Pokémon Legends: Arceus was officially revealed on February 27, 2021 and serves as a prequel of sorts to Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. The Hisui region (which would later change its name to Sinnoh) features many unique never-before-seen forms of Pokémon. As of right now, each and every one of these has been datamined — if you’re trying to avoid spoilers, don’t read the rest of this article! With that warning out of the way, let’s get into the full list of each new Hisuian Pokémon.
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Hisuian Decidueye, Typhlosion, and Samurott
Decidueye (Grass / Fighting), Typhlosion (Fire / Ghost), and Samurott (Water / Dark) all have Hisuian forms! Their first two forms do not, however — it’s just the final forms. Please note that Hisuian Typhlosion’s image doesn’t include the pink flames around its neck. It looks a lot better with those active. Each of these Pokémon boasts its own signature moves, so keep an eye out for those as you train them!
Growlithe & Arcanine
Hisuian Growlithe was first revealed during the first-ever Legends Arceus premiere trailer. Unlike its Kantonian form, Hisuian Growlithe is a Fire / Rock-type. The spike at the top of its head is made of solid rock, but Growlithe doesn’t like using it to attack. Of course, being a Fire / Rock-type Pokémon, Hisuian Growlithe has devastating weaknesses to Water- and Ground-type moves. The same goes for Hisuian Arcanine, who shares the same typing.
Voltorb & Electrode
Hisuian Voltorb first appeared on the official Pokémon Twitter account in December 2021! Just like Hisuian Growlithe, Hisuian Voltorb keeps its Electric type but adds a new one: the Grass-type. Rather than resembling a modern Poké Ball, Hisuian Voltorb resembles the Poké Balls used around the Hisui region. Apparently, this form of Voltorb is full of tiny seeds! Hisuian Electrode shares the same typing.
Hisuian Qwilfish & Overqwil
Qwilfish was originally supposed to receive an evolution in the prototype versions of Pokémon Gold & Silver, but that never came to fruition. Hisuian Qwilfish, a Dark / Poison-type, can evolve into Overqwil. Overqwil is an entirely new Pokémon with upgraded base stats and moves! It’s important to note that you can fight with Qwilfish and Overqwil without needing to be near a body of water, so don’t worry about that.
Hisuian Sneasel & Sneasler
These two Pokémon are Poison / Fighting-type, which means they share the same typing as Croagunk and Toxicroak. The first is a Hisuian version of Sneasel, while the latter is an all-new evolution called Sneasler. According to leaks, Sneasler can help the player scale mountains. Please note that Sneasler is not Weavile; it’s its own Pokémon. Kind of like how Johtonian Corsola can’t evolve into Cursola.
Ursaring is just the same as it’s always been! What we’re focusing on is its new evolution, Ursaluna. It retains its previous form’s Normal-typing, but adds the Ground-type in addition. It’s also got a neat pattern on its head that resembles a sun with clouds in front of it. It seems you can ride Ursaluna in-game, too, which is super cool!
Petilil appears exactly the same as it always has in the Hisui region. Instead, its evolved form, Lilligant, has a regional variant. It ditches its dress-like appendage in exchange for a more nimble form. As you might expect, it’s now a Grass / Fighting-type Pokémon. This means that – similar to Breloom – it now suffers from an unfortunate quadrupe weakness to Flying-type moves. Think twice before you send out Hisuian Lilligant against a Starly!
Hisuian Basculin & Basculegion
Basculegion is a brand-new evolution of Basculin that only appears in the Hisui region. It’s a Water / Ghost-type Pokémon! The reason behind its typing is that it has been possessed by the souls of fellow Basculin that were killed by this region’s harsh environment. Apparently, thanks to all of the souls Basculegion possesses, it never gets tired of swimming and can keep going and going. The base form of Basculin is now white. If it’s male, it will evolve into a red Basculegion. If it’s female, it will appear more teal.
Hisuian Zorua & Zoroark
These two are hands-down some of the coolest new Hisuian forms. Both Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark are Normal / Ghost-type Pokémon, which is a type combination we haven’t seen before. This means it’s immune to Ghost- and Fighting-type moves, which only leaves it weak to Dark-type attacks. Apparently, Hisuian Zorua was born when Unovian Zorua migrated to Hisui but failed to survive its unforgiving environment. That’s why it’s now a Ghost-type.
Hisuian Zoroark has a huge, fluffy mane. It’s so big and floofy, in fact, that you might mistake it for an Ice-type! Though Hisuian Zoroark is known for conjuring powerful illusions, Pokémon in Legends Arceus don’t have abilities. This means it isn’t possible for Hisuian Zoroark to use the Illusion ability like it could in previous titles. Still, the type combination is cool!
Hisuian Braviary is another example of a Hisuian Pokémon revealed during the initial Pokémon Legends: Arceus premiere. Unlike its Unovian form, it’s a Psychic / Flying-type Pokémon instead of a Normal / Flying-type one. There’s actually no such thing as Hisuian Rufflet — they look normal in Hisui, but evolve into this form of Braviary instead.
It’s said that Hisuian Braviary is larger than its Unovian counterpart. It can apparently use its psychic powers to sharpen its “sixth sense” and enter a state that boosts its physical abilities. As mentioned earlier, there aren’t any Abilities in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but this does sound like a neat idea for one if Hisuian Braviary appears in future titles.
Bergmite remains identical to its appearance in previous Pokémon games. Avalugg, however, now has its very own Hisuian form! And it’s kind of unfortunate, because it’s an Ice / Rock-type Pokémon. That leaves it horribly weak to Ground- and Steel-type moves, which it takes quadruple damage from. Seems like this Pokémon might be kind of a liability in certain situations, so it’ll be important to use it well and at the right times.
Hisuian Sliggoo & Hisuian Goodra
The leaks were real! Hisuian Sliggoo and Hisuian Goodra are now Dragon / Steel-type Pokémon, and they’re looking a bit escargooey. Indeed, they’ve got big steel shells that probably slow them down a fair bit, so we’d imagine they’re slower than their Kalosian counterparts. The developers made a great decision by keeping Goomy – a Pokémon who was already perfect – exactly the same.
Wyrdeer is a regional evolution of Stantler (and it’s about time Stantler gets something neat)! Wyrdeer retains Stantler’s Normal-type, but adds on a Psychic-type as well. This means it’s immune to Ghost-type moves and neutral to Fighting-type moves. As a result, it’s only weak to Bug- and Dark-type moves. Given Wyrdeer’s fluffy mane, you could easily mistake this one for an Ice-type as well!
Also, there is no Hisuian Stantler — at least, none that we know of. Instead, any Stantler in Hisui will be able to evolve into Wyrdeer. When it does, it becomes much larger. So much larger, in fact, that players can ride it around the Hisui region!
Apparently, Scyther that live in Hisui don’t evolve into Scizor. They evolve into Kleavor instead, which is a Bug / Rock-type Pokémon! It’s said that special minerals found in Hisuian rocks cause Scyther to evolve in this way. It swings its arms around like axes and can chop things down or just deal lots of damage.
Same deal here: Scyther appears as normal in Hisui, it just evolves into Kleavor instead. It seems Kleavor appears as a boss Pokémon of some sort; it was spotted cloaked in a yellow aura prior to its official reveal, which led to lots of speculation from fans.
Enamorus (Incarnate & Therian)
The Forces of Nature from Black & White have returned, and they have a new member of the team! It’s Enamorus, a Fairy / Flying-type Pokémon. It’s based on a wise goddess who had a snake for a tail, and you can clearly see this in both its Incarnate and Therian forms. Here’s hoping that this Pokémon doesn’t become as widespread in competitive matches as Landorus’ Therian form currently is.
Dialga & Palkia (Origin Forms)
We’ve saved (arguably) the worst for last: Dialga and Palkia’s new forms. These just look awkward. As with all of the Pokémon shown here, these may appear slightly different in-game due to the way materials and textures work. That being said, we’re not sure making Palkia look like a centaur was a good idea. We also aren’t quite sure where or how these form appear. You’ll have to play the game to find out!
And that’s everything we know so far! At the time of writing, Pokémon Legends: Arceus isn’t too far off, but there are likely several, more official reveals yet to come. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference, and feel free to check out the official Pokémon website for even more information. Legends Arceus releases on Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022.
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