Arceus (Pokémon)

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Shaymin #492: Shaymin
Pokémon
#???: Zorua 000
Arceus
アルセウス Arceus
#493
493Arceus.png
Artwork from Platinum
Type
Ground '
Category
Alpha Pokémon
Ability
Multitype
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Not in any regional Pokédex
Regional Browser numbers
Height
10'06"
Imperial
3.2 m
Metric
Weight
705.5 lbs.
Imperial
320.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Gray
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
 F493.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 121 cycles*
(30855 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
3
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 255 Battle Exp.: 2551*

Arceus (Japanese: アルセウス Arceus) is a Template:Type2 legendary Pokémon.

It is currently the final Pokémon in the National Pokédex as of Generation IV. Like Darkrai and Shaymin before it, Arceus was not officially recognized by Nintendo until February, 2009, the year of its debut movie. It was later revealed by the official site on August 3rd, 2009, making all Pokémon in the games officially revealed.

Arceus is also known as "The Original One," as it is said that it created Sinnoh, and possibly the entire Pokémon universe, along with the lake guardians and dragon trio. The only legitimate way to get Arceus is with the Azure Flute, which has yet to be distributed officially, or through a Nintendo event.

Biology

Physiology

Arceus is an equine being similar to a Qilin or Centaur. Its body is white with a gray, vertically-striated underside, the pattern of which has similar recurrences on the underside of Arceus's mane, tail, and face, and Arceus's four pointed feet are tipped with gold hooves. Its mane is quite long, jutting away from its head, and its face is gray, with green eyes and red pupils, and a green circular pattern below its eyes. Arceus also has a streak of gold coloration on its head, and ears that point upward. Its neck is fairly long, with two pairs of extrusions to the sides, and a flap-like feature on the neck's underside that is colored white like much of the body. It also has a golden cross-like wheel attached to its body by its round abdomen, which changes color along with its eyes and hooves based on Arceus's current type. The wheel also has four jewels attached to it. The pattern of striated gray of Arceus's underbelly resumes past Arceus's waist, the underside of Arceus's limbs also being gray in coloration, and with extrusions at the tops of the legs. Arceus's tail is fairly like its mane in shape and coloration.

Gender differences

Arceus is a genderless species.

Special abilities

File:Arceus Formes.gif
An animation displaying Arceus's different colorings while holding plates

According to legend, Arceus is thought to have created the Sinnoh region and possibly the entire Pokémon world, the Lake guardians: Uxie, Azelf, Mesprit, and the Dragon trio: Dialga, Palkia and Giratina.

Arceus is multifarious; it can change forms and types with the use of the special plates.

Arceus is the only known Pokémon that learns Judgment via level-up. Arceus can also use many attacks of various types, but to a lesser extent than Smeargle or Mew. Arceus is also the only non-Dragon-type Pokémon other than Smeargle who can learn Draco Meteor, although it must become a Template:Type2 (by holding a Draco Plate) in order to learn it.

According to the anime, its power can also bring back things that it once destroyed or make certain things to vanish into thin air.

Behavior

While normally a kind and benevolent Pokémon, Arceus does not suffer fools gladly, and will attack in a violent rampage if betrayed or deceived. It also holds long grudges if angered.

Habitat

Arceus lives at the Hall of Origin, which can only be accessed by use of the Azure Flute at Spear Pillar.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In Arceus and the Jewel of Life it is said to "feed" off of the energy of the elemental plates.

In the anime

Arceus made its debut in Arceus and the Jewel of Life. It was angry at the people of Michina Town for Damos's unwitting betrayal of it in ancient times, and so attempted to destroy the land. When Ash and his friends are teleported by Dialga to ancient times, they directly influence the event, changing the future for the better so that Arceus will stop its destruction.

In DP152, the Red Chain takes on the appearance of the ring that surrounds Arceus's body when it is wrapped around Dialga and Palkia. Despite this, Arceus itself does not appear.

Arceus makes a cameo in the opening The Greatest - Everyday!, along with the dragon trio.

In the manga

Arceus appears as a central character in the Movie 12 manga adaptation, reprising its role from the film. After Arceus saved the world from a meteor, Damos took care of it. It gave Damos the Jewel of Life to make the land of Michīna rich and fertile. Damos then betrayed Arceus, and it has been outraged ever since.

In the TCG

Main article: Arceus (TCG)

Arceus appears in the TCG in all nine elemental types, and a player can have as many Arceus cards in their deck as they like, unlike all other cards in the game (besides Basic Energy cards). Cards based on Arceus first appeared in the Arceus expansion set.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond It is described in mythology as the Pokémon that shaped the universe with its 1,000 arms.
Pearl It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.
Platinum It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
HeartGold タマゴから すがたを あらわして せかいの すべてを うみだしたと シンオウしんわに かたられている。
SoulSilver タマゴから すがたを あらわして せかいの すべてを うみだしたと シンオウしんわに かたられている。
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Trade
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
One Hall of Origin (requires Azure Flute)
Platinum
One Hall of Origin (requires Azure Flute)
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
None
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Arceus hasn't appeared in any side games as of yet, although a statue of it can be found in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky.

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Rowap Berry Rowap Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 120
180 - 227 350 - 444
Attack: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Defense: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Atk: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Def: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Speed: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Total: 720   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéthlon stats

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

With Earth Plate

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Speed
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
5/5 ★★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
23/25 ★★★★

Speed
4/5 ★★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
5/5 ★★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
22/25 ★★★★

Type effectiveness

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With Earth Plate

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Learnset

By leveling up

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By tutoring

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By events

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Evolution

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Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation II.
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation III.
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back

Template:Sprite/4/18formes

V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 493-Ground.png Spr b 5b 493-Ground.png
Spr 5b 493-Ground s.png Spr b 5b 493-Ground s.png
ArceusEarth Plate For other sprites and images, please see Arceus images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Normal-color sprite for Template:Type2 Arceus
Shiny sprite for Template:Type2 Arceus
  • At level 80, Arceus is the second highest level non-glitch Pokémon available for capture. The highest is Magikarp which can be caught at up to level 100 in Pokémon Platinum. It is, however, still the highest level legendary Pokémon available for capture.
  • Arceus's English name has had three different pronunciations. Before it was officially revealed, fans pronounced it as "AR-see-oos", as does Pokémon Battle Revolution. Then, a promotional trailer for Arceus and the Jewel of Life pronounced it as "Ar-SAY-us". Its official pronunciation was then revealed in a Pokémon.com mailbag as "ARK-ee-us". Its original pronunciation is still in popular usage, however, and isn't considered to be incorrect.
  • Arceus's base stat total is 720, higher than any other Pokémon. Previous Pokémon, among them Mewtwo, have only had a maximum total of 680.
  • Arceus has the highest base experience yield of all Pokémon, tied with Happiny, Chansey, and Blissey. That means an Arceus would yield 13,933 experience points when defeated if it is at level 100 and belongs to a Trainer.
  • The code for Diamond and Pearl has sprites for Arceus using its Multitype ability with all 18 types, including Template:Type2. It is disputed whether the ???-type Arceus is obtainable, as there is no plate in the code that can be used for this. It is possible this sprite was programmed in to prevent game crashes caused by tampering with Arceus's type.
  • Arceus's signature move, Judgment, is the only move that Arceus is guaranteed STAB for, as it is always the same type as Arceus itself. However, on the battle screen, Judgment is always displayed as a Template:Type2 attack.
  • Even though it is said that Arceus created the world with its thousand arms, it is not shown to have any arms at all, nor can it learn hand and arm based moves such as the elemental punches.
  • Holding the Sky Plate, Arceus is the only Pokémon able to become a pure Template:Type2 outside of battle (other Pokémon can do so in battle through the use of Conversion, Conversion 2, and Color Change).
  • With the appropriate plate, Arceus is the only legendary Poison-, Bug-, or Template:Type2 Pokémon.
  • Earth Power is the only move with a fixed base power, besides Judgment, that Arceus learns by level-up which can receive STAB with a plate attached.
  • Arceus is the only trio master not catchable by typical in-game mechanics, instead needing an event item (the Azure Flute) to be catchable in-game.
  • Arceus is the only Pokémon to never officially receive a DPBP number, although it or one of its forms probably would have been assigned DPBP#532 had that system continued to be used.
  • The ring around Arceus's body appears to have a malevolent counterpart in the embodiment of the Red Chain, as a red version of it is shown to ring Dialga and Palkia around the middle when Cyrus takes control of them in DP152.
  • The Arceus event that takes place in HeartGold and SoulSilver includes real life pictures in the game. This is a first for an event within a game and a first in the Pokémon games franchise.
  • Arceus is one of three pokémon that can learn all of the HM moves, including ones which no longer have that status. The others are Mew and Smeargle through Sketch.
    • When Ditto uses Transform it can copy any moves known by the opponent, the moves Copycat and Mimic can also copy a move used in battle but only for the duration of the battle. Assist can use any move known by pokémon in a person's team and Metronome uses a random move that can result in an HM move.
  • Arceus is the one who is rumored to have prevented all Pokémon in the future from disappearing in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. Dialga explains that "it was no miracle" that they were saved, and that "a greater power" saved them all. Arceus is the leader of the dragon trio, to which Dialga is a member of.

Origin

Arceus is particularly based on a creator deity, present in many world cultures. Or it may be a reference to the Chinese mythical creature, the Qilin. Its myth is nearly identical to that of the Pangu, the Chinese creation deity.

Arceus may also be inspired by (or a representation of) Avalokiteśvara who, in Buddhism, is either pictured with eleven heads and one thousand arms (the latter of which is mentioned in Arceus's flavor text) or in a white four-armed manifestation (which could look similar to Arceus's Normal form).

Some inspiration may have come from a horse, because of its Platinum sprite and attack movements in Pokémon Battle Revolution.


Name origin

Arceus's name may come from the words arch (highest) and deus, which is Latin and Greek for god. It may also have a root in the Latin word arcanus, which means secret; sacred mystery. Or Arceus's name which was pronounced as (Arh-keus) maybe a combination of "Arch" and a mispronounced word "Chaos".

Arceus's name may also come from the word archaic (ancient), which comes from the Greek arkhaios, and is derived from the ancient Greek word for "beginning", arkhē. It could have also come from the Latin word archetypus (original). Alternatively, Arceus's name can be seen as a portmanteau of Zeus, the most powerful of Greek gods and arch (highest).

Arceus' name is pronounced with a soft "c" by the announcer in Pokémon Battle Revolution; in keeping with its probable name origin, it is pronounced with a hard "c" in television commercials and in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

In other languages

Generation I: ArticunoZapdosMoltresMewtwoMew
Generation II: RaikouEnteiSuicuneLugiaHo-OhCelebi
Generation III: RegirockRegiceRegisteelLatiasLatios
KyogreGroudonRayquazaJirachiDeoxys
Generation IV: UxieMespritAzelfDialgaPalkiaHeatranRegigigas
GiratinaCresseliaPhione*ManaphyDarkraiShayminArceus
Generation V: VictiniCobalionTerrakionVirizionTornadusThundurus
ReshiramZekromLandorusKyuremKeldeoMeloettaGenesect
Generation VI: XerneasYveltalZygardeDiancieHoopaVolcanion
Generation VII: CosmogCosmoemSolgaleoLunalaMagearna


Event distributions
Standard event Pokémon distributions
Generation I: JapaneseEuropean language
Generation II: JapaneseEuropean language
Generation III: JapaneseEnglishGermanSpanishFrenchItalian
Generation IV: Japanese (local | Wi-Fi) • English (local | Wi-Fi) • German (local | Wi-Fi)
Spanish (local | Wi-Fi) • French (local | Wi-Fi) • Italian (local | Wi-Fi) • Korean (local | Wi-Fi)
Trading (GTS)
Generation V: Japanese (local | Wi-Fi) • English (local | Wi-Fi) • German (local | Wi-Fi)
Spanish (local | Wi-Fi) • French (local | Wi-Fi) • Italian (local | Wi-Fi) • Korean (local | Wi-Fi)
Global Link promotions
Generation VI: Japanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • American region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
PAL region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • Korean region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
Taiwanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
LocalTrading
Generation VII: Japanese region (Nintendo Network) • American region (Nintendo Network)
PAL region (Nintendo Network) • Korean region (Nintendo Network)
Taiwanese region (Nintendo Network)
LocalQR Codes
Specific events: Gather More Pokémon! Campaign
PCNY (Gen II | Gen III) • Trade and Battle DayJourney Across AmericaParty of the Decade
Special Pokémon from games
In-game: Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VIIIn-game trades (Hayley's trades)
Game-based: Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VIGen VII
Other: Undistributed
Non-Pokémon event distributions
Gen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VII (Game-based)
Global Link
Gen VGen VIGen VII
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