Pokemon Legends Arceus Game Controls

If you are a Pokemon fan, then you are no doubt very excited about playing Pokemon Legends: Arceus. This Nintendo Switch exclusive is a prequel to the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl game (itself a remake of the old Nintendo DS title Pokemon Diamond and Pearl). If you have enjoyed that game, you will definitely want to check out Legends Arceus as well. However, since there are so many game commands to keep track of, it can be difficult to get into games such as these without knowing what each button does. To save you the time you otherwise would have needed to spend fiddling around with the controls to figure out which button does what, our Pokemon Legends Arceus Game Controls guide will neatly list out all the controls right here.

Pokemon Legends Arceus Game Controls

All the Pokemon Legends Arceus Game Controls

The controls in Pokemon Legends: Arceus are split up into two sections: General and Battle. The general controls are used whenever you are not engaged in combat, and you are then switched over to the Battle controls. So, let’s begin with the General Controls:

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  • ZL Button – Focus on a nearby target.
  • L Button – Change item or Pokemon.
  • – Button – Check arc phone.
  • L stick – Move around.
  • Hold down L stick – Dash.
  • Directional key up – Open Menu.
  • Directional key left – Ride a different Pokemon.
  • Directional key down – Check Pokedex.
  • Directional key right – Ride a different Pokemon.
  • ZR Button – Aim and throw item or Pokemon.
  • R Button – Change item or Pokemon.
  • + Button – Ride Pokemon.
  • X Button – Ready an item or Pokemon.
  • A Button – Investigate or talk.
  • B Button – Crouch or rise.
  • Y Button – Dodge.
  • R Stick – Control camera.
  • Hold down R stick – This command doesn’t do anything.

And here are all the Battle controls:

  • ZL Button – Change target.
  • L Button – Change item or Pokemon.
  • – Button – This command doesn’t do anything.
  • L stick – Move around.
  • Hold down L stick – This command doesn’t do anything.
  • Directional key up – Check items.
  • Directional key left – This command doesn’t do anything.
  • Directional key down – Check party Pokemon.
  • Directional key right – This command doesn’t do anything.
  • ZR Button – Throw item or Pokemon.
  • R Button – Change item or Pokemon.
  • + Button – Check status.
  • X Button – Ready an item or Pokemon.
  • A Button – Select a move.
  • B Button – Run away.
  • Y Button – View action order.
  • R Stick – Control camera.
  • Hold down R stick – This command doesn’t do anything.

How to Open Settings

If you haven’t memorized all of these, don’t worry, the entire list is also available in-game. To do this, press the directional key up (when you are not in Battle, that is). This will bring up the Menu. One of the options here is Game Controls. Clicking on this will bring up all the controls in the game. Very useful if you need a quick reminder on which button does what.

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