Arceus () is the 493rd Pokémon in the Pokédex. It can potentially be any of the 18 known types of Pokémon, and it is known as the Alpha Pokémon.
Arceus doesn't evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form.
Arceus takes on the appearance of a deity with a yellow chain-like structure on its midsection. The chain-like structure resembles the Red Chain that Team Galactic uses to take control of Dialga and Palkia.
Arceus is a Genderless Pokémon Species.
Arceus is one of the four Generation IV Event Pokémon, and therefore requires the Azure Flute, which is an event-only item that unfortunately Nintendo has no intention of ever releasing. If you manage to get the Azure Flute onto your game somehow, go to where you fought Dialga/Palkia and step on the starting stone. The game will say, "Do you want to play the Azure Flute?" Say yes, and the Hall of Origin will appear, leading you to Arceus, at the top.
Currently the only legitimate ways of obtaining Arceus have been through official Nintendo Pokemon Events associated with Pokémon Movie 12 These can be recognized as US versions have the OT TRU being that they were distributed at Toys 'R Us. Arceus has also been released under the OT Michina in Australia, MICHINA across Europe, Eigakan in Japan, and Cinnema in South Korea - in the alphabet of their respective languages.
Arceus appears twice in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, once as the end boss of the extra mission "Pledge to Arceus," and a second time as the last boss Pokémon in the Light Temple, the final Past Mission.
Arceus can be found at any of the Tower levels after completing Team Battle EX-6 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Arceus appears at the Hajime Nation during the Hero Episode in Pokémon Conquest.
Trading Card Game
The Arceus Cards defy one of the biggest-and oldest-mechanics of the Pokémon TCG: there is no limit to the number of Arceus Cards in a player's deck (the normal limit is four of the same individual Pokémon per deck).
Overall, there are a total of 19 different Arceus cards (3 exclusive to Japan), 5 of which are Lv. X Cards (two from Promos and three from the Arceus set). 9 of the Arceus cards are found in the Arceus theme decks.
Arceus has yet to appear in the weekly episodic portion of the Anime as of writing.
Arceus' lone appearence to date is in Arceus and the Jewel of Life as one of the main Pokémon.
Arceus' Manga info is unknown as of writing.
Arceus and all its forms reside in the Uber tier due to their ridiculously high stats and great versatility. In Ubers, some Arceus forms have very well defined niches, while others are outclassed due to poor typing or matchup against top-tier threats. Since there are 18 different forms of Arceus due to Multitype, this section will be ordered in terms of the most viable to least viable forms to make things easier to identify.
Normal Arceus is one of the most potent offensive sweepers in the tier with strong priority in Extreme Speed, and with good coverage overall, it makes a phenomenal late game cleaner with Swords Dance. Arceus is an excellent revenge killer with a Life Orb Extreme Speed capable of taking out faster, frailer threats, and with great bulk, it does not have a hard time setting up. It can opt for a bulkier Extreme Killer set that allows for Arceus to not get easily worn down by attacks and have an even easier time setting up with Swords Dance while not sacrificing any power in the process.
Water Arceus is one of the better support Arceus forms with a decent defensive typing that allows it to check Pokemon like Ho-oh to go along with very nice bulk. While Primal Groudon is very omnipresent and walls Water Arceus, its presence has led to the decline of Pokemon that would tear apart Water Arceus, such as Zekrom and Ferrothorn. It is the ideal support Arceus due to its key resistances to Fire and Water attacks, while having an advantage over Dragon Arceus in the support role due to its resistance to Ice and neutrality to Fairy and Dragon attacks. It can check a number of threats like Ho-oh, Primal Groudon, and Mega Salamence, which makes it an invaluable support Arceus form. Water Arceus can support a team with Defog to get rid of entry hazards and Toxic to wear down opposing defensive Pokemon.
Ground Arceus has a great offensive typing that allows it to check one of the biggest metagame threats in Primal Groudon and is also capable of checking annoying entry hazard users like Dialga, Klefki, and Tyranitar. Ground Arceus has the great EdgeQuake coverage consisting of Earthquake and Stone Edge and can tear apart teams with its Swords Dance set, which is not hard to set up considering its great bulk. Its bulky special attacker set is a wonderful Primal Groudon check due to its lack of concern of Lava Plume burns and it hitting Primal Groudon's lower Special Defense stat while having the ability to check threats like Mega Salamence and Rayquaza with Ice Beam.
Ghost Arceus has a great offensive and defensive typing that allows it to check major threats such as Latios, Mega Kangaskhan, and Extreme Killer Arceus. It is a very good setup sweeper that can opt for either a Swords Dance set or Calm Mind backed up with strong STABs in Shadow Force and Judgment to break down common walls in Lugia and Giratina-O. It can escape from Mega Gengar by virtue of its Ghost typing, something that Normal Arceus or other Swords Dance variants of Arceus cannot do, which helps immensely to avoid being revenge killed or trapped.
Dragon Arceus plays a very similar role to Water Arceus in that it shares similar resistances but does not need to run two attacks to check what it needs to check. Dragon Arceus resists Fire attacks, allowing it to check support Primal Groudon and Ho-oh, and that gives it some utility as a defensive Pokemon or Calm Mind sweeper. One major issue with Dragon Arceus is that Steel and Fairy types are omnipresent in the Ubers metagame, and Dragon Arceus struggles to get past them in any way.
Rock Arceus is one of the best counters to Ho-oh thanks to its typing and is capable of taking care of other huge threats such as Mega Salamence and Rayquaza. Rock is a solid offensive typing and gives out key resistances to Fire, Flying, and Normal attacks. Rock Arceus, like many other Arceus forms, is best used as a support Pokemon with Defog and Will-O-Wisp. It can also function as a bulkier Calm Mind sweeper to work as a nice defensive check while having the capability to sweep.
Dark Arceus is a strong check to Pokemon like Latios, Latias, and Mega Mewtwo Y. Dark is a great offensive typing with no Pokemon immune to its attacks, which allows it to run Refresh and not worry about status. Dark Arceus is best used as a Calm Mind sweeper that can stallbreak thanks to it not caring much about Toxic. It can also run a Perish Song trapper set with Whirlpool to take out common defensive Pokémon that switch into Dark Arceus, like Ferrothorn, Klefki, and Water Arceus. Unforunately, the Dark-typing, while giving Dark Arceus an immunity to the common Psychic attacks, leaves it susceptible to Fairy and Fighting-type attacks.
Ice Arceus has an amazing offensive typing and solid coverage with Fire Blast, Judgment, and Thunder to go along with Calm Mind. With a lack of solid Ice-resists in Ubers, Ice Arceus can surprisingly hold its own as an offensive force. However, Ice is one of the worst defensive typings in the game, and the utility of other Arceus forms will lead to Ice Arceus being shafted in favor of over Pokemon.
Fairy Arceus has a great defensive typing allowing to check Dragon and Dark-type Pokemon. It can act as a check to numerous big threats in the tier and can beat a number of Defoggers and Magic Bounce users due to its expansive movepool as an Arceus forme and Fairy STAB. It can run a three attacks set with Recover or support a team with Stealth Rock due to its ability to beat entry hazard removers. However, it does not match up well against some of the bigger threats in the tier, such as Primal Groudon, Ho-oh, and Mega Gengar, and other Fairy types exist in Mega Diancie and Klefki that can provide a better degree of utility than Fairy Arceus.
Grass Arceus, Electric Arceus, Fighting Arceus, and Poison Arceus all are susceptible to the common Primal Groudon or Mega Gengar, which makes them much less viable than other Arceus forms when considered for a support role. Flying Arceus is outclassed by Mega Salamence as a Flying-type sweeper, and Mega Salamence's role in the metagame has led to more Flying resists, destroying any sort of niche it had. Steel Arceus has a nice defensive typing, but it suffers from being very susceptible to Primal Groudon, Ho-oh, and Ground Arceus, all of which are very common. Bug Arceus, Fire Arceus, and Psychic Arceus have almost no defensive utility because of lackluster typing and are largely outclassed by other Arceus forms.
Fighting or Dark-Type Arceus
Flying or Bug-Type Arceus
Normal, Fire, Ground, or Rock-Type Arceus
Poison or Steel-Type Arceus
Water, Electric, or Psychic-Type Arceus
Arceus cannot breed.
All Generation V Games
NOTE: Arceus can only learn this move while holding the Draco Plate
Black 2/White 2 Exclusive Moves
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM03: Water Pulse
- TM09: Bullet Seed
- TM34: Shock Wave
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM55: Brine
- TM58: Endure
- TM62: Silver Wind
- TM72: Avalanche
- HM05: Defog Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Only
- HM05: Whirlpool Heart Gold/Soul Silver Only