Pokémon Legends: Arceus has arrived on Nintendo Switch. Along with this comes an important choise: which starter Pokémon will you choose? Never fear, Chit Hot’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus Starters Guide will help you decide which is the best Pokémon for you!

Who Are the Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

As is tradition in Pokémon games, there are three possible choices. In this Pokémon Legends: Arceus Starters Guide we will showcase every aspect of Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott.

Typically starter Pokémon will be new additions to the series. However, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is different. These are all familiar faces: Rowlet was introduced back in the seventh generation, Cyndaquil in the second and Oshawott in the fifth.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus screenshot

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Starters Guide

Now that you know the three Pokémon available to choose from, here’s the statistics breakdown for each!


Pokémon TypeFire
Special Attack60
Special Defense50
Total Stats309
First Evolution (Quilava)At Level 14
Second Evolution (Hisuian Typhlosion)At Level 36


Pokémon TypeWater
Special Attack63
Speed Defense45
Total Stats308
First Evolution (Dewott)At Level 17
Second Evolution (Hisuian Samurott)At Level 36


Pokémon TypeGrass
Special Attack50
Special Defense50
Total Stats320
First Evolution (Dartrix)At level 17
Second Evolution (Hisuian Decidueye)At level 34
Pokemon Legends: Arceus screenshot

Different Pokémon for Different Players

Now that the raw stats are out of the way, what does it all mean? Basically Rowlet is a safe bet. If you’re undecided about how you’re going to play Pokémon Legends: Arceusthen Rowlet is a relatively sturdy quick evolution pathway. Cyndaquil is a better long-term option, given that its final form, Hisuian Typhlosion, has the highest overall stats.

Based on stats alone, Oshawott is the worst starter Pokémon. However in practice it’s actually a fair choice. Oshawott is a water-type fighter and is therefore capable of inflicting extra damage on rock opponents. Given that you will be encountering a lot of those in the early hours of Pokémon Legends: ArceusOshawott can give you an easier start to the game.

So there you have it! Chit Hot’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus Starters Guide in full. Which Pokémon have you decided to use as your start? Let us know in the comments below!