Pokemon Legends: Arceus will have you explore the Hisui Region as part of Galaxy Expedition Team

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company revealed more details about Pokemon Legends: Arceus at the August 2021 Pokemon Presents broadcast. The show went more in-depth into the new game's world setting and gameplay system.

The Sinnoh region had a different name in the past: the Hisui region. The base of operations would be located in the Jubilife Village, which would later grow into the largest city in modern Sinnoh. The player character will explore the region and gather Pokemon data under the Galaxy Expedition Team, which may or may not be related to the modern Team Galactic.

As shown at the initial reveal, the core gameplay system will have you explore the open-world Hisui region and interact directly with wild Pokemon through observations, instant captures, and seamless battles. Other than buying items, you can also craft them after collecting specific materials. However, some of the wild Pokemon are so aggressive that they can directly attack the player. You will faint if you receive a lot of damage.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus will also feature several brand-new Pokemon like Wyrdeer and Basculegion; they are the new evolutions for Stantler and Basculin, respectively. The broadcast also revealed that Growlithe and Braviary will appear in new Hisuian region forms.

Find the official trailer for the upcoming game right below, along with the details from The Pokemon Company. Pokemon Legends: Arceus will be available for Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes Trainers on an adventure through the Sinnoh region of the past—before it was even called Sinnoh. Many years ago, the land was called the Hisui region, and it was rare for humans and Pokémon to live in close harmony.

As a member of the Galaxy Expedition Team, players will visit Jubilife Village, a bustling settlement that serves as a base of operations. After receiving an assignment or a request, Trainers will set out from the village to study one of the various areas of the Hisui region. After they finish their survey work, Trainers return to Jubilife Village to prepare for their next task. Whenever Trainers leave Jubilife Village to set out on an excursion, their first stop will be one of the base camps that will serve as an outpost for their work. These base camps are more than just starting points—Trainers can stop for a rest during an excursion, letting their team of Pokémon recover their health, or use a base camp’s workbench to craft items.

As Trainers progress toward completing the Pokédex and increase in rank as a member of the Galaxy Team, they will meet interesting characters and encounter unique Pokémon living in the Hisui region.



  • Category: Big Horn Pokémon  
  • Height: 5′11″
  • Weight: 209.7 lbs.
  • Type: Normal/Psychic

In the Hisui region, Stantler can evolve into Wyrdeer. Using the black orbs at the bases of its antlers, this Pokémon generates and unleashes psychic energy powerful enough to distort space.



  • Category: Big Fish Pokémon
  • Height: 9ʹ10″
  • Weight: 242.5 lbs.
  • Type: Water/Ghost

Basculin in the Hisui region evolve into Basculegion when they are possessed by the souls of other Basculin from their school that could not withstand the harsh journey upstream. Their propulsive power is bolstered by the souls possessing them, letting them swim without tiring.


Hisuian Braviary

  • Category: Battle Cry Pokémon
  • Height: 5′7″
  • Weight: 95.7 lbs.
  • Type: Psychic/Flying

When Rufflet in the Hisui region evolve, they become Hisuian Braviary. Hisuian Braviary can imbue its eerie screeches with psychic power to generate powerful shock waves. It can also use its psychic power to sharpen its sixth sense, entering a trance that boosts its physical abilities.


Hisuian Growlithe

  • Category: Scout Pokémon
  • Height: 2′7″
  • Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Type: Fire/Rock

This is Growlithe as it appears in the Hisui region. Hisuian Growlithe has longer, more voluminous fur than the previously discovered form of Growlithe. Highly vigilant, they tend to be seen watching over their territory in pairs.

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