How To Swap Pokémon In Pokemon Legends Arceus
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest adventure in the Pokémon franchise, this time bringing with it a whole new open world, new catching mechanics and more.

While the deep mysteries of Hisui, and which Pokémon you’re going to encounter, are left for you to solve, there are a few big changes from classic Pokémon games that might take some getting used to.

In the past, when you wanted to swap a Pokémon from your party into your PC, you could either go to a Pokémon Center, or in more recent games, swap the Pokémon on-the-fly. However, in Pokémon Legends Arceus, there are no Pokémon centres to be found, so where do you swap Pokémon?

How to swap Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

The main place you can swap your Pokémon is in Jubilife Village.

Just head to the right side of the village on the map and you’ll find the Pokémon Pasture. Here you’ll find all the Pokémon you’ve caught on your adventure. If the pasture is getting too busy, you can always release the Pokémon back into the wild, and in exchange, you’ll receive some items. You’re going to be catching significantly more Pokémon than usual on this journey, so don’t get too attached when you need to release 40 Magikarp back into the wild!

You can also swap your Pokémon at any camp in the game. When you’re out in the field, look for the NPC next to the professor wearing red robes. He’ll offer to swap your Pokémon for you, and you can also buy some items from him. This is much more helpful than having to travel back and forth from Jubilife, especially if you’re just looking to quickly evolve something.


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!