Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Starting Pokémon (& Where They Come From)

The upcoming game Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the first true open world title in the Pokémon series. The game was announced during a recent Pokémon Direct, alongside confirmations for Diamond and Pearl remakesBrilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Players can anticipate Pokémon Legends: Arceus to release in about a year, with an estimated launch date sometime early in 2022. The game will take players on a journey through the historic Sinnoh region of the 4th Pokémon generation as players build the first-ever Pokédex. They will also be able to choose a starter, as they have in past games, but the three options curiously aren’t from the Sinnoh region.

Cyndaquil, a starter from the Johto region’s Silver, Gold and Crystal, will be the fire starter for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Cyndaquil is a true Fire-type, and doesn’t change types through evolution. It evolves into Quilava at level 14, and Typhlosion at level 36. It is interesting that Cyndaquil made this list, and not the ever-popular Charmander of Generation 1. While missing out on Charizard may disappoint a few fans, Typhlosion has plenty of power packed behind its fire attacks, making it a good asset to any Pokémon team.

Players will be bounced forward several generations when they look at the water starter for Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Oshawott is the water starter from Generation 5’s Unova region. The little otter come from Pokémon Black and White, which is known for unfortunate Pokémon designs like Trubbish and Vanillite. Despite this, it appears to have earned a spot in the new game. Oshawott evolves into Dewott at level 17, and in Samurott at level 36. Like Cyndaquill, it is a true Water-type, and doesn’t take on a second type during its evolutionary chain.

The final starter Pokémon players will pick from in Pokémon Legends: Arcus, is a more recent edition to the Pokémon series. Rowlet was introduced in Generation 7 as the Alola Grass starter in Sun and Moon. Unlike the previous two starter options, Rowlet has a dual type, starting as a Grass/Flying, and taking on an exciting Grass/Ghost-type for its final evolution. Rowlet evolves into Dartrix at level 17 and into Decidueye at level 34.

All of these starter Pokémon are far from home when they appear in the Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer. The information for the game states a mysterious Pokémon professor has brought the Pokémon along from past regions they were exploring. While little is known about this well-traveled Pokémon professor, players may find these foreign starter Pokémon intriguing choices for their adventure in Sinnoh. It appears that there are many mysteries currently shrouding Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and players will need to wait for more information from developers to understand what may be in store for the exciting new title in the series.

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