アルセウス Aruseusu
Generation IV
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Type Normal  
Species Alpha Pokémon
Abilities Multitype
Shaymin ← 493 → Victini
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Alola N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into None
Weight Height
705.5 lbs. 320.0 kg 10'06" 3.2 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Shape Footprint

Arceus (Japanese: アルセウス Aruseusu) is a Normal-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation IV. This Pokémon is known as the creator of the Pokémon world. It is the most powerful Pokémon in the Pokémon world, being able to change into any type and has the highest base stats of any non-Mega Pokémon.

Arceus also is the trio master of the Creation Trio and the Lake Guardians.



Arceus Forms

Arceus as all of its different forms

Arceus is an equine being similar to a Qilin or Centaur. Its body color is white with a gray, vertically-striated underside, the pattern of which has similar recurrences on the underside of Arceus's mane, tail, and face, and Arceus's pointed feet are tipped with gold hooves. Its mane is quite long, jutting away from its head, and its face is gray, with green eyes and red pupils, and a green circular pattern below its eyes. Arceus also has a streak of gold coloration on its head, and ears that point upward. Its neck is fairly long, with two pairs of extrusions to the sides, and a flap-like feature on the neck's underside that is colored white like much of the body. It also has a golden cross-like wheel attached to its body by its round abdomen, which changes color along with its eyes and hooves based on Arceus's current type. The wheel also has four jewels attached to it. The pattern of striated gray of Arceus's underbelly resumes past Arceus's waist, the underside of Arceus's limbs also being gray in coloration, and with extrusions at the tops of the legs. Arceus's tail is fairly like its mane in shape and coloration. Arceus looks like a fusion of Palkia and Dialga, resembling a wingless dragon of some sort. It's appearance also bears some resemblance to a llama. Arceus will change color as well as type with whatever type plate it is holding. It is shown with other colors of the wheel, though always being different.

Natural abilities

Arceus has the ability Multitype, which is an ability exclusive only to this Pokémon. Multitype allows Arceus to change its type based on whichever plate it is currently holding, e.g. holding the Flame Plate makes it the Fire-Type. Likewise, a Splash Plate will make it a Water-Type. Generation VI introduced Fairy type, so Arceus can be a Fairy Type upon having Pixie Plate.

According to the Pokédex, Arceus in mythology is said to have shaped the Universe with its "1,000 " arms, though, due to Arceus not actually having any arms, it can safely be assumed that the "1,000 arms" are metaphorical. The "1,000" arms could be Arceus's move "Judgement" but this is still unknown. It has also been stated that Arceus created the Legendary Titans (otherwise known as the Dragon Trio) Dialga, Palkia, and surprisingly Giratina, as well as the Lake Guardian Trio (also known as the Lake Spirits) Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf. Arceus can also easily hold off Giratina, Palkia, and Dialga all at the same time, making it incredibly powerful and it can speak using telepathy. Its balanced stats surpasses Mew's, Celebi's, Jirachi's, Manaphy's, and even Victini's. It is also capable of learning Draco Meteor if given the Draco Plate. It can learn nearly every move, excluding ones that require the use of arms or hands. The exception to this is Seismic Toss, although it can be presumed that it can lift its foes with telekinesis. It can be said that Arceus is arguably the most powerful Pokémon since its the creator of all Pokémon and its ability to overpower three extremely powerful legendary Pokémon (Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina.)


Arceus does not evolve.

Game info

Arceus first appeared in the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl being a Legendary Pokémon. As of November 2009, Nintendo released a one of a kind Arceus to the USA. So far this has been the only way to get an Arceus except through the use of a cheating device. Arceus is captured in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum versions after obtaining the Azure Flute event item through the aforementioned cheating device and using it to gain access to the Hall of Origin. Even though Arceus existed in the first Generation IV games, it was not revealed by Nintendo until February 2009. In the game there exists data for the ??? Type Arceus (and apparently the ??? Plate as well), but there is no way of obtaining it except via hacking. (It is possible that Nintendo only put a ??? type coloring for Arceus and a ??? Plate in the games code to keep it from crashing). In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, there is an event in which you can trade the 12th movie Arceus over from Diamond, Pearl or Platinum, enter a new set of ruins (the Sinjoh Ruins) and watch Arceus create a newborn Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina, all at level one and each holding their respective orbs. The event can be activated twice; once with the movie/TRU Arceus and another time with a Hall of Origin Arceus, although the only way to obtain a Hall of Origin Arceus at this time is through cheating. Arceus is also in the game Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky. At the final floor at the last dungeon, your hero will find a Silver Arceus Statue. It will give you a very powerful item called a Space Globe, which raises all the active Team Member's Attack stat. Arceus itself does not appear in the game. However, Arceus has a very small role in the end of the Final episode. After beating Primal Dialga and Dusknoir vanishes from the timeline Grovyle and Celebi are about to themselves. However, it is suddenly cancelled and Dusknoir's fading is erased. Dialga (despite being how the Hero is brought back to the timeline) says it is not his doing, but another Pokémon's at a much higher power level. Many think that this Pokémon is Arceus, because Arceus is stronger than Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina combined and Dialga controls time while Palkia controls Space. In Guardian Signs, he is found the Light Temple along in the Sky Fortress.

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Diamond/Pearl Hall of Origin (Requires Azure Flute) One
Platinum Hall of Origin (Requires Azure Flute) One
HeartGold/SoulSilver Trade None
Black/White Pokémon Global Link via event One
X/Y Transfer None
OR/AS Trade None
Sun/Moon Transfer None

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
It is described in mythology as the Pokémon that shaped the universe with its 1,000 arms.
It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.
It is told throughout the ancient times in Sinnoh as the Pokémon who shaped Sinnoh and created a heaven.
According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
Black 2
It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
White 2
It is said to have emerged from an egg in a place where there was nothing, then shaped the world.
According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.
Omega Ruby
According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.
Alpha Sapphire
It is told in mythology that this Pokémon was born before the universe even existed.
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon


Base Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def


Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
1 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting Physical
1 Cosmic Power –% 20 Psychic Status
1 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical
1 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical
10 Gravity –% 5 Psychic Status
20 Earth Power 90 100% 10 Ground Special
30 Hyper Voice 90 100% 10 Normal Special
40 Extreme Speed 80 100% 5 Normal Physical
50 Refresh –% 20 Normal Status
60 Future Sight 100 100% 10 Psychic Special
70 Recover –% 10 Normal Status
80 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
90 Perish Song –% 5 Normal Status
100 Judgment 100 100% 10 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 493 front Pt 493 front Pt 493 front Arceus Back IV
DP Arceus Shiny Arceus Shiny PtHGSS Arceus Shiny PtHGSS Arceus Shiny Back IV
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Arceus BW Arceus BW Arceus Back BW
Arceus Shiny BW Arceus Shiny BW Arceus Shiny Back BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Arceus XY Arceus XY Arceus Back XY
Arceus Shiny XY Arceus Shiny XY Arceus Back Shiny XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Back

Other forms

DP 493bug front
DP 493dark front
DP 493dragon front
DP 493electric front
DP 493fighting front
DP 493flying front
DP 493ghost front
DP 493grass front
DP 493ground front
DP 493fire front
DP 493ice front
DP 493poison front
DP 493psychic front
DP 493rock front
DP 493steel front
DP 493water front
DP 493unknown front



Main article: Arceus (MS012)

Arceus appeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, making its debut appearance in any form of the Pokémon Anime. Arceus was betrayed by Damos (but, revealed brainwashed by Marcus) then become upset. After he was returned, he battled against Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Dialga transported Ash Ketchum, Dawn,Brock, and Sheena back in time to stop Marcus from betraying Arceus in the first place.

Main article: Arceus (MS018)

Arceus also appears with other Legendary Pokémon in the 18th Pokémon movie.

Arceus also appeared along with Dialga, Palkia and Giratina in the opening "The Greatest - Everyday!". It eventually is the world's most powerful Pokémon.

Arceus is seen flying through the sky at the end of "Hoopa and the Clash of Ages"


Main article: Arceus (Adventures)

Gold will fight against Arceus in the later chapters of Heartgold and Soulsilver Pokémon Adventures.


  • Arceus is the only Pokémon to be the trio master of two Legendary Trios, and the only trio master to be a Mythical Pokémon.
  • The signature ability of Silvally, RKS System, is a reference to Arceus (as holding Memories changes the types of Silvally and its signature move, just as Plates do for Arceus). This is likely due to Silvally having been an artificial attempt to recreate Arceus.
  • Arceus is the second highest level Pokémon and highest level Legendary Pokémon able to be caught in any game at level 80. A level 100 Magikarp can be found in Pokémon Platinum using the Super Rod in the Resort Area.
  • Arceus's name pronunciation in Pokémon Battle Revolution is Ar-SEE-us, the same as the Japanese pronunciation, compared to the movie's pronunciation of (Which is also the official pronunciation announced by Game Freak) Ar-KEE-us (as well as Silvally's ability being RKS System, not RCS System).
  • In the movie "Arceus and the Jewel of Life", Arceus was being kept alive by the plates which changed its type. In the Pokémon games, Arceus doesn't have any plates when you encounter it.
    • In the anime Arceus possesses all 16 plates at once and can change its type at will (in the games it can only hold one at a time).
  • The Greek word 'archaios' means ancient. It then became the English word "archaic", which probably refers to how Arceus created the world and could be the first ever Pokémon.
  • Arceus runs in the air like a horse. In "Hoopa and the Clash of Ages" Arceus makes whale-like noises.
  • Arceus' design may be based off on an alpaca or llama. It may also take inspiration from religious depictions of lambs.
    • A possible origin can also be the Urcuchillay, an Incan deity said to take the form of a multi-colored llama.
  • Arceus is considered as the god or creator of Pokémon universe based on Sinnoh myth and the very first Pokémon in existence.
  • Arceus placed second in a special poll created to see which Pokémon was the most popular to be distributed for the upcoming movie Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna.


Arceus is based on a creator god, the idea of which is present in many world mythologies and religions. Appearance-wise, Arceus resembles a hoofed mammal, most notably a llama (a sacred animal in Inca and Aztec mythology).


Arceus comes from "archetypus"(Latin for "Archetype"),αρχή(Greek for "the Beginning"), aureus("Golden") or "arch-"(original or supreme), as well as possibly incorporating "arcanus"(Latin for "[Holy] Secret"), "arcane", "arc" (referring to the wheel around its body) or "Alpha" and "deus" meaning divine being or god.


See also