POKEMON LEGENDS: ARCEUS

Why Nintendo Should Stop Making (Traditional) Pokemon Games

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are coming out later this year, and I feel nothing. I haven’t been keeping up with information on the games, and odds are I’m not going to play them. My disinterest in the series is a pretty new development — I was the prime age to be…

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Is Touhou Project Just Japanese Homestuck?

In this week’s podcast transcript for Channel F (a Video Game Podcast About Video Games™), the looming threat of 2022’s inevitable Game of the Year discussions finally rears its ugly, perpetual head. We all knew this day would come, but does that lessen its venomous sting? (You can also listen…

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Pokemon Creates New Pokeball to Circumvent Lore Discrepancies in Legends: Arceus

Pokemon Home, the Pokemon storage app available on Switch and mobile devices, is getting updated to support Pokemon Legends: Arceus and Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, giving fans a way to transfer their pocket monsters from their games to their larger collection. But while The Pokemon Company stopped short of putting…

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God is Coming to Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, Darkrai is Also Here

Admittedly, it’s hard to get super jazzed about Mythical Pokemon being added to Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl when these characters have been readily available in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. But when The Pokemon Company decided to release to games in the same region two months apart from each other, there was…

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God is Coming to Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, Darkrai is Also Here

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How to Draw Rowlet in 7 Easy Steps

I love Rowlet so much. I don’t remember what life was like before Rowlet. A baby owl. A bird orb. A borb. A round owlet. A Rowlet. Ever since starting Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I think about Rowlet every day. (I really hope we can find one in Pokemon Scarlet and…

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Everything From Today’s Pokemon Presents: Scarlet, Violet, Legends: Arceus, Unite, and Go

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company celebrated the 26 year anniversary of its original Red and Green RPGs with another Pokemon Presents livestream—a broadcast that included yet another open-world game reveal for 2022. That big surprise was Game Freak’s Generation 9 announcement, which is, of course, a thing we all knew…

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus Has a Modern Bedroom Asset in its Code and I Have Questions

The following contains spoilers for Pokemon Legends: Arceus. One of my biggest complaints with Pokemon Legends: Arceus is that the game doesn’t actually conclude the A plot of its main character being sent back in time to the historical Hisui region where the story takes place. But some folks have been doing…

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus Has a Modern Bedroom Asset in its Code and I Have Questions

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Where Should the Next Pokemon Legends Game Take Place?

My favorite thing about Pokemon Legends: Arceus is how, unlike most of the mainline entries, it leverages Pokemon’s lore to make an effective story-driven game. It delves into the history of the Sinnoh region (called Hisui during the game’s timeline) by severing itself from the competitive sport that’s usually crucial…

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100 Free Pokemon Name Ideas for Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus tasks a space-time traveling protagonist with filling the first-ever Pokédex. That means making new friends, benching old ones, and playing around with quite a few captures in the process. We don’t need to keep things formal with our Pokepals, though. Some players hate nicknaming Pokemon, enough that…

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I Hope DLC Gives Pokemon Legends: Arceus a Real Ending

In the face of a complete mechanical overhaul, a semi-open world to explore, and a banging soundtrack, my favorite thing about Pokemon Legends: Arceus is how it uses its setting of the Hisui region to create a story more personal and more representative of the franchise’s world than the series…

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I’m Not Irrational for Believing Pokemon Should Be Better

It’s a little hard to quantify exactly how toxic the Pokemon discourse has gotten in the last four years. Despite the games breaking sales records with each new title, there’s been an ever-loudening dissatisfaction with their quality and ambition — a dull roar that has only gotten more intense with…

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With Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I Feel Like I Finally Know This World

Though Pokemon Legends: Arceus had me at the outset, I knew it had lodged its hooks into me when I walked around the vast Obsidian Fieldlands, battling wild Pokemon with my Pichu. As his trainer, I was able to run around during fights rather than be stuck behind the camera…

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A Glitch is Preventing Pokemon Legends: Arceus Players From Completing the Pokedex [UPDATE]

Pokemon Legends: Arceus players beware, some players are running into a glitch in the post-game that makes it impossible to complete the Pokedex without trading with a friend. Spoilers follow:  After the player has seen credits, a collectathon begins to gather key items called Plates, one corresponding to each type…

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A Glitch is Preventing Pokemon Legends: Arceus Players From Completing the Pokedex

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Look How Pokemon Legends: Arceus Massacred My Friend

Regional variants and alternate forms have been hit or miss for me over the years, as the Pokemon series finds new ways to riff on old monsters. There have been some pretty cool ones like Galarian Rapidash, who was a mainstay in my Pokemon Shield party. Then there’s Alolan Raichu,…

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All 24 New Moves in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

An all new Pokemon game means a fresh group of Pokemon to collect, a number of regional forms added to the game, and perhaps most importantly: a plethora of new moves and abilities. Nothing quite changes things up like powerful and fun new moves to unlock. In Pokemon Legends: Arceus,…

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All 7 New Pokemon in Pokemon: Legends Arceus

If you were hoping Pokemon Legends: Arceus would come with anything resembling a new slate of Pokemon, we have some bad news for you. The latest game in the franchise comes with only seven new Pokemon with the remaining 235 either returning from previous games or debuting with new Hisuian…

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Not Nicknaming Your Pokemon is Callous and Boorish

Every now and then, I remember there are some real sickos in the Pokemon world. And a few hours into Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I’ve been reminded of a subset of them who I had erased from my brain eons ago. But I suppose going back to a historic setting in the Pokemon universe…

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Stop Nicknaming Your Pokemon, You Fuckin’ Weirdos

Every now and then, I remember there are some real sickos in the Pokemon world. And a few hours into Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I’ve been reminded of a subset of them who I had erased from my brain eons ago. But I suppose going back to a historic setting in the Pokemon…

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How To Farm Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Unlock Shiny Charm

One of the main parts of Pokemon is the never-ending hunt for Shiny Pokemon. If you’re new to the franchise, Shiny Pokemon have different colors than their basic counterparts — for example, a Charmander will be black instead of orange. Shiny Pokemon are rare, and have a 1/4096 base rate…

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Where to Catch All Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Like every other game in the series, Pokemon Legends: Arceus has you choose just one of three starters: Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet. These three Pokemon, all starters from previous generations, make up the Hisuian Starter Squad. The good news? While you can only choose one in the beginning, you can…

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