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.
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 much more.
Getting Started in Pokemon Legends: Arceus
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.
General How-to Guides
Tips and Tricks
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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 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. 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. 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 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 and Legendary Pokemon
Best Pokemon by Type
Crafting and 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.
All Recipes and Ingredients