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Pokémon Legends: Arceus, this is all we know so far | Digital Trends Spanish

The great announcement of the commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pokemon it was Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a title that we can roughly describe as a game of Pokemon open world style The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Perhaps the best news for fans of the series, and even skeptics of the game, is that Pokémon Legends: Arceus is developed by Game Freak, the studio that started the series 25 years ago and has worked on virtually every canonical game, from Pokémon Red until Pokémon Sword.

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The release date of Pokémon Legends: Arceus It is next January 28, 2022, so there are still a few months of development left for Game Freak to finish the game and, above all, polish the technical details that some fans have noted in the gameplays that the studio has shared. In anticipation and to give you a good idea of ​​what to expect, below we will tell you everything we know so far about Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Price, editions and release date

Pokémon Legends: Arceus It will cost $ 59.99 plus tax, which is exactly the price of AAA games on the Nintendo Switch, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl (on sale next November 19).

So far, neither Nintendo nor The Pokémon Company have announced any kind of special edition of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, so the title will only have a standard edition that will include the game card and, in the best case, a cover that on the back shows an illustration of the Hisui region, where the story of the game will take place.

With the release date of Pokémon Legends: Arceus Scheduled for January 28, 2022, if you have a Switch and are a fan of Pokémon, you will have a holiday season and the beginning of the year full of releases.


Neither Game Freak nor The Pokémon Company have revealed many details about the history of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. However, so far we know that the game takes place in the Hisui region, a kind of ancient form of Sinnoh, the region where the events of Pokémon Diamond (Diamond Pokémon) and Pokémon Pearl (Pearl Pokémon) and reissues Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl.

In the statement with which Nintendo announced the game, it detailed that the events of Pokémon Legends: Arceus occur long before the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. Outside of that, the details of the game’s history are rather scarce, although the Serebii portal indicates that you will join the Galaxy Team in order to investigate the pokémon in the region. You will report to Commander Kamado, who in turn relies on Professor Laventon and Cyllene, leader of the investigative team.

An image of the legendary pokémon Arceus

Also, judging from the trailers released so far by The Pokémon Company, we know that Mount Corona (Mount Coronet), the highest peak in the Sinnoh region, will play a key role in the game’s story. Also, as Arceus’s name is included in the game’s title, it is very likely that more details will be revealed about how this pokémon created Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, the three legendary pokémon of the games. Pearl and Diamond.


Pokémon Legends: Arceus It will be the first open-world Pokémon game, however, it will also incorporate the RPG elements that the series has been characterized by in its canonical games for 25 years.

An image from the video game Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Also, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have detailed that the objective of the game will be to complete the first pokedex in the Hisui region, so much of the gameplay focuses on how to capture the pokémon. According to the description of the game, some of the game mechanics to capture them will be to study their behavior, approach them stealthily and launch a pokeball with precision. And yes, there will also be the possibility of taking out one of your pokémon to face the wild pokémon and manage to capture them.

Of course, to capture them all, it will be necessary to explore the Hisui region, and that is precisely where the greatest attraction of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and it is that showing off what is surely the graphics engine using in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Game Freak offers a vast world full of pokémon in the wild. In the trailers we have seen that we can explore the region on foot, by water riding a Basculegion (a new pokémon), and also by air doing the same on a hisuian Braviary, which is the variant of Hisui de Braviary.

An image from the video game Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Regarding combat, although there are not many details, we know that there will be a new mechanic that modifies the combat style of your pokémon. So far we know two: agile style (agile style), which makes it prioritize the attacks of the player’s pokémon, but reduces their strength, and strong style (strong style), which increases the strength of your pokémon’s attack, but leaves its movement for after the enemy hits.

Rowlet, Cyndaquil and Oshawott, the initial pokémon of Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Finally, when you start your adventure you can choose between Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott as your starting pokémon or starter.

New pokémon and variants of the Hisui region

No new pokémon game can claim to be without including new pokémon to a list that so far has 898 pocket monsters. Don’t worry, we don’t expect too many new pokémon with Pokémon Legends: ArceusIn fact, only four have been shown so far and they are all regional variants of old acquaintances.

The first of them is Hisuian Growlithe, and this variant is characterized by having more hair or simply by noticing “more pachón”. In addition, it adds the rock type to its characteristic fire type.

An image of the hisuian variant of Growlithe in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

You will also get a chance to fly over a hisuian Braviary if you evolve a Rufflet. It is the flying and psychic type.

An image of the hisuian variant of Braviary in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Another addition is Stantler’s hisian evolution, called Wyrdeer. He’s the normal, psychic type.

An image of the Pokémon Wyrdeer from Pokémon Legends: Arceus

The latest addition from the Hisui region to the National Pokedex is Basculegion, which is the evolution of Basculin. It is of the water and ghost type, and you can ride it to explore the Hisui Lakes.

An image of the Pokémon Basculegion from Pokémon Legends: Arceus


Perhaps the best news for skeptics of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is that the game is in development by Game Freak, the studio that started the series Pokemon in 1996 with Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green.

There are not too many details about when its development started, but since the development of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield should have ended at the end of 2019, most likely Pokemon Legends: Arceus have been in development for at least two years.

Likewise, whatever the time it takes in development, apparently in the trailers it is undeniable that the title needs to be optimized, since on several occasions it has been noted that the frame rate of the game drops considerably at times of greatest graphic demand, something that, remarkably, was rare in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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