Alpha Pokémon

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An alpha Pokémon (Japanese: オヤブン boss) is a variety of Pokémon found in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. They are larger-than-normal Pokémon that appear in Hisui with increased combat capabilities. Alpha Pokémon can be identified with the Alpha icon.png icon in the Pokémon's summary screen and on their health bar in the wild (if transferred to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, they have the Alpha Mark instead). Additionally, wild alpha Pokémon have glowing red eyes, except for Zubat.

The alpha Pokémon wallpaper in Pokémon HOME

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Pokémon who were previously identified as being an alpha Pokémon will have the title of "Former Alpha" instead that is set by the Alpha Mark Alpha Mark.png instead.

In the core series games


Shortly after the player joins the Survey Corps, an alpha Kricketune intrudes Deertrack Heights. Mai, the warden who oversees Wyrdeer, enlists Akari/Rei to help defeat the Kricketune, who in turn asks the player to aid Mai due to their skill in Pokémon battles.

While Ingo is leading the player through Wayward Cave, an alpha Crobat appears along the route. Ingo insists that the player not battle it due to the reduced visibility caused by the absence of the cave's torches, and leads them on a detour to avoid it. The player is unable to battle or catch this particular alpha Pokémon until Ingo reinstalls the torches in the cave.

During the three Trials of the Lake guardians, the player has to face an alpha Pokémon at each lake; Hisuian Goodra at Lake Verity, Overqwil at Lake Valor, and Hisuian Zoroark at Lake Acuity.

During the post-game, when the player goes to meet Volo at Grueling Grove, the two are ambushed by an alpha Vespiquen. After defeating the Pokémon, the player receives a Stone Plate from her.


In the wild, alpha Pokémon will be at a higher level than other species of the same kind that can be found in that area, will have at least three stats with individual values of 31 (expressed in this game as initial effort levels of 3) and will know and have mastered a move that cannot be learned by leveling up. Alpha Pokémon cannot be caught outside of battle if they are significantly higher level than the player's current obedience level. They can, however, be caught regardless of level during a battle with them. If caught, alpha Pokémon will count as heavy specimens and large specimens for research tasks. Regardless of the species' normal behavior, alpha Pokémon (except for Mantyke and Mantine) are always aggressive towards the player and will never run away, unless a space-time distortion appears around it or it is a species which only appears in the wild at certain times of day. If an alpha Pokémon spots the player, it will roar out a shockwave which, if close enough, will cause the player to be knocked to the ground; they are also forcibly dismounted from their Ride Pokémon if riding Wyrdeer, Ursaluna, or Sneasler.

Upon entering battle, wild alpha Pokémon are filled with Wild Might (Japanese: 野性の力 Wild Strength), as indicated by their glowing red eyes. This increases all of a Pokémon's stats, independently of in-battle stat boosts, and reduces damage from status conditions. Alpha Pokémon can also use agile style and strong style moves in battle.

There are three types of ways alpha Pokémon may spawn:

  • Fixed alpha Pokémon spawns will always be generated upon entering a given area of the Hisui region, and will be at a fixed level; for instance, the alpha Rapidash in the Obsidian Fieldlands is always Lv. 40. These alpha Pokémon will also automatically respawn after two full in-game days.
  • Random alpha Pokémon spawns may occur after the player has quelled the area's noble Pokémon. Alpha Pokémon, of the same species as the location's standard spawns, each have a small chance of appearing (between a 0.2% and 2% chance). Each location has its own rates for how likely each alpha Pokémon may spawn, including space-time distortions. Prior to the Daybreak update, during mass outbreaks, at most one alpha Pokémon could appear, however this limit was later lifted to account for the "exclusively alpha" bonus waves of massive mass outbreaks.
  • During a massive mass outbreak, clearing all Pokémon in a location may cause a second wave of Pokémon to appear in the same location; if this occurs, the second wave may be composed entirely of alpha Pokémon.

During the battle against Giratina at the Temple of Sinnoh, it will be filled with Terrible Might (Japanese: すさまじい力 Tremendous Strength), which has an identical effect to Wild Might.

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, alpha Pokémon transferred from Legends: Arceus will gain the Alpha Mark. They will not retain their unique sizes in these games, but will return to their alpha size when brought back to Legends: Arceus. Instead, they will be appear as the largest non-alpha height value that the species could have.

Fixed alpha Pokémon

Fixed alpha Pokémon are specimens that always appear in their alpha form in a specific location. Some of these specimens do not spawn until after parts of the main story are completed, usually needing the region's frenzied Noble to be tamed before appearing in the overworld.

Species marked with an * can only be found as that single fixed alpha specimen, in rare or massive mass outbreaks, or a space-time distortion, but not anywhere else in the overworld.

Obsidian Fieldlands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
0042 Golbat 35 Near Oreburrow Tunnel Nighttime All
0047 Parasect 30 Nature's Pantry All All
0065 Alakazam* 60 Sandgem Flats All All
0075 Graveler 30 Near Obsidian Falls All All
0078 Rapidash* 40 Horseshoe Plains All Sunny
0123 Scyther 42 Near Grandtree Arena All All
0129 Magikarp 55 Near Oreburrow Tunnel All All
0130 Gyarados 60 Lake Verity All All
0143 Snorlax 45 Near Sandgem Flats All All
0214 Heracross 45 Grueling Grove All All
0234 Stantler 42 Deertrack Heights All All
0242 Blissey 62 Near Obsidian Falls All All
0392 Infernape* 65 Ramanas Island All All
0397 Staravia 32 Windswept Run All All
0400 Bibarel 16 Tidewater Dam All All
0402 Kricketune 30 Near Tidewater Dam All All
0404 Luxio 40 Floaro Gardens All All
0419 Floatzel 31 Near Worn Bridge All All
0428 Lopunny 40 Near The Heartwood All All

Crimson Mirelands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
0026 Raichu* 52 Near Golden Lowlands All All
0095 Onix 50 Near Diamond Settlement All All
0111 Rhyhorn 45 Diamond Heath All All
0217 Ursaring 55 Near Gapejaw Bog All All
0217 Ursaring 41 Ursa's Ring All All
0340 Whiscash 64 Lake Valor All All
0389 Torterra* 65 Holm of Trials All All
0407 Roserade* 50 Cloudpool Ridge Daytime All
0416 Vespiquen 61 Near Cottonsedge Prairie All All
0417 Pachirisu 40 Near Gapejaw Bog All All
0430 Honchkrow 55 Cloudpool Ridge Nighttime All
0435 Skuntank 45 Scarlet Bog All All
0450 Hippowdon 46 Gapejaw Bog All All
0454 Toxicroak 47 Holm of Trials All All
0455 Carnivine 43 Near Cottonsedge Prairie All All
0463 Lickilicky 52 Shrouded Ruins All All
0465 Tangrowth* 45 Gapejaw Bog All All
0469 Yanmega 58 Droning Meadow All All
0705 Sliggoo
Hisuian Form
50 Holm of Trials All All

Cobalt Coastlands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
0038 Ninetales* 61 Firespit Island All All
0055 Golduck 50 Bathers' Lagoon All All
0067 Machoke 40 Ginkgo Landing All All
0073 Tentacruel 50 Near Lunker's Lair All All
0113 Chansey 51 Tombolo Walk All All
0130 Gyarados 58 Near Sand's Reach All All
0211 Qwilfish
Hisuian Form
55 Near Islespy Shore All All
0224 Octillery 46 Castaway Shore All All
0226 Mantine 50 Tranquility Cove All All
0365 Walrein 50 Ginkgo Landing All All
0395 Empoleon* 69 Islespy Shore All All
0414 Mothim 56 Spring Path All All
0423 Gastrodon 61 Seagrass Haven All All
0424 Ambipom 50 Near Hideaway Bay All All
0432 Purugly 45 Veilstone Cape All All
0452 Drapion* 45 Near Ginkgo Landing All All
0457 Lumineon 60 Seagrass Haven All All
0477 Dusknoir* 65 Deadwood Haunt Nighttime All

Coronet Highlands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
0036 Clefable* 62 Fabled Spring Nighttime All
0076 Golem* 60 Bolderoll Ravine All All
0169 Crobat 60 Wayward Cave All All
0207 Gligar 52 Near Celestica Ruins All All
0208 Steelix* 60 Celestica Trail All All
0405 Luxray 55 Sacred Plaza All All
0414 Mothim 55 Wayward Wood All All
0429 Mismagius* 61 Stonetooth Rows Nighttime All
0437 Bronzong 55 Near Clamberclaw Cliffs All All
0444 Gabite 56 Near Clamberclaw Cliffs All All
0455 Carnivine 52 Lonely Spring All All
0464 Rhyperior* 74 Near Sacred Plaza All All
0466 Electivire* 69 Cloudcap Pass All All
0472 Gliscor* 77 Near Primeval Grotto All All
0476 Probopass* 73 Near Primeval Grotto All All
0706 Goodra* 70 Near Ancient Quarry All All

Alabaster Icelands

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Time of Day Weather
0068 Machamp* 70 Arena's Approach All All
0125 Electabuzz 65 Icebound Falls All All
0215 Sneasel 61 Near Avalugg's Legacy All All
0220 Swinub 62 Near Bonechill Wastes All All
0221 Piloswine 65 Arena's Approach All All
0282 Gardevoir* 70 Heart's Crag Daytime All
0358 Chimecho 65 Near Lake Acuity All All
0362 Glalie 62 Bonechill Wastes All All
0445 Garchomp* 85 Avalanche Slopes All All
0448 Lucario 70 Icebound Falls All All
0460 Abomasnow 68 Bonechill Wastes All All
0473 Mamoswine* 68 Avalugg's Legacy All All
0475 Gallade* 70 Snowpoint Temple All All
0478 Froslass 72 Ice Column Chamber All All

Unique alpha Pokémon

These unique alpha Pokémon can only be found once during the storyline. With the exception of Vespiquen, they do not have the usual guarantee of any stats with individual values of 31 (starting effort levels of 3). The alpha Pokémon found in Acuity, Verity, and Valor Caverns are prevented from being Shiny, and have Scale values of 128 instead of 255. Hisuian Zoroark and Overqwil do not have other fixed alpha spawns on the map.

# Pokémon Level Sub-Location Mission/Request Tutor move
0362 Glalie 64 Arena's Approach Request 86: "Gone the Icelands" Iron Head
0402 Kricketune 12 Deertrack Heights Mission 5: "A Request from Mai" False Swipe
0416 Vespiquen 60 Grueling Grove Mission 20: "The Researcher of Myths" Sludge Bomb
0571 Zoroark
Hisuian Form
58 Acuity Cavern Mission 16: "The Trial of Lake Acuity" None
0706 Goodra
Hisuian Form
58 Verity Cavern Mission 14: "The Trial of Lake Verity" Iron Tail
0904 Overqwil* 58 Valor Cavern Mission 15: "The Trial of Lake Valor" Ice Ball

In the anime

Pokémon: Hisuian Snow

In Two Hues, an alpha Garchomp attacked Alec and the Galaxy Team, but it was driven away by a Hisuian Zoroark that Alec had befriended in his youth as a Zorua.


  • There is a third variant of the Wild Might effect in game data, called Terrific Might (Japanese: 偉大な力), which is a version of Wild Might without the stat boosts. Its usage within the game is unknown.
  • When alpha Combee and Gastrodon appear in the wild, only two of their eyes glow red.
  • When alpha Spiritomb appears in the wild, the lines in its Odd Keystone also glow red.
  • Arceus itself is also known as the Alpha Pokémon, though this similarity does not hold in Japanese.
  • Alpha Pokémon are guaranteed to have 31 in at least 3 of their IV stats, a trait that Legendary and Mythical Pokémon have also had since Generation VI.
  • Alpha Pokémon have a slightly different music track in battle. If the player starts a battle with an alpha Pokémon and one or more non-alpha Pokémon at the same time, then catches or defeats the alpha Pokémon, the music will transition back into the standard wild battle track.


Alpha Pokémon might be based on the concept of dominance hierarchy in biology. Amongst animal groups, an alpha is a member of the species that has a higher rank in the group's hierarchy, contrary to the beta members who are the more submissive ones. Alpha animals often employ aggression tactics to assert dominance and leadership over their specific groups. This concept may be seen in gameplay, where alpha Pokémon display an aggressive disposition even when members of said species typically would not. They also serve as leaders of the pack, as alpha Pokémon are regularly found in places where unevolved members of their species gather, and even show signs of territorialism, as some alpha Pokémon tend to come to the aid of the lesser members when alerted. Their Japanese name "boss" seems to reinforce this idea of hierarchical leadership.

In other languages

Alpha Pokémon

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 頭目 Tàuhmuhk
Mandarin 頭目 / 头目 Tóumù
  French Pokémon Barons
  German Elite-Pokémon
  Italian Pokémon alfa
  Korean 우두머리 Udumeori
  Spanish Espécimenes alfa

Wild Might

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 野性之力 Yéhsing-jī Lihk
Mandarin 野性之力 Yěxìng-zhī Lì
  French Force sauvage
  German Kraft der Wildnis
  Italian Potenza selvatica
  Korean 야성의힘이 Yaseong-ui Himi
  Spanish Poder salvaje

Terrible Might

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 驚駭之力 Gīngháaih-jī Lihk
Mandarin 驚駭之力 / 惊骇之力 Jīnghài-zhī Lì
  French Force effroyable
  German Unheilvolle Kraft
  Italian Potenza spaventosa
  Korean 무시무시한힘 Musimusihan Himi
  Spanish Poder tremebundo

See also

Pokémon forms and variants
Permanent: Shiny Pokémon (GO) • Alternately colored Pokémon (anime)
Gender differences‎Form differences (GO)
Brilliant PokémonAlpha Pokémon
Transformations: Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra Burst
Dynamax (Gigantamax) • EternamaxTerastal phenomenon
Groups: Totem PokémonNoble PokémonTitan Pokémon
Regional forms: AlolanGalarianHisuianPaldean
Analogous: Paradox PokémonEcologically similar Pokémon
Pikachu variants: Surfing PikachuFlying PikachuCosplay PikachuPikachu in a cap
Miscellaneous: Pokémon fusionsGiant PokémonSpiky-eared PichuPartner Pokémon
Side series original: Shadow PokémonShadow Lugia
Spin-off original: Shadow PokémonPrimal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon)
Shadow MewtwoPokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar

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