London, United Kingdom—October 26, 2021—The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo shared new details today about the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl video games and unveiled new Hisuian forms for Zorua and Zoroark in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will launch November 19, 2021, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch January 28, 2022, exclusively on Nintendo Switch™ systems.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Trainers can view a new video summarizing the latest information about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on the official Pokémon YouTube channel. Both games will be released on Friday, November 19, 2021, and are currently available for preorder with special early-purchase bonuses.
A commemorative Pokémon GO event will also take place in-game to celebrate the launch of both titles from Tuesday, November 16, 2021, to Sunday, November 21, 2021. More details will be released on the official Pokémon GO Twitter page as well as on the official Pokémon GO blog.
New information revealed today also includes the following.
The Boss and Commanders of the Mysterious Team Galactic
As players explore Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, they’ll cross paths with friends and opponents alike.
Cyrus and Weavile
A charismatic figure who rules over Team Galactic. Cyrus always speaks and acts with a calm, logical demeanour. He detests human minds and emotions, finding them defective.
Mars and Purugly
Mars is a strong-willed commander who hates to lose and has sworn loyalty to Cyrus. Her passion for Pokémon sometimes inspires powerful emotional outbursts. Her partner Pokémon is Purugly.
Jupiter and Skuntank
Jupiter has a mysterious air about her. She is certainly skilled at Pokémon battles, but she’s willing to do anything—even steal other people’s Pokémon—to achieve her goals. Her partner Pokémon is Skuntank.
Saturn and Toxicroak
Saturn is a cool and collected commander. Despite being one of the few who occasionally harbour doubts about Cyrus’s plans, Saturn is cold and dispassionate enough to carry out his orders faithfully. His partner Pokémon is Toxicroak.
The Toughest Pokémon Trainers in Town: Gym Leaders
Candice and Abomasnow
Gym Leader Candice of the Snowpoint City Gym uses Ice-type Pokémon, with Abomasnow heading her team. Known as the Diamond Dust Girl, she’s a passionate Trainer who really emphasizes the value of focus.
Volkner and Luxray
Gym Leader Volkner of the Sunyshore City Gym uses Electric-type Pokémon, with Luxray heading his team. He’s said to be the strongest Gym Leader in the Sinnoh region, but he’s grown bored by a lack of tough challengers, so he spends his time constantly remodelling the Gym.
Legendary Pokémon Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf
These three Legendary Pokémon appear in the myths of the Sinnoh region. According to the people of Sinnoh, Uxie is the Being of Knowledge, Mesprit is the Being of Emotion, and Azelf is the Being of Willpower. How will these three Pokémon be involved in your adventure?
Three Lakes that Represent the Sinnoh Region
Sinnoh features three lakes filled with bountiful water: Lake Acuity, Lake Verity, and Lake Valor. It is said that Legendary Pokémon slumber at the bottom of these lakes.
For more information about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/DiamondPearl.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
In addition to the early-purchase bonus of the Hisuian Growlithe Kimono Set, the Baneful Fox Mask will be gifted to early purchasers of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Players can don this unique Hisuian Zoroark–themed Baneful Fox Mask as they enjoy their adventures in the Hisui region!
Introducing the Newly Discovered Hisuian Forms of Zorua and Zoroark
Category: Spiteful Fox Pokémon
Height: 2’4″ (0.7 m)
Weight: 27.6 lbs. (12.5 kg)
Reborn as a Ghost-Type Using the Power of Spite
These Zorua migrated to the Hisui region after being driven from other lands by humans, who shunned the Pokémon for manifesting uncanny illusions. But the Zorua perished, unable to survive the harsh Hisuian environment and strife with other Pokémon. Their lingering souls were reborn in this Ghost-type form through the power of their malice toward humans and Pokémon.
Disguising Themselves and Feeding on Targets’ Terror
If Hisuian Zorua spot a lone person or Pokémon, the Zorua may appear before them in a guise mimicking the target’s appearance. Unlike the illusions of the previously discovered form of Zorua, these ghostly mimicries are created using spiteful power emitted from the long fur on Hisuian Zorua’s head, around its neck, and on its tail.
Category: Baneful Fox Pokémon
Height: 5’3″ (1.6 m)
Weight: 160.9 lbs. (73 kg)
Cursed Illusions Erupt Forth from Its Voluminous Coat
The spiteful power emitted from Hisuian Zoroark’s long, writhing fur projects terrifying illusions—and can also inflict physical harm upon foes, damaging their bodies from both inside and out. And the illusions that Zoroark projects have expressions of such utter malice toward every last thing upon this world that those who see them are said to be driven mad by the terror.
A Pokémon with an Unexpected Soft Side
Hisuian Zoroark is ferociously hostile and aggressive toward people and other Pokémon. But it appears to have a compassionate streak for those it considers close or like family.
For more information about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/LegendsArceus.