22 Apr 2021 8:40 PM +00:00

Why Are Cyndaquil, Rowlet And Oshawott Starters In Pokemon Legends Arceus?

Pokemon Legends Arceus has been revealed as the next title to feature a new adventure.

While we can expect a new title this year, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, it is a remake.

But where Pokemon Legends Arceus brings in a new era for Pokemon, it's not forgetting some of its veteran stars; opting to reuse Cyndaquil, Rowlet and Oshawott as starter Pokemon.


The three Pokemon were popular in the anime but were less desirable when it came to the games themselves.

So why have the Pokemon Company opted to pick these three Pokemon over the others?

It may be a little easier to explain than one might think according to a Reddit theory.

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Why Are Cyndaquil, Rowlet And Oshawott Starters In Pokemon Legends Arceus?

So why are these three the chosen ones?

Reddit user u/ZeeGee009 has claimed that the game is traced back to 12th century Japan.

Given the game's trailer, it's easy to see how that makes sense - the game is set in a much older time period of Sinnoh.


The reason they were chosen is due to their evolutionary connections to feudal Japan.

What does that mean? Allow us to explain.


Rowlet evolves into Decidueye (the Arrow Quill Pokemon) having connections to Archers.

Oshawott's evolution is Samurott, which focuses on Samurais as the concept for this evolution.

Cyndaquill resembles a honey-badger (found in Japan) and Typhlosion's Japanese name is 'Bakufu' which can be translated to 'Shogun'. These were titles given to Military Generals in Feudal Japan.

It's a bold but logical explanation for the unusual choices in starters; it's just a surprise not to see Charmander feature once again.