Catching flying Pokémon in the game Pokémon Legends: Arceus can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Without the right strategy and items, these elusive creatures can easily escape capture and become a very frustrating experience.
However, with a few key tips and tricks, trainers can increase their chances of successfully catching flying Pokémon and adding them to their Hisui Pokédex. From preparing the right items, what to do, and where to catch these flying Pokémon, let us dive into some effective ways to catch these high-flying wonders in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
There are Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that are flying around the skies of the ancient Hisui region. The player cannot challenge these flying Pokémon in a battle meaning the player cannot weaken them or inflict status conditions to catch them. However, the game introduced a new mechanic where the player can just throw a Poké Ball directly at a Pokémon to try and catch it. That, therefore, is the only way to catch flying Pokémon.
The regular Poké Ball, however, cannot reach the Pokémon flying in the skies of the Hisui region. Certainly, not Heavy Balls, designed to be heavy so they cannot be thrown very far and will fall to the ground quickly. Feather Balls are the best Poké Ball to catch Pokémon flying around the sky.
The Feather Ball is a type of Poké Ball that can be thrown at a greater distance than a regular Poké Ball and can travel quickly at a straighter line instead of in an arc. This will undoubtedly aid in catching Pokémon that are far away or flying high in the sky.
Crafting Feather Balls
Thankfully, Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduced another mechanic called Crafting. That way, the player does not have to spend a single Pokémon Dollar to get Feather Balls! It is worth noting that the player cannot craft right from the beginning of the game. However, it can be unlocked.
After completing the Galaxy Team’s Entry Trial, players can start the Basics of Crafting mission, the game’s third mission. In this mission, the player will be taught how to craft using the Workbench and given a Crafting Kit.
To get the crafting recipe for Feather Balls, the player must achieve a Second Star Rank. Then, Captain Cyllene will give the player the crafting recipe. Fortunately, this can be accomplished quite early in the game.
The player needs one Apricorn and Sky Tumblestone to craft one Feather Ball. These items can be found around the Hisui region. You can still purchase them if you don’t have the time to farm for them.
They can be obtained from Apricorn trees around the Hisui region to get some Apricorn. To harvest Apricorn from Apricorn trees, aim one of your Pokémon at an Apricorn tree by holding the ZR button and throwing it by letting go of the ZR button. Then, the player’s Pokémon strike the tree to harvest the Apricorn. The thrown Pokémon will also gain experience for doing this.
Easy Apricorn farming trick: There are a lot of Apricorn trees in Horseshoe Plains in the Obsidian Fieldlands, and once the player has run out of harvestable Apricorn trees in this area, the player can just reset the map and respawn the Apricorn trees by heading back to Jubilife Village and returning to Horseshoe Plains in the Obsidian Fieldlands. Also, the player can pay Colza 500 Pokémon Dollars to plant Apricorn Harvests at the Farm in Jubilife Village.
Apricorn can also be obtained after catching or defeating Starly, Staravia, Staraptor, and Kricketot.
Alternatively, Apricorn can be purchased for 40 Pokémon Dollars from Anvin in the Craftworks.
Sky Tumblestones can be obtained by harvesting the blue ores in the Hisui region. To harvest Sky Tumblestones from these ores, the player must also throw one of their Pokémon at it.
There are numerous Sky Tumblestones south of the Mirelands Camp in the Crimson Mirelands. Sky Tumblestones can also be found in Obsidian Fieldlands, Coronet Highlands, Cobalt Coastlands, and Alabaster Icelands, although the easiest place to find them is around the Mirelands Camp.
Sky Tumblestones can be obtained after catching or defeating Porygon, Porygon2, Porygon-Z, and Mantyke.
Alternatively, Sky Tumblestone can be purchased for 100 Pokémon Dollars from Anvin in the Craftworks after it has been added to his wares.
If the player has the luxury, they can buy Feather Balls instead of farming for individual items.
The player can purchase Feather Balls for 140 Pokémon Dollars from Choy at the General Store (just across the player’s quarters in the village) and from the Galaxy Member in each Base Camp. However, Feather Balls aren’t available right at the get-go. The player must complete Request 23, the “Getting Ahold of New Wares” Request to add Feather Balls to these merchants’ wares.
Alternatively, the player can purchase 30 Feather Balls for 2,500 Pokémon Dollars from Ginter at the Gingko Guild Shop near the Galaxy Hall and the player’s headquarters. However, the items that the Gingko Guild Merchants sell are not the same all the time so the available items may vary. To change Ginter’s items, the player must first capture 20 Pokémon.
Other Poké Balls
Like the other Poké Balls in the game, the Feather Ball has stronger versions: the Wing Ball and the Jet Ball.
The Wing Ball is an upgraded version of the Feather Ball. This means that it can travel farther and faster once it is thrown. It also has a better catch rate than the Feather Ball. This is the Feather Ball’s equivalent to the Great Ball.
Crafting Wing Balls
To get the crafting recipe for Wing Balls, the player must achieve a Fifth Star Rank, and Captain Cyllene will give the player the crafting recipe.
To craft a Wing Ball, the player needs one Apricorn, Sky Tumblestone, and Iron Chunk.
Iron Chunks are silver jagged stones that can be found just lying on the ground. They can easily be found in all areas of the Hisui region. This item can also be obtained from harvesting ores around the region.
Bronzor, Bronzong, Riolu, Lucario, Glalie, and Nosepass will also drop Iron Chunks once defeated and caught.
Alternatively, Iron Chunks can be purchased for 200 Pokémon Dollars from Anvin in the Craftworks after it is added to his wares.
The player can purchase Wing Balls for 340 Pokémon Dollars from Choy at the General Store and the Galaxy Member in each Base Camp. Wing Balls can be added to the merchants’ wares after completing Request 61, called the “Even More New Wares” Request.
Also, the player may purchase 20 Wing Balls for 4,000 Pokémon Dollars from Ginter at the Gingko Guild Shop. Again, items that Ginter is offering may vary.
The Jet Ball is an upgraded version of the Wing Ball. If thrown, it can travel farther and faster than the Wing Ball. It also has an even better catch rate compared to the Feather Ball. This is the Feather Ball’s equivalent to the Ultra Ball.
Crafting Jet Balls
To get the crafting recipe for Jet Balls, the player must achieve the Eighth Star Rank then Captain Cyllene will give the player the crafting recipe.
To craft a Jet Ball, the player needs one Apricorn, two Sky Tumblestones, and two Iron Chunks.
Unfortunately, the player cannot buy Jet balls in the game, so crafting is the only way to acquire them.
How to Catch Flying Pokémon
The following is a step-by-step guide to catching flying Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus:
1. Stock up on many Feather Balls, Wing Balls, or Jet Balls.
There is no assurance that the player can catch a Pokémon with just one try. To be safe, it is recommended to bring a lot so the player won’t have to keep crafting or buying these Poké Balls if it runs out.
2. Head to the flying Pokémon’s location and eliminate the wild Pokémon.
Removing the wild Pokémon around the area is recommended to avoid nuisances when trying to catch the flying Pokémon. The player can eliminate these wild Pokémon by defeating them one by one. Alternatively, the player can throw Scatter Bangs around the area. Scatter Bangs will cause a loud bang, resulting in the Pokémon running away around the area.
3. Study the flying Pokémon’s flight pattern.
Learn how the Pokémon is flying around to anticipate where it will go. Then, get to a position as close to the flying Pokémon.
4. Aim and wait for the Pokémon to fly in the player’s direction.
Hold the ZR button to aim one of the player’s Feather Balls, Wing Balls, or Jet Balls. Then, aim it on the flying Pokémon’s flight path, where it will head in the player’s direction. This is so that when the Pokémon escapes the Poké Ball, the player can quickly try again with less difficulty.
5. Throw the Poké Ball.
Let go of the ZR button to throw the Feather Ball, Wing Ball, and Jet Ball. Throw the Poké Ball once the flying Pokémon is near where the player is aiming and not when the Pokémon is exactly where the aim is. This may need multiple tries to get the timing right, so having multiple Feather Balls, Wing Balls, or Jet Balls ready is important.
6. Ready up another Poké Ball.
After successfully hitting the flying Pokémon with a Poké Ball, aim at it again with another Feather Ball, Wing Ball, or Jet Ball. If it escapes and probably will, the player can quickly throw another Poké Ball to try to catch it again. There will be a window to throw another Poké Ball as the flying Pokémon will let out a huge roar after it escapes.
7. Repeat until caught.
Finally, repeat the previous step until the flying Pokémon is caught. If the player wishes to catch another of the same flying Pokémon, the player can wait for several moments. After that, another flying Pokémon will respawn and fly around like nothing happened. Another method is to reset the map, which can be done by heading back to Jubilife Village and then returning to the Obsidian Fieldlands.
List of Flying Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Here is a list of flying Pokémon and their locations with whom the players can use the steps mentioned above:
The player can find a Gyarados flying above the Obsidian Falls in the eastern part of the Obsidian Fieldlands. The best spot for the player to catch this flying Gyarados is near the cliff’s edge at the eastern edge of Deertrack Heights.
The Gyarados found in this area is a Level 27 Water and Flying-type Pokémon. This means it is weak (super effective) to Rock-type and especially Electric-type moves (super effective), resistant (not very effective) to Bug-type, Fighting-type, Fire-type, Steel-type, and Water-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Ground-type moves.
The player will be able to find a Togekiss flying above the entrance to Lake Verity in the western part of the Obsidian Fieldlands. The best spot for the player to catch this flying Pokémon is up the mountain on either side of the entrance to Lake Verity. However, the player must first unlock rideable Pokémon such as Wyrdeer, Sneasler, or Braviary to get to this area.
This flying Togekiss is a Level 44 Fairy and Flying-type Pokémon, so it is weak (super effective) to Electric-type, Ice-type, Poison-type, Rock-type, and Steel-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to Dark-type, Grass type, and especially Bug-type and Fighting-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Dragon-type and Ground-type moves.
There are two locations where the player can find a flying Staraptor. The first area is above the waters east of Nature’s Pantry in the Obsidian Fieldlands. The player can spot it above a cliff that overlooks The Heartwood.
The next location to find a flying Staraptor is in the skies slightly south of Windbreak Stand in the Cobalt Coastlands. A great spot for this flying Pokémon is at the cliff edge of the path that leads up Windbreak Stand. This spot overlooks the sea and the shores of Ginkgo Landing.
The Staraptor in the Obsidian Fieldlands is Level 31, and the one in the Cobalt Coastlands is Level 34. This Pokémon is a Normal and Flying-type Pokémon, so it is weak (super effective) to Electric-type, Ice-type, and Rock-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to Bug-type and Grass-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Ghost-type and Ground-type moves.
A flying Honchkrow can be found above the cliffs slightly west of Bathers’ Lagoon in the Cobalt Coastlands. This Honchkrow can only be found here during the nighttime (nightfall). A good spot to catch this flying Pokémon is up the cliff near the path that leads to Bathers’ Lagoon. The player must use the rideable Pokémon Sneasler or Braviary to reach that.
This Honchkrow is a Level 32 Dark and Flying-type Pokémon, so it is weak (super effective) to Fairy-type, Electric-type, Ice-type, and Rock-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to Dark-type, Ghost-type, and Grass-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Ground-type and Psychic-type moves.
Togetic can also be found in two locations. The first is flying above the river in Bolderoll Slope in the Crimson Mirelands. A great spot to try to catch this Togetic is up a cliff in the middle of Bolderoll Slope overlooking the river and the northern part of Cottonsedge Prairie.
The other Togetic is flying above Cottonsedge Prairie in the eastern part of the Crimson Mirelands. The best spot to attempt to catch this Togetic is up a small rock formation in the middle of Cottonsedge Prairie. To get up there, however, the player must employ the services of the rideable Pokémon Sneasler or Braviary.
The Togetic flying above Bolderoll Slope can be around Level 23, and the one flying above Cottonsedge Prairie is around Level 35. Togetic is also a Fairy and Flying-type Pokémon and is weak (super effective) to Electric-type, Ice-type, Poison-type, Rock-type, and Steel-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to Dark-type, Grass-type, and especially Bug-type and Fighting-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Dragon-type and Ground-type moves.
There are also two flying Magnezones in the Coronet Highlands. The first one is hovering in the skies slightly south of Clamberclaw Cliffs. This flying Pokémon can be seen from the cliffs of Clamberclaw Cliffs.
The second flying Magnezone can be seen flying slightly south of Celestica Trail. Like the previous location, a great vantage point to catch this flying Pokémon is on the edge of the cliffs of Celestica Trail.
The Magnezone in the first location is around Level 38, while the other flying Pokémon is around Level 47. This flying Pokémon is an Electric and Steel-type Pokémon that is weak (super effective) to Fighting-type, Fire-type, and especially Ground-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to the Bug-type, Dragon-type, Electric-type, Fairy-type, Grass-type, Ice-type, Normal-type, Psychic-type, Rock-type, and especially Flying-type and Steel-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Poison-type moves.
A Crobat can be found flying in front of Icebound Falls in the Alabaster Icelands. A good spot to try to catch this flying Pokémon is up the mountains around the area. The player, however, would need the rideable Pokémon Sneasler or Braviary.
Found at around Level 51, the flying Crobat is a Poison and Flying-type Pokémon. Hence, it is weak (super effective) to Electric-type, Ice-type, Psychic-type, and Rock-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to Fairy-type, Poison-type, and especially Bug-type, Fighting-type, and Grass-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Ground-type moves.
A flying Hisuian Braviary can be seen flying the skies before the Snowpoint Temple in the northern part of the Alabaster Icelands. The best spot to catch this majestic flying Pokémon is on the rooftop of Snowpoint Temple. On the rooftop is a triangular pillar the player can climb up, which the flying Hisuian Braviary will fly close to.
This Hisuian Braviary is at around Level 50 and is a Psychic and Flying-type Pokémon. It is weak (super effective) to Dark-type, Electric-type, Ghost-type, Ice-type, and Rock-type moves, resistant (not very effective) to Grass-type, Psychic-type, and especially Fighting-type moves, and immune (no effect) to Ground-type moves.
These are all the Pokémon roaming the skies of the Hisui region! The player can catch a few or all of them to use them in accomplishing missions, requests, or even fulfilling Arceus’ task for the player to catch ‘em all!