Where to Find an Alpha Steelix in Pokemon Legends: Arceus


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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.

Where to Find an Alpha Steelix in Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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 that increases all of their stats and reduces the damage they receive from status conditions and increased combat capabilities are found all over the Hisui region. These Pokemon are called Alpha Pokemon

In this guide, we will learn where to find an Alpha Steelix!

Alpha Pokemon

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 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 fighting 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 random, we will discuss fixed Alpha Pokemon, specifically an Alpha Steelix.

Alpha Steelix

Steelix is a Steel and Ground type Iron-Snake Pokemon with a long, silvery-gray, snake-like body with rock-like sections with rock spikes coming out of three sections and a huge head with a wide jaw and huge square teeth. According to its Pokedex entry in the game, Steelix’s body is coated with steel powder, and its body is so hard that not even a diamond can leave so much as a scratch on it.

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An Alpha Steelix can be found slightly east of Celestica Trail (north of Sonorous Path or southeast of Primeval Grotto) in the Coronet Highlands and can be found in the area mentioned at all times the day and in every weather condition. The Alpha Steelix that can be found in this location is a Level 60 Pokemon.

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 Steelix’s preferred food is Crunchy Salts.

Suppose you plan on battling a Steelix first before catching it. In that case, it is worth noting that, as mentioned, Steelix is a Steel and Ground-type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Fighting-type, Fire-type, Ground-type, and Water-type moves (super effective), a resistance to the Bug-type, Dragon-type, Fairy-type, Flying-type, Normal-type, Psychic-type, Steel-type, and especially Rock-type moves (not very effective), and immunity to Electric-type and Poison-type moves (no effect).

Aside from the Alpha Steelix that can be found in the Coronet Highlands, the regular, non-alpha, Steelix can also be found in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Crimson Mirelands and the Cobalt Coastlands.

Now that the player has an Alpha Steelix, the player can try to use the Alpha Steelix to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task for the player to catch ‘em all!

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