How to Get Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus

A lot of you will want to know how to catch starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus in order to complete your Pokedex. Well, as is often the case in Pokemon games, you’re gonna have to work to get these starters. However, Arceus shakes the formula up and adds new mechanics that you can use to your advantage. In this guide, we’re going to give you some pointers that should make your hunt for starter Pokemon in this particular game at least somewhat easier. Here we go.

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How to Get Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus

How to Catch Pokemon Legends Arceus Starter Pokemon

To catch starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus, you are going to have to work for it, as we’ve laid out in the beginning. Starter Pokemon are rare in Arceus, which isn’t exactly a new concept in the franchise, but this game switches things up a lot, so you will need to adapt accordingly. What you need to look for are space-time distortions, particularly in the post-game. These “events” spawn all sorts of rare Pokemon, and starter Pokemon can be among them. So, let’s explain what these distorty things are real quick.

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Space-time distortions in Arceus are events that happen every so often; the game will let you know when one has spawned in the region you’re exploring. You’ll get a message at the top of the screen. Once you do, you need to go and find a giant dome on the horizon; they’re huge and impossible to miss. Plus, they’re marked on the map. To catch starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus, go into the dome and wait for the rare Pokemon to start spawning and, again, you’ll likely have to wait until the post-game.

Now, the Pokemon that appear in the distortions are kinda random, as far as we can tell, so there’s no guarantee that starters will appear. However, it’s always worth a shot. And there may be ways to catch starter Pokemon in the wild, as you would any others, but we haven’t gotten far enough in the game to confirm this. We’ll be sure to update this guide with more info once we have it. Meanwhile, go for the distortions whenever you can, starter Pokemon or not.

How to Get All Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Another way to get all starter Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus will take a lot longer, but it will save you the uncertainty of the space-time distortions. As we’ve already said, there’s no way to control which Pokemon are going to spawn in there. You should still always visit them when you have the chance, but if you’re specifically hunting for starters, there’s no guarantee it’ll work for you.

What will work is going through the game until you finish the main story, aka until you see the credits roll and you unlock the quest called “A New Day Dawns.” That’s when the post game begins, which is usually more than half the content in Pokemon games. When you get to this stage, go back to Galaxy Hall and talk to professor Laventon. He’ll ask whether you want to take the Pokemon he has in the lab with you. Coincidentally, these Pokemon are the two starters you didn’t choose. Agree to his proposition, and boom, you have all of them.

Talk to Laventon after completing the main story
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