Pokemon Legends: Arceus arrives on Nintendo Switch in January 2022, and it’s a markedly different kind of Pokemon experience than previous games. The adventure is set long before Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, when the Sinnoh region was still known as Hisui and the concept of Pokemon trainers didn’t yet exist. Although many familiar Pokemon can be found in Hisui, the region is also home to a handful of brand-new monsters, including new evolutions and regional forms. Here’s every new Pokemon that has been revealed so far.
- Category: Big Horn Pokemon
- Type: Normal/psychic
Wyrdeer is a brand-new evolved form of Stantler exclusive to the Hisui region. It is able to unleash psychic energy from the black orbs in its antlers, and it’s highly revered among the people of Hisui. Players can summon and ride Wyrdeer by playing the Celestica Flute.
- Category: Big Fish Pokemon
- Type: Water/ghost
Basculegion is a Hisui-exclusive evolution of Basculin. According to Pokemon lore, Basculin evolves when it’s “possessed by the souls of other Basculin from its school that could not withstand the harsh journey upstream.” Similar to Wyrdeer, players can summon Basculegion with the Celestica Flute and ride it across bodies of water.
- Category: Axe Pokemon
- Type: Bug/rock
Scyther in the Hisui region are able to evolve into a brand-new Pokemon called Kleavor. This monster is part-rock and attacks using its axe-like arms. As part of their expedition, players will need to battle and quell a frenzied Kleavor.
New regional forms
- Category: Scout Pokemon
- Type: Fire/rock
Growlithe native to Hisui have different characteristics from those in other regions of the Pokemon world. Hisuian Growlithe are fire/rock types, and they have longer fur to insulate them from the frigid climes of the region. Hisuian Growlithe are typically found in pairs.
- Category: Battle Cry Pokemon
- Type: Psychic/flying
Rufflet in the Hisui region evolve into a different form of Braviary. This variant is part-psychic, and it can unleash psychic shock wave attacks and even send itself into a trance, sharpening its senses and abilities. By playing the Celestica Flute, players can summon a Hisuian Braviary and soar through the air.
Hisuian Zorua & Zoroark
- Category: TBA
- Type: Normal/ghost
Zorua and its evolved form, Zoroark, also have new Hisuian forms in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Little has been revealed about the Pokemon thus far, but we got our first glimpse of them in a “found footage”-style video for the upcoming game, and they are normal/ghost types rather than dark.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus launches for Nintendo Switch on Jan. 28. Everyone who picks up a copy before May 9 is entitled to an early purchase bonus: a special Hisuian Growlithe kimono set for their player character. You can take a closer look at the new Pokemon in the latest Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer.