What starter Pokemon should you pick in Pokemon Legends Arceus?

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is just around the corner, and many of you might be wondering which Starter Pokémon is right for you. Your choices are Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott — three Pokémon from completely different regions. If you’re having trouble deciding which partner to pick, we’ve got a full breakdown here that might just help you make that decision. Keep in mind that this post contains spoilers, so please avoid reading it if you’d rather not read them.

Please note that the materials presented here have been sourced from PoryLeeks and are compiled here for convenience. None of the material here was originally posted by or sourced from Exion.

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Decidueye, Typhlosion, and Samurott

Rowlet, Typhlosion, and Samurott all evolve decently fast. If you’re planning on playing this game for a long time, your starter Pokémon’s final form is going to be the one you’ll wind up spending the most time with. That means the final form needs to be one you like! We’ve included an image of the Hisuian starter Pokémon above as a visual reminder of sorts. Here’s a breakdown of each individual Pokémon, then:

  • Hisuian Decidueye is now a Grass / Fighting-type. Unfortunately, that means it has weaknesses to Poison-, Fire-, Psychic-, Ice-, and Fairy-type moves. Worse yet is that this Pokémon is slower than Alolan Decidueye, so it won’t be able to move as often. That’s not to say that this Pokémon will be awful, per se, but it appears choosing Rowlet as your starter might make things more difficult. There are a lot of Flying-type Pokémon in Hisui, and Hisuian Decidueye takes quadruple damage from Flying-type attacks. If you choose Rowlet, please be careful!
  • Hisuian Typhlosion looks much cooler with its neck fire active. Don’t worry: its neck fire is always active when this Pokémon is sent into battle. It’s a Fire / Ghost-type Pokémon with high special attack, meaning it can use moves like Flamethrower and Shadow Ball to great effect. If you’re looking for a fast, reliable Pokémon to travel through Hisui with, Cyndaquil is the Pokémon for you!
  • Hisuian Samurott is a Water / Dark-type Pokémon with balanced attack and special attack stats. This means that it can use any type of offensive move and deal at least decent damage. We also think Hisuian Samurott is the coolest looking of the three starter Pokémon, so that might be a factor in your decision. Typhlosion might be better in terms of offensive type coverage, but Samurott will get the job done too!

Objectively speaking, it might be best to pick Cyndaquil if you like it as a Pokémon. Rowlet seems to be the most difficult choice thanks to its poor typing and speed stat, so do keep that in mind if you like it. Oshawott’s final form has a really clean design, and its Shiny form is even more impressive! If you’d like to discuss starter Pokémon more, you can always join our Discord community and join in on the conversation.

We’re hard at work on guides for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. In the meantime, feel free to read some of the content we’ve created for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl via the link below! Given its status as a sequel to Legends: Arceus, it might be a good way to brush up on the Sinnoh region and its lore. Good luck!

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