Pokemon Legends Arceus introduced players to a new region: Hisui. This ancient region offers some familiar faces with an odd twist. Some Hisuian Pokemon take on different forms with unique appearances and typing. You can find every Hisuian variant and a bit about these long-forgotten inhabitants.
Hisui was the third region to showcase regional variants in Pokemon, and unlike Alola and Galar, there are more unique versions than ever before. Some of the starters even get new looks in this far east region. Thanks to the passage of time, some of Hisui’s forms are lost to modern-day researchers. It’s said, however, that a lone trainer took a trip through time and found more than a fossil could ever show.
|Arrow Quill Pokémon||Grass/Fighting||Overgrow|
While Decidueye of the Alola region takes on a secondary Ghost typing, Hisui’s variant is far different. Hisuian Decidueye is a Grass/Fighting with a unique body type. The Arrow Quill Pokemon’s body evolved to protect it from the harsh cold in the region, and thanks to its sturdy body, this Grass-type uses its powerful legs to send foes flying in a fight.
|Ghost Flame Pokémon||Fire/Ghost||Blaze|
The most graceful and refined of Hisui’s starters is Typhlosion. This Fire/Ghost-type is said to guide the spirits of Pokemon to the afterlife. Once the Ghost Flame Pokemon eats these wayward souls, it sends them back to the astral plane after purifying them with its flames. On the off chance that you anger Hisui’s Typhlosion, it will attack despite its pacifist nature, using flames that take on the appearance of beats. Be careful; this Pokemon can shoot up to 108 of these ghost flames simultaneously!
Hisuian Samurott is one of the most ruthless creatures in the region. While Unova’s Samurott is known for fighting fair, this version is the polar opposite. Hisuian Samurott will use any tool or underhanded tactic to outplay or outsmart its enemies. Watch out for cheap shots and tricks during a fight with the Formidable Pokemon of the Hisui region, or you might not live to tell the tale.
|Scout Pokémon||Fire/Rock||Intimidate / Flash Fire|
Growlithe in the Hisui region takes on a Fire/Rock-type and a new disposition. Unlike the Puppy Pokemon in the Kanto region, Growlithe is known as the Scout Pokemon, often seen guarding territory in pairs. Because these canines rarely spend time with humans, they’re wary of them. If you want to earn Growlithe’s trust, it will take some time, but once you do, it’ll be one of the most loyal partners you could ask for.
|Legendary Pokémon||Fire/Rock||Intimidate / Flash Fire|
Once Growlithe evolves, it becomes Hisuian Arcanine, a Pokemon known for its speed and agility in battle. Though it’s far larger than most Hisuian variants, it’s still one of the fastest fighters in the region. Hisui’s Arcanine can outpace others, dancing around them in a brawl. Not only this, but Arcanine can coat its fangs in fire during attacks. It’s best not to make this canine angry unless you want a quick roasting.
Just like in modern-day Kanto, Voltorb resembles the Pokeballs of its region. The Sphere Pokemon has a shiny body with a wood grain texture. These guys often roll around forests looking for to socialize with. Thanks to its friendly nature, Voltorb loves to spend time with others, but don’t make it too excited, or it’ll shoot out a jolt of electricity. Because of its discharges, people in Hisui often send these orbs packing if they get too close to settlements.
Electrode also has a new form in Hisui. Like Voltorb, these Pokemon look like the region’s Pokeballs. Researchers often note that the skin on these creatures is almost the same as the apricorns that make these capture devices. Unlike the harmless balls they mimic, Electrode can send up to 20 volts of energy into anyone that upsets them, so try to stay on its good side.
|Balloon Pokémon||Dark/Poison||Poison Point / Swift Swim|
Qwilfish of the Hisui region are often a problem. These little ball-shaped creatures often fill the water with poison around them, making life for other fish and fishermen a hassle. Unlike the Qwilfish in other regions, Hisui’s version has a Dark and Poison hybrid type. Legend says that those who catch and train them can unlock an evolution under the right conditions.
|Sharp Claw Pokémon||Fighting/Poison||Inner Focus / Keen Eye|
Hisui’s Sneasel often scales the frozen cliffs in the region using its long, sturdy claws. This Fighting and Poison type usually leaves a trail of poison, as the tips of those claws have venom dripping from them. Any Pokemon that gets that neurotoxin in their system will surely be an easy snack for these Hisuan predators. Like Qwilfish, Hisui’s Sneasel has a new evolution.
Hisui’s Spinning Grass type, Lilligant, uses its strong legs to climb through the snow in the region. Over time, they evolved to be far taller and thinner than the other versions. It even has a smell that can cheer up those in the area. Now a Grass and Fighting type, you’re sure to find an impressive ally in this variant. Watch out for speedy attacks and swirling movements, though!
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|Spiteful Fox Pokémon||Normal/Ghost||Illusion|
After the people of other regions shunned Zorua, they fled to Hisui. Once there, the little critter perished in the unforgiving lands of the area. Now, the Spiteful Fox Pokemon uses its malice to return to the world of the living, taking on the rare Normal/Ghost hybrid. Now, these creatures live to seek revenge on humans and Pokemon who spurned them in life, often creating illusions to torment others. Hisuian Zorua draws strength from fear, so it often uses its powers to scare others and absorb their energy.
|Baneful Fox Pokémon||Normal/Ghost||Illusion|
Once Hisuain Zorua evolves, it becomes the Baneful Fox Pokemon, Zoroark. Now even angrier, its illusions are far more frightening. Zoroark in the Hisui region can conjure creations so powerful they can inflict physical harm on their prey. Legend says that this Pokemon can drive all who see it mad, man and Pokemon alike. The only creature that escapes the wrath of Zoroark is the Hisuian Zorua, which it often protects in the wild.
|Battle Cry Pokémon||Flying/Psychic||Keen Eye / Sheer Force|
Braviary offers a new form in the Hisui region, taking on a Flying-Psychic type. The larger variant of the Gen V Pokemon can coat its screeches in psychic energy, creating shockwaves to attack prey. Hisuian Braviary can also use its talons and wings to tear apart weakened creatures making it an oppressive predator in Hisui. Once winter starts, it flies north, leaving the region and its inhabitants behind.
|Snail Pokémon||Steel/Dragon||Sap Sipper / Overcoat|
One of the slimiest guys in the region, Hisuian Sliggoo, has a shell, unlike the other form. That shell helps keep it safe from harm. Hisui’s Snail used the mucus in its system to help form this shell over thousands of years. That change is all thanks to the added iron in Hisui’s water. Funny how minor tweaks to environments can have such a significant impact. Hisui’s Sliggoo is known for its stalwart defense, making it a great ally to take with you when fighting heavy hitters.
|Shell Bunker Pokémon||Steel/Dragon||Sap Sipper / Overcoat|
The final form of Goomy and Sliggoo is also different in Hisui. Hisuian Goodra, the Shell Bunker Pokemon, is a friendly fellow. This is a friend that can’t stand to be alone, so expect regular cuddles from this goopy guy. Ignoring it can lead to a temper tantrum, so try giving it as much care as possible. Goodra can also change how hard the shell on its back is, giving it more options in fights, but no matter how light that shell gets, this is one giant Pokemon. You can expect this partner to weigh over 730 lbs, and the Alphas in the area can even top that.
|Iceberg Pokémon||Ice/Ground||Strong Jaw / Ice Body|
The final Hisuian goes to Avalugg, the Iceberg Pokemon. While the original creature is known for its vast icy body, Avalugg in the Hisui region has far more armor on its lower jaw than the other version, a change that helps it cut rocks with ease. This variant also has Ground as a secondary typing. Even so, Hisui’s version has a better defense than Gen VI’s form. If you need a tank on your team, you could do worse than Avalugg.
Some Pokemon have evolutions or transformations exclusive to the Hisui region. While trainers explore the area, they may find faces they don’t recognize. These new entries in the Pokedex are only possible thanks to Hisui’s harsh landscape and ecosystem.
|Big Horn Pokémon||Normal/Psychic||Intimidate/Frisk|
While some of the Pokemon in the Hisui region are hostile, others live in harmony with humans. Wyrdeer, the Big Horn Pokemon, is known as a protector of Hisui. In battle, Wyrdeer sends black orbs from the base of its antlers made of psychic energy so powerful they can distort space. Weavers often make clothes from the fur this big Pokemon sheds, which offers significant protection against the cold.
|Axe Pokémon||Bug/Rock||Swarm / Sheer Force|
Scyther gains a new evolution in the Hisui region, the Axe Pokemon, Kleavor. This Bug/Rock Pokemon has a body made of hardened stone. Thanks to all the fights it gets into, Kleavor often has chips in its stone armor, but that can be a good thing. Chipped rocks from Kleavor are often sharp and work even better as weapons. Simply put, the more they fight, the more dangerous they become. Kleavor uses its Axe-like arms to fight, which are strong enough to take down trees. If you see a tree with carvings in the base, that may be a Kleavor marking its territory.
Only Ursaring from the Hisui region can see a new evolution. Ursaluna, the Peat Pokemon, thrives on swampy terrain, and that land was the one factor that helped this bear reach a new final form. It’s not an easy evolution, though, as the Pokemon can only transform during a full moon. Give it a Peat Block during this short window, and it can evolve. Unlike Ursaring, the big guy is a quadruped that shuffles around the region searching for items. There’s no better buddy to take with you when searching for something hidden underground, as Ursaluna can dig up anything, be it items, clothes, stones, or even missing people.
|Big Fish Pokémon||Water/Ghost||Rattled/Adaptability|
Though Basculin outside of Hisui doesn’t evolve, the creature does take on a new form in this ancient area. Basculegion is born whits fallen brethren’s souls possess a Basculinuls. The Big Fish Pokemon uses the souls of others to boost its power in battle, often becoming enraged in fights due to its relentless nature. Thanks to the Basculin souls, it can swim or fight for ages without getting tired.
|Free Climb Pokémon||Fighting/Poison||Pressure|
The only critter better at climbing in Hisui than Sneasel is Sneasler, the Free Climb Pokemon. People often spot this lanky species scaling the cliffs in Hisui with ease. Sneasler likes to live independently, only coming out to hunt and scale mountains. Thanks to the poison it uses, it’s even more deadly than Sneasel. Getting a bite to eat for them is easy. You won’t find them making packs, but they’re the fastest way to get around the region. If you need to get to the top of Hisui, get a ride on one of these to make the trip quick.
|Pin Cluster Pokémon||Dark/Poison||Poison Point / Swift Swim|
Once Qwilfish in the Hisui region evolves, it turns into Overqwil. This Pin Cluster Pokemon is known for its savage mood, which earned it the “sea fiend” title. Overqwil often eats the poison in Hisui as a way to help keep up its health. This Pokemon is a solid ally in battle but the last face you want to see as an opponent.
Dialga’s proper form is bulkier and less refined but offers access to an unknown power. The Pokemon known to control time gets an added boost in this form. Origin Forme allows Dialga to create, destroy and manipulate time with ease. Though this form is stronger than Sinnoh’s version, it lives outside the flow of time in a world where time heads in many different directions.
The proper form of Palkia is its Origin Forme. Like Dialga, Palkia has greater power in this form. Palkia can change space instantly, warping, changing, or even destroying it. The realm where this Pokemon came from is in shambles, leading those who found it to believe Palkia ripped that world apart. While some hair theories on what happened, there’s no concrete answer on how Dialga and Palkia lost these forms.
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