Best starter in Pokemon Legends Arceus: Cyndaquil, Rowlet, or Oshawott?

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Pokemon Legends Arceus has three adorable starters to choose from. You’ll have to pick either Cyndaquil, Rowlet, or Oshawott to bet the first companion in this game. But which one is the best starter to choose? Here’s everything you need to know about making this tough decision.

Choosing a starter Pokemon in any Pokemon game is both the first and the most important decision you will make. The choice can impact your game and making the wrong one could lead you to regret it for the rest of the many hours most players put into the titles.

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Especially when some are designed to be a little stronger than others. We’ve compiled all the pros and cons for Cyndaquil, Rowlet, and Oshawott in Pokemon Legends Arceus so you know what the best starter for you is.


Pokemon Legends Arceus Starter PokemonGame Freak / The Pokemon Company
The starters come from Gen I, V, and VIII.

Pokemon Legends Arceus staters explained

Starter types & evolutions

Let it be known that there’s no “right” or “wrong” starter – you could think Oshawott is the best of the bunch, whereas another trainer may be a hardcore Cyndaquil fan. But they do all have their own type and advantages which can help you make the decision.

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Rowlet evolves into Dartrix and Hisuian Decidueye, Cyndaquil into Quilava and Hisuian Typhlosion, and Oshawott into Dewott and Hisuian Samurott.

Starter Pokemon First Evolution Second Evolution

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Grass / Flying

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Grass / Flying

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Hisuian Decidueye

Grass / Fighting

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Hisuian Typhlosion

Fire / Ghost

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Hisuian Samurott

Water / Dark

Starter advantages

While the Hisuian evolutions have different typing from their respective starters, it may be worth weighing up how the first two ‘mon in the evolution line perform in the early game to get you through until they reach their final form.

You have to battle the new Noble Pokemon Kleavor in Obsidian Fieldlands, which is a Bug/Rock-type that evolves from Scyther. It is weak to Water so Oshawott has a clear edge here over the other two starters. It does have the lowest stats out of the three, though. Cyndaquil has the highest Speed and Special Attack stats which will prove useful in battle, especially when it comes to filling up the Pokedex.

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The second Frenzied Noble is a Grass-type so obviously Cyndaquil has a clear advantage here with its Fire typing.

Best starter in Pokemon Legends Arceus

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That being said, our pick for the best starter in Pokemon Legends Arceus is Rowlet. Unlike the other two, it has dual typing of Flying/Grass, meaning it’s strong against more enemies and also can learn a higher variety of moves.

Its third evolution Decidueye is a Grass/Fighting-type which makes it a powerhouse in battles in the late game. The other two aren’t bad by any means though, it’s really just up to personal preference.

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Now you should have an idea of who you’re picking for your adventure across the Hisui region.

For other Pokemon Legends Arceus guides and walkthroughs, check out these:

Best starter Pokemon | All Hisuian formsHow to catch Darkrai | How to catch Shaymin | All Noble PokemonAll Gift Pokemon | Mystery Gift codes | Agile & Strong Styles | Alpha Pokemon | How to get Garchomp | How to catch Lucario | All Unown locations | How to catch Eevee | Where to find Pikachu | Hisuian Growlithe & Arcanine location

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