The new upcoming game, Pokémon Legends Arceus, is completely different from any Pokémon game we’ve seen before. From the gameplay to the story, they’re really changing it up with this one. One of the aspects that show this drastic change is the setting of the story. Pokémon LA takes place way in the past. This begs the question, when exactly are we in the Pokémon time line?
In Legends, we don’t see anything like a Pokémon Center because they probably don’t exist yet. At this point in time, it’s not normal for humans to catch and battle Pokémon, so there was no need for our good friend, Nurse Joy. In previous games, you’ll constantly see tame Pokémon living along side humans in cities. In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, this is the opposite of what you’ll encounter. We’ll see a separation of humans and Pokémon as people will live in villages, secluded from the Pokémon living in forests and roaming the hills. Even with all of this information, it’s difficult to say what year this game takes place exactly but it could be hundreds of years in the past. Hopefully when the game comes out, on January 28th, 2022, we’ll get to narrow down the time line.
A Contradiction of the Timeline
Something a lot of fans have noticed is there is a strange object that appears in trailers a lot called the Arc Phone. With the game taking place hundreds of years in the past, phones most likely didn’t exist, even in this universe. Poke balls aren’t even fully developed and look like they’re made of metal and wood, so why would our character have access to a futuristic device like a phone? There are many theories about the Arc Phone and how it came to be, one being that it came directly from Arceus, other theories include time travel, but we won’t know for certain until we play the game ourselves.
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