Four Pieces of Sinnoh Lore You Should Know Before Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Sinnoh has been one of my favorite regions in the Pokémon World since I first picked up Pokémon Diamond Version almost 15 years ago.

Why? Because there are just so many stories and legends to be discovered in every corner. From the secrets cramming the shelves of the Canalave Library to the mysterious ruins at the Mt. Coronet summit, the region is filled with enough myths to keep players entertained for hours.

So, when Pokémon Legends: Arceus was announced in February, I knew we were in for a real treat!

No doubt this new entry in the series will give new and returning players even deeper knowledge of the Sinnoh Region’s mysterious past, but for those who haven’t explored Sinnoh before (or maybe haven’t in while), here is some of my favorite lore from the region.

Arceus Created the Sinnoh Region

In-game mythology tells us that Arceus, who itself was born from an egg in an empty void, created Sinnoh from the top of Mt. Coronet, which divides the region into east and west.

The myth itself only refers to Arceus as the “Original One,” which has caused fans to speculate whether Arceus created the entire Pokémon World, rather than just Sinnoh. Will Pokémon Legends: Arceus put this debate to rest?

Sinnoh’s Legendary Pokémon

Shortly after creating Sinnoh, Arceus gave birth to three Pokémon: Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Dialga would go on to control time while Palkia governed space, but mysterioiusly, Giratina would be left to rule antimatter after being banished to the Distortion world.

In time, Giratina would be all but forgotten, with its name being erased from mythology entirely…

Before falling into its unyielding rest, Arceus also created Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit, who would be tasked with calming and controlling the masters of time and space.

Snowpoint Temple’s Myth

A body of rock. A body of ice. A body of steel. When gather those three together, the king will appear.

Of course, this legend is referring to Regigigas, who lies dormant as a statue on the bottom floor of Snowpoint Temple. Only after being presented with Registeel, Regirock, and Regice will he awaken from his quiet slumber.

What was the king of these three powerful Pokémon from Hoenn doing all alone in a temple in a snowy town in Sinnoh? Perhaps one day we’ll have an answer…

Veilstone’s Myth

Exploring the library in Canalave City will introduce the player to several pieces of lore from all over the region, including a story known as Veilstone’s Myth.

The story tells of a young man who turns to savagery after finding a sword. That is, until an encounter with an unnamed Pokémon makes him regret his ways and denounce evil.

Curiously, the story ends with the Pokémon disappearing “to a place beyond seeing.” To this day, nobody knows what this line means, but maybe Pokémon Legends: Arceus will give us a clue. Could it be that this Pokémon is our old friend Giratina, and the place beyond seeing is his Distortion World?

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