Meet All of ARCEUS’ New Pokémon Evolutions and Regional Forms

Pokémon Legends: Arceus sends trainers back in time to the “ long-gone era of Sinnoh.” A player’s quest? Completing the region’s first Pokédex. But, of course, a Pokédex without new Arceus Pokémon forms to identify wouldn’t be much fun. But luckily, The Pokémon Company has revealed there are plenty of never-before-seen Pokémon to find in the Arceus’ Hisui region. In addition, the panel shared that “the land of Hisui will eventually come to be known as the Sinnoh region.” Arceus’ new regional forms and evolutions are sure to delight fans.

Fresh Pokémon are very often the highlight of new games and regions. (After all, “Catch ’em all” is the catchphrase of the series!) And Pokémon Legends: Arceus is no different in this respect. Players are itching to meet these creatures, whether they come as regional variants or newly discovered Pokémon. Especially now that the Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available has officially released.

Here’s everything we know about new Arceus Pokémon, including the most recent updates about Arceus’ Noble Pokémon, possible Arceus starter Pokémon, and the Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus new Pokémon:

New Arceus Regional Variants

Regional forms are forms of Pokémon that adapt to a specific region. These new Pokémon Legends: Arceus regional forms provide excellent spins on some of your favorite Pokémon. In total, Arceus’ Hisui region has four new regional variants… so far. They are the Hisuian Zorua, the Hisuian Zoroark, the Hisuian Braviary, and the Hisuian Growlithe.

Hisuian Voltorb and Electrode

Hisuian Voltorb, a new Pokemon Arceus regional varient:form
The Pokémon Company

The Hisuian Voltorb joins the ranks of new Pokémon Legends: Arceus regional variants. This Pokémon still resembles a Pokéball, as Voltorb traditionally do. However, during the time of Arceus, Pokéballs were made of wood. So it makes sense Voltorb too has a wooden makeover. The official website shares: “It looks very similar to the Poké Balls of the Hisui region, what with the wood-grain-like makeup of its body’s surface and the hole on the top of its head.​”

Additionally, “there seem to be countless seeds packed inside Hisuian Voltorb. Occasionally, it spouts these seeds out of the hole in its head.” No one knows how exactly the Voltorb looks on the inside, because it’s pitch dark in there and impossible to see anything. It’s a little rude to try to see inside a Pokémon anyway if you ask us.

This new Voltorb regional variant is also very friendly. Its got very high spirits. However, when it gets too excited it can accidentally let out a shock of stored electricity. Frequently, it shocks humans and Pokémon around it. “Even the slightest provocation can set off such a discharge, so in human settlements, Hisuian Voltorb is considered a nuisance.” This feels very unfortunate because it really is a friendly creature. Sadly, “tales of people temporarily plugging the hole on Hisuian Voltorb’s head and kicking it out of settlements are not entirely uncommon.​”

The Hisuian Voltorb is a part of the ‘Sphere Pokémon’ category of Pokémon and is an Electric/Grass-type. Its height is 1’8″ and it usually weighs about 28.7bs.  Someone protect the Voltorb!

Hisuian Electrode

Hisuian Electrode from Pokemon Legends Arceus

Though other Pokémon become more intimidating when they evolve, Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ new form of Electrode remains just as adorable. In fact, this Hisuian Electrode looks a little frightened. Maybe a friendly Voltorb can cheer it up.

Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark

New Pokemon Arceus Regional Forms - the Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark
The Pokémon Company

The Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark are some of the latest additions to Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ regional forms. The official description of these Pokémon offers, “Hisuian Zoroark seems scary…but it also appears to be protective of Hisuian Zorua.” This new form of Zorua, of course, is super adorable. It seems that both these new Pokémon are Normal/Ghost types in their regional forms.

Hisuian Zorua

The Hisuian Zorua under the moon
The Pokémon Company

Zorua is fox-like Pokémon that can change its physical appearance at will. However, these changes are only illusions because its primary skillsets and powers don’t change.

Zorua can act timid in nature, hence its reliance on illusions. It keeps its form secret to stay safe. Sometimes, it will appear as a child in the hopes of finding food. Sometimes, it even replaces children, especially talkative ones. In its child form, it often stays silent. However, if anyone touches its tail, it will revert to its Zorua form. Though shy, this Pokémon tends towards mischief.

These Hisuian Zorua came to the Hisui region after “being driven from other lands by humans, who shunned the Pokémon for manifesting uncanny illusions.” But these Zorua actually perished, because they could not survive the harsh Hisuian land and conflict with other Pokémon. Their souls were reborn in this Ghost-type form, powered by their malice.

Like other Zorua the Hisuian Zorua can mimic appearances. But unlike their other forms, “these ghostly mimicries are created using spiteful power emitted from the long fur on Hisuian Zorua’s head, around its neck, and on its tail.” The Hisuian Zorua absorbs and draws strength from the terror of those they scare.

Hisuian Zoroark

The Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark in a wintery setting
The Pokémon Company

Zoroark, of course, is Zorua’s evolution. Zoroark is also fox-like but bi-pedal. In addition, it has a voluminous mane that almost looks like a ponytail. The Hisuian Zoroark shares these characteristics.

Zoroark’s chief power lies in its incredibly realistic illusions. It uses these to hide itself and protect its den. Like Zorua, Zoroark does not actually change itself but merely creates illusions. However, these are incredibly powerful. When it becomes a human, it can even speak. Its attack illusions can even fool cameras, as demonstrated by the Hisuian Zoroark.

The Hisuian Zoroark projects these terrifying illusions using its spiteful power. And this form of Zororark can actually inflict damage with its illusions, harming its foes both inside and out. Its illusions wear”expressions of such utter malice toward every last thing upon this world that those who see them are said to be driven mad by the terror.”

Though the Hisuian Zoroark is incredibly aggressive towards people and Pokémon, it appears very protective of those it loves and always seeks to protect them. It may even hold grudges against if anyone harms its chosen brood. A word of warning to trainers, legend has it that “Zoroark punishes those who attempt to catch it by trapping them in an illusion.” But those who win its trust gain a powerful ally.

Hisuian Braviary

New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Regional form, the Hisuian Braviary - a large bird with big wings flying across a wintery mountaintop
The Pokémon Company

The Hisuian form of Braviary is a majestic one. When Rufflet is able to survive in the tough conditions of the Hisuian region, they transform into this creature with great wings.

The Hisuian Braviary visits Hisui in the winter from somewhere farther north. Unlike previous Braviary forms, it forgoes a flock to live a solitary life. It is also larger than some of its counterparts.

Hisuian Braviary’s screeches are sometimes embued with psychic powers. And its eerie calls can even generate shockwaves. Once it weakens its prey, it uses sharp talons to tear it apart.

The Hisuian Braviary is a part of the ‘Battle Cry’ category of Pokémon and is a Psychic/Flying-type. Its height is 5’7,” and it usually weighs about 95.7lbs. For now, it seems like this Arceus regional form of Braviary will evolve from a regular Rufflet.

Rumor has it this Pokémon can also “use its psychic power to sharpen its sixth sense and enter a trance that boosts its physical abilities.”

Hisuian Growlithe & Hisuian Arcanine

New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Regional form, the Hisuian Growlithe - a red, dog-like creature smiling in the grass
The Pokémon Company

The Hisuian form of Growlithe is one adorable pup. Though cute, this creature can be very territorial. It always works with a partner to guard its land, but it is not accustomed to being around people.

Hisuian Growlithe has incredibly soft fur, softer than previous forms of the Pokémon. This fur is a great advantage because it’s an excellent insulator. This adaptation allows it to stay lively even in the region’s chilly weather.

The horn on this Growlithe’s head is rock but is also very fragile. So the Hisuian Growlithe only uses it sparingly when it will have the best effect.

The Hisuian Growlithe is a part of the ‘Scout’ category of Pokémon and is a Fire/Rock-type. Its height is 2’7,” and it usually weighs about 50lbs.  While building trust with a Hisuian Growlithe takes time, we imagine their loyalty is unparalleled once gained.

The Hisuian Arcanine

The Hisuian Arcanine from Pokemon Legends Arcues

Of course, the Hisuian Arcanine is much less cuddly than its new Pokémon Legends Arceus starter form.  This majestic beast has a glorious black mane and a firey roar to rival it. Unlike its normal form, the new Hisuian Arcanine is a Fire/Rock-type Pokémon. We wouldn’t want to meet this Pokémon in battle if it wasn’t feeling friendly.

Arceus’ Noble Pokémon 

Pokémon Legends: Arceus has introduced players to the concept of “Noble Pokémon.”

Who Are Noble Pokémon In Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

Arceus‘ Noble Pokémon are Hisuian Pokémon who have been “blessed with a mysterious power.” A new trailer introduced players to the Hisui region wardens who protect special Pokémon. While some Pokémon assist the people of the region, other Pokémon known as nobles are particularly powerful.

Noble Pokémon appear to be the most special Arceus Pokémon of all. The wardens honor them, keep them safe, and leave them offerings. But in Pokémon Legends: Arceus something has begun to negatively affect even these special Pokémon.

Kleavor (New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Noble Pokémon)

New Arceus Noble Pokemon Kleavor, a gold Pokemon with big axe like arms
The Pokémon Company

Arceus’ Kleavor is a new evolution of Scyther. Special minerals found in Hisui region cause Scyther to evolve into this regional variant. Parts of this Pokémon’s body have actually turned into stone. When Kleavor fights some of the stone gets chipped away. However, this chipping actually makes the Pokémon more deadly because it increases their slicing power.  The people who live in the region of Hisui “once used pieces of stone that had fallen from Kleavor to craft tools.”

Kleavor attacks with its arms. These are arms are axe-like and deadly. They deal massive damage even to tough foes. Kleavor also marks its territory with its arms. It slashes symbols into tree trunks to claim its land. Sometimes, it even chops down trees to make its mark.

Kleavor is a part of the ‘Axe’ category of Pokémon and is a Bug/Rock-type. Its height is 5’11,” and it usually weighs about 196.2lbs. For now, it seems as far as evolution goes, Kleavor will evolve from a regular Scyther.

In Arceus, players will meet Kleavor as one of the Noble Pokémon of the region.

New Arceus Pokémon Evolutions

Two new Pokémon discovered in the Hisuian region were introduced during the panel. These Pokémon are Wyrdeer and Basculegion.

Wyrdeer (New Pokémon Legends: Arceus evolution of Stantler)

New Arceus Evolution, Wyrdeer, a white deer creature standing in front of a blue sky on a mountain
The Pokémon Company

Arceus’ Wyrdeer evolves from a Stantler who has survived in the harsh environment of the Hisui region. The Wyrdeer has strong ties with the people of the land, and it has always been treated with great respect. Cloth made with any fur it sheds from its beard, tail, and legs is highly prized. It is used especially to create warm winter clothing.

In a fight, Wyrdeer releases psychic energy from the black orbs at the base of its antlers. The powerful energy can distort space. Wyrdeer also uses its antlers defensively, searching out safe paths and keeping young Stantler safe.

Wyrdeer is a part of the ‘Big Horn’ category of Pokémon and is a Normal/Psychic-type. Its height is 5’11,” and it usually weighs about 209.7lbs. For now, it seems as far as evolution goes, Wyrdeer will evolve from a regular Stantler.

Truly, a most noble creature.

Basculegion (New Pokémon Legends: Arceus evolution of the Hisuian Basculin)

New Arceus Evolution, Basculegion, a huge pink and green fish swimming in a river
The Pokémon Company

Basculin that live in the Hisui region can become Basculegion… If other Basculin that died in their school during the journey upstream were to possess them. (What can we say, Pokémon can be dark!)

Basculegion gains power from these souls, allowing it to swim for great distances and with much power. These souls will fight with Basculegion if attacked; however, they seem to have wills of their own. When Basculegion enters into a battle, it becomes enraged. It then attacks non-stop until it emerges the victor.

Basculegion is a part of the ‘Big Fish’ category of Pokémon and is a Water/Ghost-type. Its height is 9’10,” and it usually weighs about 242.5lbs. As far as evolution goes, at least, when it comes to gameplay, it seems like Basculegion will evolve from a normal Basculin. There are currently two types of Basculin, however. There is a red-striped form and blue-striped form. Both red and green Basculegion can be evolved from a Hisuian Basculin.

We wouldn’t want to make this fish mad.

Other Pokémon Appearing in Arceus: Starter Pokémon Evolutions and More Hisuian Forms 

The mythical pokemon Arceus
The Pokémon Company

Not every Pokémon set to appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a new Pokémon. Some old favorites have also been announced to join the game.

So far, these include Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott, which look like they may serve as Arceus’ starter Pokémon. But now that Arceus has been released and is available for gameplay, we know that Arceus features Hisuian final evolutions for its three starter Pokémon. These include the Hisuian Decidueye, the Hisuian Typhlosion, and the Hisuian Samurott.

The Hisuian Typhlosion is a Fire/Ghost-type Pokémon. Meanwhile, the Hisuian Decidueye is a Grass/Fighting-type Pokémon. Finally, the Hisuian Samurott is a Water/Dark-type Pokémon.

New Pokemon Arceus starter pokemon final evolutions - the Hisuian Typhlosion, the Hisuian Samurott, the Hisuian Decidueye

Joining these new forms are the Hisuian Qwilfish who evolves into a new Arceus Pokémon, Overqwil, both are Dark/Poison-type Pokémon. Additionally, Arceus features the Hisuian Sneasel, who evolves into a new Arceus Pokémon, the Sneasler. The two are Fighting/Poison-type Pokémon. The Hisui-region Lilligant also arrives in the game. And it is not to be underestimated, despite its beautiful pink flowers. The Hisuian Lilligant is a Grass/Fighting-type Pokémon.

Another new Arceus Pokémon is the Ursaluna, a Normal/Ground-type Pokémon. Players can evolve Ursaring into this new form by using a Peat Block on Ursaring during a full moon.

Players can also look for the Hisuian Avalugg (Ice/Rock), the Hisuian Sliggoo (Dragon/Steel), and the Hisuian Goodra (Dragon/Steel).

Additionally, the “Gratitude Pokémon” Shaymin will appear in its Land Forme. Shaymin is a mythical Pokémon. And, of course, the mythical Pokémon Arceus, whom we have previously met in the franchise, will appear in the game.

As far as legendary Pokémon go, Arceus features Dialga (Steel/Dragon) and Palkia (Water/Dragon) and Enamorus in two forms. Additional legendary and mythical Pokémon may include:

  • Azelf
  • Mesprit
  • Uxie
  • Heatran
  • Cresselia
  • Giratina
  • Regigigas
  • Tornadus
  • Landorus
  • Thundurus
  • Enamorus

Additional mythical Pokémon may include:

  • Manaphy
  • Phione
  • Darkrai

Arceus’ New Pokémon & Game Release Information 

Wyrdeer, Basculegion, Hisuian Growlith and Braviary, and Kleavor
The Pokémon Company

With so many new Pokémon to look forward to, players should be very excited to play Pokémon Legends: Arceus  which released on January 28, 2022. You can order the game now. And who knows, there may even be more new Arceus Pokémon to discover!

Originally published on August 18, 2021

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