Although a prequel to Diamond & Pearl, Pokemon Legends Arceus instead takes place in the Hisui region. Here is a breakdown of how its connected to Sinnoh and what is different between the two eras.
Pokemon Legends Arceus is set decades before 2006’s Diamond & Pearl. The open-world title whisks players away to a time before Pokemon and Trainers co-existed.
Despite being a Gen IV origin story, the 2022 Switch game actually takes place in the Hisui region. Here is everything you need to know about the mysterious land that came before Sinnoh.
What is the Hisui region in Pokemon Legends Arceus?
While fans have always known the Gen IV region as Sinnoh, for decades the land was originally called Hisui. While we don’t know exactly how many years Legends Arceus is before Diamond and Pearl, Game Freak has stated that the 2022 title is set in ancient times before people and Pokemon co-existed.
“Your adventure is set in the expansive natural majesty of the Hisui region, in an age long ago when it was rare for people and Pokémon to live in close harmony. In time, this land of Hisui will come to be called Sinnoh—a region you may know well,” a summary on the official website reads.
Even though the open-world title is technically a Sinnoh origin story, fans are going to experience a drastically contrasting version of the region. Below we will break down everything that is different about the beloved region in Pokemon Legends Arceus.
New forms in Pokemon Legends Arceus
Perhaps one of the biggest changes is the new Pokemon forms. When players explore the vast wilderness of the Hisui region, they can encounter up to three new forms (at the time of writing), which we will list below.
In Legends Arceus, there are four Pokemon that rule over the land called Nobles. While progressing the story, a mysterious power will turn these majestic creatures in a “frenzied” state.
Trainers will be tasked with calming down the Frenzied Nobles, and will have to battle them in order to cure them. Currently, we know Basculegion, Wyrdeer, and Kleavor are Nobles. There is another, only described as a “lady Pokemon.”
|Axe Pokemon||Bug / Rock||5’11||196.2 lbs|
|Big Fish Pokemon||Water / Ghost||9’10||242.5 lbs|
|Big Horn Pokemon||Normal / Psychic||5’11||209.7 lbs|
The 2022 title also includes a regional variant called Hisuian form. The new take on classic Pokemon gives them an alternative look, typing, and moveset.
Hisuian Braviary and Hisuian Growlithe were the first two ‘mon to be revealed in the new variant. The former is now a Psychic dual-type, with the latter now equipped with Rock moves.
|Battle Cry Pokemon||Psychic / Flying||5’7||95.7 lbs|
|Scout Pokemon||Fire / Rock||2’7||50 lbs|