Pokémon Legends Arceus will change the way one of the most strategic classic attacks works, suggesting that battles with trainers will have little weight.
Pokémon Legends Arceus promises to be the revolution that many fans, especially those of us who have grown up for many generations, expect. Although it will not be a new generation, it will maintain most of the RPG mechanics, along with other new ideas, such as the open world exploration or crafting.
This week we have published a game trailer, after having seen its novelties in an extensive video. And there is a detail that has gone unnoticed, but that reflects the changes in the philosophy of this game.
The middle comic book He has noticed this detail, which you can see at minute 12:36 of the trailer above. The player has a Psyduck, fighting Kleavor (by the way, a stately Kleavor, a new phenomenon that we will investigate in the Hisui region that makes them more hostile).
In combat, Kleavor uses the “Stealth Rock” attack, which corresponds to rock trap in Spanish. The attack does a massive amount of damage on Psyduck… but that shouldn’t be the case, depending on how the attack works.
And it is that rock trap, which was introduced in Pearl and Diamond (and is present in Pokémon Shiny Pearl and Shiny Diamond remakes) does not deal damage when cast, but instead fills the opposing field with spikes that deal damage each time a new Pokémon comes out to battle.
The damage Pokemon take when going into battle depends on their Rock-type weakness. These kinds of movements are very interesting in combats against trainers, because you make sure you hit the entire team for the rest of the fight (unless they use a Quick Spin).
In Pokémon Legends Arceus, however, the attack deals direct damage to the target. In the trailer, a text box says that Psyduck has been damaged by the rock shards after taking damage, suggesting that some of its old usage (small damage over several turns) will remain.
The consequence of this is that it seems that combats against trainers are going to take a back seat, and instead will focus on individual battles against Pokémon.
In these fights, an attack like Rock Trap, which only takes effect when the trainer switches Pokémon or they weaken and substitutes come out, would not make any sense.
We’ll have to wait until on January 28 to see if the battles against trainers finally return in Arceus Pokémon Legends.
What we do know is that the game will make some changes to the combat system, adding two variants of attacks, which consume more PP than normal, but allow you to increase Strength or Speed. You will be able to know everything about this novelty in our preview of Letendas Pokémon Arceus for Nintendo Switch.