Though certainly familiar in places, Pokemon Legends: Arceus offers a very different experience from a traditional Pokemon game. As a result, there's quite a big learning curve for new players, even those who have experience with one or more of the game's predecessors. This guide will serve as a one-stop-shop for those players, providing tips and tricks, useful information about Pokemon and story missions, and any major news concerning Nintendo's latest Pokemon game.
Updated February 22, 2022, by Tom Bowen: Almost a full month on from the game's official release and the hype surrounding Pokemon Legends: Arceus is beginning to die down a little. Sales remain strong though, as too does the game's performance on review aggregator sites like Metacritic. In fact, its 83 Metascore makes it the most well-reviewed Pokemon game since Sun & Shield were released more than half a decade ago, while its 8.3 Userscore is around twice as good as those managed by Sword & Shield. Now, with Pokemon Day (February 27) just around the corner, news about DLC for the game or even an announcement regarding the next mainline installment in the Pokemon franchise could be with fans sooner rather than later.
|Getting Started||Story Walkthrough|
|Request Guides||Pokemon Locations|
|Crafting & Items||News & Opinions|
Pokemon Legends: Arceus brings with it some of the biggest changes to the series' formula in years. The most notable of these is perhaps the switch to a more open-world design, though there are also some pretty big differences when it comes to both the structure of the game's main story and the way that players interact with their Pokemon. As a result, even series veterans may need a while in order to acclimatize.
This section of the guide will help to ease both new players into the world of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, with How-to guides helping to explain some of the new and altered mechanics. This is also where players can expect to find general tips and tricks as well as answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about the game.
Unlike a more traditional Pokemon game in which players must defeat gym leaders to earn badges, Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes a somewhat different approach. It instead provides players with a series of exploration-based missions, although the goal of catching as many different types of Pokemon as possible remains largely the same. There are 28 story missions in total, with some being considerably longer than others.
This section of the guide will focus on some of the more difficult parts of the main story, with guides and walkthroughs to help players through any tough battles or confusing puzzles that may halt their progress. This will include all of the key interactions with Noble Pokemon as well as any parts of the story where the player's next steps aren't clearly laid out for them.
As well as main story missions, players can also complete special requests for the Hisuian people. These range from collecting certain items to fully completing a particular Pokemon's Pokedex entry. There are 94 requests in total, though they won't all be available straight away. Some will require players to complete other requests first, while others are directly tied to main story progression. The good news, however, is that none of the requests are missable.
As one might expect from a Pokemon game, a lot of the requests in Legends: Arceus are relatively straightforward, though players will sometimes be tasked with finding items or Pokemon whose locations are not made clear. This section of the guide will help to point players in the right direction whenever this happens, while also providing information about some of the rewards that are on offer for completing each request.
When compared with some of the other recent Pokemon games, Legends: Arceus is a little light in the total number of Pokemon department. That said, there are still 242 different Pokemon available in the game, meaning that those hoping to catch them all are going to have to put in quite a bit of work. Of these 242 Pokemon, seven are brand new, with an additional 17 of them being treated to a shiny new Hisuian form.
Anyone hoping to track down all of the new regional Pokemon should find this section of the guide useful, as too should those in the market for Mythical and Legendary Pokemon. There'll also be individual guides for fan-favorite Pokemon as well as collective guides discussing some of the best Pokemon for certain situations or of one particular type.
|Mythical & Legendary Pokemon|
|Hisuian Growlithe||Hisuian Arcanine||Hisuian Voltorb|
|Hisuian Electrode||Hisuian Typhlosion||Hisuian Qwilfish|
|Hisuian Sneasel||Hisuian Samurott||Hisuian Lilligant|
|Hisuian Basculin||Hisuian Zorua||Hisuian Zoroark|
|Hisuian Braviary||Hisuian Sliggoo||Hisuian Goodra|
|Hisuian Avalugg||Hisuian Decidueye|
|Best Pokemon by Type|
Unlike most previous Pokemon games, in which players are expected to either find or buy the majority of their consumable items, Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes a somewhat different approach. Like many other open-world titles before it, the game employs a surprisingly detailed crafting system, which allows players to throw together just about any consumable item that they'd like.
This section of the guide will focus on how to unlock new crafting recipes and where to find the crafting ingredients that players will need for each one. This is also where players can find information about evolution stones and items and anything else that they can find, craft or buy as they make their way through the Hisui region.
|Apricorns||Aspear Berry||Ball of Mud|
|Black Tumblestone||Blue Shard||Bugwort|
|Cake-Lure Base||Candy Truffle||Caster Fern|
|Cheri Berry||Crunchy Salt||Dazzling Honey|
|Direshroom||Doppel Bonnet||Green Shard|
|Hearty Grain||Hopo Berry||Iron Barktongue|
|Iron Chunk||King's Leaf||Leppa Berry|
|Medicinal Leek||Oran Berry||Pecha Berry|
|Pep-Up Plant||Plump Beans||Pop Pod|
|Rawst Berry||Razz Berry||Red Shard|
|Sand Radish||Sitrus Berry||Sky Tumblestone|
|Sootfoot Root||Spoiled Apricorn||Springy Mushroom|
|Linking Cord||Black Augurite||Peat Block|
The release of a new Pokemon game is always a big deal, but the drastic changes found throughout Pokemon Legends: Arceus have amplified this excitement further still. On the day of its release, the game sat atop online retailer charts the world over and broke sales and pre-order records in several brick and mortar stores. If those opening 24 hours are anything to go by, Legends: Arceus may very well go on to become one of the best-selling Pokemon games of all time.
This final section of the guide will collate some of the biggest news stories surrounding the game, including any concerning sales figures, updates and patches, and any bugs and glitches. This is also where readers can expect to find opinions; not just about the quality of the game and the changes it brings with it, but also some themes and ideas it explores and the impact that these could have on the future of the franchise as a whole.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is available now for the Nintendo Switch.