Arceus (M12)

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アルセウス Arceus
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Arceus Fire Type.png
Fire-type Arceus
Debuts in Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Gender Unknown
Ability Multitype
Current location Arceus's World
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Arceus Akihiro Miwa Tom Wayland

Arceus (Japanese: アルセウス Arceus) is a major character in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

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Arceus's Plates

Arceus made its debut in Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Thousands of years in the past, when the world was threatened by a meteor, Arceus summoned all of its power and tackled the massive rock, destroying it. However, in the process Arceus lost the sixteen Plates that gave it life and began to die. At this time Damos discovered the dying Pokémon, then found one of the missing Plates and returned it, giving Arceus strength to pull back the others and thus fully recover. In gratitude for Damos's actions, Arceus detached five of its Plates and formed the Jewel of Life, which it loaned to him in order to make the desolate wasteland of Michina Town rich and fertile. 

Arceus did, however, stipulate that the Jewel of Life had to be returned. The date was the next solar eclipse - an event that was a harbinger of Arceus's appearance - but when Arceus appeared to reclaim the Jewel, Damos viciously attacked it with the intent to kill, much to its abject shock. Arceus managed to fight off the attack and counter, killing Damos, then it went into a deep sleep, vowing to judge humanity when it next appeared.

In the present day, Arceus's imminent awakening caused distortions in both the Spatial World and the Temporal World. Therefore, Dialga and Palkia, believing that the other had invaded its territory, battled over Alamos Town.

Multitype activated

Its next appearance came in the era of Ash and his friends, in which it appeared in Michina Town and began passing down its Judgment to destroy the area. Sheena attempted to return the Jewel of Life in this era but inadvertently gave it a fake (which had been created to further prevent it from retaking the real Jewel), making it even angrier. When the creation trio appeared to protect the world from Arceus, Palkia restrained it while Dialga sent the heroes back in time to Damos's betrayal.

In the ancient past, the group discovered that Damos was controlled by another man, Marcus, who had grown bitter with his belief that returning the Jewel of Life to Arceus would result in Michina Town once again becoming desolate and wished to destroy it to prevent such events, making them realize that the legend of Damos's betrayal was a lie. By manipulating Sheena, Marcus nearly succeeded in killing Arceus and permanently altering the fabric of space-time (nearly destroying Ash and all the other heroes except Damos in the process). Fortunately, Damos managed to reach the last bit of life in Arceus's heart, giving it enough strength to re-absorb the Jewel of Life from Ash, saving it from certain death. It then revived the heroes, and they returned to the future. Although Arceus was still furious when they returned, the past finally caught up with the present, and it remembered Ash's role in saving its life, thus soothing its rage and, as it later remarked, making it feel part of the world Ash and the others lived in for the "first time."

Personality and characteristics

Arceus and the creation trio

Arceus was a trusting Pokémon to any individual who was willing to join forces with it, as demonstrated with Damos. However, after betraying Arceus when he was hypnotized by Marcus, Arceus changed its way and wanted to work alone. It also expressed hostility towards humanity due to this, and mercilessly attacked Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina for trying to protect humans.

It became that way during the present until Ash, Dawn, and Brock went back in time to stop Marcus. With the past altered, Damos managed to bond with Arceus and Ash when they both tried to return the Jewel of Life. As soon as Ash and the others went back in their own time, Arceus became friendly towards Ash, Pikachu and everyone else due to their past being altered.

Moves used

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Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Judgment Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Flamethrower Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Twister Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Blizzard Arceus and the Jewel of Life
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

Arceus in the Arceus and the Jewel of Life manga

In the movie adaptations

Arceus appears in the manga adaptation of the twelfth movie where it played the same role as it did in the film.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 美輪明宏 Akihiro Miwa
English Tom Wayland
Danish Rasmus Krogsgaard
Dutch Finn Poncin
Finnish Tero Koponen
German Reinhard Brock
Italian Marco Balzarotti
Korean 정재헌 Jeong Jaeheon
Polish Waldemar Barwiński
Brazilian Portuguese Felipe Grinnan
European Spanish Rafael Azcárraga


  • Arceus's Plates appear as a single color and are brick-shaped in the games, but in the movie, they are coffin-shaped and glow in rainbow colors. However, in the episode Journey to the Unown!, they appear as they do in the games.
  • According to ADR director Tom Wayland, Arceus was originally going to be voiced by actor Vincent D'Onofrio of Full Metal Jacket and Men in Black fame. However, before his recording session, there were difficulties with D'Onofrio's agent and he was unable to record for the movie. After re-auditioning, Tom Wayland himself was chosen to voice Arceus instead.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Arceus.

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