Pokemon Legends: Arceus

LQ: 9.5


Brain grade: 9.2
Fun score: 9.8

Game Type: , , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

Nintendo Switch


Pokemon Legends: Arceus is game where the player is transported back in time to collect information and complete the first ever Pokedex. In this game, you are exploring the Hisui region, a harsh landscape where Pokemon roam free and humans are still learning how to interact with them. You join the Survey Corps and begin your research by going into the field and catching or battling various Pokemon, Each entry in the Pokedex has several different objectives that need to be met, meaning that catching one of each type of Pokemon will not be enough. 

In addition to completing the Pokedex, you are sent to help with a strange phenomenon that is overtaking the noble Pokemon of Hisui. They are becoming frenzied and it is up to you to calm them down and return them to their natural state. The large open world of the game allows for exploration, completion of side quests, and leveling up your Pokemon for harder battles and harsher regions. As you complete these quests, you earn stars which increase your rank within the Survey Corps. This allows you to craft different types of Poke balls and allows you to control Pokemon of increasingly higher levels. 

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. 


Pokemon Legends: Arceus helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Flexibility: Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations. 

There are several instances in the game where the player will need to use flexibility to defeat other characters or Pokemon in battle. Within regular battles and battles with alpha Pokemon, the player needs to be able to assess whether to use regular, strong, or agile attacks and be able to shift back and forth between them. Players will also need to be able to switch between fighting, dodging, and throwing balms at the much larger frenzied noble Pokemon in order to calm them down and move forward in the game. 

Flexibility also comes into play in the form of trying new things. There are myriad side quests, missions, and objectives in the game and players can take advantage of this by trying some things they might not be used to in other games. 


Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

The player carries a satchel with them which has limited inventory space. Additional slots can be purchased for the satchel but it costs more each time you do it and early on in the game players might not have enough resources to do this. Using organization and knowing what to keep in your inventory and what to store for later is essential to making sure you have what you need when you are out in the field catching Pokemon. Because there is also a crafting component to this game, players need to make sure they have the items they need to craft poke balls, potions, and lures when they are too far away from the village to go into their larger inventory. Purchasing these items is possible but it can be expensive and might not be possible early on in the game due to lack of funds. 

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