If you’re having trouble finding some of the Hisui region’s more elusive Pokémon, this guide will help you track them down.

As you journey through the Hisui
region in your Pokémon
Legends: Arceus
game, your primary goal is to assist Professor Laventon
in putting together the region’s first Pokédex. Of course, that task is easier
said than done—there are over 200 Pokémon to discover in Hisui, and some of
them are significantly trickier to find than others. This guide will help you
fill out those last few elusive entries in your Pokédex.

One important fact that veteran
Pokémon players should be aware of is that, in the Hisui region, certain
evolved Pokémon are a bit easier to come by than they were in previous games.
Some Pokémon that previously required Evolution stones (like Roserade or Froslass)
or a high friendship level (like Crobat or Togetic) to evolve can simply be
found roaming in the wild. So long as you’re thoroughly exploring, you should
have an easier time logging these Pokémon in your Pokédex.

Daybreak, the recently released
free content update (Ver. 1.1.0) for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, introduces
massive mass outbreaks, which can occur after you’ve viewed the game’s end credits.
During a massive mass outbreak, you may encounter Pokémon that are ordinarily difficult
to find, so don’t pass them up!

Aside from the satisfaction of
helping Professor Laventon and the Hisui region, completing your Pokédex is
also worthwhile due to the rewards you’ll receive. For
example, you’ll earn a chance to encounter Arceus if you catch every Pokémon
that can be reported to Laventon and recorded in the Pokédex except Darkrai,
Shaymin, Manaphy, Phione, and Arceus itself. And once you manage to raise every
Pokémon’s Research Level to 10, you’ll receive the Shiny Charm, which increases
your odds of finding a Shiny Pokémon in the wild.

You’ll have some work to do before
hitting those lofty milestones, though. Here are some things to look out for as
you play.

It’s hard to miss a space-time distortion when one occurs in
Hisui. These disruptions will randomly form throughout the region as a large,
glowing crack in the sky atop a dome that covers an area of the landscape. The
domes will have a multicolored tint as they’re forming but will turn into a
swirling mass of purple when they become active. They’ll also be marked on your
map with a circular icon in case you don’t happen to be near one as it forms.
You’ll have to be quick, though, as the space-time distortions will dissipate
after a few minutes.

Be prepared when you venture into one of these distortions—you’re
bound to find some elusive Pokémon and rare items within, but the Pokémon that
appear are very aggressive and will often attack you in large groups. Still, it’s
worth the risk since these distortions can contain Pokémon like Eevee and its
evolved forms; Sneasel (as it appeared in Johto) and Weavile; and the Hisui
region’s first partner Pokémon.

You might also encounter Pokémon that seem a bit out of place
in the Hisui region, including Pokémon that can be restored from fossils—Cranidos,
Rampardos, Shieldon, and Bastiodon—and Pokémon that have more high-tech origins
like Magnemite, Magneton, and Porygon.

You’ll fill out a lot of your Pokédex by evolving Pokémon
you’ve caught throughout your journey. Although many Pokémon will naturally become
able to evolve as they gain experience and increase their level, some require a
little more effort to trigger Evolution. One of the more unusual methods of Evolution
involves having a Pokémon use specific moves in battle or in a particular style.

To evolve Stantler into
Wyrdeer, for example, Stantler must keep using the move Psyshield Bash (which
it can learn at level 21) in agile style. Keep in mind that although you’ll
befriend a Wyrdeer that will let you ride it early in the game, it’s not one
that can be added to your team, so it doesn’t count in your Pokédex. Similarly,
you’ll need to have a Hisuian Qwilfish keep using Barb Barrage (which it can
learn at level 15) in strong style before it can evolve into Overqwil.

As hinted at the start of this article, these evolved
Pokémon can indeed appear in massive mass outbreaks, but it’s still a good idea
to evolve at least one using these methods so you can build up the unevolved
Pokémon’s Research Level.

Trading Pokémon has always been an important element of the Pokémon
series—so much so that there are some Pokémon that can only evolve after being
traded. Pokémon like Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, and Haunter can still evolve
via trading in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but you can also use the new
Linking Cord item on these Pokémon to evolve them. You can find Linking Cords
at the Trading Post in Jubilife Village, inside space-time distortions, or by
completing certain requests.

In the Hisui region, Pokémon that previously needed to be
traded while holding a specific item to evolve will now evolve simply by using
the item on it. Magmar, for example, will evolve into Magmortar when a Magmarizer is used on it. Likewise, Electabuzz
will evolve into Electivire when an Electirizer is used on it. Both items can
be found in space-time distortions, but you can also purchase them from Ginter,
a merchant who has set up shop near the Galaxy Team Headquarters in Jubilife
Village, and from Simona at the nearby Trading Post. Be aware that although
Ginter sells many hard-to-find items, his inventory is always changing. Check
back with him frequently to see what he has to offer.

If Ginter doesn’t
have these items when you speak to him, though, or you don’t have enough merit
points to purchase them from Simona at the Trading Post, don’t fret! Both Magmortar
and Electivire can occasionally be found roaming around the Coronet Highlands,
with Magmortar appearing in space-time distortions and Electivire making
trouble on the road to the Stone Portal via Cloudcap Pass.

Like Electabuzz and Magmar, there are plenty of Pokémon that
require special items to evolve. Perhaps the most well-known of these items are
Evolution stones like Fire Stones or Leaf Stones. These useful items can also be
found inside space-time distortions or purchased at the Ginkgo Guild Cart or
Trading Post in Jubilife Village. You’ll also occasionally find an Evolution
stone when you send a Pokémon to break a sparkling ore or when digging for treasure
while riding Ursaluna. Hisuian Growlithe, Hisuian Voltorb, and Petilil are
among the Pokémon that require Evolution stones to evolve. You can always scroll
over an Evolution stone in your inventory to see if it’s compatible with any of
the Pokémon in your party.

Other items, like Metal Coats and Upgrades—used to evolve Onix
into Steelix or Scyther into Scizor and Porygon into Porygon2, respectively—function
in similar ways and can be found in space-time distortions or purchased from
the Trading Post in Jubilife Village. Black Augurite is a rare item used to
evolve Scyther into Kleavor. Perhaps the easiest way to acquire this item is to
battle lots of wild Graveler, which will occasionally drop the material when
defeated. One can also be obtained by completing the “A Nosepass to Guide the
Way” request, which you can pick up from the blackboard in Laventon’s office after
being granted permission to survey the Coronet Highlands.

Additionally, there are Pokémon that will only evolve when
an item is used on them during a certain time of day. Ursaring, for example,
will only evolve into Ursaluna when you use a Peat Block on it during the night
of a full moon. Peat Blocks can occasionally be uncovered when digging for
treasure with Ursaluna. You can also find one by completing the “Gone
Astray…in the Icelands” request. Remember that you can rest until nightfall
at a base camp until a full moon appears—just be aware that you may have to
rest multiple times.

To get Sneasler, you must use a Razor Claw on Hisuian
Sneasel during the day (this is a fun twist on the previously discovered Sneasel’s
method of evolving into Weavile, which involves using a Razor Claw on it at
night). Remember that, like Wyrdeer, the Ursaluna and Sneasler you befriend as
a part of the main story do not log them to the Pokédex.

Sometimes you need to forget about spatial-temporal
anomalies and elaborate Evolutionary prerequisites and accept the fact that
some Pokémon are just plain difficult to track down. To fill out your Pokédex,
you’ll occasionally have to trek off the beaten path and do some serious
searching. Take Cherubi, for instance: this adorable
little Pokémon can only be found when it randomly drops out of a shaking tree
that you’ve sent a Pokémon to retrieve Berries from. But it doesn’t just appear
in any shaking tree—Cherubi only hangs out in the Heartwood area of the
Obsidian Fieldlands, at the Gapejaw Bog in the Crimson Mirelands, and at select
areas of the Coronet Highlands including the Lonely Spring, Stonetooth Rows, Fabled
Spring, and Primeval Grotto.

If you happen across a Pokémon like Pichu, Cleffa, or Mime
Jr., take extra care when you attempt to catch them. These diminutive Pokémon
are somewhat scarce around the Hisui region and tend to run away from battles.

There are some Pokémon that can only be found by travelling
to a location that’s only accessible by riding one of the special Pokémon you
can summon with the Celestica Flute. Ramanas Island in the Obsidian Fieldlands is
one such place, as it can only be reached with the help of Basculegion or
Braviary. The trip is worth it, though, since it’s one of the only places in
Hisui where Chimchar and Monferno
appear naturally in the wild—just be sure to watch out for the alpha Infernape

You can further
your search for Sinnoh’s first partner Pokémon by looking for Turtwig and
Grotle in the Crimson Mirelands’ Droning Meadow or Torterra in the same area’s
Holm of Trials. Piplup and Prinplup can be found wandering the Cobalt Coastland’s
Spring Path, and Empoleon can be found stalking the beaches at the nearby
Islespy Shore.

Even taking all the above advice into consideration, there
are still a few Pokémon that are simply outliers, requiring their own unique method
to track down. Here are a few Pokémon that you’ll need to go above and beyond
to encounter.

In Jubilife Village, you’ll eventually meet Vessa, a child who
tasks you with tracking down 107 glowing purple wisps around the entire Hisui
region. After meeting her, she can be found across the river from the front
gate, between the Canala Bridge and pastures, at night. She’ll be able tell you
how many wisps you have left to find in each area, and she’ll even give you rewards
as you collect them. Find all 107, and she’ll send you off to the Shrouded
Ruins in the Crimson Mirelands where you’ll encounter this Ghost- and Dark-type

Basculegion is another Pokémon you’ll befriend that will
help you traverse Hisui, but you’ll still need to evolve a White-Striped Form Basculin
to count towards your Pokédex. To do that, you’ll need it to know an attack
that will cause recoil damage (like Wave Crash, which Basculin can learn at level
34). Have Basculin use that attack while in
battle, and after it’s taken enough recoil damage, it will be able to evolve
into Basculegion. Just be aware that the recoil damage won’t count
towards Basculin’s Evolution if the Basculin is knocked out—be sure to keep it
healthy between battles!

This entry is mainly for players looking to fill out all of a
Pokémon’s forms in the Pokédex, since catching Rotom alone is enough to earn
its entry. You can find Rotom at Stonetooth
Rows or at the Sacred Plaza in the Coronet Highlands. However, if you want to
have Rotom change into one of its five alternate forms, it will take a little

As you check in
with Ginter in Jubilife Village, he will occasionally have various mechanical devices
for sale—there’s a Mechanical
Box, Mechanical Tub, Mechanical Cabinet, Mechanical Pinwheel, and Mechanical Circular
Saw. Purchase one, and it will automatically appear inside your quarters. When
you investigate the device, Rotom will want to take a closer look. Allow it to
do so, and it will change into a different form (and a different type)
depending on which appliance it enters.

Just be aware that
Ginter charges quite a bit for these devices. You may be able to pick up one
for the price of a Nugget, but others may cost you several times more! You’ll
need to amass a small fortune’s worth of survey rewards to discover all Rotom’s

As you play through the game, you’ll eventually find a
request called “The Sea’s Legend” on the blackboard in Professor Laventon’s
office. This will send you on a mission that ends in an encounter with Phione
and Manaphy. The request mentions a Pokémon that the professor saw in the
ocean, but it doesn’t name the Pokémon. Instead, it refers to “a tome called
‘The Sea’s Legend’…”

There’s a bit of a puzzle attached to this request that will
be much easier if you’re familiar with the lore of the Sinnoh region—that’s
right, the secret is hidden in Hisui’s future! The Sea’s Legend is a
book you can read in the Canalave Library in Pokémon
Brilliant Diamond
and Pokémon
Shining Pearl
, which discusses the “East Sea,” “Mantyke, Buizel, and a
Qwilfish with huge spikes,” an “ocean gate,” and the “Seaside Hollow.” Taking
this tall tale into consideration, you’ll need to have Mantyke, Buizel, and Overqwil in your party before journeying over to Hisui’s
Cobalt Coastlands.

There, you’ll find
a pair of curved spires rising out of the water near Sand’s Reach. Ride up to
them on Basculegion during the evening, and you’ll hear a mysterious cry. This
will open the Seaside Hollow on the northern coast of Veilstone Cape. Travel
there by means of the Tidal Passage, and you’ll find a cave that leads to an
encounter with Manaphy and three Phione. Good luck!

Completing your Pokédex in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is
certainly a formidable task, but with enough determination, it is
achievable. Remember these tips as you head out on your adventure, and you’ll
make Hisui region history.

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