Pokémon Legends: Arceus, is the next big open-world game from the Pokémon Company. It was first introduced to us earlier this year in February and on Wednesday’s Pokémon Presents showcase we got to learn more.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in the land of Hisui. Or a region that we’ll come to know as Sinnoh. In these ancient days, Poké Balls were made of wood and people and Pokémon did not live as harmoniously together. Pokémon Legends: Arceus has a completely new take on the franchise from its story to gameplay.
But in a new land what we’re really looking for of course is new Pokémon. Let’s introduce you to all the new Pokémon as well as Pokémon variations that you’ll encounter in the Hisui region.
| Category: Spiteful Fox Pokemon | Type: Normal/Ghost |
This is Zorua as it appears in the Hisui region. Originally a Dark-type Pokémon outside of the Hisui region, they are reborn here as a Ghost-type Pokémon.
The Zorou was originally driven to the Hisui region from other lands by humans, who shunned the Pokémon for manifesting uncanny illusions. But the Zorua were unable to survive the harsh Hisuian environment and perished there. Their lingering souls were reborn in this Ghost-type form through the power of their malice toward humans and other Pokémon.
If Hisuian Zorua spot a lone person or Pokémon, the Zorua may appear before them in a guise mimicking the target’s appearance. Unlike the illusions of the previously discovered form of Zorua, these ghostly mimicries are created using spiteful power emitted from the long fur on Hisuian Zorua’s head, around its neck, and on its tail.
It appears that the Hisuian Zorua absorb and draw strength from the terror of those who witness their illusions.
| Category: Baneful Fox Pokemon | Type: Normal/Ghost |
This is Zoroark as it appears in the Hisui region. They are the evolved form of the Hisuian Zorua.
The Hisuian Zoroark is ferociously hostile and aggressive toward people and other Pokémon. But it appears to have a compassionate streak for those it considers close or like family. It has been seen to protect Hisuian Zorua, for example.
Anyone able to establish trust with a Hisuian Zoroark would likely find it an invaluable ally.
The spiteful power emitted from Hisuian Zoroark’s long, writhing fur projects terrifying illusions—and it can also inflict physical harm upon foes, damaging their bodies from both inside and out. The illusions that they project have expressions of such utter malice toward every last thing upon this world that those who see them are said to be driven mad by the terror.
| Category: Big Horn Pokémon | Type: Normal/Psychic |
In the Hisui region, Stantler can evolve into Wyrdeer.
This Pokémon has been treasured since long ago by the people of this region, for whom it is indispensable. It grows much larger when it evolves, and garments with the fur shed from its beard, tail, and legs are highly prized for their top-notch protection against the cold.
Using the black orbs at the bases of its antlers, this Pokémon generates and unleashes psychic energy powerful enough to distort space. Wyrdeer searches out safe paths by using its antlers like antennae, running at the head of its herd and leading young Stantler.
| Category: Big Fish Pokémon | Type: Water/Ghost |
Basculin in the Hisui region can evolve into Basculegion.
This Evolution occurs when a Basculin is possessed by the souls of other Basculin from its school that could not withstand the harsh journey upstream. Basculegion fights together with these souls, which attack opponents as if with a will of their own.
The moment this Pokémon senses animosity, it will become enraged and attack relentlessly until the enemy is defeated. This Pokémon gains power from the souls possessing it, letting it swim on and on without tiring.
| Category: Axe Pokémon | Type: Bug/Rock |
Scyther in the Hisui region can evolve into Kleavor.
Special minerals found in the Hisui region can cause Scyther to evolve into Kleavor. The minerals have caused parts of Scyther’s body to harden into stone.
The stone parts often get chipped during fierce battles, and Kleavor that have survived many battles will display larger chipping across their bodies. However, the chipping actually makes these stone parts sharper, increasing their slicing power.
It is said that the people of Hisui once used pieces of stone that had fallen from Kleavor to craft tools.
Even a casual swing from one of Kleavor’s large, axe-like arms is capable of delivering a devastating blow, dealing massive damage to the hardiest of opponents. Kleavor uses its arms to carve symbols into tree trunks and even chop trees down to mark its territory. If you come across trees with markings made by a sharp blade or a row of trees cut down in a crisscross pattern, it could be the doing of Kleavor.
| Category: Battle Cry Pokémon | Type: Psychic/Flying |
When Rufflet in the Hisui region evolves, they become Hisuian Braviary.
In the winter, this Pokémon flies in from somewhere farther north. It’s larger than the previously discovered form of Braviary and tends to live alone rather than in flocks.
The Hisuian Braviary can imbue its eerie screeches with psychic power to generate powerful shock waves. It then uses its sharp talons to tear at and seize prey weakened by these shock waves. Apparently, it can also use its psychic power to sharpen its sixth sense and enter a trance that boosts its physical abilities.
| Category: Scout Pokémon | Type: Fire/Rock |
This is Growlithe as it appears in the Hisui region.
Its Hisuian form has longer, more voluminous fur than the previously discovered form of Growlithe. This soft, heat-retaining fur helps the Pokémon thrive even in the frigid Hisui region. These Pokémon live in packs in the snowy mountains and defend themselves with icy breath. I suspect this species changed its form to adapt to the frigid climate.
The sharp horn on its head is made out of rock but can break easily. So Hisuian Growlithe uses it only when it’ll have the greatest effect.
The Hisuian Growlithe are highly vigilant and watch over their territory in pairs. Apparently, they have lived apart from humans for a long time and are unused to being around people. Building trust with a Hisuian Growlithe takes time.
| Category: Scout Pokémon | Type: Fire/Rock |
Hisuian Arcanine evolves from Hisuian Growlithe when exposed to a Fire Stone.
The Hisuian Arcananine dwells on sacred peaks perpetually covered in snow. Said to appear to virtuous people who have lost their way on mountain paths—it then guides them back down to the mountain’s base.
| Category: Sphere Pokémon | Type: Electric/Grass |
This is Voltorb as it appears in the Hisui region.
This enigmatic Pokémon has a glossy, spherical body. It looks very similar to the Poké Balls of the Hisui region, with the wood-grain-like makeup of its body’s surface and the hole on the top of its head.
There seem to be countless seeds packed inside Hisuian Voltorb. Occasionally, it spouts these seeds out of the hole in its head. However, no one knows exactly what it’s like inside the Pokémon’s body because inside the hole is pitch-dark. It’s impossible to see anything even if one peers into the hole.
This Pokémon is always in high spirits and has a friendly personality. However, it discharges its stored electricity all at once from the hole in its head when it gets excited, so it frequently shocks humans and Pokémon in its vicinity. Even the slightest provocation can set off such a discharge, so in human settlements, Hisuian Voltorb is considered a nuisance. Tales of people temporarily plugging the hole on Hisuian Voltorb’s head and kicking it out of settlements are not entirely uncommon.
| Category: Alpha Pokémon | Type: Normal |
Pokémon Legends: Arceus will arrive on January 28th 2022 on the Nintendo Switch.