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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an action role-playing game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for the Nintendo Switch. It is part of the eighth generation of the Pokémon video game series and serves as a prequel to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (2006), their enhanced version Pokémon Platinum (2008), and their remakes Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (2021). The game was first announced as part of the Pokémon 25th Anniversary event in February 2021, and was released worldwide on 28 January 2022.

The game follows the protagonist, sent back through time, as they travel through the Hisui region based on the island of Hokkaido during early Japanese colonization. Centered around exploration of the region's several open areas populated with Pokémon, the game's objective is to complete a roster of the region's Pokémon, known as the Pokédex. Pokémon Legends: Arceus received generally favorable reviews and was a commercial success, selling 6.5 million copies in its first week of release.

Release Date

  • January 28, 2022


The game begins with the player speaking with a disembodied voice, identified as Arceus, which tasks the player with encountering all Pokémon in the Hisui region before transporting the player there through a rift in spacetime. The player is found by Pokémon researcher Professor Laventon, who brings the player to a local settlement named Jubilife Village. There, the player is recruited into the Survey Corps of the Galaxy Expedition Team, a group which that has arrived in Hisui to chart and study the region. After receiving their starter Pokémon, the player proceeds to travel in the Hisui region to complete the Pokédex. Throughout the player's journey, the spacetime rift they had been transported through results in several powerful "noble Pokémon" venerated by the local Diamond and Pearl clans turning berserk, forcing the player to engage them in battles to calm them down.

After the player defeats five noble Pokémon, the spacetime rift begins to worsen rather than calm down as per the Galaxy Team's expectations. Blamed for the instability, the player (who came through the same rift) is banished from Jubilife Village and forced to travel the region again to address the cause of the rift. Working with either the Diamond or Pearl clans, the player travels to the three major lakes of the region to encounter legendary Pokémon Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie, the three Pokémon providing the player material to craft the Red Chain needed to stop the rift. After defeating the Galaxy Team's leader, Commander Kamado at the summit, the player reaches the peak of Mount Coronet: The Temple of Sinnoh, at the centre of the region. Depending on the clan the player worked with, either Dialga (Diamond clan) or Palkia (Pearl clan) appears first, breaks the Red Chain, and is caught by the player before their enraged counterpart emerges. Using the fragments of the Red Chain, a special Poké Ball capable of capturing the other legendary Pokémon is crafted, and the player successfully battles and captures it, sealing the spacetime rift.

In the post-game, the player teams up with Volo, a member of the Gingko Guild merchant group who assisted the player throughout the game, to seek out all of the Plates associated to Arceus. The player can encounter a number of other legendary Pokémon, each one holding a Plate. Going to the Temple of Sinnoh for the last plate, Volo betrays the player and attempts to steal the Plates from the player to draw out Arceus and subjugate it to make a new world, also revealing he allied himself with Giratina to open the spacetime rift in a failed attempt to drive out Arceus, sending the legendary caught at the end of the game mad. The player defeats both Volo and Giratina, securing the plates and transforming the player's Celestica Flute item into the Azure Flute. Once all other Pokémon (excluding Shaymin and Darkrai, which are only obtainable through other means) have been captured, the player can play the Azure Flute at the Temple of Sinnoh to encounter Arceus.

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