Meet the young clan leaders and panic-inducing merchants of Pokemon Legends: Arceus

A new trailer and additional details have dropped today for Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Hisui's two main clans, Diamond and Pearl, belong to the young Adaman and Irida, respectively. We're also introduced to Ginkgo Merchants, folks who have clearly never heard of "personal bubbles." Last but not least, a certain mythical Pokemon can be yours to catch — but there's a catch.

First, let's take a look at that trailer. Notice the characters who beg "almighty Sinnoh" for forgiveness? Fascinating stuff, seeing as Hisui is just what modern Sinnoh was called in the old days. The backstory thickens...

And now for the press details. There's some good stuff in here.

■ The Hisui Region’s Two Clans: The Diamond Clan and the Pearl Clan

In addition to being home to the Galaxy Expedition Team, two other groups reside in the Hisui region: the Diamond Clan and the Pearl Clan.

The people of the Diamond Clan often speak of the importance of cherishing the present and living in the moment with one’s allies. On the other hand, members of the Pearl Clan frequently advocate the importance of valuing the vast, spacious land shared with others.​

Although the Diamond Clan and Pearl Clan disagree on many of their beliefs, they seem to nevertheless share many similarities. Both clans don clothing designed to resemble certain Pokemon, and both pay respects to special Pokemon they call lords and ladies—or collectively, noble Pokemon.​ Moreover, both clans have wardens who serve these special Pokemon.

■ The Young Leaders in Charge of the Diamond and Pearl Clans​



Adaman serves as the leader of the Diamond Clan and has Leafeon as his partner Pokemon.​

This daring young man hates to see time go to waste and likes to rush forward without worrying too much about particulars.



Irida serves as the leader of the Pearl Clan, and her partner Pokemon is Glaceon.​

As a leader, she feels it is important to have the courage to face the vast Hisui region. Though she is suspicious when first meeting people, she will slowly come to trust the player thanks to the help they provide in quelling the noble Pokemon.​

■ Introducing the Ginkgo Guild Merchants


​A group of merchants known as the Ginkgo Guild also operates in the Hisui region. Not native to Hisui, members of the Ginkgo Guild travel around the various locations of the region, selling the wares they have gathered.​

■ Add the Mythical Pokemon Darkrai to Your Team in Pokemon Legends: Arceus


Players with play records from the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond or Pokemon Shining Pearl games will be able to take on a research request in Pokemon Legends: Arceus that will lead to an encounter with the Mythical Pokemon Darkrai. They will also be able to claim the Modern Team Galactic Set.



It’s said this Pokemon is active during nights of the new moon and that it can lull people to sleep and make them have nightmares.​

  • Category: Pitch-Black Pokemon
  • Type: Dark
  • Height: 4′ 11″ (1.5m)
  • Weight: 111.3 lbs. (50.5 kg) 

So, yeah. Bit of a bummer that Darkrai can only be obtained by players who own Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, though it does track with how Game Freak's been handling purchase incentives this generation. (See also: Mew and Jirachi.)

Still, props on the character designs. Diamond & Pearl's clan leaders both look stylish, and these Ginkgo Guild merchants may be the first roaming salespeople to crack a smile on my face since The Legend of Zelda's beloved beetle.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus will launch on January 28, 2022 exclusively for Nintendo Switch.