Alpha Pokémon

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An alpha Pokémon (Japanese: オヤブン boss) is a variety of Pokémon found in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. They are larger-than-normal Pokémon that appear in Hisui with increased combat capabilities. Alpha Pokémon can be identified with the Alpha icon.png icon in the Pokémon's summary screen and on their health bar in the wild (if transferred to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, they have the Alpha Mark instead). Additionally, wild alpha Pokémon have glowing red eyes, except for Zubat.


Shortly after the player joins the Survey Corps, an alpha Kricketune intrudes on Deertrack Heights. Mai, the Warden who oversees Wyrdeer, enlists Akari/Rei to help defeat the Kricketune, who in turn asks the player to aid Mai due to their skill in Pokémon battles.

While Ingo is leading the player through Wayward Cave, an alpha Crobat appears along the route. Ingo insists that the player not battle it due to the reduced visibility caused by the absence of the cave's torches, and leads them on a detour to avoid it. The player is unable to battle or catch this particular alpha Pokémon until Ingo reinstalls the torches in the cave.

During the three Trials of the Lake guardians, the player has to face an alpha Pokémon at each lake; Hisuian Goodra at Lake Verity, Overqwil at Lake Valor, and Hisuian Zoroark at Lake Acuity.

During the post-game, when the player goes to meet Volo at Grueling Grove, the two are ambushed by an alpha Vespiquen. After defeating the Pokémon, the player receives a Stone Plate from her.

It is later revealed that the existence of alpha Pokémon was the result of Giratina opening space-time rifts that affect them with lightning strikes.


In the wild, alpha Pokémon will be at a higher level than other species of the same kind that can be found in that area, will have at least three stats with individual values of 31 (expressed in this game as initial effort levels of 3) and will know and have mastered a move that cannot be learned by leveling up. Alpha Pokémon cannot be caught outside of battle if they are significantly higher level than the player's current obedience level. They can, however, be caught regardless of level during a battle with them. Regardless of the species' normal behavior, alpha Pokémon (except for Mantyke and Mantine) are always aggressive towards the player and will never run away, unless a space-time distortion appears around it or it is a species which only appears in the wild at certain times of day. If an alpha Pokémon spots the player, it will roar out a shockwave which, if close enough, will cause the player to be knocked to the ground; they are also forcibly dismounted from their Ride Pokémon if riding Wyrdeer, Ursaluna, or Sneasler.

Upon entering battle, wild alpha Pokémon are filled with Wild Might (Japanese: 野性の力 Wild Strength), as indicated by their glowing red eyes. This increases all of a Pokémon's stats, independently of in-battle stat boosts, and reduces damage from status conditions. Alpha Pokémon can also use agile style and strong style moves in battle.

There are three types of ways alpha Pokémon may spawn:

  • Fixed alpha Pokémon spawns will always be generated upon entering a given area of the Hisui region, and will be at a fixed level; for instance, the alpha Rapidash in the Obsidian Fieldlands is always Lv. 40. These Alpha Pokémon will also automatically respawn after two full in-game days.
  • Random alpha Pokémon spawns may occur after the player has quelled the area's noble Pokémon. Alpha Pokémon, of the same species as the location's standard spawns, each have a small chance of appearing. Each location has its own rates for how likely each alpha Pokémon may spawn, including space-time distortions. Prior to the Daybreak update, during Mass Outbreaks, at most one alpha Pokémon could appear, however this limit was later lifted to account for the "exclusively alpha" bonus waves of Massive Mass Outbreaks.
  • During a Massive Mass Outbreak, clearing all Pokémon in a location may cause a second wave of Pokémon to appear in the same location; if this occurs, the second wave may be composed entirely of alpha Pokémon.

During the battle against Giratina at the Temple of Sinnoh, it will be filled with Terrible Might (Japanese: すさまじい力 Tremendous Strength), which has an identical effect to Wild Might.

Fixed alpha Pokémon

Fixed alpha Pokémon are specimens that always appear in their alpha form in a specific location. Some of these specimens do not spawn until after parts of the main story are completed, usually needing the region's frenzied Noble to be tamed before appearing in the overworld.

Species marked with an * can only be found as that single fixed alpha specimen, in rare or massive mass outbreaks, or a space-time distortion, but not anywhere else in the overworld.

Obsidian Fieldlands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
042 Menu LA 042.png Golbat 35 Near Oreburrow Tunnel Nighttime All
047 Menu LA 047.png Parasect 30 Nature's Pantry All All
065 Menu LA 065.png Alakazam* 60 Sandgem Flats All All
075 Menu LA 075.png Graveler 30 Near Obsidian Falls All All
078 Menu LA 078.png Rapidash* 40 Horseshoe Plains All Sunny
123 Menu LA 123.png Scyther 42 Near Grandtree Arena All All
129 Menu LA 129.png Magikarp 60 Obsidian Falls All All
130 Menu LA 130.png Gyarados 60 Lake Verity All All
143 Menu LA 143.png Snorlax 45 Near Sandgem Flats All All
214 Menu LA 214.png Heracross 45 Grueling Grove All All
234 Menu LA 234.png Stantler 42 Deertrack Heights All All
242 Menu LA 242.png Blissey 62 Near Obsidian Falls All All
392 Menu LA 392.png Infernape* 65 Ramanas Island All All
397 Menu LA 397.png Staravia 32 Windswept Run All All
400 Menu LA 400.png Bibarel 16 Tidewater Dam All All
402 Menu LA 402.png Kricketune 30 Near Nature's Pantry All All
404 Menu LA 404.png Luxio 40 Floaro Gardens All All
419 Menu LA 419.png Floatzel 31 Near Worn Bridge All All
428 Menu LA 428.png Lopunny 40 Near The Heartwood All All

Crimson Mirelands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
026 Menu LA 026.png Raichu* 52 Near Golden Lowlands All All
095 Menu LA 095.png Onix 50 Near Bolderoll Slope All All
111 Menu LA 111.png Rhyhorn 45 Diamond Heath All All
217 Menu LA 217.png Ursaring 55 Near Gapejaw Bog All All
217 Menu LA 217.png Ursaring 41 Ursa's Ring All All
389 Menu LA 389.png Torterra* 65 Holm of Trials All All
407 Menu LA 407.png Roserade* 50 Cloudpool Ridge Daytime All
416 Menu LA 416.png Vespiquen 61 Near Cottonsedge Prairie All All
417 Menu LA 417.png Pachirisu 40 Near Gapejaw Bog All All
430 Menu LA 430.png Honchkrow 55 Cloudpool Ridge Nighttime All
435 Menu LA 435.png Skuntank 45 Scarlet Bog All All
450 Menu LA 450 f.png Hippowdon 46 Sludge Mound All All
454 Menu LA 454.png Toxicroak 47 Holm of Trials All All
455 Menu LA 455.png Carnivine 43 Near Cottonsedge Prairie All All
463 Menu LA 463.png Lickilicky 52 Shrouded Ruins All All
465 Menu LA 465.png Tangrowth* 45 Gapejaw Bog All All
469 Menu LA 469.png Yanmega 58 Droning Meadow All All
705 Menu LA 705H.png Sliggoo 50 Holm of Trials All All

Cobalt Coastlands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
038 Menu LA 038.png Ninetales* 61 Firespit Island All All
055 Menu LA 055.png Golduck 50 Bathers' Lagoon All All
067 Menu LA 067.png Machoke 40 Near Ginkgo Landing All All
073 Menu LA 073.png Tentacruel 50 Near Lunker's Lair All All
113 Menu LA 113.png Chansey 51 Tombolo Walk All All
130 Menu LA 130.png Gyarados 58 Near Lunker's Lair All All
224 Menu LA 224.png Octillery 46 Castaway Shore All All
226 Menu LA 226.png Mantine 50 Tranquility Cove All All
365 Menu LA 365.png Walrein 50 Ginkgo Landing All All
395 Menu LA 395.png Empoleon* 69 Islespy Shore All All
414 Menu LA 414.png Mothim 56 Spring Path All All
423 Menu LA 423E.png Gastrodon 61 Seagrass Haven All All
424 Menu LA 424.png Ambipom 50 Near Hideaway Bay All All
432 Menu LA 432.png Purugly 45 Veilstone Cape All All
452 Menu LA 452.png Drapion* 45 Near Ginkgo Landing All All
457 Menu LA 457.png Lumineon 60 Seagrass Haven All All
477 Menu LA 477.png Dusknoir* 65 Deadwood Haunt Nighttime All

Coronet Highlands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
036 Menu LA 036.png Clefable* 62 Fabled Spring Nighttime All
076 Menu LA 076.png Golem* 60 Bolderoll Ravine All All
169 Menu LA 169.png Crobat 60 Wayward Cave All All
207 Menu LA 207.png Gligar 52 Clamberclaw Cliffs All All
208 Menu LA 208.png Steelix* 60 Celestica Trail All All
405 Menu LA 405.png Luxray 55 Sacred Plaza All All
414 Menu LA 414.png Mothim 55 Wayward Wood All All
429 Menu LA 429.png Mismagius* 61 Stonetooth Rows Nighttime All
437 Menu LA 437.png Bronzong 55 Near Clamberclaw Cliffs All All
444 Menu LA 444.png Gabite 56 Near Celestica Ruins All All
455 Menu LA 455.png Carnivine 52 Near Lonely Spring All All
464 Menu LA 464.png Rhyperior* 74 Sacred Plaza All All
466 Menu LA 466.png Electivire* 69 Cloudcap Pass All All
472 Menu LA 472.png Gliscor* 77 Near Primeval Grotto All All
476 Menu LA 476.png Probopass* 73 Near Primeval Grotto All All
706 Menu LA 706H.png Goodra* 70 Ancient Quarry All All

Alabaster Icelands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
068 Menu LA 068.png Machamp* 70 Arena's Approach All All
125 Menu LA 125.png Electabuzz 65 Icebound Falls All All
215 Menu LA 215H.png Sneasel 61 Near Avalugg's Legacy All All
220 Menu LA 220.png Swinub 62 Near Bonechill Wastes All All
221 Menu LA 221.png Piloswine 65 Arena's Approach All All
282 Menu LA 282.png Gardevoir* 70 Heart's Crag Daytime All
358 Menu LA 358.png Chimecho 65 Near Lake Acuity All All
362 Menu LA 362.png Glalie 62 Bonechill Wastes All All
445 Menu LA 445.png Garchomp* 85 Avalanche Slopes All All
448 Menu LA 448.png Lucario 70 Icebound Falls All All
460 Menu LA 460.png Abomasnow 68 Bonechill Wastes All All
473 Menu LA 473.png Mamoswine* 68 Avalugg's Legacy All All
475 Menu LA 475.png Gallade* 70 Snowpoint Temple All All
478 Menu LA 478.png Froslass 72 Ice Column Chamber All All

Unique alpha Pokémon

These unique alpha Pokémon can only be found once during the storyline. With the exception of Vespiquen, they do not have the usual guarantee of any stats with individual values of 31 (starting effort levels of 3). The alpha Pokémon found in Acuity, Verity, and Valor Caverns are prevented from being Shiny, and have Scale values of 128 instead of 255.

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Mission/Request Tutor move
362 Menu LA 362.png Glalie 64 Alabaster Icelands Request 86 "Gone the Icelands" Iron Head
402 Menu LA 402.png Kricketune 12 Deertrack Heights Mission 5 "A Request from Mai" False Swipe
416 Menu LA 416.png Vespiquen 60 Grueling Grove Mission 21 "The Researcher of Myths" Sludge Bomb
571 Menu LA 571H.png Zoroark 58 Acuity Cavern Mission 17 "The Trial of Lake Acuity" None
706 Menu LA 706H.png Goodra 58 Verity Cavern Mission 15 "The Trial of Lake Verity" Iron Tail
904 Menu LA 904.png Overqwil* 58 Valor Cavern Mission 16 "The Trial of Lake Valor" Ice Ball

In the anime

Pokémon: Hisuian Snow

In Two Hues, an Alpha Garchomp attacked Alec and the Galaxy Team, but it was driven away by a Hisuian Zoroark that Alec had befriended in his youth as a Zorua.


  • Since most fixed alpha spawns are evolved Pokémon, alpha forms of many pre-evolved species are considered to be more rare and valuable, if left unevolved.
  • There is a third variant of the Wild Might effect in game data, called Terrific Might (Japanese: 偉大な力), which is a version of Wild Might without the stat boosts. Its usage within the game is unknown.
  • When Alpha Combee and Gastrodon appear in the wild, only two of their eyes glow red.
  • Alpha Pokémon count as heavy specimens and large specimens for research tasks.
  • Arceus itself is also known as the Alpha Pokémon.
  • Alpha Pokémon are guaranteed to have 31 in at least 3 of their IV stats, a trait that Legendary and Mythical Pokémon have also had since Generation VI.


Alpha Pokémon might be based on the concept of dominance hierarchy in biology. Amongst animal groups, an alpha is a member of the species that has a higher rank in the group's hierarchy, contrary to the beta members who are the more submissive ones. Alpha animals often employ aggression tactics to assert dominance and leadership over their specific groups. This concept may be seen in gameplay, where alpha Pokémon display an aggressive disposition even when members of said species typically would not. They also serve as leaders of the pack, as alpha Pokémon are regularly found in places where unevolved members of their species gather, and even show signs of territorialism, as some alpha Pokémon tend to come to the aid of the lesser members when alerted. Their Japanese name "boss" seems to reinforce this idea of hierarchical leadership.

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In other languages

Alpha Pokémon

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 頭目 Tàuhmuhk
Mandarin 頭目 / 头目 Tóumù
France Flag.png French Pokémon Barons
Germany Flag.png German Elite-Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon alfa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 우두머리 Udumeori
Spain Flag.png Spanish Espécimenes alfa

Wild Might

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 野性之力 Yéhsing-jī Lihk
Mandarin 野性之力 Yěxìng-zhī Lì
France Flag.png French Force sauvage
Germany Flag.png German Kraft der Wildnis
Italy Flag.png Italian Potenza selvatica
South Korea Flag.png Korean 야성의힘이 Yaseong-ui Himi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Poder salvaje

Terrible Might

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 驚駭之力 Gīngháaih-jī Lihk
Mandarin 驚駭之力 / 惊骇之力 Jīnghài-zhī Lì
France Flag.png French Force effroyable
Germany Flag.png German Unheilvolle Kraft
Italy Flag.png Italian Potenza spaventosa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 무시무시한힘 Musimusihan Himi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Poder tremebundo

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