In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the player is given the chance to roam around a 3D open world, where they are free to explore wild plains, rivers, caverns, and of course, catch any Pokemon they can! Released on January 28th, 2022 on the Nintendo Switch, this game takes place in distant Pokemon past. In the Hsiui Region, aka, the Sinnoh region from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Where Players are part of the Survey Corps (No, not that Survey Corps).
Their mission? Meet, battle, and catch Pokemon around the region to fill out the first PokeDex. Sounds simple, right? But with 242 Pokemon in total, it’s no simple feat.
Well, sadly, there are a few Pokemon that aren’t quite up to par with their neighbors. Most commonly, the Bug-type Pokemon, which is often at the bottom of the barrel.
And again, there are no bad Pokemon, if you see one that you like on this list, or were planning to catch, you are free to still catch it regardless of what’s written on this list. That said, if you are determined to go through the game with a creature on this list, then more power to you!
But, which of this expansive list of Pokemon is the worst? Let’s find out below!
This list is in no particular order and is wholly opinion-based. If you want to use these Pokemon, feel free!
Ah, the legendary Unown, first appearing way back in Pokemon Gold and Silver, this Pokemon resembles letters of an Unown alphabet. But, in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, there is one issue with this Pokemon that causes it to shoot down any usefulness. All of its moves are hidden. Let me repeat that, its features are hidden. So, you have to find and discover to make use of this creature.
Sure, that’s interesting on its own from a lore and story standpoint, but from a gameplay perspective, it’s rather annoying.
The name of Pokemon (aside from Pokemon), is that when your Poke creature gains enough levels, they evolve into a stronger form of themselves. Magikarp becomes Gyardos, Pichu becomes Pikachu, Pysduck becomes Golduck, and so on. It has been a standard in every game across the franchise. You might even say it’s one of the pillars of the game itself.
So, what happens when you get a Pokemon that doesn’t evolve? You get Chatot. Chatoto is a dual Flying/Normal type that can be found in the Coboalt Coastlands that, according to the Pokedex, “can mimic human speech.” That sounds interesting! Expect in the games, it can’t, and what’s more, it does not evolve. So, while a trainer can make a single Chatot viable, its long-term sustainability in a team is sorely lacking.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well, Lumineon falls into the latter category. There’s nothing out and out bad about this zebra-style Pokemon, but it falls short in many categories. A Water-type Pokemon found in the Cobalt Coastlands, Lumineon has low stats (only coming up to 460 total).
But what’s more, it doesn’t have much in the way of strong moves. Even its standouts can be learned by others. To put it simply, Lumineon just doesn’t have anything that can make it stand out from the crowd. Anything it can do, another critter can do better.
Some people prefer the defensive type, the kind that can take a hit and return it just as hard. The trade-off, however, is usually speed. But that’s okay! Defensive ‘mons generally have buffs that harden their shells, or otherwise keep them in the game to make that speed factor a nonissue. Usually, these types have powerful attacks as well to compensate for being slow as a slowpoke.
Not so with Bastidoon. Try as it might, a castle wall cannot attack. Bastidoon is a fossil-type Pokemon with sky-high defense and….that’s it. It can take a hit, but its stats, aside from DF, are poor across the board.
Part of the ‘Para’ line of Pokemon (which has been noted to be called “Satan” by some parts of the fanbase). Parasect is a Grass/Bug-type Pokemon that’s weak to fire and flying, both of which can be found all over the region it resides in. What’s more, Bug, as said earlier, was nerfed hard in this game, and as such, it’s not as good as it could be.
It does have one saving grace, in that its move, Spore, can put Pokemon to sleep. But that’s the only thing it can do consistently, and others can do it better.