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|The Alpha Pokémon|
|#493 - Arceus|
|Debut|| Pokémon: Diamond Version|
Pokémon: Pearl Version
|Height||3.2 m (10'06")|
|Weight||320.0 kg (705.5 lbs.)|
|Catch Rate||003||Hatch Steps||30,720|
|Base Exp.||255||Effort Points||HP|
|Kanto #||Johto #||Hoenn #||Sinnoh #|
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|Unova #||Johto (IV) #|
Arceus is a deer-like Pokémon that was introduced in the fourth generation games. It was the last Pokémon in the Pokédex until the fifth generation and is known as the Pokémon god as well as the creator of the Pokémon universe.
According to Sinnoh's mythology, Arceus's existence predates the rest of the universe. It was said to have been born from an egg where there was nothing, and it then proceeded to shape the entire universe with its thousand arms (despite not having any visible arms). It is said to be powerful enough that even a fraction of its power can create new life from nothing. Arceus is known to have created several beings from itself: first Dialga and Palkia, who formed time, space and matter. It also created the forgotten third Pokémon, Giratina, which represented anti-matter. Arceus also created Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf, which bestowed living beings with knowledge, emotions and willpower. After this, Arceus is said to have gone into an "unyielding sleep". One researcher theorized that Arceus was the physical embodiment of the original spirit which is the origin of people and Pokémon's shared spirit.
Although it is a normal-type Pokémon, Arceus is unique in that it will change types when equipped with one of the sixteen plates found from the fourth generation games on. Within a HeartGold/SoulSilver event, Arceus's powers combine with those of Unown to teleport the player to the Sinjoh Ruins, where Arceus can be brought to the Mystri Stage that was built in worship of it. At this place Arceus shall lay an egg containing the player's choice of Dialga, Palkia or Giratina. Thus Dialga is shown to be the direct ancestor of all those three Pokémon, but it is unknown if it could give birth to other Pokémon species, although Sinnoh's myths imply that it could probably due to the same for Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf.
In Pokémon: Diamond, Pearl and Platinum Versions, Arceus could be found at the Hall of Origin, which can be reached only by playing the Azure Flute (obtained through Nintendo events only) at the Spear Pillar.
|Level 20||Earth Power||10||90||100%||IV|
|Level 30||Hyper Voice||10||90||100%||III|
|Level 60||Future Sight||15||80||90%||II|
|Level 80||Hyper Beam||5||150||90%||I|
|Level 90||Perish Song||5||–||–||II|
In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Arceus was the boss of the Light Temple in the past and was controlled by Ellios with the Golden Armor. It was also featured in the last Ranger Net mission, where it was found at the Sky Fortress, and the player first had to battle Dialga, Palkia and Giratina in order to reach it. Arceus was angry because the wearer of the Golden Armor had used its orb to create the Sky Fortress and was ready to pass judgement on Oblivia. The words of the protagonists about their bonds with their Pokémon and their responsibility were able to calm Arceus, but it was enraged again after Purple Eyes showed up and tried to manipulate it. In its rage, Arceus formed an impenetrable wall of light until Dialga, Palkia and Giratina showed up and calmed it. The Arceus could then be captured by the player. Afterwards, the Arceus agreed to return to its own world, but it took Purple Eyes with it. Professor Hastings believed that Arceus would return Purple Eyes only when he had learned his lesson.
A statue of Arceus was also seen in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, and it is possible that Arceus is the "greater power" that Dialga believes is responsible for saving everyone in the future from being erased at the end of the main storyline.
In Other Media
- Within the Pokémon anime, Arceus is featured in the ninth Pokémon movie as its aggressor, attempting to destroy the land due to Damos's betrayal of Dialga in ancient times. However, Ash and his friends are able to alter the past and stop Arceus's rampage. It has not appeared outside of this aside from cameos in some openings, although the anime's version of the Red Chain was said to have Arceus's power.
- In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Arceus was featured in the HeartGold/SoulSilver arc, where Team Rocket sought it in order to produce their own Dialga, Palkia and Giratina.
- Arceus's name has several potential origins such as arcanus (Latiin for "sacred mystery"), a combination of "arch" (highest) with "deus" (Latin/Greek for God) or "Zeus" (ruler of the Greek Gods), archaic (from Greek word for "beginning") or "archetypus" (Latin for "original").