The Rarest Pokemon To Catch in Pokemon Legends: Arceus


  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus introduces space-time distortion fields where rare Pokemon can spawn, making it easier to catch the rarest Pokemon in the game.
  • Cranidos and Shieldon, both fossil Pokemon from Generation Four, are among the rarest Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. They can only be found in space-time distortions in the Coronet Highlands.
  • Munchlax, Magby, and Cherubi are also difficult to catch in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, but they evolve into powerful Pokemon. Players may need to leave and re-enter certain areas to increase their chances of finding these Pokemon.



Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the latest installment in the Pokemon series, and it is everything fans have been waiting for. The incredible open world has made catching and battling Pokemon a more rewarding experience than ever before. The game has changed the Pokemon series for the better.

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One of the new features of Pokemon Legends: Arceus is space-time distortion fields.These space-time distortion fields are timed events where rare Pokemon from different lands can spawn and be caught.Many (but not all) of the most difficult-to-find Pokemon, can be seen in these space-time distortion fields. These are some of the rarest Pokemon in the game.

Updated October 18, 2023 by David Michael Kinder: Gamefreak likes to throw in some surprises here and there. A few of which are more than welcomed by the community. Some fan-favorite mythical Pokemon were made available for capture. Sure, you’re going to have to go through some hoops to get them, but at least they’ll be yours.

It’s not often that a Mythical will have your Trainer ID. If you haven’t played Pokemon Arceus Legends recently, give it a go, as the last update gives you the ability to complete your Pokedex with some caveats.

13 Cranidos

Crandios in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Cranidos is an ancient rock-type fossil Pokemon from Generation Four, well-known for evolving into Rampardos, an incredibly powerful Pokemon. In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Cranidos is one of the rarest Pokemon in the entire game.

If you’re looking for Cranidos, the Pokemon can only be found in a space-time distortion in the Coronet Highlands. Even if you find yourself inside one of these distortions, there’s no guarantee you’re going to encounter Cranidos, so it may take a few tries to finally catch it.

12 Shieldon

Shieldon in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Shieldon is the other fossil Pokemon from Generation Four, a dual Rock and Steel-type Pokemon, focused more on defense than offense. Shieldon evolves into Bastiodon, who has some of the best defense and special defense stats in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

To catch Shieldon, you’ll want to look for space-time distortions in the Coronet Highlands, which only happen five minutes after you spawn into an area, so it might take some time.Shieldon is very rare, but if you need a defensive Pokemon in your party, it’s well worth the effort.

11 Munchlax

Munchlax in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Munchlax is surprisingly difficult to catch in Pokemon: Legends Arceus and it can evolve into Snorlax once its friendship is high enough. You’ll want to evolve it as soon as possible because Snorlax is one of the hardest Pokemon to beat in battle due to its high HP.

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Munchlax can be found in the Deertrack Heights area of the Obsidian Fieldlands, the first area of the game, and it could also be caught at the Snowfall Hot Springs area of the Alabaster Frostlands. It has a low spawn rate, so you might have to do some leaving and re-entering until it appears.

10 Magnemite

Magnemite in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Magnemite was one of the most common Pokemon you could find back in Generation One, but things have changed since. The dual electric and steel-type Pokemon is actually one of the rarest Pokemon in the game, and it can only be found in a space-time distortion in the Cobalt Coastlands.

Once you catch one, you’ll be able to evolve it into Magneton at level 30 and again into Magnezone by exposing it to a Thunder Stone. If you get one with the Sturdy ability, it can’t be KOed in one hit, making it useful when swapping Pokemon.

9 Porygon

A player interacting with Porygon in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Porygon has historically been a difficult Pokemon to obtain, from mindless grinding at the Game Corner to fortunate timing, this Nintendo 64-esque model still has trainers struggling to get their own copy. Let’s not even get started on evolving it, as you’ll need to trade it twice over.

The only place you can find Porygon is in a space-time distortion in the Crimson Mirelands. It’s a rare Pokemon to find, so it may take a few tries, but it’s a very underrated Pokemon that deserves a spot on your team.

8 Magby

Magby in Pokemon Legends Arceus

The Cobalt Coastlands are home to many kinds of Pokemon, especially once you unlock the Basculegion mount. Using this mount, you can travel to Firepit Island where you can catch some of the rarest Fire-type Pokemon in the game, such as Magby.

Magby can be found on Firepit Island, and since it’s a rare spawn you may need to enter and re-enter the area a few times, but they’re not too difficult to catch once you spot one. Magby evolves into Magmar at level 30 and later Magmortar when exposed to a Magmarizer.

7 Cherubi

A player with their Cherubi in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Cherubi is one of the cutest Pokemon out there, and this grass-type Pokemon evolves into Cherrim at level 25, a Pokemon that changes its appearance depending on the weather. It is quite difficult to locate, as it can be found southeast of the Tidewater Dam area in the Obsidian Fieldlands.

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There, you’ll see two bluish trees, and if one of them is shaking, that means Cherubi is in it. If not, you’ll have to reload the area again, so doing this is significantly easier with the Braviary mount since you could just fly in and check for shaking trees.

6 Enamorus

Enamorus in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Enamorus was a surprising introduction in Pokemon Arceus Legends as the only female of the Forces of Nature, and it proved to be a bit annoying to capture. You need to capture Thundurus, Tornadus, and Landorus before unlocking the ability to catch Enamorus.

Catching the trio will be rather time-consuming, but after you catch them and speak with Cogita, you’ll need to go to the Crimson Mirelands and search the Scarlet Bog. Enamorus will spawn waves of tornadoes at you, so consider using a Wyrdeer to help close that gap and avoid its attacks.

5 Manaphy & Phione

Shiny Manaphy and Phione, available in Pokemon Legends Arceus after Pokemon Home Update

It’s easy to miss a few things in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, and how to catch the Mythical Pokemon Manaphy is often one of them. Manaphy isn’t necessarily the rarest Pokemon in the game, but you have to jump through hoops to figure out where the Pokemon is located.

You’re going to need a Mantyke, Buizel, and Overqwil in your party, and once you have these three Pokemon with you, travel to the Cobalt Coastlands. There, you’ll find Manaphy to the northwest of Veilstone Cape surrounded by three Phione, and you should capture them all.

4 Giratina

Giratina in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Giratina is the most difficult member of the creation trio to catch in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. There are many steps you need to get through before you can catch Giratina. First, you’ll have to beat the main story, and then you’ll have to catch Azelf, Mesprit, Uxie, Heatran, Cresselia, and Regigigas.

After you’re done with that, you’ll have tocollect all the plates, and once that’s taken care of, go to the top of Mt. Coronet. There, you will challenge Volo to a battle, and after defeating him Giratina will escape to the Turnback Cave in the Cobalt Coastlands, where you’ll be able to battle and capture this Pokemon.

3 Arceus

Arceus in Pokemon Legends Arceus

Arceus is the titular character of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, so it’s no surprise that catching the Pokemon is going to be a difficult task. To catch Arceus, you’ll have to catch Giratina and then all the remaining Pokemon in the Pokedex, excluding Shaymin, Phione, Manaphy, or Darkrai.

You don’t have to complete every Pokemon’s Pokedex entry, just to catch them all, and after completing this task, Professor Laventon will tell you to go to the Temple of Sinnoh. There, you’ll play the Azure Flute, and a staircase will appear, taking you to a fight against Arceus, where you’ll be able to capture it.

2 Shaymin

Shiny Shaymin, available in Pokemon Legends Arceus after Pokemon Home Update

Shaymin is another adorable Mythical Pokemon, and the Gratitude Pokemon is a must for anyone who loves hedgehogs and floral aesthetics. While you needed Oak’s Letter to capture it in prior games, you need something different this time around.

Unlocking Shaymin requires saving data from Shining Pearl or Brilliant Diamond, which unfortunately means that you’ll need to have a copy of those games. After you’ve completed the main story, you can find Shaymin in the Floaro Gardens, sporting its Land form.

1 Darkrai

Shiny Darkrai, available in Pokemon Legends Arceus after Pokemon Home Update

Darkrai has been a highly sought-after Mythical Pokemon for many years, as it’s only been available through rare distribution events, so it was surprising that Gamefreak included a way to capture Darkrai in Arceus Legends. However, it’s not exactly an ideal alternative for some players.

You need to have saved data from Shining Pearl or Brilliant Diamond, which means you’ll need to have a copy of either version on hand. After you’ve completed the main story, you can capture Darkrai at Clamberclaw Cliffs in what is the final mission in the entire game.

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