Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date, new Pokémon, starters, and more

Find out all about the new Pokémon game on Switch: Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date, new Pokémon, all Pokémon listed, starters

Two Pokemon trainers and several Pokemon stand on a cliff edge, looking at Mt Coronet in the Hisui region

September 28, 2021: We’ve updated with the latest information and trailers released.

Game Freak revealed the Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date. It’s a brand new open-world RPG, during a Pokémon Presents stream celebrating the franchise’s 25th anniversary. This one takes place in the Hisui region, which will eventually become the Sinnoh region many fans will remember from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, but the new title is set many years prior to the setting you know and love.

According to the official Pokémon Twitter, the Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date is January 28, 2022. The gameplay shown off during the Pokémon Presents presentation looks very different from what we’ve seen in past Pokémon games, but we’re excited to learn more.

We will update this page with any new information as soon as it’s revealed, so make sure you keep it bookmarked. If you can’t wait till next year to return to Sinnoh, the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date is set for late 2021.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus new trailer – September 28

The latest Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer revealed new details on the Hisui region, and the Pokémon you encounter, including a new variety called Noble Pokemon, powerful creatures who, for some unknown reason, are in a frenzy. People called Wardens stand guard over these creatures, as the people of Hisui hold a great respect for the terrifying titans.

The latest trailer also revealed expanded customisation options, as well the ability to take pictures of yourself and your favourite Pokémon.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date

Thanks to the official Pokémon Twitter, we know the Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date is January 28, 2022!

Pokémon Legends: Arceus gameplay

The first trailer shows trainers catching wild Pokémon in the overworld with the simple toss of a ball while also taking on foes in some familiar turn-based combat.

From the second trailer, it seems completing the Hisui Pokedex will be your aim, and each Pokémon you encounter will react differently. Timid Pokémon may immediately try to flee, while more aggressive Pokémon will need to be battled to be caught.

A pokemon trainer is using a Lucario to fight a wild Gastrodon, while the words "Agile Style" appear over a selected move

Throw a Pokéball near wild Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus to start a Pokémon battle. Unlike previous games, Pokémon may be able to attack multiple times in a row. When choosing moves, you can use them in either strong or agile style. Using strong style will increase power, but decrease movement speed. Using the agile style will decrease the move’s power, but the Pokémon’s action speed will be raised.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus new Pokémon

In the latest trailer, several new Pokémon and regional forms have been showcased. Though you can expect the final game will likely have even more surprises for Pokémon fans to discover.

The Pokemon Wyrdeer stands on a cliff ledge in stark sunlight, it has bright white fur and distinctive antlers shooting upwards.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Wyrdeer

Wyrdeer evolves from a Stantler that has managed to live in the harsh natural environment of the Hisui region. It has strong ties with the local people and has been treated with great care and respect in this land since ancient times. Garments made from its coat make for highly prized clothing.

The Pokemon Basculegion is visible, a large fish Pokemon that looks visibly menacing as it swims up a river

Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Basculegion

Basculegion can swim with great power. Basculin that live in the Hisui region can evolve into this Pokémon if they become possessed by the restless souls of other Basculin in their school that have perished during their journey upstream. This Pokémon gains power from the souls possessing it, letting it swim on and on without tiring.

The large bird Pokemon Hisuian Braviary is visisble, flapping it's large wings. It has a bright pink and purple pattern of feathers on top of it's head

Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Hisuian Braviary

Hisuian Braviary comes to Hisui in the winter, and can imbue its screeches with psychic power to generate shockwaves to attack opponents. You will also be using Hisuian Braviary to fly around the region, so treat yours nicely.

Hisuian Growlithe is visible, with a large amoutn of fur both covering it's face and hanging from it's neck.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Hisuian Growlithe

Hisuian Growlithe is a very wary Pokemon and appears to protect its territory. Its soft fur is an excellent insulator, allowing it to stay active and lively even in this chilly land. The horn on its head is made of rock, but it breaks easily, so Hasuian Growlithe only uses it when it has the greatest effect.

The Axe Pokemon Kleavor stands in the thick of a forest, looking menacingly forwards

POKÉMON LEGENDS: ARCEUS scyther evolution Kleavor

The classic Pokémon Scyther gets a Hisuian evolution in Kleavor, the axe Pokémon. Now a dual bug/rock type, this fearsome Pokémon seems to have upgraded it’s arm weapons into something truly deadly. They are also one of several Noble Pokémon, going into a frenzy around the Hisui region.


There sure is! You can check out the first trailer below.

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Then the trailer from the August 18 Pokémon Presents can be watched right here.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus starters

For the first time in a mainline Pokémon game, the three starters are from three different generations. You can choose the grass/flying-type Rowlet, fire-type Cyndaquil, or water-type Oshawott.

If you’re looking for something to play in the meantime, head over to our list of the best Switch RPGs to keep yourself entertained.

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