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 Staravia!
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 when the type of Alpha Pokemon appears during a specific 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 will be able to 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 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 some regions 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 random, we will discuss fixed Alpha Pokemon, specifically an Alpha Staravia.
Staravia is a Normal and Flying type Starling Pokemon with a black, white, and grayish-brown body that looks that of a bird, a black head with a grayish-brown circle marking on its forehead, a white face with a pattern of spikes on its edges, a pair of black eyes with white pupils, an orange beak with a black tip, a black upper body with a marking on its chest that looks like a letter ‘M,’ a long tuft of a feather that is curving up and forward on the back of its head, grayish-brown and black wings, black tail feathers with one white feather in the middle, and two feet with black talons. According to its Pokedex entry in the game, Staravias form large flocks and are constantly fighting amongst themselves, and it is believed that the Staravia with plumes on their heads is the strong ones.
Alpha Staravia can be found in Windswept Run (west of Height Camp or northwest of Nature’s Pantry) in the Obsidian Fieldlands and at this location at all times of the day and in every weather condition. The Alpha Staravia that can be found in this location is Level 32.
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 Staravia’s preferred foods are Dazzling Honey, Hearty Grains, and Plump Beans.
Suppose you plan on battling the Alpha Staravia first before catching it. In that case, it is worth noting that Staravia is a Normal and Flying type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Electric-type, Ice-type, and Rock-type moves (super effective), a resistance to Bug-type and Grass-type moves, and immunity to Ghost-type and Ground-type moves (no effect).
Aside from the Alpha Staravia that can be found in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the regular, non-alpha, Staravia can be found in other parts of the Obsidian Fieldlands (in Nature’s Pantry, south of Tidewater Dam, in Sandgem Flats, in Deertrack Path, and Ramanas Island) and in the Cobalt Coastlands (in Gingko Landing, in Bathers’ Lagoon, in Deadwood Haunt, in Sand’s Reach, in Tranquility Cove, and south of Windbreak Stand). Staravia can also be found in every weather condition but only in the daytime (morning, midday, and evening). Aside from that, the player can find Staravia in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Obsidian Fieldlands and the Cobalt Coastlands.
Now that the player has an Alpha Staravia, the player can try to use the Alpha Staravia to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task for the player to catch them all!