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Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduces a whole different style of mainline Pokémon adventure to newbes and series veterans to enjoy, with its own way of doing things that often diverge from the way we dealt with certain tasks in past games.

One such obstacle you might encounter are big rocks. Veteran Pokémon trainers may well think a specific Pokémon or a specific move is needed to break rocks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but as you'll see in our rock-breaking 'guide' below, that's probably overthinking things...

How To Break Rocks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Image: Nintendo Life / The Pokémon Company

You know those big rocks that block your way in Pokémon Legends: Arceus? You probably assumed that they were progress gates, right? That you'd need some big strong late-game Pokémon to smash 'em to bits? Yeah, no. You can smash them from basically the beginning of the game.

All you need is a Pokémon and a throwing arm. Just lob whichever Pokémon you like best at the big rocks, and they will take them down in just three hits. It's that easy. You'll even get a bunch of materials for your efforts, which can include rare evolution stones.

We have heard some reports of the Pokémon needing to be able to learn Rock Smash, but not necessarily needing to know the move, but we're pretty sure that any old Pokémon will do!

This article is part of our Pokémon Legends: Arceus walkthrough and guide series. You can find every Pokémon in the game using our Complete Hisui Pokédex List And Pokémon Locations guide, or hunt for specific hard-to-catch Pokémon with our individual guides, including Every Alpha Pokémon (with Maps), Every Rare Space-Time Distortion Pokémon, Where To Find Every Unown, Where To Find The Other Starters, Where To Find The Sinnoh Starters, How To Catch Darkrai, How To Catch Shaymin, Where To Find Hisuian Zorua, Where To Find Hisuian Growlithe, Where To Find Hisuian Electrode, How To Get Sneasler, How To Get Wyrdeer, How To Get Alolan Vulpix, How To Get Kleavor, How To Catch Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus, How To Get Every Eeveelution, How To Catch The New 'Secret' Legendary, and (of course) How To Catch Arceus.

Elsewhere we've got starter guides with answers to simple questions like "How Do You Break Cracked Rocks?" and "How Long Is Pokémon Legends: Arceus?", plus tips on How To Swap Pokémon, How To Turn On Gyro Controls, or where to find specific items and make the most of your resources, including How To Increase Your Bag Size And Carry More Items and Where To Buy Every Evolution Item, Plus A Complete Price List. We also have our Ginkgo Guild Item List And Prices guide and cover How To Get Shiny Pokémon and how to access and complete various side quests and missions, such as The Sea Legend, the Eerie Apparitions In The Night Mission Guide - Maps With Every Wisp Location, and How To Defeat Volo, as well as a 'Snow-White Vulpix In The Snow' Map.

We also have a Ginkgo Guild Item List With Prices and explain How To Change Pokémon Forms, Every New Evolution Method, How To Unlock The Mystery Gift Function, in addition to a regularly updated Full List Of Mystery Gift Codes.

And finally, Where to Buy Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Nintendo Switch, if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game!