Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you’ll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be tasked to meet every species of Pokémon from the Hisui region to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
In the game, there are Pokemon who appear larger than their regular counterparts with glowing red eyes, which means they are filled with Wild Might, which increases all of their stats, reduces the damage they receive from status conditions, and increases combat capabilities all over the Hisui region. These Pokemon are called Alpha Pokemon.
In this guide, we will learn where to find an Alpha Heracross!
The Alpha Pokemon will always be at a higher level than their regular counterparts. They will always be aggressive once they notice the player (except for Mantyke and Mantine) and will never run away (except for when the type of Alpha Pokemon appears during a certain time of day or if a Space-Time Distortion appears around them). Alpha Pokemon will roar and release a shockwave once they will notice the player, and if the player is close enough, the player may get staggered and get knocked to the ground for a short while.
The player will be able to catch Alpha Pokemon, regardless of the Alpha Pokemon’s level, by battling with it and then eventually throwing a Poke Ball. The player, however, can catch Alpha Pokemon without battling by sneaking around the Alpha Pokemon in the tall grass or by using stealth items and then throwing a Poke Ball, however, the player cannot do this if the player’s current obedience level is significantly lower than the Alpha Pokemon’s level.
Additionally, if the player has a hard time catching an Alpha Pokemon, the player can increase the catch rate of catching an Alpha Pokemon by raising the player’s Star Rank (the player’s Survey Corps rank) which can be done by completing Research Tasks and talking to Professor Laventon in any of the Base Camps.
There are three types of Alpha Pokemon that can be found in the game: fixed Alpha Pokemon that will always spawn and can be found in certain areas of the game and will always be at a fixed level, random Alpha Pokemon which may only appear once the player has quelled the area’s frenzied Noble Pokemon, and Alpha Pokemon in Massive Mass Outbreaks which can appear as a second wave in the same location as the first wave.
As the other two are completely random, we will be talking about fixed Alpha Pokemon, specifically an Alpha Heracross.
Heracross is a Bug and Fighting type Single Horn Pokemon with a blue body that looks like a large beetle, a long, pronged horn on its forehead, on both sides of the horn are short antennae with a round tip, spherical yellow eyes with black pupils, a pair of arms with spikes on its forearms and two white claws on each hand, a pair of feet with a single spike on each thigh and one white claw on each foot, and a pair of wings. According to its Pokedex entry in the game, Heracross has an unparalleled horn. Additionally, Heracross has tremendous power in that it is capable of throwing several people that are trained in the traditional arts of war at once.
Alpha Heracross can be found in Grueling Grove (east of Horseshoe Plains or in the northeasternmost part of the map) in the Obsidian Fieldlands and can be found here in every weather condition but can only be found here during the day (morning, midday, or evening). The Alpha Heracross that can be found in this location is Level 45.
It is recommended to sneak to the back of the Alpha Pokemon, using the tall grass or stealth items like Smoke Bombs, and throw the player’s Pokemon or Poke Ball on its back to catch it unawares, which assures that the player moves first in battle.
If you plan on distracting it with food before catching it, it is worth mentioning that Heracross’ preferred foods are Springy Mushrooms, Dazzling Honey, Hearty Grains, and Plump Beans.
If you plan on battling a Heracross first before catching it, it is worth noting that, as mentioned, Heracross is a Bug and Fighting-type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Fairy type, Fire-type, Psychic-type, and especially Flying-type moves (super effective) and resistance to Bug-type, Dark-Type, Fighting-type, Grass type, Ground-type moves (not very effective).
Aside from the Alpha Heracross that can be found in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the regular, non-alpha, Heracross can also be found in the Coronet Highlands (northeast of Wayward Wood and south of the Mountain Camp). Heracross can be found here in every weather condition but can only be found here during the day (morning, midday, or evening). Aside from that, Heracross may also be found in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Coronet Highlands or in Space-Time Distortions.
Now that the player has an Alpha Heracross, the player can now try to use the Alpha Heracross to complete other requests, complete missions, or complete Arceus’ task for the player which is to catch ’em all!