Best answer: No, instead of organized gyms and the Pokémon League, players meet human administrators who provide and protect special noble Pokémon. This sounds like similar to the Pokémon Trials of the Sun and Moon, which also didn’t have traditional gyms.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is not your typical Pokémon game. Instead of following the usual formula of traveling to gyms and collecting badges, players take on the role of a young person from Ancient Sinnoh who wants to create the first Pokédex ever. During this time period, there are special noble Pokémon in different areas, and each of them is protected and cared for. However, something went wrong and caused the noble Pokémon to go insane. You will have to fight everyone and soothe them with balms. From what we’ve seen in the pictures, it looks like you’ll be able to capture them as well.
Similar to island trials in Pokémon Sun and Moon
Gene 7 is often considered the least favorite core of the Pokémon RPG, and that’s partly because it changed things from the standard formula. One of those changes was the introduction of Island Trials instead of traditional gyms. In the Alola region, the trial captains give you tasks that you must complete, and then eventually lead you into battle with a special Totem Pokémon. Sounds pretty similar to wizards and noble Pokémon, right?
While this concept was generally not well received on the Sun and Moon, Pokémon Legends: Arceus makes it very clear that this is not your typical Pokémon game. Perhaps the way it is conducted here will be more enjoyable.
So far we know of four guardians and noble Pokemon that protect.
Ancient practices of the ancient Sinnoh
It’s fun to see different ideas like guards and noble Pokémon implemented in a Pokémon RPG. Let’s hope this proves enjoyable and gives us a whole new way to love the franchise.
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