What we know about the new Pokémon appearing in the upcoming Legends: Arceus

Published November 6, 2021, 4:00 PM

by Jules Vivas

Hisuian forms of Zorua and Zoroark take center stage in this Pokémon spotlight

SINISTER Baneful Fox Mask

In commemoration of the Japanese media franchise’s 25th anniversary, the Pokémon Presents 2021 was held earlier this year. Among the various announcements in the event are the updates on the games Pokémon Unite, Pokémon Snap, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl, as well as, one of the biggest news, the anticipated Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a first-of-its-kind open-world, role-playing game.

In Legends: Arceus you explore the expansive and natural majesty of the Hisui Region as a ninja of sorts. And in true Pokémon fashion, you are tasked to complete the Pokédex or, as their tagline suggests, you “gotta catch ‘em all.”

Since it’s one of your main tasks to capture every kind of monster in the region, here are the Hisuian forms, the new Pokémon you should expect.

Hisuian Braviary—Contrary to its normal form that normally lives in a flock, this Braviary, generally larger, tends to live alone. It imbues its screeches with psychic energy, creating powerful shock waves. Meanwhile, it utilizes its razor-sharp talons to seize its prey. Some have reported that it can enter a sort of trance, boosting its abilities.

Basculegion—As its name suggests, it is an accumulation of Basculins. After a Basculin absorbs the souls of deceased Pokémon from its school, it evolves into this. The player can ride the rare water/ghost Pokémon across bodies of water.

Due to the harsh environment and strife with other Pokémon, the Zorua perished and was reborn into a ghost-type.

Wyrdeer—Adapting to the colder region it lives in, Stantler evolves into this form. In the second trailer released for the game, the player is shown riding the Wyrdeer. This normal/psychic-type can emit psychic energy from its antlers.

Hisuian Growlithe—The fire-type Pokémon grew thick fur over its head and face to keep its flame warm in the harsh winters. It also has a sharp horn on its head that’s made of rock. Its horn is sharp but brittle, which is why this fire/rock-type only uses it when it’ll have the greatest effect.

Kleavor—A new evolution of Scyther. The bug/rock-type Pokémon weighs in at 196.2 lbs and stands 5’11” tall with parts of its body hardened into stone. Apparently, the people of Hisui “used pieces of stone that had fallen from Kleavor to craft tools.” It carves symbols into tree trunks and chops down trees to mark its territory using its axe-like arms.

Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark—After being driven away by humans who shunned the Zorua for manifesting uncanny illusions, it migrated to the Hisui region. Due to the harsh environment and strife with other Pokémon, the Zorua perished and was reborn into a ghost-type.

Hisuian Zorua

When a Hisuian Zorua spots a lone person or Pokémon, it appears before them in a guise mimicking the target’s appearance. Unlike the illusions of the previously discovered form of Zorua, the ghostly mimicries are created using spiteful power emitted from the long fur on its head, around its neck, and on its tail. It draws strength from the terror of those who witness its illusions.

On the other hand, its evolution, Hisuian Zoroark, is ferociously hostile and aggressive toward everything. From its writhing fur, it projects terrifying illusions, expressions of utter malice toward every last thing upon this world. Those who see the illusions are said to be driven mad by the terror. These cursed illusions can also inflict physical harm upon foes and damage their bodies inside and out. Getting past the Hisuian Zoroark’s hate, it can be an invaluable ally to those who earn its trust.

Hisuian Zoroark

Apart from the early-purchase bonuses, the Baneful Fox Mask will be gifted to the early purchase of Legends: Arceus. Customers will receive this incentive by choosing “Get via Internet” from the Mystery Gifts function in the game. It is available until May 9, next year.

The single-player, action RPG game is set for release on Jan. 22, 2022.