Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a role-playing game that is a prequel to Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. We have a collection of cheats and tips for this game which is exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the ancient past, when the Sinnoh region was known as Hisui and the concept of Pokemon trainers and a Pokemon League hadn't yet been established.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the first mainline game to feature starter Pokemon from different regions together, it also lets players explore and interact with the world of Pokemon at a deeper level than what was possible in prior games.
Below is a collection of hints and tips that will help you to progress in the game. These include why you should increase your inventory storage and why you need to talk to Zisu frequently.
As well as these hints and tips, we also have a Beginners Guide here which goes into more details on some of the tips we have below:
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is unlike previous games where the Pokedex gets completed after catching one Pokemon of any species.
To complete your Pokedex in this game you will need to do one of two things, the first is to catch multiple of the same species while fulfilling specific requirements, such as using a specific Poke Ball, going undetected, or catching an Alpha.
The second is to raise the Pokemon and have it learn specific moves, and have it evolve. It is essential that you pay attention to the requirements of each entry in order to complete the Pokedex.
A new move system has been introduced to Pokemon Legends: Arceus. In order to unlock a move in this game you first need to master it. The requirement for this is to either level up your Pokemon or take the move to the Training Grounds.
Once you manage to master the move you can switch between its Agile Style and Strong Style by toggling the L and R buttons on your Nintendo Switch controller during battle. Keep in mind it costs more PP than usual when using a Style.
Makes your Pokemon's attack speed increase, but will also decrease their power.
Makes your Pokemon's power increase, but will also reduce their speed.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus relies heavily on crafting, so it is essential that you are always gathering items on your journey. Make sure you always take advantage of a craftworks whenever you find yourself near one to craft all the Poke Balls and items you need.
If you talk to the man named Bagin who stands in the hallway at Galaxy Headquarters, you can pay him to increase the storage space of your inventory, so you can collect more items and hold on to more crafted materials.
There are 90 requests (sidequests) in Pokemon Legends: Arceus with more available in the post-game. Try to complete as many of them as often as possible so you can claim the rewards they offer. These include helpful items such as XP, Candy, and Special Quest Pokemon. Some of these requests expand on the story of the residents of Jubilife Village.
Take a look at our Requests Guide to find out the requirement of each request and also the reward you can earn for successfully completing it.
At the Training Grounds you will find a trainer named Zisu, and for a fee she will help your Pokemon learn new moves or strengthen any existing moves they have. Talk to Zisu as often as possible to become as powerful as possible. In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the more training badges you have, the more moves you can unlock and learn.
An effective strategy to catch wild Pokemon is to hide in tall grass and throw a berry out near them. When you do this the wild Pokemon will go and investigate, allowing you to sneak up behind it while it is eating the berry and throw a Poke Ball for an easy capture.
All of the Pokemon in your party will earn XP each time you successfully do this. This strategy also works on some Alpha Pokemon.
Check out our Catching Pokemon Tips guide to find out what you can do to increase your chances of catching wild Pokemon.
The video below is a collection of things that you need to know about before playing Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
0:00 - Multiple Release
1:00 - Harvest System
1:56 - Merit Points
3:31 - Effort Levels
4:21 - Distortion Zones
5:08 - Sticky Globs
6:50 - Farming
7:56 - Farming Materials
9:33 - Menu Tips
10:15 - Combat Tips
The video below has a collection of pro tips for early game in Pokemon Legends Arceus. THese tips should help make your early game very easy and fun and prepare you for your adventure in the Hissui Region.
0:00 - Intro
0:36 - Tip #1: Game Settings
2:21 - Tip #2: Pick whatever Starter you want
2:45 - Tip #3: Fast Travel in Towns
3:29 - Tip #4: Claim Your Save Data Gifts
3:59 - Tip #5: Charms For Survival
5:19 - Tip #6: Changing Pokemon Moves
6:52 - Tip #7: Complete Research Level 10 in Pokedex
8:01 - Tip #8: Knowing Pokemon Shiny Rates
9:49 - Tip #9: Shiny Locked Pokemon
9:58 - Tip#10: Do Mass Outbreaks
10:41 - Tip #11: Use the Grass To Sneak Up on Pokemon
10:48 - Tip #12: Use food to make an easier catch
11:28 - Tip# 13: Power Level Location to LVL 20
11:51 - Tip#14: Rare Pichu is in this location
12:30 - Tip #15: Power Level Location to LVL 30
13:18 - Tip #16: Defeat/Catch Random Alpha Pokemon
14:53 - Tip #17: Power Level Location to LVL 40
15:25 - Tip#18: Power Level Blissey Farm
15:56 - Tip #19: Space Time Distortion Rifts
19:02 - Tip #20: Stun Pokemon Early Game
21:00 - Conclusion
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Our Latest Questions
|How do you get the 30 Heavy Balls free?
|If you purchase a digital copy of Pokemon Legends: Arceus before May 9, 2022 (4:59 PM PT) you will be given a code to obtain 30 free Heavy Balls in-game. The code can be redeemed up until May 16th, 2022, at 4:59PM PT.
|How do you equip the Mystery Gift?
|After claiming the Mystery Gift, speak to the clothier in Jubilife Village in order to equip the outfit onto your character. The clothier is available after joining the Galaxy Expedition Team.
|How do you unlock the Mystery Gifts feature?
|It takes approximately 2 hours of play time to reach the point in the game where you can unlock the Mystery Gifts feature.
|How do you get the Garchomp Kimono Set?
|You can get the Garchomp Kimono Set when you preorder Pokemon Legends Arceus from Amazon US or Amazon JP.
|How do you get the Shaymin Kimono Set?
|Having a save file from either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield will enable you to receive the Shaymin Kimono Set outfit. Speak to the clothier in Jubilife Village in order to receive and equip the outfit onto your character. The clothier is available after joining the Galaxy Expedition Team.