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Pokemon Legends: Arceus - Complete Guide & Walkthrough

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  • Posted on 02nd Apr, 2022 04:02 AM

A complete guide for Pokemon Legends: Arceus, featuring main story and request walkthroughs as well as information on how to find and evolve Pokemon.

p>When Nintendo first announced Pokemon Legends: Arceus back in early 2021 as part of the series' 25th Anniversary event, nobody knew quite what to expect. The idea of an open-world Pokemon game sounded intriguing enough on paper, but how exactly this would impact the series' tried and tested formula was anybody's guess. One year on from that announcement, however, and fans of the series now have a definitive answer to that question.

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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

Getting Started in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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.

How-to Guides

General Tips & Tricks

Frequently Asked Questions

Story Walkthrough

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.

Request Guides

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.

Pokemon Locations

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.

Individual Pokemon Guides

Mythical & Legendary Pokemon
Uxie Mesprit Azelf
Heatran Regigigas Cresselia
Tornadus Thundurus Landorus
Enamorus Dialga Palkia
Giratina Arceus Phione
Manaphy Shaymin Darkrai
Hisuian 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
New Evolutions
Kleavor Overqwil Sneasler
Ursaluna Wyrdeer Basculegion
Starter Pokemon
Rowlet Cyndaquil Oshawott
Chimchar Turtwig Piplup
Baby Pokemon
Pichu Cleffa Rioulu
Bonsly Munchlax Mime Jr.
Happiny Magby Togepi
Elekid Mantyke Budew
Other Pokemon
Snorlax Chansey Blissey
Magmortar Gyarados Eevee
Roserade Tangrowth Luxray
Electivire Magnezone Mamoswine
Walrein Weavile Gallade
Lucario Drapion Gengar
Crobat Rhyperior Garchomp
Togekiss Alakazam Gardevoir
Scizor Heracross Yanmega
Scyther Probopass Honchkrow
Mr. Mime Abra Porygon
Dusclops Rotom Gible
Golem Machamp Gliscor
Rapidash Cranidos Shieldon

Collective Pokemon Guides

Best Pokemon by Type
Normal Fire Water
Grass Electric Ice
Fighting Poison Ground
Flying Psychic Bug
Rock Ghost Dark
Dragon Steel Fairy

Crafting & Items

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.

Individual Items

Crafting Ingredients
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
Stardust Swordcap Tumblestone
Vivichoke Wood
Evolution Items
Linking Cord Black Augurite Peat Block
Moon Stone
Miscellaneous Items
Shiny Charm

Collective Guides

News & Opinions

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.

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