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Arceus (Pokémon)

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Shaymin #492: Shaymin
Pokémon
#494: Victini Victini
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Arceus (disambiguation).
Arceus
Alpha Pokémon
アルセウス
Arceus
#493
Arceus

Arceus

Arceus

Arceus
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Normal Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Multitype Cacophony
Cacophony

Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Arceus

Mega Arceus Y
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
30855 - 31109 steps
Height
10'06" 3.2 m
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0'0" 0 m
{{{forme2}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{forme3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{forme4}}}
Weight
705.5 lbs. 320.0 kg
{{{forme1}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{forme2}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{forme3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{forme4}}}
Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#493
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
#000
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia
S-006/N-221
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
255
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
324
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
3
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F493.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
0
External Links

Arceus (Japanese: アルセウス Arceus) is a Normal-type Legendary Pokémon.

While it is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, it will change type when it is holding a Plate.

Like Darkrai and Shaymin before it, Arceus was not officially recognized by Nintendo until February 14, 2009, the year of its debut movie. It was officially revealed to international audiences on August 3, 2009.

Arceus is known as "The Original One", as it is said that it created Sinnoh and Ransei, and possibly the entire Pokémon universe, along with the lake guardians and creation trio. Arceus can only be found in the wild legitimately with the Azure Flute, which was never distributed at any official event. However, Arceus itself was distributed via multiple Nintendo events in 2009 and 2010 and the Pokémon Global Link in 2012.

It is the trio master of both the lake guardians and the creation trio.

Biology

Arceus is a white equine resembling a qilin or centaur with a gray, vertically-striated underside. The striated pattern has similar recurrences on the underside of its mane, tail, and face. Its four pointed feet are tipped with gold hooves. Its long mane juts 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, which depends on the plate that it wields. The wheel also has four jewels attached to it. The pattern of striated gray of Arceus's underbelly resumes past Arceus's waist. Its limbs have gray undersides and extrusions at the tops of the legs. Arceus's tail is fairly like its mane in shape and coloration. According to legend, it has 1000 arms.

Arceus is thought to have created the Sinnoh region and possibly the entire Pokémon world, the lake guardians: Uxie, Azelf, Mesprit, and the creation trio: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Because of this, Arceus is thought to be one of the most long-lived of all Pokémon species. It has the power to recreate the creation trio as well, presumably to guard the dimensions when a Trainer has caught one of them. According to the anime, its power can also bring back things that it once destroyed, make certain things vanish into thin air, or to halt time.

Arceus is shown to care for and safeguard the planet in ancient times and protected it from cataclysms such as meteors, and it would show gratitude and compassion in return to those who treated it with equal kindness. Arceus does not suffer fools gladly, and it will attack in a violent rampage if betrayed or deceived. It also holds long grudges if betrayed by those it considered friends. In Arceus and the Jewel of Life, it is said to "feed" off the energy of the elemental plates. It is the only known Pokémon that can learn Judgment.

In the anime

Arceus in the anime

Major appearances

Arceus (M12)

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.

Minor appearances

In Battle Finale of Legend!, although Arceus is neither seen or named, the Red Chain is said to contain the power of 'The Original One'. Using the Red Chain, Cyrus takes control of Dialga and Palkia by causing a red ring similar to the one surrounding Arceus's body to appear around their bodies.

In the manga

Fire-type Arceus in Pokémon Adventures

In the Arceus and the Jewel of Life manga

Arceus appears as a central character in the Arceus and the Jewel of Life 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 Michina Town rich and fertile. Damos then "betrayed" Arceus, and it has been outraged ever since.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Arceus appears as one of the main antagonists, where it plans on destroying humanity due to its mistrust of humans. It was the target of Team Rocket's plans to create Dialga, Palkia, and Palkia.

In the TCG

Main article: Arceus (TCG)

Arceus appears in the TCG in all types but Dragon and Fairy, 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.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Arceus appears as a Poké Ball summon in the 3DS version of the game. It will use Gravity to produce a shockwave that brings opponents downwards.

Trophy information

A Pokémon said to have hatched from an egg that appeared from nothing. Newly hatched, it created the world and the sky. Its Gravity attack will bring any fighter in midair crashing down to earth. No ground below you? Looks like you're going to go plummeting off the stage as if you'd been hit by a Meteor Smash!

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
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 According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
SoulSilver
Generation V
Black It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
White
Black 2 It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
White 2
Generation VI
X According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
Y It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Hall of Origin (Only one) (requires Azure Flute)*
Platinum
Hall of Origin (Only one) (requires Azure Flute)*
HeartGold SoulSilver
Trade
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Poké Transporter

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
DPPt Movie Arceus Japanese Japan 100 July 11 to September 30, 2009
DPPt Toys "R" Us Arceus English United States 100 November 7 to 15, 2009
DPPt Michina Arceus English Australia 100 November 5 to 16, 2009
DPPt Cinema Arceus Korean South Korea 100 December 24, 2009 to January 31, 2010
DPPt Michina Arceus German Germany 100 February 17 to April 9, 2010
DPPt Michina Arceus Italian Italy 100 February 17 to March 26, 2010
DPPt Michina Arceus English Europe 100 February 20 to April 10, 2010
DPPt Michina Arceus French Europe 100 February 22 to April 11, 2010
DPPt Michina Arceus Spanish Spain 100 February 22 to April 11, 2010

Pokémon Global Link promotions

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BW Global Link Arceus Japanese PGL 100 November 5, 2010 to January 31, 2011
BW Global Link Arceus English PGL 100 February 1 to May 1, 2012
BW Global Link Arceus French PGL 100 February 1 to May 1, 2012
BW Global Link Arceus German PGL 100 February 1 to May 1, 2012
BW Global Link Arceus Italian PGL 100 February 1 to May 1, 2012
BW Global Link Arceus Spanish PGL 100 February 1 to May 1, 2012

In side games

Arceus and the heroine of Pokémon Conquest
Game Location
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Sky Fortress (Ranger Net mission)
Light Temple
Pokémon Rumble Blast Tower: All (Random Legendary Encounter)*
Pokémon Conquest Aurora (special)
Dragnor (special)

A statue of Arceus can be found in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky at Destiny Tower.

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.


Pokéathlon stats

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

For the type effectiveness when Arceus is holding a Plate, see type chart. In Generation IV, if Arceus was hacked to be ???-type, this Pokémon is damaged normally by moves of all types.

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
00Start Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100100% 20
00Start Cosmic Power Psychic Status 0000 —% 20
00Start Natural Gift Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
00Start Punishment Dark Physical 0000 100100% 5
1010 Gravity Psychic Status 0000 —% 5
2020 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100100% 10
3030 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
4040 Extreme Speed Normal Physical 08080 100100% 5
5050 Refresh Normal Status 0000 —% 20
6060 Future Sight Psychic Special 100100 100100% 10
7070 Recover Normal Status 0000 —% 10
8080 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 09090% 5
9090 Perish Song Normal Status 0000 —% 5
100100 Judgment Normal Special 100100 100100% 10
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Arceus obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Arceus
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Arceus
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM01 Hone Claws Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Dragon Sprite.png TM02 Dragon Claw Dragon Physical 08080 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM03 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 —}}—% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM22 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ghost Sprite.png TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM33 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM50 Overheat Fire Special 130130 090}}90% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM59 Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM60 Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 085}}85% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ghost Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM67 Retaliate Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM77 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Bug Sprite.png TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Steel Sprite.png TM91 Flash Cannon Steel Special 08080 100}}100% 10 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM92 Trick Room Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 5 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM95 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM97 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20 Cool 0   0  
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM01 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30 Cool 0   0  
Bag HM Flying Sprite.png HM02 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}95% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM03 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM05 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15 Cool 0   0  
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Arceus
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Arceus
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Arceus in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Arceus in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Arceus
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Arceus
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
X Y OR AS Draco Meteor* Dragon Special 130 90% 5 Cool 0   0  
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Arceus can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Arceus cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Arceus
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Arceus
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP My HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP My HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP My HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Sky
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
IQ group: A
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  Normal Assist.png
( Normal )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It protects itself with psychic orbs that bring meteors down.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●●●
Speed ●●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PCP493.png HP: ★★★★★ Move: Judgment
Attack: ★★★★ Ability 1: Omnipotent
Defense: ★★★★★ Ability 2:
Speed: ★★★★★ Ability 3:
Does not evolve into or from anything
Range: 4 Perfect Links: Hero/Heroine

Evolution

493Arceus Normal Dream.png
No Plate
Arceus
 Normal 
493Arceus Grass Dream.png
Bag Meadow Plate Sprite.png Meadow Plate
Arceus
 Grass 
493Arceus Fire Dream.png
Bag Flame Plate Sprite.png Flame Plate
Arceus
 Fire 
493Arceus Water Dream.png
Bag Splash Plate Sprite.png Splash Plate
Arceus
 Water 
493Arceus Flying Dream.png
Bag Sky Plate Sprite.png Sky Plate
Arceus
 Flying 
493Arceus Bug Dream.png
Bag Insect Plate Sprite.png Insect Plate
Arceus
 Bug 
493Arceus Poison Dream.png
Bag Toxic Plate Sprite.png Toxic Plate
Arceus
 Poison 
493Arceus Electric Dream.png
Bag Zap Plate Sprite.png Zap Plate
Arceus
 Electric 
493Arceus Psychic Dream.png
Bag Mind Plate Sprite.png Mind Plate
Arceus
 Psychic 
493Arceus Rock Dream.png
Bag Stone Plate Sprite.png Stone Plate
Arceus
 Rock 
493Arceus Ground Dream.png
Bag Earth Plate Sprite.png Earth Plate
Arceus
 Ground 
493Arceus Dark Dream.png
Bag Dread Plate Sprite.png Dread Plate
Arceus
 Dark 
493Arceus Ghost Dream.png
Bag Spooky Plate Sprite.png Spooky Plate
Arceus
 Ghost 
493Arceus Steel Dream.png
Bag Iron Plate Sprite.png Iron Plate
Arceus
 Steel 
493Arceus Fighting Dream.png
Bag Fist Plate Sprite.png Fist Plate
Arceus
 Fighting 
493Arceus Ice Dream.png
Bag Icicle Plate Sprite.png Icicle Plate
Arceus
 Ice 
493Arceus Dragon Dream.png
Bag Draco Plate Sprite.png Draco Plate
Arceus
 Dragon 
493Arceus Fairy Dream.png
Bag Pixie Plate Sprite.png Pixie Plate
Arceus
 Fairy 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 493.png Spr b 4d 493.png Spr 4p 493.png Spr b 4p 493.png Spr 4p 493.png Spr b 4p 493.png
Spr 4d 493 s.png Spr b 4d 493 s.png Spr 4p 493 s.png Spr b 4d 493 s.png Spr 4p 493 s.png Spr b 4d 493 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 493.png Spr b 5b 493.png Spr 5b 493.png Spr b 5b 493.png
Spr 5b 493 s.png Spr b 5b 493 s.png Spr 5b 493 s.png Spr b 5b 493 s.png
Front Back Front Back
493MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Arceus images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

The Red Chain in the anime, wrapped around Palkia and Dialga in the shape of the ring around Arceus
  • Arceus's English name has had three different pronunciations. The announcer of Pokémon Battle Revolution pronounced it "AR-see-uss". A promotional trailer for Arceus and the Jewel of Life used the pronunciation "Ar-SAY-us", a pronunciation supported by the katakana used to spell its name. In the final release of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, it was pronounced "AR-key-us", which was affirmed as the official pronunciation by a Pokémon.com mailbag and by the Pokémon Essential Handbook.
    • According to Tom Wayland, the "AR-key-us" pronunciation was used due to concerns over the implications behind the first syllable of "AR-see-uss" in the UK and other British English-speaking territories.
  • Arceus has the highest base stat total of all non-Mega Evolved Pokémon.
  • As a Normal type, Arceus has the highest base stat total of all Normal-type Pokémon.
    • Arceus has the highest base Defense stat of all Normal-type Pokémon.
  • Arceus is the only Pokémon which ends a generation in National Pokédex order that does not have a base stat total of 600.
  • All Generation IV games have sprites for Arceus using its Multitype Ability with all 18 types, including ???-type. 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 Normal-type attack.
Unknown type Arceus
  • Arceus is the only event-exclusive trio master.
  • Arceus is the only pre-Generation V Pokémon to never officially receive a DPBP number. Kadabra, which was not released as a TCG card during the DPBP era, is assumed to be #070, as Abra and Alakazam are #069 and #071, respectively.
  • Arceus received the most votes of all pre-Generation V Pokémon in Japanese, as well as international (non-Japanese and non-Korean) in the Pokémon Global Link promotion poll.
  • In Generation IV an Arceus using Trick would always fail, making the move completely useless on Arceus. However, this was fixed in Generation V so that Trick will only fail if a Plate is held.

Origin

Arceus is particularly based on a creator deity, present in many world cultures. Arceus's stance and general form are similar to Egyptian bull and calf idols, particularly Apis. The arc on its back may be inspired by the circle arc used to represent reincarnation in Hinduism.

The conception of the first god might be influenced from Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi, who, according to Shinto myth, summoned Izanami and Izanagi to create Japan with the spear. It may also 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) the bodhisattva 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 Normal-type Arceus). Some inspiration may have come from a horse, because of its Platinum sprite and attack movements in Pokémon Battle Revolution.

Name origin

Arceus may be a combination of arch (referring to the highest point), archon (a Greek word that means "ruler" or "lord"), arcanus (Latin for secret/sacred mystery), archaic (ancient), αρχή arkhē (Greek for beginning), or archetypus (Latin for original), and deus (Latin for god). It may also derive from aureus (golden, in reference to its hooves and wheel), arc (round or ring), or Archeus (an aspect of the astral plane).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese アルセウス Arceus From a combination of arch, archon, arcanus (Latin for secret/sacred mystery), archaic (ancient), αρχή arkhē (Greek for beginning), or archetypus (Latin for original), and deus (Latin for god). May also derive from aureus (golden), arc (round or ring), or Archeus (an aspect of the astral plane).
France Flag.png French Arceus Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Arceus Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Arceus Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Arceus Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 아르세우스 Arceus Transliteration of Japanese name


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