Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world at a time when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, which will be known as Sinnoh region in the modern times, you’ll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just 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.
In the game, there are certain Pokemon that the player cannot catch or are hard to catch in the wild. One of the methods to catch these Pokemon is through evolution. One of these Pokemon is Wyrdeer and in this guide, you will learn how to evolve Stantler into a Wyrdeer!
Stantler into Wyrdeer
Wyrdeer is a Normal and Psychic type Big Horn Pokemon that was introduced in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Wyrdeer looks like a snow deer with a white and gray body, two gold antlers that have two spikes and a black orb on each antler, a white mane that looks like a beard, a brown nose, a few white spots, a white and round tail, white and spiky fur on each leg, and black hooves. Additionally, Wyrdeer is also one of the rideable Pokemon in the game. According to its Pokedex entry in the game, the black orbs on Wyrdeer’s antlers shine with an uncanny light when Wyrdeer has invisible barriers. Additionally, the fur that is shed from Wyrdeer’s beard can retain heat very well which makes it a very useful material for winter clothes.
Wyrdeer actually cannot be found anywhere in the wild. The player will obtain a Wyrdeer early on in the game but this Wyrdeer can only be used as a rideable Pokemon and cannot be used in battle.
The only way to catch a Wyrdeer is through evolution. To do that, the player must evolve a Stantler. First, the player should know where to find a Stantler.
The player also can find a Stantler 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. It is worth mentioning that one of the Stantler that can be found in the Deertrack Path in the Obsidian Fieldlands is a Level 42 Alpha Pokemon. Aside from that, the Stantler can also be found in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Obsidian Fieldlands.
Another thing worth noting is that Stantler may immediately run away once it notices the player so the player may need to sneak or use Smoke Bombs to get close to it.
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).
Now that the player has caught a Stantler, all that is needed to evolve a Stantler into Wyrdeer is for the player’s Stantler to perform the Psyshield Bash attack in Agile Style for 20 times.
Stantler will learn the Psyshield Bash attack, which is a Psychic type attack, when it reaches Level 21 and will master it, meaning it can perform it in either Strong Style or Agile Style, when it reaches Level 31. Also, unfortunately, the player will not be able to use a Seed of Mastery to master the move immediately.
If you have caught a low level Stantler and it does not know or have not mastered the Psyshield Bash attack yet, you can level it up by battling against Ghost type Pokemon, which moves (Ghost type moves) does not affect Stantler. The kind of Ghost type Pokemon to battle against depends on the level of the player’s Stantler but it is worth mentioning that the Ghost type that the player can find in the locations where the player can find a Stantler are Drifloon and Drifblim which are the Ghost type (and Flying type) Pokemon in the Obsidian Fieldlands, Drifloon, Drifblim, Duskull, Dusclops, and Dusknoir which are the Ghost type Pokemon in the Cobalt Coastlands, Gastly, Haunter, Rotom, Misdreavus, and Mismagius which are the Ghost type (Gastly and Haunter are Ghost and Poison types and Rotom is Electric and Ghost type) Pokemon in the Coronet Highlands, and Drifloon, Driflblim, Gastly, Haunter, Duskull, Dusclops, Misdreavus, Froslass, Hisuian Zorua, and Hisuian Zoroark which are the Ghost type (Froslass is Ice and Ghost type, and Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark are Normal and Ghost types) Pokemon in the Alabaster Icelands.
Once the player’s Stantler has mastered the Psyshield Bash move, it is now time to perform it 20 times in Agile Style. The player can perform Psyshield Bash, which is a Psychic type move, in Agile Style against Ghost type Pokemon as, again, their Ghost type moves do not have an effect on Stantler. The player can also battle the Pokemon mentioned above to fulfill this requirement.
If the player’s Stantler runs out of PP for the Psyshield Bash attack, the player can just use a Hopo Berry, Leppa Berry, Max Elixir, and Max Ether on the Pokemon to restore its PP using items, or the player can rest in any of the Base Camps which will restore the player’s Pokemon’s HP and PP.
Alternatively, there is a trick so that a Pokemon’s PP will be restored without using items or resting in the Base Camp. To do that this is what the player must do:
- Press the up directional button to open the player’s Satchel.
- Next, select the Pokemon with the move that has used up all of its PP then select ‘Change moves’ on the prompt.
- After that, move the selection from the ‘moves to add’ to the Pokemon’s current move that has run out of PP then press the Y button to reorder the moves.
- Next, select the move that has run out of PP, exchange it for any move from the Pokemon’s unequipped moves, press the X button to confirm the change, then confirm the change again on the prompt. After that, you will see that the move that is now on the previous move’s slot now has no PP.
- Then, select the Pokemon again and select ‘Change moves’ again on the prompt.
- Next, select the move that was previously out of PP from the Pokemon’s unequipped moves, exchange it for any move from the Pokemon’s current moves except for the move on the slot that has no PP (the slot where the move was originally on), press the X button to confirm the change, then confirm the change again on the prompt.
Upon returning to the game, you will see that the move that previously had no PP now has PP and is on a different move slot. It is like sacrificing a move slot to fill up a move’s PP. If that is still confusing for you, we can use Stantler’s Psyshield Bash as an example. If Stantler’s Psyshield Bash has run out PP, simply exchange it for a different move from Stantler unequipped moves like Tackle, for example. Then, if you check Stantler’s moves, you will see that Tackle has no PP. After that, exchange Psyshield Bash from Stantler’s unequipped moves with any of the moves on the Stantler’s moveset except for Tackle, which has no PP, like Hypnosis for example. Then, if you check Stantler’s moves again, you will see that Psyshield Bash now has PP. Once the move has run out of PP again, the player can repeat this method by exchanging the move out of the Pokemon’s moveset again, then exchanging it back but in a different move slot. Obviously, the player can only use this method three times as Pokemon only has four move slots before all the move slotshave run out of PP. Once that happens, the player has no choice but to use the PP recovery items mentioned above or rest in any of the Base Camps.
After catching a Stantler and performing Psyshield Bash in Agile Style for 20 times, the player can now evolve a Stantler into a Wyrdeer!
To do that, this is what the player must do:
- If it is not already there, put the player’s Stantler in the Player’s party by talking to the Galaxy Member near the tent on any of the Base Camps and selecting “I want to see my Pokemon” on the prompt, or heading to the Pastures in the eastern part of Jubilife Village.
- Then, return to the game and press the up directional button to open the player’s Satchel.
- Select the player’s Stantler, which has a glowing Poke Ball beside its name indicating that the Pokemon is ready to evolve. Select Evolve on the prompt, confirm on the next prompt to evolve Stantler then, just like that, Stantler will evolve into a Wyrdeer!
Now that the player has a Wyrdeer, the player can now try to use the Wyrdeer to complete other requests, complete missions, or complete Arceus’ task for the player which is to catch ‘em all!