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Pokémon Legends: Arceus teases new battle system in brand-new trailer
By Sam Jones - 18th Aug 2021News
New details on the open-world RPG from Nintendo
It's certainly one of the most highly-anticipated Pokemon games in recent years, and this week Nintendo treated to another batch of fresh footage and gameplay features that we can expect in the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Players will be tasked with surveying, researching and, of course, catching wild Pokémon in the long-gone, traditional Japanese style era of Sinnoh. In the brand-new trailer released today (August 18th) as part of Pokémon Presents, we got a glimpse of the Hisui region, which features a forest-like areas as well as sandy beach locale. There will also be some snowy mountains higher up on the hills for players to explore.
More importantly, the trailer also showed off the new open-world RPG style approach to encountering Pokémon. The days of having to bump into a wild Pokémon to engage in a battle with the hopes of defeating or capturing it are a thing of the past (technically future for this time frame in the lore) as players can throw Poké Balls at wild Pokémon at any point, as well as being attacked by wild Pokémon too.
Gamers can use the tall grass to enter a sneak mode to move in closer on unsuspecting Pocket Monsters, giving you the opportunity to throw a direct Poké Ball at them, or throw it near them to get their attention and prompt a battle. Successful catches will see a small firecracker shoot up into the air above the ball to indicate the capture.
Better still, your character will be able to ride Pokémon to reach far away destinations, either by air, sea or land. Some of the newly found Pokémon can be ridden in the game, including Wyrdeer - a Normal/Psychic Big Horn Pokémon - and Basculegion, a Water/Ghost type Big Fish Pokémon. Adventurers can use the Hisuian Braviary (a new regional form of the Gen V Braviary) as a paraglide-like mode of transport.
We also got a look at Hisuian Growlithe, the cute regional form of the Fire-type Pokémon from Gen I.
The trailer also gave us a peek at some the boss-type battles with wild Pokémon that have been altered due to a mysterious thunder storm - now with beaming red eyes.
As previously seen and known, the three adorable starter Pokémon featuring in the game got some more air time - for those who didn't know already, you'll be able to choose from either Cyndaquil (Fire - Gen II), Oshawott (Water - Gen V), and Rowlet (Grass - Gen VII).
The latest Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer also confirmed the official release date, with the game coming to Nintendo Switch on January 28th, 2022.
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