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Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス, Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus) is a Generation VIII game taking place in the Hisui region, the Sinnoh region long before the events of Diamond and Pearl. The game released worldwide on January 28, 2022.

Blurb

Action meets RPG in a new kind of Pokémon Adventure!
Research Pokémon for the Hisui region's first Pokédex
Catch Pokémon using your battle skills—or stealth and wits!
Answer the call of Arceus, said to be the creator of this world!

Features

  • The game has a near-fully open landscape rather than having set routes, similar to the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
  • The player is able to choose from three Starter Pokémon found by Professor Laventon during his travels throughout regions, each originating from a different previous installment in the mainline Pokémon games. These Pokémon are Rowlet from the Alola region, Cyndaquil from the Johto region, and Oshawott from the Unova region. These Pokémon’s final evolutions receive new regional forms.
  • The setting is that of the Hisui region, a region that would later come to be known as Sinnoh. The game's events take place many centuries ago when it was largely made up of untouched nature, there were little settlements, and the bond between people and Pokémon is still undeveloped.
  • The player is part of the Galaxy Expedition Team, which is implied to eventually become Team Galactic.
  • The player can participate in Survey Outings to document and learn about Pokémon of Hisui. They begin by preparing at base camps located around the region.
  • The player can observe Pokémon behaviors and sneak up on Pokémon in order to catch them as an alternative to battling them. However, some Pokémon interact differently to encountering the player. Some may run away, some may approach the player in interest, and others may attack the player.
  • The game features every Pokémon introduced in Generation IV, as well as a handful introduced after. However, a few Pokémon in the Sinnoh dex from Generations I-III are absent.
  • Pokédex entries are now less straightforward to fill out. Rather than only having to catch a Pokémon once to register it, the player must now complete a variety of tasks involving catching or battling that species to increase each Pokémon’s research level. The full entry is filled out after increasing the research level to 10.
  • Several new Pokémon are introduced; all except one are new evolutions for either existing Pokémon (such as Ursaluna and Wyrdeer) or for Hisuian forms (such as Sneasler and Overqwil).
  • Dialga and Palkia both gain new Origin forms.
  • There are new movement options such as dodging, which allows the Player to become temporarily invulnerable to attacks.
  • Pokémon battles are now seamless, having no transition, and take place in real time. The player can activate this by throwing a Poké Ball containing one of their team members in front of a wild Pokémon.
  • The turn system is reworked, with it now being possible for a player to have multiple turns in a row depending on their Pokémon's speed.
  • The player's Pokémon can master moves and can use two variants of any mastered move: a Strong Style and an Agile Style. Strong Style moves increase the move's power but decrease the Pokémon's move speed while the Agile Style decreases the move's power but increases the Pokémon's move speed. Using a move in either Strong or Agile Style uses twice as much PP as using the normal version of the move.
  • Just like previous installments, there is a day and night cycle. However, it is not based on the real-time clock and instead follows a pre-set amount of real time. Players can change the time of day by resting at any base camp.
  • Regional forms first introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon have returned, as well as new evolutions for previous Pokémon.
  • Player characters can take damage from being attacked by wild Pokémon, falling, or drowning. If the Player takes took much damage from attacks or other injuries, they will black out, causing them to lose several items. These lost satchels can be found and returned by other players via the internet.
  • Space-time Distortions may randomly appear in areas inhabited by Pokémon where rare Pokémon and items can temporarily be found inside.
  • There are "Alpha" Pokémon, which are the same as normal Pokémon, but larger, have glowing red eyes, and are stronger overall. After catching these Alphas, they will remain large and powerful, but will lose the eye glow.
  • There are events known as "Mass Outbreaks," which are periods of time where many of one Pokémon spawn in a certain area.
  • In the Daybreak update, a new phenomenon called "Massive Mass Outbreaks" was added where several Mass Outbreaks occur at once for a short time similar to Space-time Distortions

Wild Pokémon Behaviors

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Wild Pokémon have 3 different behaviors, Some are timid and will try to flee from the player, Some don't have any interaction with the player, some Pokémon are hostile and will try to attack the player, and some are Neutral and will follow the player around but become hostile when they see the player try to catch it or any nearby species or would become Hostile randomly. Alpha Pokémon and Pokémon that appeared in a Distortion Zone are hostile regardless of it's species.

Pokémon Behavior
Rowlet Timid
Dartrix Hostile or Neutral
Decidueye Hostile
Dewott Hostile
Samurott Hostile
123.png Scyther Hostile
133.png Eevee Timid
265.png Wurmple None or Timid
266.png Silcoon Neutral
267.png Beautifly Hostile
268.png Cascoon Neutral
269.png Dustox Hostile
399.png Bidoof None
400.png Bibarel Hostile
396.png Starly Timid
397.png Staravia Hostile
398.png Staraptor Hostile
425.png Drifloon Hostile
426.png Drifblim Hostile
Mothim Hostile
Landorus Hostile

Pokémon

New Pokémon

Hisuian Forms

Analogous to the Alolan forms and Galarian forms, there are Regional variants in the Hisui Region known as Hisuian forms.

List of Hisuian forms

Patches

Info below is retrieved from Serebii.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus version history
VersionRelease dateSize (Blocks/Bytes)Fixes
1.0.1 January 26, 2022 Unknown Fixed some problems for a better gaming experience
1.0.2 February 8, 2022 Unknown Fixed a glitch where Cherrim would be impossible to catch after it changes forms
Fixed a glitch where you'd not be able to proceed after completing a mission
Fixed a glitch where you could get several Legendary Pokémon twice
Various bug fixes
1.1.0 February 27, 2022 Unknown Added over a dozen new Requests
Added the Path of Solitude battles
Added the Path of Tenacity battles
Added the Eternal Battle Reverie battles
Added Massive Mass Outbreaks
Added a new Farm Harvest
Altered Ginter so he would offer 3 items instead of 1
Added ability to invite people to the photo studio for a photo
Fixed the glitch that caused the game to be softlocked at Cresselia
Fixed the glitch that caused the weather to not change
Fixed an exploit that allowed people to reset Mass Outbreaks for Shiny Pokémon
Fixed an issue where you could purchase moves at the Move Shop even if the Pokémon already had access to it as an Alpha Pokémon
1.1.1 March 18, 2022 Unknown Fixed a glitch where the Shiny Charm would not be given to players under certain conditions
Various bug fixes

Trivia

  • It was announced on February 26, 2021 on Pokémon's 25th Anniversary.
  • "Hisui" translates to "jade"; keeping the mineral naming of the era.
  • This is the first mainline installment to:
    • Have real-time battles and seamless transitions.
    • Not have any new Starter Pokémon while also not being a remake of a previous installment.
      • It is also the first mainline game to have each Starter Pokémon from a different region rather than all of them originating in the same region.
    • It is also the first mainline installment since Pokémon Gold and Silver to return to a region from a previous generation without being a remake.
    • To have human characters on their box art.
    • To have wild Pokémon catchable straight from the overworld.
    • To have playable characters being attacked and damaged by different means.
  • This will be the first main series game since Platinum to not be released in a pair with another game.
  • The player characters, Rei and Akari, closely bear resemblance to Lucas and Dawn, which could possibly mean that they are their ancestors. There are also many characters bearing resemblance to characters from Diamond and Pearl.
  • During the reveal, much of the art shown is in a traditional Japanese shodō style, including the art of the Starter Pokémon. The "Arceus" in the title is also written in this distinctive style.
  • The environments are somewhat similar to those in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • The game's logo has the same colors as the logo for Pokémon 4Ever.
  • The two clans featured in the games are named after the original Gen 4 games; the Diamond Clan and Pearl Clan respectively.
  • Trade Evolutions are now replaced by an item named the "Linking Cord." You get the Linking Cord by going to the Trading Post in Jubilife Village, and buying it for 1,000 MP (Merit Points). Merit Points are gained by collecting other players' Lost Satchels, and redeeming the Merit Points from the Lost & Found in the menu. You can also get them in the space-time distortions.

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