Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス
Pokémon Legends: Arceus boxart
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Action RPG
Players: 1
Connectivity: N/A
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VIII core series
Release dates
Japan: January 28, 2022
North America: January 28, 2022
Australia: January 28, 2022
Europe: January 28, 2022
South Korea: January 28, 2022
Hong Kong: January 28, 2022
Taiwan: January 28, 2022
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Official site
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Japanese boxart

Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Japanese: Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus) is the fifth Generation VIII core series game. The game will be released on the Nintendo Switch.

The game was announced worldwide on the 25th Anniversary of the release of Pokémon Red and Green on February 27, 2021 at 12 am JST through Pokémon Presents. It will be released worldwide on January 28, 2022. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese.


The player character's goal is to complete the Hisui region's first Pokédex. Arceus is also said to have a role in the plot.


  • The game features Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott as starter Pokémon, and Rei and Akari as player characters. Other NPCs include the members of the Galaxy Expedition Team. The player character that is not selected appears in the story as an NPC.
  • The game takes place in the Hisui region, a past version of Sinnoh.
  • All standard wild encounters now appear to be symbol encounters. Pokémon may exhibit different behaviors, such as fleeing, sleeping/waking, emoting, or becoming aggressive. These behaviors may differ depending on the in-game weather or time of day.
  • The player may catch Pokémon from the overworld directly by throwing a Poké Ball. An aiming reticle appears on-screen during this.
  • Poké Balls have an "old-fashioned" appearance in this game, with a wooden bottom half, a buckle-shaped metal-colored implement instead of a button, and a valve on top that puffs out steam on a successful catch.
  • To battle a wild Pokémon, the player must throw one of their own Pokémon's Poké Balls nearby.
  • In the overworld, the player has access to action-related elements such as rolling and diving leaps.
  • A feature similar to Ride Pokémon appears to be present, with Hisuian Braviary shown representing flying/soaring, Basculegion shown representing surfing, and Wyrdeer shown representing fast overworld movement.
    • Some unique actions are shown during this, such as having Hisuian Braviary change its flight pitch angle, Basculegion leaping over an land obstruction in the water and down a waterfall, and Wyrdeer jumping.
  • Under unknown circumstances, Pokémon with angry red eyes are shown in the overworld and in battle. These Pokémon may still be caught.
  • Pokémon may attack the player in the overworld, and the player may also take damage by falling from high places. Taking too much damage will cause a black out.
  • A feature visually similar to Pokémon Camp can be seen, with six party Pokémon surrounding the player in an overworld setting.
  • The concept of turns in battle has received an overhaul, with the game now presenting an Action Order showing which sides are to get the next six turns. Depending on speed and "other factors", one side may get multiple turns in a row.
  • Moves may be used in the Strong Style, which increases that move's power but lowers action speed, or in the Agile Style, which decreases that move's power but raises action speed.
  • Outside of Jubilife Village, Pokémon Centers appear to have been replaced by base camps, which allow healing, item purchasing, and the new item crafting feature.
    • Poké Balls require 1 Apricorn and 1 Tumblestone to craft.
    • Heavy Balls require 1 Apricorn and 1 Black Tumblestone to craft. Heavy Balls are thrown in a shorter arc and work better on Pokémon that have not yet noticed the player.
    • Smoke Bombs require 1 Sootfoot Root and 1 Caster Fern to craft. In the overworld, throwing one at the ground helps prevent wild Pokémon from noticing the player.
    • Revives are also shown in the crafting menu, though its requirements are unknown.
  • The player's Bag is now referred to as a "satchel".
  • Completing a Pokédex entry now requires more than just catching a certain Pokémon once, with other requirements varying from multiple catches to seeing a Pokémon use certain moves multiple times.
  • The player receives a device called the Arc Phone early in the story, whose design distinctly resembles Arceus. In one screenshot, it is seen displaying an area map as well as the player's current goal.

New Pokémon and forms


The game is confirmed to support online connectivity and trading with other players, but will not support Ranked Battles. The game is planned to receive Pokémon HOME connectivity at some point in 2022.




New Pokémon


  • Despite its title not containing the full name of "Pocket Monsters" in Japanese, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is considered to be a part of the core series by the official website.[1] It is the only core series game not to contain the full name of "Pocket Monsters" in that language.
  • This is the first solitary core series game since Platinum, which also takes place in Sinnoh.
  • This is the first core series game to not have a game mascot appear on its boxart, as well as the first to not have at least one alternate version.

In other languages

Language Title
20px Japanese Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢傳說 阿爾宙斯
Mandarin 寶可夢傳說 阿爾宙斯
宝可梦传说 阿尔宙斯
20px French Légendes Pokémon : Arceus
20px German Pokémon-Legenden: Arceus
20px Italian Leggende Pokémon: Arceus
20px Korean Pokémon LEGENDS 아르세우스
20px Spanish Leyendas Pokémon: Arceus


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Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!‎
Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
Brilliant Diamond & Shining PearlLegends: Arceus
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