Posted by: peanutmaster | March 23, 2009

Pokemon Of The Week: Arceus


Arceus is a Normal-type legendary Pokémon. It is currently the final Pokémon in the National Pokédex. Like Darkrai and Shaymin before it, Arceus was not “officially” a Pokémon recognized by Nintendo until February 2009, the year of its debut movie, appearing as a feature in the March issue of CoroCoro. Arceus is known as “The Original One,” as it is said that Arceus created the universe, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and the lake trio. The only known way to get Arceus is with the Azure Flute in Generation IV of the Pokemon games.

Due to special coding in place on this page to illustrate Arceus’s wildcard ability, Multitype, all type-themed appearances will display Arceus as if it were not holding a plate, therefore being a Normal-type. This does not affect anything besides which sprites are shown, which moves are noted as STAB and the type effectiveness entry which is unhidden. Click here to change the type.

Arceus is an equine being similar to a Qilin or Centaur. Its body is white with a gray underside, and its four pointed feet are tipped with gold hooves. Its mane is quite long and its face is gray with green eyes with red pupils. It also has a golden cross-like wheel attached to its body, which changes color along with its eyes and hooves based on Arceus’s current type. The wheel also has four jewels attached to it.

While Arceus is normally a pure Normal-type, it has the ability to change its type and appearance when in contact with special plates.

Arceus also has the unique ability to call down shots of light on its foes. Arceus can also use many attacks of various types, but to a lesser extent than Smeargle or Mew.

Arceus is first available in Generation IV, and in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum it lives at the Hall of Origin which can only be accessed by use of the Azure Flute at Spear Pillar.

In the anime, Arceus will make its debut in Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime. In it, it will fight against the dragon trio.



  1. If only I had a nickel for every time I came here! Amazing article!

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