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  • Action meets RPG in this new take on the Pokémon series.
  • Study Pokémon behaviors, sneak up on them, and toss a well-aimed PokéBall to catch them.
  • Unleash moves in the speedy agile style or the powerful strong style in battles.
  • Travel to the Hisui region - the Sinnoh of old - and build the region's first Pokédex.
  • Learn about the Mythical Pokémon Arceus, the key to this mysterious tale.
  • Meet the ancestors of characters from the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games.

Product Description

Get ready for a new kind of grand, Pokémon adventure in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a brand new game from Game Freak that blends action and exploration with the RPG roots of the Pokémon series. Explore natural expanses to catch Pokémon by learning their behavior, sneaking up, and throwing a well-aimed Poké Ball. You can also toss the Poké Ball containing your ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon to seamlessly enter battle. This new angle on Pokémon gameplay will deliver an immersive, personal experience brought to life by both Pokémon and humans.

Action meets RPG as the Pokémon series reaches a new frontier

Get ready for a new kind of grand, Pokémon adventure in Pokémon™ Legends: Arceus, a brand-new game from Game Freak that blends action and exploration with the RPG roots of the Pokémon series. Embark on survey missions in the ancient Hisui region. Explore natural expanses to catch wild Pokémon by learning their behavior, sneaking up, and throwing a well-aimed Poké Ball. You can also toss the Poké Ball containing your ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon to seamlessly enter battle. Travel across land, sea, and sky on the backs of Pokémon to explore every corner of the Hisui region.

Travel to the Hisui region—the Sinnoh of old—and build the region’s first Pokédex

Your adventure takes place in the expansive natural majesty of the Hisui region, where you are tasked with studying Pokémon to complete the region’s first Pokédex. Mount Coronet rises from the center, surrounded on all sides by areas with distinct environments. In this era—long before the events of the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games—you can find newly discovered Pokémon like Wyrdeer, an evolution of Stantler, and new regional forms like Hisuian Growlithe, Hisuian Zorua, and Hisuian Zoroark! Along the way, uncover the mystery surrounding the Mythical Pokémon known as Arceus.

  • Bleacher Report - "Pokemon Legends: Arceus is such a blast to play and a step in the right direction..." – N/A
  • Game Informer - "Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a beautiful adventure thanks mainly to its colorful art style…" – 8.75/10
  • Polygon - "There’s always a new type of Pokémon around every corner, and it makes the world feel alive." – N/A
  • The Verge - "... gives off the feeling of a real place full of danger and secrets and all of the joy and excitement those things can bring." – N/A
  • IGN - “…reimagines how you go about capturing and battling Pokémon…” – 7/10

As the protagonist of this game, you'll meet Professor Laventon, who studies the ecology of Pokémon as a member of the Galaxy Expedition Team. Before long, you'll join the Galaxy Team yourself and get to work as a member of the Survey Corps. Your goal will be to meet every species of Pokémon in the region!

After receiving an assignment or a request and preparing for your next excursion, you'll set out from Jubilife Village to study one of the various areas of the Hisui region. There may be certain Pokémon behaviors—or even entire species—that you witness only under the right conditions, such as during a particular time of day or in certain kinds of weather. Word has it that some Pokémon even act in ways that are unique to their species! Keep an eye on your health while out adventuring—take too much damage from wild Pokémon attacks or falling from high places and you’ll be unable to go on!

Battles in the Hisui region also have some unique properties. For the first time in the series, your Pokémon unleash moves with the speedy agile style or the powerful strong style. These styles might also affect how many turns Pokémon can take in a row!

Encounter noble Pokémon, special Pokémon in the Hisui region that have received a mysterious blessing. These nobles are particularly powerful and are revered by the people of the region. But some strange phenomenon is now causing them to suddenly fly into a frenzy. To quell them, you will have to hit them with balms made from these noble Pokémon’s favorite foods.

Jubilife Village is the main base of your adventures in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, this village has grown to be the bustling Jubilife City. There are also characters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus who are ancestors of some familiar faces you may know.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Review

Learning Some New Moves

by Brian Shea on Jan 26, 2022

Game Informer Must Play

Catching as many Pokémon as you can, learning more about them, and training them to be stronger in battle are the very foundations of Game Freak’s iconic RPG series, but few titles exemplify those core concepts as powerfully as this latest outing. Pokémon Legends: Arceus tasks you with exploring a bygone era of the Sinnoh region, then known as Hisui, and gives you more ways than ever to complete your Pokédex. While some elements don’t feel like their final forms, I love where this new direction takes the Pokémon series.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ early hours are full of exposition and long, dialogue-filled scenes. You learn most people are afraid of Pokémon, but a new invention – the Poké Ball – hopes to bring people and Pokémon closer than ever before. The beginning was slow, but once I was finally set free into the Hisui region, the gameplay loop sunk its hooks into me. With Poké Balls in tow, your primary task is to fill your Pokédex with as many unique species as possible. However, en route to completing that task, you uncover various mysteries surrounding anomalies happening around the region. Some narrative beats and character arcs did not land for me, but the story is a step up from previous entries in the series, particularly later in the game.

Running around vast, open areas in search of new creatures to add to your Pokédex is enthralling. I love how simply catching a Pokémon doesn’t immediately complete your entry for that monster. Instead, you need to perform mini-tasks to earn points towards completion; these include seeing them do specific moves, defeating them, and even using certain moves against them. The objectives can be too cookie-cutter, but I like how the system made me feel like I was actually studying the Pokémon I encountered rather than mindlessly collecting them.

You can opt to sneak up on a wild Pokémon instead of battling them, which I applaud for how it improves the flow of moving through an area. The game’s streamlined U.I. lets you easily select if you want to throw an empty Poké Ball to try and catch them, a piece of food to distract them, or a Pokémon of your own to battle them. The wild Pokémon might run if you’re spotted, but it may also attack you. You can try to escape, even utilizing dodge-rolls to evade attacks, but your best bet is to toss one of your own Pokémon out to take it out. While much of the game focused on action and exploration, I appreciate how encounters seamlessly transition you from the real-time exploration to an improved iteration on the series’ simple turn-based battle system.

Battle menus also receive a streamlined interface, allowing you to select whether you want to send out a new Pokémon or throw a Poké Ball without leaving the battle screen. Additionally, Pokémon can learn new moves or master their existing ones by leveling up. I like how the mastery system lets me be more strategic. You can choose to execute strong attacks to add some oomph and accuracy at the cost of speed or agile versions that might give you an extra turn at the expense of power. I loved watching the enemy’s life bar drain after landing a strong attack, knowing that my gamble paid off. Hisui is full of diverse biomes, which play host to a wide array of Pokémon. These segmented areas all have linear routes that lead to destinations and points of interest. However, wandering off the beaten path to scavenge resources to use in the game’s rudimentary crafting system, discovering tucked-away areas, and finding new creatures to catch were my favorite moments with the game.

Whenever I wanted a break from the main story, I could quickly lose a couple of hours trying to further my Pokédex progress on side activities. A day/night cycle further enhances the rewards, as different monsters come out at night, giving you a reason to return when the sun sets. Hisui is full of rewarding activities that include stronger Alpha Pokémon to fight and catch, side-missions that involve collecting resources and specific creatures, and special limited-time events to help you further round out your Pokédex.

As you progress the story, you face off against a handful of frenzied noble Pokémon. Rather than engaging in Pokémon battles, you control your trainer for most of the sequence. You have to throw special balms at the noble Pokémon to drain their health bar as you dodge various attacks. At specific points in each encounter, you can use your Pokémon to try and defeat them in battle; if you’re successful, you stun them and open them up to more balm tosses. These boss battles are sometimes tricky as the attacks become more intense, but the option to restart failed battles without losing progress removes some of the sting of defeat. These fights are fun twists on the boss battles in the Pokémon universe, but imprecise controls sometimes caused me to take unnecessary damage.

A prominent criticism of the Pokémon series has long been about how the production values don’t match the standards set by other triple-A titles. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a beautiful adventure thanks mainly to its colorful art style. However, while character and Pokémon animations are a step up from previous mainline entries, they still lag woefully behind other games in the genre. Cutscenes set up action moments, only for the screen to fade to black when a character needs to perform a unique action that would require a new animation, leaving the player to fill in the blanks with their imagination.

Additionally, the series’ lack of voice acting hasn’t been a sore spot to this point for me, but Arceus has several dialogue-heavy scenes. The prominence of these scenes makes the silence feel like an antiquated relic of the late ‘90s, alongside the digitized Pokémon cries that persist in this title. Top it all off with lackluster technical performance, full of object pop-in, frame rate drops, and low-resolution textures, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus is hardly a technological marvel.

Despite these shortcomings, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a worthwhile spin-off adventure, even if some of the concepts aren’t fully developed. With an enticing gameplay loop, fun side activities, and a story I’m glad I saw through to the end, Pokémon Legends: Arceus sets a solid foundation for what I hope is the next evolution for the series.

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Number of Players 1
Genre Adventure


Compatible Platforms Nintendo Switch


Franchise Pokemon
Publisher Name Nintendo
Developer Name Nintendo


Product Length 4.68
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Product Height 7.18
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Pokemon Legends: Arceus - Nintendo Switch
$54.99 $52.24 for Pros