Arceus – Hone your catching skills with this guide!


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The vast desert of Hisui awaits you in the Pokémon™ Legends: Arceus Game! As the newest member of the Galaxy Expedition Team, you’ll explore this sprawling region and study the wild Pokémon that call it home, whether friendly or, uh, less friendly.

Whether you’re a longtime Pokémon fan or completely new to the series, you may come across some surprising things in the wild. Here are some tips for catching Pokémon!

Getting ready for the road ahead

If you’ve ever taken a camping trip with your family or friends, you’ll know that proper preparation is essential. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is somewhat similar to this (only with a lot less bugs…and a lot more Bug-type Pokemon). You have limited inventory space in the game, so carry some light when exploring a new area for the first time. You can buy items from the General Store, but those items aren’t cheap! Instead, try to craft items instead of buying them, and use berries/basecamps to heal your Pokemon instead of using potions.

While we’re on the subject of crafting, remember that you can either craft with your crafting kit in the field or at a workbench. Crafting items at a workbench pulls items straight from your storage if you want to reduce moving crafting materials between your satchel and storage.

If you’re still having inventory issues, look for Bagin in Galaxy Hall in Jubilife Village. He could help… for a price.

Pokemon Behaviors

So when you find a Pokémon, you automatically fight it, right? Well no !

Catching wild Pokemon in other games usually requires you to battle it, lower its HP, maybe add a status effect to it, then throw a Poké Ball™ to (hopefully) catch it. Although all of this is still true in Pokemon Legends: Arceusyou have a few more options.

The thing to remember is that different wild Pokemon will behave in different ways in this game. Some will run away at first sight. Others will want to fight you right away. And some will be easy going and stay put.

In response, you need to adapt your approach based on a Pokémon’s behavior. Sneak up on the nervous ones, fight off the aggressive ones with your own Pokemon, and try using the Back Strike technique on the easygoing ones (more on that later). Also, be sure to explore the same areas at different times of the game day! For example, some Pokémon only come out at night or in the rain.

Also, when in range, use the ZL button to target a Pokemon for additional information. You can also press the down button while targeting to view their Pokédex entry and view research notes. Some of the research tasks have clues on how you should deal with a specific Pokemon.

Choose the right Poké Ball

Different Poké Balls have always been part of the series, but choosing the right ones is now very important. For example, Featherballs fly much higher and farther, so they’re great for catching Flying-type Pokemon. Meanwhile, heavy balls are very powerful but don’t get much distance when you throw them. Practice throwing different Poké Balls to avoid some awkward situations*.

Try controlling the camera with motion controls

It’s totally a preference thing, but try enabling that camera control option in the Settings menu (the option is called “Motion Sensitivity”). Some people find this aiming method to be a bit more immersive. You can always turn it off if you don’t like it!

Sneaking up on Pokemon

OK, this may come as a surprise, but you can take a break from combat and take a stealthier route (don’t worry, your Pokemon team will still earn XP if you catch Pokemon through sneaky means).

Basic stealth is crouching in tall grass to get close, but don’t forget to use stealth sprays or smoke bombs to increase your sneakiness. If you can slowly get around a Pokémon, hit it from behind with a Poké Ball to perform the Secret Back Strike Technique. This will give you a higher chance of a successful capture (and may even earn you extra money when you submit survey reports). Note that if you back strike with a Poké Ball that contains one of your own Pokémon, you may even get some advantages in battle.

If you want a more in-depth look at the game, please watch the video below.


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