These are the three starters for Pokemon Legends: Arceus

By Steven Rondina


Jan 7, 2022

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set to have an interesting lineup of starters.

UPDATE: Hisuian versions of the three starters’ evolutions have leaked. Find out more here.

The upcoming Pokemon spin-off game is set to be a major departure from established Pokemon norms, shaking up the series’ battle system in a big way. It will also be introducing a long list of new Pokemon, including both Hisuian variants and new evolutions of familiar Pokemon.

There will be a lot of new and different things in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, and that applies to the starters as well. Here are the Pokemon players will get to choose from at the start of the game.

Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil are Pokemon Legends: Arceus’ starters

Pokemon Legends: Arceus will offer players the choice between Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil as their starter Pokemon.

The game is shaking things up in a big way by mixing and matching different starters from different generations. Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Rowlet, Black and White’s Oshawott, and Gold and Silver’s Cyndaquil are set to be the options for starters in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, and that’s yet another departure from the norm for Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

The Hisui region where the game takes place is actually meant to be an ancient Sinnoh region, which is reflected in some of the areas that have been revealed. Despite that, players won’t be picking between Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup here. Promotional materials for the game have shown the Diamond and Pearl starter Pokemon roaming around in the wild, which likely means the original Sinnoh starters will be obtainable in the wild in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Will Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil get new evolutions?

It seems likely that Rowlet, Oshawott, and Cyndaquil will be getting brand new evolutions in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

A slew of trailers have now been released for the upcoming game, and many Pokemon have been confirmed as being in the game. Strangely, none of the evolutions for Rowlet, Oshawott, or Cyndaquil have been shown.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus starter Cyndaquil is shown over-leveled here.
A trailer showed a level 15 Cyndaquil, leading to speculation whether Cyndaquil evolves into a different Pokemon.

In a Japanese trailer released for the game, the player is shown having a level 15 Cyndaquil, which is odd since Cyndaquil evolves at level 14. That isn’t the only example of this odd phenomenon, and no screenshots or trailers of any kind have shown any of the evolutions for the three Pokemon: Legends Arceus starters.

While it’s possible that the trio will evolve into Decidueye, Samurott, and Typhlosion as they always have, there’s cause for suspicion. It’s just one more reasons players are excited to explore Pokemon: Legends Arceus and unravel its mysteries.


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