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Pokémon Legends: Arceus - Release Date, Leaks, Trailer, Starters, Region, Pre-Order, New Pokémon, And Everything We Know

As part of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary celebrations, The Pokémon Company revealed a brand-new open-world title arriving on Nintendo Switch. The Pokémon Legends: Arceus release date wasn't confirmed at the time, but the initial gameplay was enough to get fans excited. Well, some of them at least.

Alongside unveiling the first details on the full remakes of Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Legends: Arceus features an all-new storyline set in the Sinnoh region, set in the past! The Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date is even closer than that of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, so Pokémon fans will be feasting this winter.

Here’s absolutely everything we know about Pokémon Legends: Arceus - release date, starter Pokémon, leaks, and more.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Latest News

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September 28 - New Trailer Reveals Kleavor

The Pokémon Company just dropped a hot new trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which reveals a lot about the forthcoming game.

As well as looking at the Arc Phone and the host of customisation options for your character, the trailer reveals Wardens and the Noble Pokémon they guard - including new Scyther evolution Kleavor. The Bug and Rock-type Pokémon looks like a powerful miniboss, and we can't wait to take it on.

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Braviary glides over the snowy mountaintops near a Pokémon trainer.
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New Pokémon And Hisuian Forms Added

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Four brand new Pokémon have been announced for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, including two Hisuian forms and two new evolutions.

As with Alolan and Galarian forms, these Pokémon have adapted to the landscape of the Hisui region - in this case, its snowy climes. You can find out more about Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and the Hisuian forms in our guide to the new Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be compatible with Pokémon Home in 2022, although we don't know if the new Pokémon will be able to be transferred to existing Pokémon games at the moment.

Pokémon Presents Information

In case you missed it, the Pokémon Presents livestream on August 18 revealed loads of new information about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, including the aforementioned new Pokémon.

It also delves into the stealth mechanics, the turn-based combat that uses Pokémon's speed stats to determine attack order in a new way, and just what is going on in the Hisui region. You're working for the Galaxy Expedition Team - yes, you heard that right, likely the precursor to Team Galactic - and have to complete your Pokédex.

There are new characters such as Cyllene and Commander Kamado to meet, and Jubilife City is nothing more than Jubilife Village. But the biggest changes come from the stealth mechanics and the open-world gameplay.

New Event Confirmed - August 13

We'll be hearing more about Pokémon Legends: Arceus next week, on August 18.

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The Pokémon Company Promises New Information "Soon" - 11th August

Speaking in an interview with GamesBeat, JC Smith, The Pokémon Company International's senior director of consumer marketing, was asked when we'd learn more about Legends: Arceus. Smith replied stating:

That one, we have a robust rollout, but not a lot that I can share at this time. But the team has a lot of great things to share, and you’ll be hearing from us soon.

This appears to be sooner than we might think...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Release Date

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release on January 28, 2022. There were some rumours that it had been delayed, but we have heard nothing official from The Pokémon Company as of yet.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Pre-Orders

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You can pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus right now! It won't be here until the end of January, but you can ensure you're ready to go as soon as it hits midnight on the 28th by getting your order in now.

Japanese players will also be treated to a stunning TCG treat if they pre-order the game, and you can find out how to get the Growlithe Kimono set from anywhere in the world here.

How To Watch The Pokémon Legends: Arceus Pokémon Presents

The August 18 Pokémon Presents will divulge new information about Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

The Pokémon Presents premiered on the official Pokémon YouTube channel, but you can watch it here:

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Confirmed Platforms

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Trailer

Check out the launch trailer for the game below!

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Price

Based on previous Pokémon releases on Switch, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will likely cost £49.99/$59.99.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Region

Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the Hisui region, which is a "a long-gone era" of the Sinnoh region that we know and love from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

It will be interesting to play Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the remake of the original Sinnoh games, then play a new game set in the same region from the past.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Starter Pokemon

It wouldn't be a Pokémon game if there weren't three Pokémon to choose between at the start of the adventure!

Players can select between:

  • Rowlet
  • Cyndaquil
  • Oshawott
Cyndaquil, Rowlet, and Oshawott stand in a row looking at you expectantly.
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The three starters are from different regions - Cyndaquil from Johto; Oshawott from Unova; and Rowlet from Alola. This presents some interesting questions about a game set in feudal Sinnoh. How did the professor get their hands on them? Will we see more Pokémon from other regions in the game? Pokémon fans have a lot of unanswered questions.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Leaks

We'll update this section with any pertinent leaks regarding Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

That's everything we know about Pokémon Legends: Arceus so far.