Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world at a time when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the Hisui region, modern-day Sinnoh, you will join the Galaxy Expedition Team (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.
The Galaxy Team will task the player to do missions in the game. Various people will also ask for help from the player in the form of requests. One of these requests is Request 115, titled “Bastiodon’s Path of Solitude.” This guide will teach you how to complete the “Bastiodon’s Path of Solitude” request.
Bastiodon’s Path of Solitude
To unlock this request, the player must first complete the “Massive Mass Outbreak in the Icelands” request (request 101) and the ‘Daybreak’ request (request 102), where the player must investigate the massive mass outbreaks in the Alabaster Icelands and complete the Daybreak DLC.
After doing the requirements mentioned above, you can now start this request! To do that, head on to the Training Grounds in the northwest of the Jubilife Village, and on the left side of the building (or behind Ingo), the player will find Gared, who is a member of the Security Corps. Talk to Gared, and he will ask if the player has yet tried Ingo’s Path of Solitude Battles.
After selecting ‘Path of Solitude?’ on the prompt, he will explain that the Path of Solitude is a chance to master the art of battling with a single Pokemon. He will say that battling a tough opponent with just one Pokemon in the player’s party feels like reaching for the stars as the player would have to know their Pokemon well to develop the best strategy.
Then, Gared will say that he has a request for the player about the Path of Solitude which is said to be tough to beat, so that is what he wants the player to do. Then, after that, a bunch of requests will start, and one of them is the “Bastiodon’s Path of Solitude” Request!
After that, Gared will tell the player to show him the mark in the player’s Pokedex once the player has completed the Path of Solitude with any of the Pokemon he mentioned.
To complete this request, the player must defeat Ingo and his Blissey in the Path of Solitude with only a Bastiodon in the player’s party.
Before talking to Ingo to start the Path of Solitude, ensure that the player has a Bastiodon around Level 70, as the player would have to battle Ingo’s Level 70 Blissey.
Unfortunately, the player will not be able to catch a Bastiodon from the wild as they can only be found in Space-Time Distortions in the Coronet Highlands. Bastiodon is still very rare and hard to find even in Space-Time Distortions. So, the player can catch a Shieldon, as they are more common than Bastiodon, and evolve it to Bastiodon when it reaches Level 30. Shieldon can also only be found in Space-Time Distortions in the Coronet Highlands.
It is recommended that the player’s Bastiodon has a Nature that boosts Defense, like Bold or Impish. Then, the player can boost Bastiodon’s Effort Levels, focusing on boosting Bastiodon’s Defense and Speed, using Grit items.
Check the request description; it will give a tip to swap Bastiodon’s offensive and defensive stats. So, it is recommended to let the player’s Bastiodon learn and use Power Shift, a status move that swaps the user’s offensive and defensive stats. In other words, with this move, Bastiodon will use its Defense stats when attacking. That is why it is recommended to have a Bastiodon with a Nature that boosts the Defense stat and why it is recommended to raise Bastiodon’s Defense Effort Levels.
Aside from Power Shift, the player’s Bastiodon should also learn and use an attacking move. Out of all of Bastiodon’s attack moves, it is recommended to let the player’s Bastiodon learn and use Iron Head as it has a good enough power and great accuracy.
After training your Bastiodon and letting it learn the recommended moves, head to Ingo on the left side of Captain Zisu in the Training Grounds and talk to him. Select the ‘Path of Solitude’ on the prompt, select ‘Accept the challenge’ on the following prompt; then Ingo will let you choose one Pokemon, so put your Bastiodon in the party and remove all the other Pokemon so that the player will only use Bastiodon. After that, select ‘Begin’ on the next prompt, and the player can now begin the challenge!
It is worth noting that Ingo’s Blissey is a Level 70 Normal type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Fighting-type moves (super effective) and immunity to Ghost-type moves (no effect). Ingo’s Blissey may use Draining Kiss, a special attack that drains the opposing Pokemon’s HP and restores the user’s HP, and Soft-Boiled, which is a status move that restores the user’s HP.
Suppose the player’s Bastiodon is on the recommended level. In that case, the player’s Bastiodon can just use Power Shift on the first turn to swap Bastiodon’s offensive and defensive stats, then keep attacking Ingo’s Blissey with Iron Head. then, once Bastiodon’s stats revert back to normal, use Power Shift again to swap Bastiodon’s offensive and defensive stats, then keep attacking Ingo’s Blissey with Iron Head again.
Ingo’s Blissey will keep on using Draining Kiss and Soft-Boiled, which will keep on restoring Blissey’s HP. By swapping Bastiodon’s offensive and defensive stats using Power Shift, Bastiodon’s Attack Stat will become high enough to damage Ingo’s Blissey than the HP it can restore.
After defeating Ingo’s Blissey, Ingo will say that the player’s Bastiodon has reached the final station on its Path to Solitude and that he has added a mark on Bastiodon’s page in the Pokedex that signifies its victory. Then, Ingo will reward the player with three Exp. Candy L as a prize for having completed the Path of Solitude.
Afterward, head back to Gared, still near Ingo, and talk to him. Gared will say that it was a thrill to see the player’s Pokemon best, the Path of Solitude. Then, finally, the player will be rewarded with one Seed of Mastery and one Exp. For your efforts and the “Bastiodon’s Path of Solitude” Request, Candy L is now completed!
Now that you have completed the “Bastiodon’s Path of Solitude” Request, you can now try to complete other requests, complete missions, or complete Arceus’ task for you, which is to catch ’em all!