New details have been revealed about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the upcoming spinoff game that will take players to the ancient past of the Sinnoh region.
The story takes place before the Sinnoh region even had that name – it was instead called the Hisui region. You play as a member of the Galaxy Expedition Team, visiting Jubilife village and using this as your base of operations to venture out on assignments and to fulfil requests, before returning back to the village. Each expedition will give you the opportunity to fill your Pokédex and increase your standing within the Galaxy Team.
Setting out from the village, one of the first stops will be to a base camp, acting as a forward base where you can stop for a rest, let your team of Pokémon recuperate, and craft items using the workbench. The kinds of tasks you might undertake as you journey can include using attacks and abilities a certain number of times, catching a number of a certain Pokémon and more.
Game Freak also revealed some new Pokémon evolutions and Hisuian variants:
Category: Big Horn Pokémon
Weight: 209.7 lbs.
In the Hisui region, Stantler can evolve into Wyrdeer. Using the black orbs at the bases of its antlers, this Pokémon generates and unleashes psychic energy powerful enough to distort space.
Category: Big Fish Pokémon
Weight: 242.5 lbs.
Basculin in the Hisui region evolve into Basculegion when they are possessed by the souls of other Basculin from their school that could not withstand the harsh journey upstream. Their propulsive power is bolstered by the souls possessing them, letting them swim without tiring.
Category: Battle Cry Pokémon
Weight: 95.7 lbs.
When Rufflet in the Hisui region evolve, they become Hisuian Braviary. Hisuian Braviary can imbue its eerie screeches with psychic power to generate powerful shock waves. It can also use its psychic power to sharpen its sixth sense, entering a trance that boosts its physical abilities.
Category: Scout Pokémon
Weight: 50 lbs.
This is Growlithe as it appears in the Hisui region. Hisuian Growlithe has longer, more voluminous fur than the previously discovered form of Growlithe. Highly vigilant, they tend to be seen watching over their territory in pairs.
Source: press release