During today’s Pokémon Presents broadcast we got an extensive look at Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The upcoming Switch game is set in the distant past of the Sinnoh Region, which as it turns out, used to be known as the Hisui Region. The new trailer shows off bits of the story, tons of gameplay features, oh, and the fact that wild Pokémon will just straight up try to kill you. Check out the trailer below, then dig into all the additional details!
Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer
Wild Pokémon are terrifying
In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you’ll be working to survey the Hisui Region, catching and studying its wild Pokémon. However, unlike past games, wild Pokémon will directly attack you. If they damage you enough, you’ll black out and respawn at your base camp. You can dodge them or throw out a Pokémon of your own to battle them. Some will be much stronger than others, and the trailer showed off some terrifying red-eyed monsters who are hyper-aggressive.
Battles are different from past games, as it’s possible to attack multiple times in a row, depending on your speed stat and the moves you use. You can also select Strong Style for stronger, slower attacks, or Agile Style for weaker, quicker attacks.
Gameplay and story
Pokémon Legends: Arceus fuses action and RPG elements. Jubilife Village serves as your main base of operations, where you’ll report to the Galaxy Expedition team. It features people from various other regions serving in the Medical Corps, Security Corps, and Survey Corps. Professor Laventon gives you your first partner Pokémon when you join the Survey Corps. This group is led by Captain Cyllene, who looks suspiciously like Cyrus from Diamond and Pearl. Meanwhile, Commander Kamado oversees the entire Galaxy team and recruits you to the Survey Corps.
Surveying the land and studying its Pokémon will unlock “the true purpose of your adventure.” You can set up base camps along your journey, buying and crafting items and resting up for health. You can accept Survey missions from NPCs, and you’ll fill out the region’s first Pokédex (a journal) with all kinds of info.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus includes a variety of new Pokémon and new forms for old favorites. There’s Wyrdeer, who evolves from Stantler, Basculegion, who evolves from Basculin, and others we haven’t yet seen. New regional variants include Hisuian Braviary and Hisuian Growlithe.
Ride Pokémon return in various forms. The trailer shows the player riding on the back of a Wyrdeer, moving through the water on a Basculegion, and soaring through the air while hanging from a Hisuian Braviary.