Pokémon Legends: Arceus has taken a step away from the traditional combat of the Pokémon series. While this might not be your dad’s Pokémon, there are a ton of similarities. A big change to the game is how dynamic battling is. Your trainer is part of these fights! You have to stay safe, but more importantly, you need to keep your Pokémon safe. That being said, let’s learn how to swap Pokémon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus!
How to Swap Pokemon in Legends: Arceus
If you need to swap Pokémon in Legends: Arceus, you can do so in the party menu by putting a Pokémon to the front. Then, when you hit “X” and hit “L” or “R”, you can switch Pokémon while in the field. During fights, hit down on the D-pad to change between which Pokémon is currently out. If you want to change out your team, head to a Camp or Jubilife City to access your Pastures, a catalog of all of the Pokémon that you’ve captured during your surveys.
When you’re in the field, you will see a small menu to the right of your screen with your Pokémon. This can be cycled through by holding “X” and then hitting “L” or “R” to select which buddy you want to throw out.
However, this will not work if you are in a conversation with someone! If you’re about to talk, make sure your favorite Pokémon is up front, just in case they want to throw down. You can do that by swapping on the menu or going to the Party screen to swap someone to the top of your list.
Finally, you’re going to catch so many Pokémon in this game. If you need to switch your team, head to Camp or to Jubilife City. The Pastures are East of Jubilife Village. You camp will have a Galaxy Member, who will let you see your pastures if you select “I want to see my Pokémon.”
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Jason Toro-McCue has committed his schooling to the study of the connection between game design and narrative. When he's not working on this bond through writing articles or guides, he's playing Dungeons & Dragons, or just playing games themselves and looking at the story there.