​Pokémon Legends: Arceus Proves Pokémon Games Need More Regional Variants

Pokémon Legends: Arceus has been out for nearly three months now, with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet expected sometime in 2022, about new or different Pokémon that Pokémon fans have seen and expect to see in the future and The discussion of regional variants is a lot of a specific discussion point. Since the release of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, Game Freak has given players over 900 Pokémons. That's over 900 different species spanning multiple ecosystems and regions.


Pokémon regional variants first appeared in Generation 7 of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Regional variants affect the appearance, movement, and base stats of Pokémon. The first regional variant is based on the Alolan region, giving 18 Pokémon a more tropical feel. Pokémon Sword and Shield offers players 28 new variants, including 6 new evolutions. Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduces 18 new variants, including two new evolutions and forms specific to the Hisuian region.


While Pokémon Legends: Arceus does offer players some new Pokémon regional variants, more should be added and should be added to future games. Most Pokémon games take place in different specific regions, each of which tends to have separate ecosystems ranging from tundra to desert. This opens up a world of opportunity to offer players new variants of their favorite Pokémon.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus opens doors for more Pokémon variants


In the real world, animals adapt to their environment through evolution. This has resulted in many different types of animals of the same species—for example, the Galapagos Finches. These finches have each evolved into several distinct species depending on their environment, available food, and nearby predators. The regional variants of Pokémon players have seen so far do the same thing. Their movements, types and appearance will vary depending on where and when they live.


In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the top half of the Hisuian Electrode has a tan wood-grain appearance instead of the shiny white in other games. This suggests that Pokémon Legends: Arceus took place a few years ago, and things like Pokéballs were handcrafted and everything had a more natural feel. This also explains why electrodes are both Electric and Grass types in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, not just Electric.


Possible regional variants of future Pokémon games


In addition to traveling through time in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players can travel to different regions, each with their own unique ecosystem. Players can find many Ice-type Pokémon in the Arctic Tundra and many Water-type Pokémon in the Cobalt Coast. While each region's Pokémon type tends to fit in with the ecosystem, Game Freak can use this style to add multiple regional variants of a single Pokémon into a single game.


Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings players some new regional variants and evolutions, but the possibilities for new variants are nearly endless. The option to open up new or multiple regional variants in future Pokémon games could lead to new variants or even evolutions of players' favorite Pokémon. It may also increase players' desire to collect as many Pokémon types and variants as possible across multiple games. Brand new areas for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet with multiple ecosystems, this is a great opportunity for Game Freak to give players more area variants and evolutions, and maybe even a new eeveelution.


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