The Hisui region in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is huge, and it spans across various locations and environments. One is swampish by nature, while another is so cold you might question whether or not you’re in Narnia. However, what each area has in common is that they’re home to Pokémon. Some are adorable, others are ferocious, but all of them can cause some damage in a battle.
However, that doesn’t mean all ‘mon are in the same league. Certain creatures are ahead of the pack, and these are the ones you should consider for your team. So, we’ve put together this Pokémon Legends: Arceus best Pokémon guide to help you make an informed decision on who stands by your side in battle. Naturally, some of these picks are only available in the late game, but you can get some in the early going.
While we don’t mention every Pokémon in this list, we do have Pokémon Legends: Arceus legendaries, Pokémon Legends: Arceus noble Pokémon, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus new Pokémon guides that mention other ‘mon. We also have a Pokémon Legends: Arceus weather guide, as some creatures only appear in certain conditions. Then there’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus Eevee because everyone needs those eeveelutions. Who knows, maybe one or two are on this list.
Without further ado, here are our picks for the Pokémon Legends: Arceus best Pokémon.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus best Pokémon
Was there any doubt that Hisuin Arcanine would appear on a list about the best Pokémon? The creature’s original form in the Kanto region is arguably one of the best in those lands, so why should this variation be any different? Furthermore, not only can Arcanine hit hard and be the worst nightmare of those weak to fire, but it’s also a rock-type in Hisui, meaning it has even more tricks in its arsenal. Aww, what a good boi.
Better yet, grabbing an Arcanine isn’t too strenuous and is available at roughly the halfway point of the game. However, do be aware that you need to evolve Growlithe with a firestone. To learn more about such resources, check out our Pokémon Legends: Arceus evolution items guide.
In a list detailing creatures that are formidable on the battlefield, an eeveelution had to show up, and Leafeon is a great choice, as not only is it a formidable grass-type, but it’s available ridiculously early in the game. You see, Eevee (who may or may not show up later on) is available in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the first major area you get to explore. Furthermore, the moss rock is also located here, which allows you to evolve Eevee into Leafeon without using a leaf stone.
Leafeon is an early Pokémon that you can take with you throughout your entire journey. No need to train up a weak grass-type when this loyal companion can be with you every step of the way. That, and its grass-type abilities, cause incredible damage, especially against those it’s super effective against.
The first of several legendaries we consider to be among the best Arceus Pokémon is Dialga. This legendary is the titular Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond, and is available near the end of the main story. As a dragon-steel hybrid, Dialga has some devastating moves, and is capable of learning ground-type skills as well, making it well rounded, and capable of dealing severe damage to most ‘mons that get in its way.
On top of that, levelling Dialga up isn’t as bad as you might think. Most legendaries are slow to level, but this one is slightly faster, so you can power it up in no time. Mind you. It’s already a formidable force when it comes to you.
Was there any doubt we’d select Arceus? And thank god this ‘mon is incredibly powerful as the trouble you have to go through to meet it is insane. Don’t believe us? Head over to our Pokémon Legends how to get Arceus guide to see for yourself. The reason Arceus is so powerful goes beyond it being legendary. It’s because this beast is adaptable, and can change its type in the heat of battle. So, unless your opponent is sporting a diverse team, they aren’t going to cause Arceus much trouble.
The original fire-type Ninetales is a fine choice, and we would recommend it as an alternate to Arcanine. However, the Alolan Ninetales is a whole other game. Why is that, you ask? Because it’s an ice-type and in a world that lacks in this department, with most in the category being underwhelming, Alolan Ninetales is a breath of fresh air. The ice attacks it possesses are devastating, but be sure to keep it away from open flames.
Garchomp is a must-have. No excuses. This isn’t up for debate. Garchomp is one the best dragon-type Pokémon in existence, and we don’t just mean in the Hisui region. This fine specimen is a powerful force among all ‘mon worldwide. It can use an amalgamation of moves, including dark, ground, steel, and dragon. However, we must caution you. It’s fragile against its own type.
Hands down, Eevee is the most versatile of Pokémon, and it’s cute. We can’t not mention its adorableness. However, going beyond that, this normal-type can cause some damage just fine, but that’s not why you should go out of your way to grab not just one, but multiple Eevees. See, there are eight eeveelutions available, all of which belong to a different type. If you require a specific type of ‘mon, having an Eevee handy means you have access to what you need.
Of course, evolving Eevee isn’t always easy, depending on which eeveelution you’re aiming for. But hey, check out our Pokémon Legends: Arceus Eevee guide, and you’ll have all of its second forms in no time.
Goodra is similar to Dialga in what it can achieve, so you may be wondering what’s the point in having both. Well, given you can get Goodra earlier than Dialga, and deliver the same devastation as the legendary, it’s a no brainer that it’s a desirable Pokémon. Furthermore, it can be frustrating to fight against as it has few weaknesses and can withstand a considerable amount of damage. You can get one with a bit of exploration in the Obsidian Fieldlands.
The evolution of Rhydon is incredibly powerful, and sure to be an asset to any team. In a world full of ground and rock-types, you might wonder who to select, and we strongly recommend Rhyperior. For one, if you go through its entire evolution tree, both Rhyhorn and Rhydon are dangerous in their own rights, being able to tank a decent amount of damage, even against types they’re weak to.
We guarantee Rhyperior will tear the opposition apart, and you can get your hands on a huge one in the Coronet Highlands, as there’s an alpha walking about.
If you don’t rub this genie the right way, it’s going to cause a storm, but perhaps that’s a good thing, given Thundurus possesses some devastating lighting attacks. However, getting your hands on this legendary ‘mon isn’t easy, and it does require you to finish the main plot before you get access to it. You even have to chase it over the open ocean while it hurls tornadoes at you. This Pokémon has some anger issues, but oh how it can tear your foes apart.
Yes, we just mentioned an electric-type ‘mon, but given Luxray isn’t legendary, and you can get its first form early on, we’re giving it a shoutout here. Not only can you equip this beast with lightning-based attacks, which decimate water-types, but you can also equip it with dark-type moves. Seriously, something as simple as crunch can prove effective against many ‘mon, especially so against ghost and fairy Pokémon.
There you have it, our picks for the Pokémon Legends: Arceus best Pokémon. Of course, this is subjective, so don’t be afraid to get out there and experiment with which ‘mons provide the best support for you.
If you need a break from exploring the Hisui region, make sure you check out our list of the best Switch RPGs to see what other adventures await you.