Details about the prequel Pokémon Legends: Arceus are scant to say the least. However, today’s Pokémon Presents stream showed off a video that shared more details before the game’s January release. =
The Pokémon Company released a trailer that unveiled numerous environments including a beach, snowy mountains, and a forest of the Hisui region–which later becomes the Sinnoh region. Exploration was the main focus of this video, including using Pokémon as transportation like a glider, boat, and even a mount. The trailer also showed a trainer sneaking around using Poké Balls on unsuspecting Pokémon. At one point, the Pokémon turn aggressive with glowing red eyes, making them dangerous. It appears once they’re aggressive they’ll always attack you, rather than your Pokémon.
The studio explained that the game revolves around the Galaxy Expedition Team. You meet up with Professor Laventon who studies Pokémon ecology, Captain Cyllene of the Survey Corps, and Commander Kamado from the expedition team. You’ll go out on the expedition and make base camp, and prepare for these outings by crafting or buying items.
While exploring, you’ll manually throw Poké Balls at wild Pokémon to catch them. Some Pokémon will react differently to you, with some running away immediately, hence the reason for hiding in tall grass to sneak up on them. You can start a battle by throwing a Poké Ball containing one of your own Pokémon near a wild one. When it comes to battle strategies, faster Pokémon may be able to attack multiple times before the opponent can act. Your Pokémon can choose between a strong style for extra power but with a slower speed, or an agile style for faster attacks with less power.
The presentation also showed new Pokémon like the Wyrdeer, the Basculegion, and the Hisui variants of Braviary and Growlithe.
Preorder for Pokémon Legends: Arceus are open on the Nintendo eShop starting today.