Once you quell Hisuian Lilligant‘s frenzy in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you’ll next be tasked with heading to the Cobalt Coastlands, where you’ll eventually have to take on the Frenzied Noble, Arcanine, Lord of the Isles. Between the speed of Arcanine’s attacks and the limited arena you have to maneuver, this can be a tough fight. In fact, this was the first fight that actually gave me a bit of trouble. If you’re in a similar situation and need a bit of guidance, this guide will offer a full breakdown of how to battle and defeat the Hisuian Arcanine boss in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
How to battle the Hisuian Arcanine boss in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Let’s start first by discussing what you can do to prepare your team to take on this behemoth, should you choose to engage it in a Pokémon battle. Hisuian Arcanine is a level 36 Fire/Rock type, which really alters a lot of the type advantages from the standard Arcanine. Both Water and Ground attacks are four times as effective in this fight, meaning you should build around them. Fighting and Rock attacks are also double effective, making them a good, but not efficient option as well. You’ll want to avoid using Normal, Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug, and Fairy type attacks as well, which are all half as effective, in addition to Fire attacks, which are only one-fourth as effective. You’ll also want to match your Pokémon’s typings to counter Arcanine’s Fire, Rock, and Dark attacks. Luckily, you’re fighting on a volcanic island, so there are plenty of Water-type Pokémon in the immediate vicinity.
For the actual battle, you’ll be placed on sort of an “X” shape bit of land in the center of a lava field. Don’t worry about falling into the lava, as there are invisible walls keeping you from a fiery death. Keep this in mind, as it can be both a benefit and a curse as the battle commences.
Hisuian Arcanine has three attacks to keep an eye on in this Pokémon Legends: Arceus boss battle. First, Arcanine can dash in a straight line towards you, causing damage upon contact. The tell for this attack is a spark in Arcanine’s eyes, so if you see that, be prepared to dodge roll to the side and out of Arcanine’s path. Second, Arcanine can jump in the air, doing a smash attack upon landing. You must be ready to dodge the resulting attack as he hits the ground. Lastly, Arcanine can sit back and spawn five fireballs above its head. This is your cue to open up its defenses. For each Volcano Balm you hit Arcanine with in this build-up, a fireball goes away. Clearing all the fireballs will open Arcanine’s defenses for a Pokémon battle.
About halfway through, Arcanine will cover the center of the X with a fiery floor in an attempt to keep you locked to one of the extreme branch ends. This severely limits your movement area, and it’s here where the invisible walls can be more of a hindrance. Throwing balms at Arcanine will require a bit of an adjustment to your power and angle, as you’ll often have to hit him from over the fire. If you’re having trouble hitting Arcanine from a distance, you can dodge through them if needed, though you’ll take quite a bit of damage in the process, so proceed with extreme caution. However, the attack process is the same in this phase, so just keep dodging and attacking, and eventually, you’ll quell the beast. Don’t worry if you fall in battle either, as you’ll receive the option to either restart the fight or continue from where you were felled.
After soothing Hisuian Arcanine on Pokémon Legends: Arceus‘ Firespit Island with the tips outlined in this boss battle guide, you’ll be rewarded with the Flame Plate and the ability to continue the story into the game’s fourth region, the Coronet Highlands.
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