Pokémon Legends: Arceus - How To Catch Arceus

Nintendo released Pokémon Legends: Arceus today, and gamers everywhere are now on the hunt to catch their favorite Pokémon from the Hisui region, better known to most as the Sinnoh region. One Pokémon that might baffle players by its near omission from the main story is the game’s cover Pokémon, Arceus. The normal-type, the mythical creature doesn’t physically show up in the game for an oddly long amount of in-game time. It seems that Nintendo wanted gamers to have to work a little extra to catch the god-like Pokémon.

Arceus is said to be one of the first Pokémon in the creation and is incredibly important to the Hisui region. Players of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl may be familiar with Arceus, as well as many other Legendary Pokémon, as they all made appearances in the 2021 Pokémon games.

Catching Arceus in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Arceus is particularly unique as it can change type when holding a specific plate. Progressing through Pokémon Legends: Arceus will allow players to collect a variety of plates, with the post-game story sending fans on a mission to collect the remaining plates.

Defeating the final Noble Pokémon, Giratina, in Pokémon Legends: Arceus will prompt the game’s end-credits, signifying the completion of the main story. Only after doing this can players find Arceus in the post-game. Once players have collected all of the hidden plates and Giratina is defeated, a player’s Celestica Flute will transform into an Azure Flute. Blowing on the flute allows you to speak with Arceus.

A simple message will appear, “Seek out all Pokémon.” This means players now must complete their Pokédex before battling Arceus. Some Pokémon may be particularly difficult to track down, especially some of the legendaries.

Once you complete your Pokédex, you’re ready to catch Arceus in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Head to Coronet Highlands and go north to enter the Temple of Sinnoh. Give the Azure Flute a toot, and the Legendary Arceus will appear ready for battle!