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Pokemon Legends Arceus Release Time & How to Play Early

It’s Pokemon Legends: Arceus release day, but what time does the game launch and can we play it early?

Pokemon Legends: Arceus is easily one of the most anticipated Nintendo projects in years. The appeal of an open-world Pokemon game is one that needs no explanation, and we’re very excited to experience it for ourselves.

Thankfully, the wait is now over, as Pokemon Legends: Arceus is releasing in just a matter of hours. But when can we get our hands on the game?

We hope you’ve chosen the best Starter Pokemon in Legends: Arceus to begin your journey!

After all, reports indicate that the new game is more challenging than you’d expect!

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus Release Date & Time

Pokemon Legends: Arceus will release on January 28 at midnight in your local timezone.

Therefore, regions in earlier time zones will play the game before others, as shown on the following list.

  • New Zealand (GMT+13)
  • Australia – East Coast (GMT+11)
  • Japan (GMT+9)
  • China (GMT+8)
  • Moscow (GMT+3)
  • South Africa (GMT+2)
  • United Kingdom (GMT+0)
  • Brazil (GMT-3)
  • United States – East Coast (GMT-5)
  • United States – West Coast (GMT-8)

However, some fans have been playing Pokemon Legends: Arceus for the last week!

And you too can play the new Pokemon title early, if you choose.

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How to Download & Play Pokemon Legends: Arceus Early

If you really can’t wait for the latest Pokemon game to drop, there’s a solution. It appears that it is possible to play Pokemon Legends: Arceus early, but it’s a bit of a hassle.

Simply changing your Switch’s time zone won’t be enough to trigger the game’s launch early. Instead, you’ll need to change your Nintendo Eshop’s region entirely.

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To do so, you’ll need to create a new Nintendo Eshop account in a region such as New Zealand and purchase the game through the store. Then, you’ll be able to download and play Pokemon Legends: Arceus early!

Whether you’re waiting for midnight or not, make sure you know how to catch Pokemon in Legends: Arceus! And if you’re worried about making the wrong choice, rest assured – you can catch Starter Pokemon in this special area of Hisui!

Finally, only Pokemon superfans will be able to catch Darkrai and Shaymin in the new game. And you’ll need to get the process started even before Arceus officially launches!

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