Pokemon Legends: Arceus has already caught the eyes of Pokemon fans with its unique gameplay and setting, but a new Scyther evolution is really turning heads.
Pokemon fans already knew that the upcoming spin-off set in an ancient Sinnoh region would bring new Pokemon like regional variants and new evolutions of established Pokemon. But something else that’s set to arrive is an alternate evolution of fan-favorite Pokemon Scyther. The Pokemon Company revealed a new second form of Scyther, Kleavor.
Kleavor is a bug-rock Pokemon, a typing shared by Crustle and Armaldo. It’s unclear how Scyther will evolve into Kleavor, but its description suggests it will be tied to leveling up near a landmark, similar to Vikavolt, Glaceon, and Leafeon.
“Special minerals found in the Hisui region cause Scyther to evolve into this Pokémon. Parts of its body have hardened into stone…It is said that the people of Hisui once used pieces of stone that had fallen from Kleavor to craft tools,” the description on the official Pokemon Legends: Arceus website says.
Kleavor is a completely new Pokemon, and not just a regional variant of Scyther’s original evolution, Scizor. While Scizor sees Scyther evolve into something more sleek and clean, Kleavor goes in the opposite direction by becoming more feral and intimidating.
Kleavor is one of just a handful of Pokemon to be introduced as an alternate evolution to an established Pokemon. This was first introduced in Gold and Silver where players were able to evolve a Slowpoke into a Slowbro or Slowking, or turn a Gloom into Vileplume or Bellossom. This has only been seen a few times since then with Pokemon such as Gallade and Politoed.
Make sure to check out the full list of Pokemon revealed to be a part of Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
The reveal of Kleavor was also used to introduce a new gameplay mechanic with frenzied noble Pokemon.
“A strange phenomenon is causing nobles to suddenly fly into a frenzy, making them incredibly difficult to rein in. As part of the Survey Corps, you will be called upon to quell the frenzies of the nobles,” the website reads.
The frenzied nobles sound similar to the Totem Pokemon of generation seven, which replaced gym leaders in Pokemon Sun and Moon. They are bigger, stronger versions of Pokemon that can be caught in the wild.
But unlike Totem Pokemon, it sounds as though frenzied nobles are set to be a part of the world rather than tied to specific areas in the story portion of the game. They’ll also need to be beaten in a unique way.
Beating frenzied noble Pokemon in Pokemon: Legends: Arceus requires trainers to calm them with balms before capturing them.
Unlike most Pokemon games, Pokemon Legends: Arceus allows players to throw Poke Balls at Pokemon they encounter without battling them or engaging them. Frenzied nobles use a similar mechanic, but instead of throwing Poke Balls the trainer needs to throw balms made of the Pokemon’s favorite foods.
The frenzied noble Pokemon can be battled with normally. Once their HP is depleted they’ll be stunned for a short time, allowing trainers to hit them with more balms. Once the Pokemon is calmed, it can be defeated for good.