76 Stealth Rock —% 20 Rock Status Cool 2
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
TM79 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 2
TM80 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical Tough 3
TM81 X-Scissor 80 100% 15 Bug Physical Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Smart 2
TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Smart 1
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Smart 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
TM91 Flash Cannon 80 100% 10 Steel Special Smart 2
TM92 Trick Room —% 5 Psychic Status Cute 2
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Cool 3
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical Smart 1
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special Beauty 2
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
HM05DPPt Defog —% 15 Flying Status Beauty 2
HM05HGSS Whirlpool 15 70% 15 Water Special Beauty 0
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 2
HM07 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Tough 3
HM08 Rock Climb 90 85% 20 Normal Physical Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

Arceus learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Aqua Tail USUM 90 90% 10 Water Physical
Defog USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Draco Meteor (With Draco Plate*) SMUSUM 130 90% 5 Dragon Special
Dragon Pulse USUM 85 100% 10 Dragon Special
Earth Power USUM 90 100% 10 Ground Special
Giga Drain USUM 75 100% 10 Grass Special
Gravity USUM —% 5 Psychic Status
Heat Wave USUM 95 90% 10 Fire Special
Hyper Voice USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Iron Head USUM 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
Iron Tail USUM 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Last Resort USUM 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Liquidation USUM 85 100% 10 Water Physical
Magic Coat USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Outrage USUM 120 100% 10 Dragon Physical
Recycle USUM —% 10 Normal Status
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Signal Beam USUM 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Stealth Rock USUM —% 20 Rock Status
Tailwind USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Telekinesis USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Trick USUM 100% 10 Psychic Status
Water Pulse USUM 60 100% 20 Water Special
Zen Headbutt USUM 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Aqua Tail ORAS 90 90% 10 Water Physical Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Draco Meteor (With Draco Plate) ORAS 130 90% 5 Dragon Special Beautiful 6 0 ♥
Dragon Pulse ORAS 85 100% 10 Dragon Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Earth Power ORAS 90 100% 10 Ground Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Giga Drain ORAS 75 100% 10 Grass Special Clever 1 4 ♥
Gravity ORAS —% 5 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
Heat Wave ORAS 95 90% 10 Fire Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
Hyper Voice ORAS 90 100% 10 Normal Special Cool 2 2 ♥
Icy Wind ORAS 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Iron Defense ORAS —% 15 Steel Status Tough 1 0 ♥
Iron Head ORAS 80 100% 15 Steel Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Iron Tail ORAS 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
Last Resort ORAS 140 100% 5 Normal Physical Cute 1 0 ♥
Magic Coat ORAS —% 15 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
Outrage ORAS 120 100% 10 Dragon Physical Cool 6 0 ♥
Recycle ORAS —% 10 Normal Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Shock Wave ORAS 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2 0 ♥
Signal Beam ORAS 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Stealth Rock ORAS —% 20 Rock Status Cool 2 0 ♥
Tailwind ORAS —% 15 Flying Status Cool 3 0 ♥
Trick ORAS 100% 10 Psychic Status Clever 2 1 ♥
Water Pulse ORAS 60 100% 20 Water Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Zen Headbutt ORAS 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical Clever 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Aqua Tail B2W2 90 90% 10 Water Physical
Dark Pulse B2W2 80 100% 15 Dark Special
Draco Meteor(With Draco Plate) BWB2W2 140 90% 5 Dragon Special
Dragon Pulse B2W2 90 100% 10 Dragon Special
Earth Power B2W2 90 100% 10 Ground Special
Giga Drain B2W2 75 100% 10 Grass Special
Gravity B2W2 —% 5 Psychic Status
Heat Wave B2W2 100 90% 10 Fire Special
Hyper Voice B2W2 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Icy Wind B2W2 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Iron Defense B2W2 —% 15 Steel Status
Iron Head B2W2 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
Iron Tail B2W2 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Last Resort B2W2 140 100% 5 Normal Physical
Magic Coat B2W2 —% 15 Psychic Status
Outrage B2W2 120 100% 10 Dragon Physical
Recycle B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Signal Beam B2W2 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Stealth Rock B2W2 —% 20 Rock Status
Tailwind B2W2 —% 30 Flying Status
Trick B2W2 100% 10 Psychic Status
Zen Headbutt B2W2 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
AncientPower HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Rock Special Tough 2
Aqua Tail HGSSPt 90 90% 10 Water Physical Cute 3
Dive HGSSPt 80 100% 10 Water Physical Beauty 1
Draco Meteor(With Draco Plate)  140 90% 5 Dragon Special Smart 2
Earth Power HGSSPt 90 100% 10 Ground Special Smart 2
Fury Cutter HGSSPt 10 95% 20 Bug Physical Cool 2
Headbutt HGSS 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
Heat Wave HGSSPt 100 90% 10 Fire Special Beauty 2
Gravity HGSS —% 5 Psychic Status Beauty 2
Icy Wind HGSSPt 55 95% 15 Ice Special Beauty 2
Iron Defense HGSSPt —% 15 Steel Status Beauty 1
Iron Head HGSSPt 80 100% 15 Steel Physical Tough 2
Last Resort HGSSPt 130 100% 5 Normal Physical Cute 0
Magic Coat HGSS —% 15 Psychic Status Beauty 2
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
Ominous Wind HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Smart 0
Outrage HGSSPt 120 100% 15 Dragon Physical Cool 2
Signal Beam HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beauty 2
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Tailwind HGSS —% 30 Flying Status Smart 2
Trick HGSSPt 100% 10 Psychic Status Smart 0
Twister HGSSPt 40 100% 20 Dragon Special Cool 3
Zen Headbutt HGSSPt 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical Beauty 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

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Appearances

Anime

Main article: Arceus (MS012)

Arceus appeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, making its debut appearance in any form of the Pokémon Anime. Arceus was betrayed by Damos (but, revealed brainwashed by Marcus) then become upset. After he was returned, he battled against Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Dialga transported Ash Ketchum, Dawn,Brock, and Sheena back in time to stop Marcus from betraying Arceus in the first place.

Main article: Arceus (MS018)

Arceus also appears with other Legendary Pokémon in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages the 18th Pokémon movie.

Arceus also appeared along with Dialga, Palkia and Giratina in the opening "The Greatest - Everyday!". It eventually is the world's most powerful Pokémon.

Arceus is seen flying through the sky at the end of "Hoopa and the Clash of Ages"

Manga

Main article: Arceus (Adventures)

Gold will fight against Arceus in the later chapters of HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokémon Adventures.

Trivia

  • Arceus is the only Pokémon to be the trio master of two Legendary Trios, and the only trio master to be a Mythical Pokémon.
  • The signature ability of Silvally, RKS System, is a reference to Arceus (as holding Memories changes the types of Silvally and its signature move, just as Plates do for Arceus). This is likely due to Silvally having been an artificial attempt to recreate Arceus.
  • Arceus is the second-highest level Pokémon and highest level Legendary Pokémon able to be caught in any game at level 80. A level 100 Magikarp can be found in Pokémon Platinum using the Super Rod in the Resort Area.
  • Arceus's name pronunciation in Pokémon Battle Revolution is Ar-SEE-us, the same as the Japanese pronunciation, compared to the later English pronunciation of Ar-KEY-us, which has been stated to be due to avoiding issues in European countries where it may look like it is derived from the British spelling of an expletive.
  • In the movie "Arceus and the Jewel of Life", Arceus was being kept alive by the plates which changed its type. In the Pokémon games, Arceus doesn't have any plates when you encounter it.
  • It is impossible to legitimately own an Arceus below Level 100 because the Azure Flute was never officially distributed and Arceus has never been distributed at any other level.
  • Arceus was absent from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness because it was not officially acknowledged by Nintendo at the time.
    • In the anime Arceus possesses all 16 plates at once and can change its type at will (in the games it can only hold one at a time).
  • The Greek word 'archaios' means ancient. It then became the English word "archaic", which probably refers to how Arceus created the world and could be the first-ever Pokémon.
  • In "Hoopa and the Clash of Ages" Arceus makes whale-like noises.
  • Arceus is considered as the god or creator of Pokémon universe based on Sinnoh myth and the very first Pokémon in existence.
  • Arceus placed second in a special poll created to see which Pokémon was the most popular to be distributed for the upcoming movie Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Arceus is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Gravity.

Origin

Arceus is based on a creator god, the idea of which is present in many world mythologies and religions. It also resembles a qilin. The idea of being the first-ever Pokémon may reference how many religions often believe that certain creator gods were the first in the universe and that they created everything. The fact that it hatches from an egg may reference the World Egg. Its description in the Pokédex and its design may reference both forms of Avalokiteśvara, often described as having eleven heads and a thousand hands (relating to its Pokedex entry) or having one head and four arms with a shining white coloring (relating to its Normal Form). Its design may also be based off on an alpaca or llama, religious depictions of lambs, and the Urcuchillay, an Incan deity said to take the form of a multi-colored llama.

Etymology

Arceus comes from "archetypus" (Latin for "Archetype"), αρχή (arché, Greek for "the Beginning"), aureus ("Golden") or "arch-"(original, supreme or high-ranked), as well as possibly incorporating "arcanus" (Latin for "[Holy] Secret"), "arcane", "arc" (referring to the wheel around its body) or "alpha" (the first letter of the Greek alphabet and often symbolic of beginnings) and "deus" meaning divine being or god. It may also incorporate "Zeus" (the king of the gods in Greek mythology), "Ra" (the Egyptian god of the sun) and/or "Jesus" (an important figure in the Abrahamic religions, especially Christianity, in which he is believed to be the son of God).

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