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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Early 2022

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'Pokémon Legends: Arceus' (Switch) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 26, 2021 @ 10:03 a.m. PST

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will introduce fans to the Sinnoh region of old—before the existence of Pokémon Trainers and Pokémon Leagues.

It’s in this long-gone era that players will embark on an entirely new adventure to create the region’s first Pokédex.

The fun of exploring while catching Pokémon and filling in a Pokédex has always been a core part of the Pokémon video game series. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was developed with the desire to deliver an experience infused with new action and RPG elements that go beyond the framework established thus far, while honoring the core gameplay of past Pokémon titles.

As Trainers explore the natural expanses in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they’ll encounter Pokémon that call these grand vistas home. To catch wild Pokémon, players can study the Pokémon’s behaviors, sneak up to them, then throw Poké Balls. Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their ally Pokémon. By throwing the Poké Ball holding their ally Pokémon near a wild Pokémon, players will seamlessly enter battle. This new gameplay angle is intended to provide Trainers with an immersive experience.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings Trainers to the vast Sinnoh region as it existed in the past, long before the setting for Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl was established. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, this is a Sinnoh unlike anything Trainers have experienced before as they embark to create the region’s first Pokédex.


“Trainers caught their first Pokémon in 1996 and began an adventure that has lasted 25 years. Through eight regions, many different platforms, and countless Pokémon encounters, they have strived to be the very best,” said Mr. Ishihara. “We hope that fans of all ages will enjoy creating new memories while exploring the Sinnoh region in these new games.”

As they start off on their adventure, Trainers will be able to choose either Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as their first partner Pokémon. These three Pokémon arrived with a Pokémon Professor, who encountered them on research excursions to various regions.

Rowlet
Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
Height: 1'
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Type: Grass/Flying

This Pokémon from the Alola region uses photosynthesis to store up energy during the day and becomes active at night. It can silently glide to its target and begin pelting it with vicious kicks.

Cyndaquil
Category: Fire Mouse Pokémon
Height: 1'8"
Weight: 17.4 lbs.
Type: Fire

Cyndaquil, a timid Pokémon that is often curled up in a ball, is from the Johto region. The flames on its back flare up when it’s surprised and can also be used to protect itself when attacked.

Oshawott
Category: Sea Otter Pokémon
Height: 1'8"
Weight: 13 lbs.
Type: Water

Oshawott is from the Unova region and has a scalchop on its stomach. It uses the scalchop to retaliate against attacks and to break open hard Berries.

Arceus
Category: Alpha Pokémon
Height: 10'6"
Weight: 705.5 lbs.
Type: Normal

Arceus is said to have shaped all there is in this world.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is coming to Nintendo Switch in early 2022.


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