Who’s The Best Starter In Pokemon Legends: Arceus?

Finding The Best Starter in Arceus

You’ve just grabbed a copy of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Congratulations! Now to determine who the best starter Pokemon is. In a way, they’re all excellent choices. In another, more concrete way, there is absolutely a winner here. Let’s  go over our options!


Everyone gets a hot new subtype in Arceus, and Cyndaquil – eventually becoming Typhlosion – is no exception. A Fire/Ghost combination is great, in that Fighting and Normal moves no longer do any damage. You’ll still be vulnerable to Water, Rock, and Ground, along with Dark type moves. You won’t have any 4X weaknesses to contend with, though, So that’s something.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus - Best Starter


Water is always a good utility to have on hand, though it’s less useful in Arceus. Samurott’s new subtype is Dark, which makes his weakness list a somewhat long one. Fairy, Bug, Fighting, Electric, and Grass will all ruin your day in short order. For reference, three of the Frenzied Nobles are immediately deadly for Samurott. Consider this choice the unofficial hard mode.


Rowlet doesn’t fare too badly in the wilds of Hisui at first. But once it evolves in Decidueye, things get a bit dicey. The big problem is that this is a bird with a 4X weakness to Flying attacks. Decidueye is a Grass/Fighting hybrid, you see. Fire, Psychic, Fairy, Bug, Poison, and Ice are also Super Effective against this Pokemon. If you can’t knock out your opponent in the first turn, things could go very wrong for you.

Your choice of best starter depends on which part of the game you want an edge with. Decidueye is more helpful in the early stages, while Typhlosion is super useful towards the end. Samurott Comes in handy around the middle of the campaign. Beyond that, Cyndaquil has the fewest type weaknesses. But you can finish the main campaign with any of them.

Check out our review of the game here! We’ve also got more how-to content here and here! Good luck and have fun!

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