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15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings a bunch of changes to the typical Pokémon formula which means there's a lot to unpack and relearn! If you're just starting out on your new Pokémon adventure and don't know what heavy balls do, how alpha Pokémon work, or the best way to catch 'em all, check out this ultimate beginners guide!

Pokémon: Legends Arceus is not a typical Pokémon game, at least the way we’ve come to understand them. Nintendo’s latest mainline release for the franchise has flipped the formula players may have expected, and the result is a Pokémon game with a lot of new things to learn and discover. This video breaks down several important tips, perfect for the new Pokémon trainer starting their journey.

First, we dive into battling tips, including the new “Agile” and “Strong” mechanics and how they can be tactically utilized depending on your goals. For example, if you want to weaken a Pokémon, some Agile moves may let you strike first and throw a Powerball all in the same sequence before your opponent can even attack.

We also look at different ways players can use the new mechanics in the game, such as riding Pokémon to reach areas previously inaccessible, or by being more aggressive during Noble Pokémon fights without fear of losing save progress or items upon failure.

There are a lot of subtleties and distinct new changes in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and we’ve got plenty of more cool videos cooking up for all of you soon, so be sure to subscribe to GameSpot and like this video if you found any of these tips helpful. Until next time!