Baby’s First Switch: Give Me Your Pokémon Legends: Arceus Tips Or I’ll Send Ruby’s Goblins On You

Baby’s First Switch: Give Me Your Pokémon Legends: Arceus Tips Or I’ll Send Ruby’s Goblins On You
Image: The Pokémon Company

Hello, hello, hello, welcome back to another instalment of Baby’s First Switch! As you would (hopefully) know by now, I am selecting different games to play on my Nintendo Switch each month which includes me asking all of you for advice. This month’s game I need your beginners tips for is none other than the recently released but very iconic, Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Look, I know I literally just played a Pokémon game not that long ago but Arceus is in a completely different ballpark than Brilliant Diamond. 

It also has a lot to do with how much I loved playing Pokémon so I want to drag that experience out as much as I possibly can. When I first saw the trailer for Arceus, I was blown away by how beautiful it looked and even more so excited by the open-world concept. The one thing I loved about Pokémon was the interactions you can have with the world around you but it seems like Arceus takes it to a whole new level.

The Pokémon Legends: Arceus beginners tips I need from you

Baby’s First Switch: Give Me Your Pokémon Legends: Arceus Tips Or I’ll Send Ruby’s Goblins On You
Give me your Pokémon Legends: Arceus beginners tips, I beg of you. Image: Bernie Sanders / Kotaku Australia

Everything, I need everything.

Yes, I know we’ve already got a Pokémon Legends: Arceus beginners tips article up but that’s from us. I don’t want to hear from us.

I want to hear from you, the people. God’s (whoever that may be) favourites. The Kotaku Australia community. And those who have played the game and lived with it for a while.

Maybe you’re not even from the Kotaku Australia community and you’ve somehow rocked up on my article.

Firstly welcome, secondly, I’m so sorry. Especially if you were trying to find a fully skilled, levelled-up gamer genius who is also an iconic journalist for Kotaku Australia. I am none of those things.

But if you think of me as an iconic producer for Kotaku Australia, make some noise in the comments (the room goes silent) (Editor’s note: there is a woo in the back from me and Ruby — David).

Where was I? Oh yeah, Pokémon Legends: Arceus beginners tips from you all.

No matter who you are, or where you come from, you must give me your Pokémon Arceus beginner’s tips and tricks. It’s actually written into the law that you have to so I will be forced to call a crime-fighting squad (not the police, but I will send Ruby’s goblins) on you if you read this article and give me nothing to work with.

We don’t want a repeat of what happened last time when you gave me nothing. My tiny soul simply cannot handle that again.

Anywho, you can probably tell it’s a Friday.

Everything aside, I really am looking forward to playing Arceus and throwing my entire body into the open world so I can explore every nook and cranny it will let me.

If you want to give me some other gaming suggestions or tips, give me a shout on Twitter (@kystewart_) or chuck us an email.


  • Alriiiight, hot round –

    You can catch more than one Pokemon at a time so long as you stay in stealth and they aren’t alerted to you. This means you can chain catch ‘Mons as fast as you can throw the balls to level your team quickly. Almost every action you do from catching, gathering and battling, gives you XP. Catching is by far the fastest way to level. Throwing from behind Pokemon will let you land a critical catch which makes it far more likely to succeed. Baiting and throwing from behind will let you chain catch more readily.

    Items and gathering are important because you will need lots and lots of materials to make Pokeballs and Potions. You will unlock upgraded forms of these to craft as you progress the story. Sit on as many materials as you can manage in the meantime. Once you cap your inventory, you can offload those less important mats you don’t need at your storage chest. You will also unlock a NPC in the base who will let you upgrade your inventory slots. Dump as much money as you can into him. Which leads us to –

    Money. Catching a pile of Pokemon gives you the most money. Money lets you buy items, teach moves and upgrade your inventory and you will need a lot of it for the latter. Fill out your ‘Dex objectives and your quests with specific Pokemon requirements and then you can release the Pokemon you don’t need for the Grit that’ll help you buff your stats. More Pokemon caught + Alphas = lots of money.

    Alpha Pokemon hit like a truck and come with special movesets. Those special movesets give them a counter to most types of Pokemon and, unless you’re careful, they will smash you to pieces if you take them head on even while overlevelled (Fire types have it rough early on due to Rollout). You can feed Alpha Pokemon snacks to make them catchable without having to fight them. Above a certain level they won’t follow commands until your story progress catches up, but it’s still nice to have them for their movesets even if it does take a longer time to use them reliably. Be aware that Alpha Pokemon lose their stat OPness after you catch them.

    Get an Alpha Snorlax as fast as humanly possible. There’s one near the very start of the game that’s a pain to catch but that big boy will carry you through rain, hail or shine. The Pokemon with strong Defence stats make the game a lot more bearable when you do have to battle because they can take a hit more readily than the fragile speedster types.

    Even Pokemon a decent level below you still decently hurt Pokemon above them in level, which means you should always er on the side of caution. If multiple Pokemon enter into battle with you, you could have up to four Pokemon vs your Pokemon and that usually ends badly for the player.

    If a Pokemon sparkles, makes a weird noise and is a weird colour, that’s a shiny and you should prioritise catching it. They’re very rare.

    Be careful around water. It’ll nuke your health if you fall into on accident and mess you up for a while afterwards until you get Surf.

    And finally, when those pocket bubble space time distortions show up, be sure to grab as many items as you can because they’re the source of your items used for evolving certain Pokemon and they have rare Pokemon and evolved Pokemon as well. They’ll usually roam in gangs so be careful to lose aggro and hide in the grass so you can sneak up on what you need more easily.

    That’s my short list of newbie tips. I’m sure others can add more.

  • I told you I don’t have any tips on Pokemon Legends Arceus also go and send your stupid goblins to someone else.

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