Pokémon Legends Arceus is a unique entry in the Pokémon franchise, forgoing the traditional formula the franchise has established over the past two decades. Instead of focusing on battling to become the champion, players aim to create the world's first Pokédex in a bygone era by studying wild Pokémon. Although battles are not the focus of Legends, will there be fights with other trainers?
There are trainer encounters in Pokémon Legends Arceus. While players won't face rival trainers as often as in previous entries in the series, a select few have become trainers in the Hisui region and will challenge players on their journey. The most notable trainers in the Hisui region are the Guardians, people who care for special Pokémon and protect their territory as part of Hisui tradition.
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One of the guardians players will face is Mai, a trainer tasked with guarding a unique Wyrdeer in the Obsidian Fields. She battles with her partner Pokémon, Munchlax, a friend she has known since childhood.
Mai is just one of the essential characters players will encounter on their journey through the Hisui region. For a preview of what to expect in Pokémon Legends Arceus, be sure to watch the official Hisui region trailer below.
Pokémon Legends Arceus will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022.
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