Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive Pokemon game, which is to be launched on January 28, 2022. The game is set in a bygone era of the Sinnoh region’s history, when it was known as the Hisui region, long before the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl take place. It was stated that the objective of the game would be to create Hisui’s first Pokédex.
1. What Exactly Is It?
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the next big Pokemon adventure — another main entry in the series, after the last Pokemon Sword and Shield. However, the fandom is especially excited about this one because, to quote The Pokemon Company, it’s a “bold new direction” for the franchise, which aims to “honor past Pokemon games’ core gameplay while infusing new action and RPG elements”.
When the game was originally revealed it was described and compared quite a lot to open-world games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While PR and early footage of the game certainly gave the impression of an open-world environment that you’d be able to walk from one location to the next, it seems this won’t entirely be the case. The Pokémon Company has shared a statement in response to a story on Kotaku, which seems to clarify how it will be more like series such as Monster Hunter — with segmented areas. While it didn’t specifically reference that game, it explains how you as the trainer will set out from the village to “various open areas” of the Hisui region to complete tasks.
2. Starter Pokemons
Game Freak is also doing something different when it comes to the starter choices for Arceus. All of the Pokemon Legends: Arceus Starters are from different generations for the first time ever. We’ve got Cyndaquil from Gen 2, Oshawott from Gen 5, and Rowlet from Gen 7.
Professor Laventon is a member of the Galaxy team who studies the ecology of Pokemon. Laventon is the one who brings these starter Pokemon to Jubilife, and he is said to have encountered the trio during his excursions in other regions. As is the classic way of things, the professor entrusts one of these starters to you.
3. New Hisui Variants
Just like the unique Galarian Pokemon found in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Legends: Arceus will introduce us to new Hisuian variants. The latest trailer shows off a host of new Pokemon variants and evolutions we’ll find in the upcoming adventure, and the official Pokemon Legends website offers more details about these new additions.
4. Meet the New Galaxy Team
Jubilife Village is home to the Galaxy expedition team, which is said to be made up of members from a variety of different regions. The Galaxy team fronts up the Medical, Security, and Survey Corps in Hisui, and each division has a different leader who you’ll meet during your adventures.
As the latest Pokemon Presents stream showcased, Captain Cyllene is the leader of the Survey Corps, who is said to be your biggest supporter and watches over your progress. Commander Komado fronts and oversees the entire Galaxy expedition team, and is described as a dependable leader who “has earned the unwavering trust of his team members”. Komado allows you to join the team when he becomes aware of your “knack for Pokemon research”. Oh, and he also sports one very serious mustache.
5. Gameplay Preview
You’ll be able to go on excursions to observe Pokemon in their natural habitats as you join the ranks of the Survey Corps in the Hisui region. Each excursion you go on will begin by preparing at a base camp, where you can buy items or craft them from materials. By catching Pokemon in various locations, you’ll be able to learn more about how they live to build up your Pokedex. In order to catch Pokemon, you simply sneak up, carefully aim, and throw a Pokeball at them. No more blinding running about in the long grass and waiting for the battle to begin. Different Pokemon will react in various ways to your presence, with some more prone to flee, so you can instead use the long grass to stealthily approach them. There are also aggressive Pokemon who you’ll have to battle in order to catch them.
As you explore the lands and learn about the creatures that roam the different environments, you will be vulnerable to attacks from wild Pokemon in the Hisui region. This means you risk fainting or blacking out if take one too many hits.
All in all, we hope this game is worth our while. It is an evolution that needs our support and understanding, especially from veteran Pokemon trainers!