Pokemon Legends Arceus Trailer Highlights New Forms and Combat Styles

The new Pokemon Legends Arceus trailer promises a series evolution in more ways than one.

The Pokemon Presents August 2021 presentation revealed several new details about the upcoming Pokemon Legends Arceus, including stealth, crafting, and very deadly Pokemon.

Pokemon Legends takes place in Hisui, which is the Sinnoh region centuries before Diamond and Pearl take place. Plenty of recognizable Pokemon roam the wilds, but despite Legends' spinoff status, Game Freak is still introducing new Pokemon and new forms.

The Pokemon Presents episode revealed four new forms: 

  • Hisuian Braviary, a Psychic revamp of the Unova variant
  • Hisuian Growlithe, a very good boi with a very big beard
  • Wyrdeer, a Stantler evolution
  • Hisuian Basculin, a fish that draws power from the souls of its dead comrades, because, of course, it does.

Several of these Pokemon will help you explore the plains, sail through the sky, or even ride the waves, not unlike HMs and Pokemon actions in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Your goal is helping Galaxy Team, a group that's definitely not Team Galactic (except it is), understand how Pokemon live in their natural habitat. However, in Legends, the term "wild Pokemon" takes on new meaning.

Some Pokemon in Hisui will attack you directly if you disturb them, so having a set of sturdy 'mon with you is more important than ever. When you do enter combat, you'll notice a few differences as well. 

Pokemon Legends introduces combat styles and a new battle order. Agile styles move faster, but hit at normal power, while strong style deals extra damage at the expense of more turns.

Pokemon Legends Arceus will release January 28, 2022, for Nintendo Switch.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Aug. 19th 2021

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