7 Ways Pokémon Legends Arceus is Different from Previous Mainline Pokémon Games
By: Mr Constantine
Starting off with the 1st way Pokémon Legends Arceus is Different from Previous Pokémon Games, is that it features a full-on crafting system. The crafting mechanic in Pokemon Legends: Arceus was inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, along with many other features. How the crafting system works is that trainers can gather various resources on their adventure through the Hisui region and utilize them to make useful things like Pokéballs and healing potions. Though this isn't the first time the Pokémon games have featured crafting, it's still the first time we've seen a full-fledged crafting system. My favorite part about this crafting system is that you can craft anywere you are using the items you are carying. Or you can craft at a crafting table and you get access to your entire storage!
Next up at number 2, we have the fact that Pokémon Legends Arceus only features one settlement. Unlike the present region of Sinnoh, where Mt. Coronet is surrounded by a tangle of cities and towns, the Hisui region in Arceus, has only one settlement, which is Jubilife Village. As you work with the Survey Corps to create the region's first Pokedex, this will be your headquarters of operations. There will be base camps to visit along the way, but only Jubilife will serve as your permanent residence in the region. This may make the game sound boring and lazy, but it isn't, because when you perform missions and research, Jubilife Village's infrastructure will improve, allowing you to travel to other places in the Hisui region as well.
Moving on to the 3rd difference, it's your character. If you are a dedicated fan of the Pokemon video game series, and have been following it for a long time, this is a difference that you will notice right away. In Pokémon Legends Arceus, you play as a teenager in the Hisui region, an older version of the location from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, where pokéballs have just been invented and humans mostly live in a small town surrounded by the wilderness. And you're immediately recruited into a survey crew tasked with cataloging the many beasts that surround you. This is clearly a big difference because in other Pokemon games, you would usually play as a young, would-be pokémon trainer who is out to become a champion.
Off to number 4, we have the Noble Pokemon. In Pokémon Legends Arceus, the game doesn't feature any gym’s. Because there are no gyms, the game will put you to the test with a brand new type of encounter, which are Noble Pokémon, which are like boss battle encounters. The locals worship these Noble Pokémon, but due to mysterious events, they're in a frenzy. To calm the Noble Pokemon down, you'll need to throw balms at them while physically evading their attacks. This works like a strange third-person shooter in which you take aim and throw as many food and smell sacks as you can before the Pokémon attacks. You'll have to restart if you're hit too many times. However, if you're quick, you can use iframes to avoid the attacks.
Next, at number 5 we have rideable Pokemon. The ability to ride Pokémon isn't entirely new in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but it has been substantially expanded. You'll be traveling around the world on the back of Pokémon because the world is so big and bikes haven't been developed yet. Wyrdeer, a regional evolution of the Pokémon Stantler, is your first ground mount and has the ability to dash and jump. Your water transport is Basculegion, a new Basculin evolution. It can double jump and dash across the waves. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the Hisuian Braviary is a flying mount. It is more of a glider than a full-fledged analog flight.
Diving to the 6th difference, it's an in-depth quest log. Instead of a basic objective box directing you to the next city or instructing you to speak with the professor, Pokémon Legends: Arceus provides you with an in-depth quest log that you can use to keep track of both main and side quests. You'll be given clear instructions on where to travel next, as well as a brief explanation as to why you're going there. In Pokémon games, side quests are frequent, most of the time you just have to remember where people are, and it's easy to get lost if you don't play for a day or two. But in Pokémon in Legends: Arceus, you won't have to do much remembering, as the quest log will give you your reward and point you in the right route.
And finally, the last and 7th difference, it's the move learning mechanic. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, learning moves works differently compared to other Pokemon games. Instead of having to decide whether or not to learn a move after leveling up, new moves are simply added to a Pokémon's reserve move list. While each Pokémon can only have four active moves at a time, you can switch them out at any time outside of combat or trade them. Another difference is that for a charge, the same trainer who helped you learn moves in Jubilife Village, will teach your Pokémon new ones. These new moves are stored in that Pokémon's reserves, and they can switch to them at any time. And you also can't "forget" moves. It's yours permanently once it's in your reserve. Do you know of any other differences between Pokemon Legends Arceus and previous mainline pokemon games? Let me know what they are in the comments section below.