How To Change A Pokémon’s Nature In Legends: Arceus

How To Change A Pokémon's Nature In Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus allows players to change their Pokémon’s nature. Natures can drastically impact a Pokémon’s performance in any battle.

A Pokémon’s nature is one of the most important aspects of battling, and in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players can change their Pokémon’s nature easily with specific items. Pokémon natures were originally added to the series in Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, and they offer additional boosts to a Pokémon’s stats. Most of the natures that a Pokémon can have will boost one stat while reducing another, but there are several natures that provide no boosts or hindrances to a Pokémon’s stats at all in Legends: Arceus.

Natures work independently from Effort Levels in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, though stats are affected by both values. The hidden stat values provided by natures in Pokémon Legends: Arceus can only be changed, but never increased nor decreased. Conversely, players can use Grit items to increase a Pokémon’s Effort Levels. Although Effort Levels are random when a new Pokémon is captured, the values can always be increased to their max value. Natures, on the other hand, will provide their maximum value once a Pokémon reaches level 100 in Legends: Arceus.


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Though it may not seem like much, the stat boosts to a Pokémon’s nature can mean all the difference between winning and losing a battle, even in the very few trainer battles that occur in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. With the use of Nature Mints in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players can effectively change their Pokémon’s nature to something more beneficial. For example, a Pokémon with a naturally strong Attack stat and low Special Attack wouldn’t benefit from a Modest nature, which lowers the Attack stat and increases its Special Attack. By using a Nature Mint, players can change said Pokémon’s nature to an Adamant nature, which raises the Attack stat and lowers the Special Attack stat.

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Fortunately, Nature Mints are something that players can get easily through the farmers in Jubilife Village. Before the farmers can grow Nature Mints, however, players will need to complete all of their requests, namely “Help Wanted: Plowing the Fields,” “Help Wanted: Watering the Fields,” and “Help Wanted: Rock Smashing in the Fields.” These requests will need to be completed in this order, and they’re progressively unlocked as players complete the main story of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Unfortunately, the entire cultivation process costs 10,000 Poké Dollars, and the Nature Mints players will receive are randomized, meaning multiple crops may need to be harvested.

Since the combat system in Pokémon Legends: Arceus involves a new mechanic called Strong and Agile Style, the best natures for most Pokémon will increase their Speed stat and decrease their least valuable offensive stat. With an increased Speed stat, Pokémon are more likely able to attack multiple times before their opponent if they lead off with an Agile Style move. Depending on whether a Pokémon’s strongest offensive stat in Legends: Arceus is the Attack or Special Attack stat, the best natures for most Pokémon are either Jolly or Timid, respectively. For exceptionally slow Pokémon with a high Attack stat and low Special Attack stat, like Steelix in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the best nature is Adamant, and a Modest nature would be best for Pokémon with the opposite strengths.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available on Nintendo Switch.

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