Arceus (Pokémon)

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Arceus
Alpha Pokémon
アルセウス
Arceus
#493
Arceus



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Normal Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Multitype Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
30840 - 31096 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
10'06" 3.2 m
Arceus
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Weight
705.5 lbs. 320.0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
255
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
324
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Arceus
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
Shape
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F493.png None.png
{{{form2}}}
Pokédex color
White
Base friendship
0
External Links

Arceus (Japanese: アルセウス Arceus) is a Normal-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV.

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

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.

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. Arceus 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 its current type, which depends on the plate or type-specific Z-Crystal 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 terms of shape and coloration. According to legend, it shaped the Pokémon universe using its 1000 arms.

Arceus is thought to have created the Sinnoh region and possibly the entire Pokémon world, the lake guardians Uxie, Azelf, and 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 debuted 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 it attempted to destroy the land. When Ash, his friends, and Sheena were teleported by Dialga to ancient times, they directly influenced the event, changing the future for the better so that Arceus will stop its destruction.

Other

Arceus appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. Following the devastating incident at Dahara City, Ash, his friends, Baraz, Meray, and Hoopa saw it floating in the sky before it soared away.

Minor appearances

In the manga

Arceus's various forms in Pokémon Adventures

In the movie adaptations

Arceus appears as a central character in the Arceus and the Jewel of Life manga adaptation, reprising its role from the movie. 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

Main article: Arceus (Adventures)

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 Giratina. It first appeared in With a Little Help From Hitmonchan.

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 game. It uses 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!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Arceus appears as a Pokémon summoned from the Poké Ball, retaining its behavior from the previous game. It also appears as a Spirit.

Game data

NPC appearance

  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: Arceus appears when Dark Matter begins trying to take the Tree of Life to the sun, leading the other Pokémon in attempting to stop its ascent. He is able to telepathically reach the player thanks to Mewtwo and transports them to the Tree of Life's roots to confront Dark Matter. When Dark Matter regenerates itself and sends out a massive shockwave, Arceus and the other legendary Pokémon gathered to stop the Tree of Life are immediately turned to stone. After Dark Matter is defeated, Arceus will remain at the top of Destiny Tower.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
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 Unova
#—
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 Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
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.
Omega Ruby According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
Alpha Sapphire It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Event
Platinum
Event
HeartGold SoulSilver
Trade
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Event
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Event
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Event
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

Arceus was originally intended to appear in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum in the Hall of Origin when summoned using an event item called the Azure Flute. However, the Azure Flute was never distributed, although the text seen when receiving the 20th Anniversary Arceus states that Arceus could first be obtained in Diamond and Pearl in the Hall of Origin.

In side games

Arceus and the hero of Pokémon Conquest
Arceus and the heroine of Pokémon Conquest
This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Ranger: GS
Light Temple
Sky Fortress (Ranger Net mission)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Tower: All (Random Legendary Encounters)*
Conquest
Aurora (special)
Dragnor (special)
Rumble U
Challenge Battle: The Final Battle Royale (Reward)
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Distortion Island: Stage 5
Shuffle
Event: Arceus Arrives
Event: Arceus Appears
Rumble World
Legend Terrain: Bastion of Beginnings (Special Boss; type changes daily)
Picross
Area 30: Stage 15 (As a Mythical Pokémon)

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

In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
DPPt Cinema 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
XYORAS Dahara City Arceus Japanese region Online 100 March 7 to August 31, 2015
November 20 to December 17, 2015
XYORAS Dahara City Arceus Taiwanese region Online 100 November 20 to December 17, 2015
XYORAS Dahara City Arceus Korean region Online 100 December 15, 2015 to February 29, 2016
XYORAS Manesh Arceus Japanese region Online 100 December 21, 2015 to January 30, 2016
XYORAS Manesh Arceus American region Online 100 December 21, 2015 to January 30, 2016
XYORAS Pokémon 20th Anniversary Arceus American region Online 100 July 30 to November 30, 2016
December 1 to 31, 2016
XYORAS Pokémon 20th Anniversary Arceus PAL region Online 100 July 30 to November 30, 2016
December 1 to 31, 2016
USUM CoroCoro Arceus Japanese region Online 100 January 15 to March 14, 2018

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

Held items

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

Stats

Base stats

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

Pokéathlon stats

No Plate equipped

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

With a Plate equipped

With Fist Plate

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

With Sky Plate

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

With Toxic Plate

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 ★★★★

With Stone Plate

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

With Insect Plate

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

With Spooky Plate

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

With Iron Plate

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

With Flame Plate

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

With Splash Plate

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

With Meadow Plate

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

With Zap Plate

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

With Mind Plate

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

With Icicle Plate

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

With Draco Plate

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

With Dread Plate

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

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, 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

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Arceus's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Normal
Poké Assist:
(present)
Normal Assist.png
Normal
Field move:
(present)
None - field move.png
(None ×-)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Normal Assist.png
Normal
Field move:
(past)
Tackle 1 field move.png
(Tackle ×1)
Browser entry S-006/N-221
It protects itself with psychic orbs that bring meteors down.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Conquest
PCP493.png HP: ★★★★★ Move: Judgment
Attack: ★★★★ Ability 1: Omnipotent
Defense: ★★★★★
Speed: ★★★★★
Does not evolve into or from anything
Range: 4 Perfect Links: Hero/Heroine
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Normal
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT493.png

Brute Force
Deals normal damage even to types resistant to its type.
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Normal
None.png Attack Power: 90 - 150 Raise Max Level.png 20

#274
Shuffle493.png

Double Normal
Deals a lot more damage done by any Normal types in the combo.


Pokémon GO
GO493.png Base Stamina: 237 Base Attack: 238 Base Defense: 238
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Iron Tail, Shadow Claw
Charged Attacks: Future Sight, Hyper Beam, Outrage

Evolution

493Arceus.png
Unevolved
Arceus
 Normal 

Forms

Arceus
No Plate
or Z-Crystal
Arceus
 Normal 
Arceus
Bag Fist Plate Sprite.png Fist Plate
Held Fightinium Z Sprite.png Fightinium Z
Arceus
 Fighting 
Arceus
Bag Sky Plate Sprite.png Sky Plate
Held Flyinium Z Sprite.png Flyinium Z
Arceus
 Flying 
Arceus
Bag Toxic Plate Sprite.png Toxic Plate
Held Poisonium Z Sprite.png Poisonium Z
Arceus
 Poison 
Arceus
Bag Earth Plate Sprite.png Earth Plate
Held Groundium Z Sprite.png Groundium Z
Arceus
 Ground 
Arceus
Bag Stone Plate Sprite.png Stone Plate
Held Rockium Z Sprite.png Rockium Z
Arceus
 Rock 
Arceus
Bag Insect Plate Sprite.png Insect Plate
Held Buginium Z Sprite.png Buginium Z
Arceus
 Bug 
Arceus
Bag Spooky Plate Sprite.png Spooky Plate
Held Ghostium Z Sprite.png Ghostium Z
Arceus
 Ghost 
Arceus
Bag Iron Plate Sprite.png Iron Plate
Held Steelium Z Sprite.png Steelium Z
Arceus
 Steel 
Arceus
Bag Flame Plate Sprite.png Flame Plate
Held Firium Z Sprite.png Firium Z
Arceus
 Fire 
Arceus
Bag Splash Plate Sprite.png Splash Plate
Held Waterium Z Sprite.png Waterium Z
Arceus
 Water 
Arceus
Bag Meadow Plate Sprite.png Meadow Plate
Held Grassium Z Sprite.png Grassium Z
Arceus
 Grass 
Arceus
Bag Zap Plate Sprite.png Zap Plate
Held Electrium Z Sprite.png Electrium Z
Arceus
 Electric 
Arceus
Bag Mind Plate Sprite.png Mind Plate
Held Psychium Z Sprite.png Psychium Z
Arceus
 Psychic 
Arceus
Bag Icicle Plate Sprite.png Icicle Plate
Held Icium Z Sprite.png Icium Z
Arceus
 Ice 
Arceus
Bag Draco Plate Sprite.png Draco Plate
Held Dragonium Z Sprite.png Dragonium Z
Arceus
 Dragon 
Arceus
Bag Dread Plate Sprite.png Dread Plate
Held Darkinium Z Sprite.png Darkinium Z
Arceus
 Dark 
Arceus
Bag Pixie Plate Sprite.png Pixie Plate
Held Fairium Z Sprite.png Fairium Z
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
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 493.png Spr b 6x 493.png Spr 6x 493.png Spr b 6x 493.png
Spr 6x 493 s.png Spr b 6x 493 s.png Spr 6x 493 s.png Spr b 6x 493 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 493.png Spr b 7s 493.png Spr 7s 493.png Spr b 7s 493.png
Spr 7s 493 s.png Spr b 7s 493 s.png Spr 7s 493 s.png Spr b 7s 493 s.png
Front Back Front Back
493MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Arceus images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

???-type Arceus
  • In the Generation IV games, there are sprites for ???-type Arceus, but this is not obtainable without cheating, as there is no ??? Plate.
    • Due to how its Ability would automatically turn any Arceus without a Plate into the Normal-type in Generation IV, a ???-type Arceus hacked into the game will be treated as a Normal type.
  • According to the anime dub's then-voice director Tom Wayland, the dub chose to pronounce Arceus with a hard c instead of a soft c due to concerns over the latter pronunciation's potential implications in British English-speaking territories.
  • Arceus has the highest base stat total of all Normal-type Pokémon.
  • Prior to Generation VIII, Arceus was the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 720 and the only Pokémon that is the last of its generation in National Pokédex order that does not have a base stat total of 600.
  • Arceus is the only event-exclusive trio master.
  • In its debut generation of Generation IV, it was impossible to legitimately give Arceus more than 100 EVs in any stat without the use of the Pal Park Retire glitch, since it was only ever distributed at level 100. Prior to Generation V, level 100 Pokémon could not gain EVs through battling since they could not gain experience.
  • 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 the Pokémon Global Link promotion poll in both the Japanese poll and the international (non-Japanese and non-Korean) poll.
  • Prior to Generation VII, Arceus was classified by Pokédex color sorting as gray.
  • In Diamond and Pearl, Arceus can be encountered without use of the Azure Flute by a combination of Tweaking and the Pal Park Retire glitch. In addition, Arceus can be encountered an unlimited amount of times with this method, unlike Darkrai and Shaymin.
    • This has been remedied in Pokémon Platinum, however, as the player can no longer freely move in the "void".

Origin

Arceus appears to be 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. Based on its appearance and attack movements in the 3D games, Arceus may be modeled after a horse or qilin. The arc on its back may be inspired by the Dharmachakra, or the Bhavacakra, used to represent a concept similar to the reincarnation in Hinduism.

The conception of the first god might be influenced by the Shinto gods Kuninotokotachi and Amenominakanushi, who summoned Izanami and Izanagi to create Japan with the spear. It may also be a reference to the qilin, a Chinese mythical creature. Its myth is nearly identical to the world egg, found in creation myths of many cultures and civilizations. Arceus may also represent or be inspired by 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 Pokédex entry) or in a white, four-armed manifestation (which could look similar to Normal-type Arceus).

Name origin

Arceus may be a combination of arch- (most extreme, highest), archon (a Greek word that means "ruler" or "lord"), arcanus (Latin for secret, 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), arcessere (Latin for to summon), or Archeus (an aspect of the astral plane). It may also be a reference to Arcesius, the king of Ithaca mentioned in the Odyssey that was a son of Zeus.

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
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 阿爾宙斯 Ayíhjauhsī Mandarin-based transliteration of its Japanese name. Also a portmanteau of 阿爾法 áyíhfaat and 宙斯 Jauhsī.
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 阿爾宙斯 / 阿尔宙斯 Ā'ěrzhòusī Transliteration of its Japanese name. Also a portmanteau of 阿爾法 / 阿尔发 ā'ěrfǎ and 宙斯 Zhòusī.


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