All the New Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus
A different kind of adventure awaits Pokémon fans on January 28, 2022, when Pokémon Legends: Arceus arrives on the Nintendo Switch. Taking place in Hisui — a pre-Sinnoh region during a time when Pokémon trainers did not exist — the open-world game will feature several familiar Pokemon. Even more exciting is the addition of new regional forms and evolutions.
While the new regional forms will provide a fresh twist to classic Pokémon, the brand-new ‘Nobles’ will add a mighty challenge. These variant evolutions will be stationed in different zones, and you will have to take them on in boss fights.
To help you know what to expect, here’s a list of all the new Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Three of the four nobles have been announced already, so let’s start with them.
Category: Big Horn Pokemon
An evolution of the Johto region’s deer Stantler, Wyrdeer is a domesticated snow deer-like Pokémon. It has shared a long bond with the people of Hisui, with many loving the Wyrdeer for its prized fur. Due to the colder region it is found in, Wyrdeer sheds fur from its beard, tail, and legs, which is used to make garments.
A Wyrdeer can also use its antlers-like antennae to search for safe paths, and is often found “running at the head of its herd and leading young Stantler.”
Its large grey-and-white body also features white spots. The majestic antlers, meanwhile, are golden with four extending spikes and an orb each. But beware: though it might appear to be tame and cute like a reindeer, a Wyrdeer can use the orbs on its antlers to unleash psychic energy powerful enough to distort space.
Category: Big Fish Pokemon
Weight: 242.5 lbs
Reminiscent of the real-life sockeye salmon, this fish-like Pokémon is equal parts sinister and scary. An evolution of the Unova region’s Basculin, Basculegion evolves upon absorbing the souls of other Basculin, specifically the ones who were unsuccessful in completing their journey upstream.
The souls power it to swim without ever tiring – a quality that can be utilised by the player, who can ride the Basculegion across rivers and lakes.
Appearance-wise, it is suitably spooky with red eyes, a jagged mouth, and sharp teeth. Its several fins and the red smoke around its tail remind you that the Basculegion, indeed, is one of the rarest combos of water and ghost. And when it comes to fighting, “it will become enraged and attack relentlessly until the enemy is defeated.”
Category: Battle Cry Pokemon
Weight: 95.7 lbs
Soaring into the Hisui from Unova in the winter, the Hisuian Braviary is the region-specific evolution of Rufflet. Unlike its normal form, Hisuian Braviary is bigger and prefers to live alone. Likely based on the bald eagle, the Braviary’s appearance is also different in Hisui. The tail looks like a jet, the wings look like hands and the feathers on its head look like a hat.
As for its attacks, Hisuian Braviary goes for a one-two combo. It unleashes psychic shockwaves through screeches and later rips apart the affected foes with its razor-sharp talons. And while the truth will only come out at release, it is said that this Pokemon can “sharpen its sixth sense and enter a trance that boosts its physical abilities.”
Category: Axe Pokemon
Weight: 196.2 lbs
This bug/rock type Pokemon is a new evolution for Scyther, thanks to special minerals found in the Hisui region. First revealed in a trailer, “Lord of the Woods” Kleavor appears as an armored bug, seemingly inspired by a praying mantis.
The armor, especially around its shoulders, is the result of hardened rocks that often get chipped off during fierce battles. The larger the chip, the more experienced and tougher this Pokémon is. Repeated chipping, in turn, makes the parts sharper to slice foes. And the pieces of stone that fall off its body are actually fashioned into crafting tools by the inhabitants of Hisui.
Other than the stones, a Kleavor appears intimidating because of its massive axe-like arms, which can chop down trees in one swing. Thus, the rock-type “Stone Axe” attack is Kleavor’s signature move. The sharp toes on its feet, three white spikes on its back and a rock-like mask round off his physical appearance.
According to official info on the character, “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: Scout Pokemon
Weight: 50 lbs
It’s Growlithe, but with extra protection! Adapting for the colder climate, the Hisuian Growlithe’s face and head are covered with thick, insulated fur. Its fur is dark orange. Its mane is light grey. Its tail is curly. But the biggest change is the small, soft horn on its head. It breaks easily, so Hisuian Growlithe only uses it when it’s most necessary. This canine guards its territory with a partner and is wary of humans. Building trust with it will certainly take some time.
Hisuian Zorua & Zoroark
Category: Spiteful Fox Pokemon & Baneful Fox Pokemon
Height: 2’4 & 5’3
Weight: 27.6 lbs & 160.9 lbs
The Hisui alternate forms of this Unova-region Pokemon and its evolution were fittingly revealed in a ‘found footage’ teaser. Driven away by humans scared of their illusions, the Zorua migrated to Hisui but couldn’t survive in the cold.
The souls were reborn as ghost-type Pokemon looking to attack both humans and other creatures. White-and-red and living in the mountains, Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark can terrify their foes with illusions and inflict physical harm, “damaging their bodies from both inside and out.”
That’s all the information we have about the regional forms and new evolutions in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It’s looking to be a solid roster of new Pokémon, and we are excited for more to be revealed in the future. What Pokémon are you looking forward to seeing in the game? Do let us know in the comments below!
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