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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Also known as: Pokémon LEGENDS アルセウス (JP), Légendes Pokémon: Arceus (FR), Pokémon-Legenden: Arceus (DE), Leggende Pokémon: Arceus (IT), Pokémon LEGENDS 아르세우스 (KR), Leyendas Pokémon: Arceus (ES), 寶可夢傳說 阿爾宙斯 (CN)
Developer: Game Freak
Publishers: The Pokémon Company (JP), Nintendo (INT)
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: January 28, 2022

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Shiny-locked Pokémon.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus kicks off a new spinoff series by sending players back in time to the Hisui region (a.k.a. Sinnoh before it was called Sinnoh). It makes changes to nearly every mechanic or aspect of the Pokémon formula, creating a more open-ended experience than any prior game in the series.

Additionally, you can evolve Pokémon that previously only evolved through trading with a certain item, making it finally possible to complete the Pokédex by yourself! (If you have save files from the last two games, that is.)

It's also notable for being one of the few modern Pokémon games with voice acting (even if it's just grunts and yells from the player character).


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Prerelease Info

Unused Pokémon Data

Unused Abilities

All the returning Pokémon in the game have their Abilities programmed in, despite them almost never coming into play. Moreover, despite Abilities not existing in this game, the new Pokémon were each given new Abilities internally, almost certainly for future-proofing compatibility with Pokémon HOME.

Pokémon Regular Ability 1 Regular Ability 2 Hidden Ability
Hisuian Growlithe Intimidate Flash Fire Justified
Hisuian Arcanine Intimidate Flash Fire Justified
Hisuian Voltorb Soundproof Static Aftermath
Hisuian Electrode Soundproof Static Aftermath
Hisuian Typhlosion Blaze Flash Fire
Hisuian Qwilfish Poison Point Swift Swim Intimidate
Hisuian Sneasel Inner Focus Keen Eye Poison Touch
Dialga Origin form Pressure Telepathy
Palkia Origin form Pressure Telepathy
Hisuian Samurott Torrent Shell Armor
Hisuian Lilligant Chlorophyll Hustle Leaf Guard
White Stripe Basculin Rattled Adaptability Mold Breaker
Hisuian Zorua Illusion
Hisuian Zoroark Illusion
Hisuian Braviary Keen Eye Sheer Force Defiant
Hisuian Sliggoo Sap Sipper Overcoat Gooey
Hisuian Goodra Sap Sipper Overcoat Gooey
Hisuian Avalugg Strong Jaw Ice Body Sturdy
Hisuian Decidueye Overgrow Long Reach
Wyrdeer Intimidate Frisk Sap Sipper
Kleavor Swarm Sheer Force Steadfast
Ursaluna Guts Bulletproof Unnerve
Basculegion Rattled Adaptability Mold Breaker
Sneasler Pressure Poison Touch
Overqwil Poison Point Swift Swim Intimidate
Enamorus Incarnate form Healer Contrary
Enamorus Therian form Overcoat

Interestingly, many of the hidden abilities for these Pokémon were changed in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

(Source: Smogon)

Leftover Pokémon slots

Every Pokémon that is not featured in the game has allocated slots that are never used. These also include learnsets that are seemingly copied from Pokémon Sword and Shield, though curiously Pokémon that weren't in those games also have learnsets featuring moves from said games.

Unobtainable Shiny Pokémon

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Add an image of Shiny Enamorus' model.

Any Pokémon in Legends which is labeled as a static encounter or gift in-game is Shiny-locked. The overwhelming majority of these can be found Shiny in previous games, and their Shiny forms can be seen if transferred from said previous games to Legends via Pokémon HOME, but they cannot be both Shiny and native to Hisui.

  • Enamorus - While Shiny Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus can all be transferred via HOME, Enamorus, being newly introduced in Legends, does not share this luxury. As of writing, Shiny Enamorus is totally unobtainable through any means.

Noble Pokémon

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Pictures. Find out if they have unused Shiny variants.

While these Pokémon are encountered in required boss fights throughout the story, they have functioning Pokémon data and can be added to the party with cheats or hacks.

Capturing the Noble Pokémon reveals that they have unique height and statistics that go completely unseen otherwise.

Pokémon Height Weight
Kleavor ? ?
Lilligant ? ?
Hisuian Arcanine 6'3"ft / ?m 341.2lbs / ?kg
Hisuian Electrode ? ?
Hisuian Avalugg 6'7"ft / ?m 1,116lbs / ?kg

Mega Pokémon

Slots exist for Mega Pokémon, despite being (mostly) stubbed out of Sword and Shield and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Why these are included is currently a mystery, but it's possible that the idea of Mega Pokémon could be revisited through DLC.

(Source: mattyoukhana)


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Unused Graphics

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A checkermark with text saying "atr_rock_01" on the brown squares and "atr_grass_01" on the cyan squares. Likely a terrain floor collision test texture.

(Source: DeepGameResearch)

Badly Poisoned Icon

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An icon indicating a badly poisoned Pokémon. Bad poison is not a mechanic in Legends: Arceus.

(Source: Bulbapedia)

Unused Present-Day Room

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There might be more.

Likely meant to be the player's room in the present day. Only the floor and walls have collision, suggesting that this may have been part of a deleted cutscene before the player character is sent into the past.


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Detail the unreleased Pioneer ribbon that gets attached to Pokémon who prepare for a photo at the gallery.

Internal Pokémon IDs

Each Pokémon has an internal ID number seen in various files related to Game Freak-developed Pokémon games for the 3DS and Switch.

Wyrdeer, Kleavor, Sneasler, Enamorus, Overqwil, Basculegion, and Ursaluna occupy IDs 1001-1007. In Sword and Shield, the highest Pokémon ID number is 990, which belongs to Regidrago. IDs 991-1000 are unoccupied; in Pokémon HOME, these Pokémon are numbered 899 through 905, while Wo-Chien through Koraidom fill numbers 1001-1007.

Mountain Gale

Mountain Gale (the signature move of Hisuian Avalugg) is coded to have a chance of flinching the opponent, although flinching is not used in Legends Arceus. This appeared to be future-proofing; in Scarlet and Violet, Mountain Gale has a 30% chance to cause the opposing Pokemon to flinch.

Revisional Differences

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The change notes for v1.1.0 on Nintendo's website say the Moonview Arena bug was fixed but does not explain how, would maybe be nice to add. Also see if details about the fixes in v1.0.1 can be documented.


A small patch released January 26, 2022. Contains unspecified improvements.


Released February 9, 2022.

  • Fixed a bug that caused Cherrim to be uncatchable when changing into its Sunshine Form during battle.
  • Fixed issues relating to being able to catch the same Pokémon twice and main missions not triggering progression in certain cases.
  • Localization and script changes.
  • Introduced a sequence break that allows one to encounter and catch Cresselia before talking to Melli, rendering the mission "The Plate of Moonview Arena" unable to be completed.

v1.1.0 ("Daybreak")

Released February 27, 2022, and introduced the following:

  • More requests/missions are added to the postgame, relating to a new phenomenon of heavily-increased rates of mass outbreaks.
  • Adds the Eternal Battle Reverie, a mode where you can test your mettle against incredibly powerful Pokémon in battle.
  • New battle scenarios added to the Training Grounds, including allowing you to battle the wardens you meet along your journey.
  • After completing certain missions, the Photography Studio will now allow you to invite related characters to the Studio to take photographs with them.
  • Ginter from the Ginkgo Guild will now give you the option of three items to potentially buy from him, instead of just one.
  • A higher-difficulty balloon-popping challenge was added to the Coronet Highlands.
  • A new "Special Berry Harvest" can now be selected at the farm, to grow berries that were originally not obtainable through farming.
  • A bug was fixed where under certain conditions the weather could become stuck in one state.
  • The bug preventing the mission “The Plate of Moonview Arena” from being able to be completed has been fixed.


Released March 17, 2022.

  • Fixed a bug where under certain conditions the Shiny Charm would be unobtainable even if the requirements were met. As part of the fix, players who encountered this issue and meet the requirements can obtain the Shiny Charm by speaking to Professor Laventon inside Galaxy Hall.