Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in Hisui, 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 Hisui Pokemon species to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
In the game, there are Pokemon who appear larger than their regular counterparts with glowing red eyes, which means they are filled with Wild Might which increases all of their stats and reduces the damage they receive from status conditions, and increases combat capabilities that are found all over the Hisui region. These Pokemon are called Alpha Pokemon.
In this guide, we will learn where to find an Alpha Stantler!
The Alpha Pokemon will always be at a higher level than their regular counterparts. They will always be aggressive once they notice the player (except for Mantyke and Mantine) and will never run away (except for when the type of Alpha Pokemon appears during a certain time of day or if a Space-Time Distortion appears around them). Alpha Pokemon will roar and release a shockwave once they notice the player, and if the player is close enough, the player may get staggered and get knocked to the ground for a short while.
The player can catch Alpha Pokemon, regardless of the Alpha Pokemon’s level, by battling with it and then eventually throwing a Poke Ball. The player, however, can catch Alpha Pokemon without battling by sneaking around the Alpha Pokemon in the tall grass or by using stealth items and then throwing a Poke Ball; however, the player cannot do this if the player’s current obedience level is significantly lower than the Alpha Pokemon’s level.
Additionally, suppose the player has a hard time catching an Alpha Pokemon. In that case, the player can increase the catch rate of catching an Alpha Pokemon by raising the player’s Star Rank (the player’s Survey Corps rank), which can be done by completing Research Tasks and talking to Professor Laventon in any of the Base Camps.
Three types of Alpha Pokemon can be found in the game: fixed Alpha Pokemon that will always spawn and can be found in certain areas of the game and will always be at a fixed level; random Alpha Pokemon, which may only appear once the player has quelled the area’s frenzied Noble Pokemon, and Alpha Pokemon in Massive Mass Outbreaks which can appear as a second wave in the same location as the first wave.
As the other two are completely random, we will discuss fixed Alpha Pokemon, specifically an Alpha Stantler.
Stantler is a Normal type Big Horn Pokemon with a tan body that looks like that of a deer, a short and round tail, four legs with black hooves, a cream-colored belly, cream-colored spots on its back, a brown nose, a pair of antlers that are yellow with black orbs in the middle making the antlers look like eyes. According to its Pokedex entry in the game, Stantler’s antlers can bewitch any person or Pokemon who sees them. A medicine for insomnia can be made by grinding up the black orbs from fallen Stantler’s antlers.
Alpha Stantler can be found in the eastern part of Deertrack Heights (north of the Heights Camp or southwest of Worn Bridge) in the Obsidian Fieldlands and can be found here at all times of the day and in every weather condition. The Alpha Stantler that can be found in this location is Level 42.
It is recommended to sneak to the back of the Alpha Pokemon, using the tall grass or stealth items like Smoke Bombs, and throw the player’s Pokemon or Poke Ball on its back to catch it unawares, which assures that the player moves first in battle.
If you plan on distracting it with food before catching it, it is worth mentioning that Stantler’s preferred foods are Springy Mushrooms, Hearty Grains, and Plump Beans.
If you plan on battling a Stantler first before catching it, it is worth noting that Stantler is a Normal type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Fighting type moves (super effective) and an immunity to Ghost type moves (no effect).
Aside from the Alpha Stantler that can be found in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the regular, non-alpha, Stantler can also be found in the Obsidian Fieldlands (in the cliff sides northeast of Deertrack Heights), in the Cobalt Coastlands (in Windbreak Stand), in the Coronet Highlands (in Wayward Wood), and in the Alabaster Icelands (southeast of Glacier Terrace) and they can be found in these locations at all times of the day and in every weather condition. Aside from that, the Stantler can also be found in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Obsidian Fieldlands.
Now that the player has an Alpha Stantler, the player can try to use the Alpha Stantler to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task for the player, which is to catch ‘em all!