New Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark coming in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

By Steven Rondina


Oct 21, 2021

Reading time: 3 min

Another new Hisuian Pokemon has been revealed for Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

The Pokemon Company went in a very surprising direction with one of its recent trailers for the upcoming open-world Pokemon game. Instead of running through gameplay footage, the latest Pokemon Legends: Arceus trailer was fully cinematic with a unique found-footage style that hearkened to the Blair Witch Project style of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Though it was initially staticky to the point where nothing was recognizable, a second version was revealed. This second version included the reveal of Hisuian variants of Unovan Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark.

This continues to add to the lineup of new Pokemon in the Hisui region and adds an extra bit of flair to the existing hype surrounding Pokemon Legends: Arceus. It also adds two more to what already looks to be a crowded lineup of catchable Pokemon in the game.

Here’s everything that’s known about the Hisuian versions of Zorua and Zoroark.

What type is Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark?

Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark are of the normal and ghost types.

Though it wasn’t explicitly stated what types Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark are in the trailer or the official Pokemon Legends: Arceus website, the Japanese version of the website revealed the news. Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark are set to be normal-ghost type, which is a unique and powerful combination.

Normal and ghost typing allows Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark to remove most of its potential weaknesses. Normal-type Pokemon are weak to fighting and immune to ghost, while ghost types are immune to fighting and weak to ghost attacks.

This means that Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark are only weak to dark attacks. They will also enjoy immunity to ghost, normal, and fighting attacks and resistance to bug and poison attacks.

Are Hisuian Pokemon extinct?

Hisuian Pokemon aren’t actually extinct, they just haven’t been encountered in mainline Pokemon games to this point.

There’s some evidence to support the idea that Hisuian Pokemon are actually extinct. Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place in an ancient Sinnoh region, which was visited in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. It makes sense to assume that the Pokemon that are in the Hisui region that aren’t found in Sinnoh went extinct over the thousands of years between the game.

Still, that likely isn’t the case. Putting aside the conflicting lore regarding whether Pokemon can actually die at all, the more likely explanation is just that the Pokemon don’t live there anymore.

it’s implied that the Pokemon world is similar to the real world. The first eight Pokemon generations have only covered a very small portion of the world, and the first four generations didn’t even cover the entirety of Japan.

Geographically, Kanto takes place in the Tokyo area and Sinnoh takes place on the island of Hokkaido. The northern half of Japan’s Honshu island hasn’t been shown in any Pokemon game yet, and neither have nearby areas of China, Russia, or Korea. it’s more likely that Hisuian Pokemon like Zorua and Growlithe are now indigenous to other unseen regions rather than being completely extinct.

As for new evolutions to established Pokemon such as Kleavor and Wyrdeer, it’s hard to really say they’re extinct if their basic forms survive on to the present day. It’s moreso just a matter of the established games haven’t included the means to evolve them in this way.