Legends Arceus Screenshot
Image: The Pokémon Company

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 parts of the game that you might need a bit of help with, in this case, an extremely tough fight.

Spoilers ahead...

How to beat Volo in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Volo is a character you’ll face a few times on your journey, however at the very end of the game, in the second last post-game mission, it’ll be revealed that he’s a crazed Arceus-stan that wants to meet the Poké-God for himself.

Sensing you as a threat, he decides to end your meagre existence once and for all with an extremely tough team.

His team is

  • Spiritomb
  • Roserade
  • Lucario
  • Arcanine
  • Togekiss
  • Garchamop

All of these Pokémon are level 68. Now here’s the fun part.

How to defeat Volo in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Image: Nintendo Life / The Pokémon Company

He has two Giratina. Well, technically he only has one Giratina with two forms, for the sake of this fight he essentially has two. That means you need a team that are strong enough to take down 8 Pokémon.

For Giratina, we highly recommend catching Cresselia beforehand, as one of the strongest fairy types in the games, she’s an essential part of any team that’s going against Volo. She’ll also deal with Spiritomb in one hit, which is a massive help.

Outside of Cresselia, those who chose Oshawott as their starter are in luck, as the water/dark combo of Hisuian Samourott is fantastic for taking down Roserade, Lucario and Arcanine.

Volo’s Garchomp is a killer, so we recommend fighting dragon with dragon. If you’ve earned a high enough rank to where all Pokémon obey you, you can catch a level 85 Alpha Garchomp in the Alabaster Icelands. You’ve just got to overpower it and then you’ll be on to the Giratina fights.

We really recommend going in at an appropriate level, and we also recommend that you increase the power of your main team using the grit items that are found around the world. You’ll notice a huge difference between a team before and after you’ve used the items, regardless of actual level.

How to defeat Volo in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Image: Nintendo Life / The Pokémon Company

After you’ve defeated Volo, you’ll get the opportunity to face the big man himself, Arceus, but not before you’ve completed the Pokédex.

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!