Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have shared an extended look at Pokémon Legends: Arceus ahead of the game’s launch later this month.
The 13-minute video, embedded below, provides an in-depth overview of Legends’ gameplay loop and new features. As a new recruit in the Galaxy Expedition team, players will begin missions to explore the Hisui region and catalog its first Pokedex.
Unlike most traditional Pokémon games, in Pokémon Legends wild Pokémon can be seen roaming about the environment. Some monsters like Bidof will simply ignore the player, while others like Shinks will become aggressive and, if they catch them, require a different approach to catching them.
There are also some new wrinkles to the combat system in Pokémon Legends. Players can start a fight by sending their Pokémon to a wild monster. These encounters are still turn-based, but players can now command Pokémon to use either Agile Style or Strong Style versions of their attacks. The Agile style sacrifices some power but will allow your monster to move more quickly, while the Stronger style takes longer to break free but is much more powerful.
The gameplay video takes another look at Alpha Pokemon and Noble Pokemon. The former are more powerful and aggressive versions of the wild Pokémon, represented by their bright red eyes. The latter, meanwhile, are effectively owners. Something has caused Noble Pokémon to frenzy around the area, and it will be up to you to quell their wrath by battling them and applying balm to them.
In addition to catching Pokemon, you can also collect materials like stones and plants while exploring Hisui. These resources can then be crafted into an assortment of accessories such as new Poke Balls. The overview video also provides a look at some of the amenities you’ll find around the game’s main hub area, Jubilife Village, including a clothing dealer where you can buy new clothes and a hairdresser where you can customize your hairstyle. can.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch on January 28. Everyone who purchases the game before May 9 will receive a bonus Hissuyan Growlith kimono set and Baneful Fox mask for their character. you will also get oneon the switch.