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Meet All of ARCEUS’ New Pokémon Evolutions & 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, in a recent Pokémon Presents panel, The Pokémon Company 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 as newly discovered Pokémon.

Here’s what we learned about the new Arceus Pokémon from the panel! Please note, we have not included a discussion of the Legendary Pokémon Arceus in this write-up.

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

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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 Basculin)

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

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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. Given the color scheme on Basculegion, it looks like it is the evolution of the red-striped Basculin. Whether a possible blue-striped form of Basculegion will also be available is unknown. Additionally, given Basculegion’s dark backstory, players wonder if it is a special evolution of Basculin.

We wouldn’t want to make this fish mad.

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 two new regional variants… so far. They are the Hisuian Braviary and the Hisuian Growlithe.

Hisuian Braviary

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

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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

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

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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. So far, there has been no announcement of a new regional form of Arcanine, Growlithe’s evolution. However, it seems likely we will see a Hisuian Arcanine in Arceus. Prior base-regional forms have functioned in this way, such as the Galarian Ponyta.

While building trust with a Hisuian Growlithe takes time, we imagine their loyalty is unparalleled once gained.

Arceus’ New Pokémon & Game Release Information 

New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Pokemon Evolutions & New Arceus Regional Forms - Wyrdeer, Basculegion, Hisuian Growlith and Braviary - deer, fish, dog, and bird creatures in the mountains

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

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