Action Order Guide for Pokemon Legends: Arceus
What is Action Order?
Action Order is a major gameplay mechanic in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. As a departure from previous titles’ battle format where two opposing Pokemon can only act once per turn, the Action Order system allow each of the two combatants to act multiple times in a row based on their stats, Action Speed, and other factors.
Action Order is indicated on the upper right side of the screen when battle commences. This allows you to know when your Pokemon or opponent is able to act as you try to gain the advantage during the encounter.
Factors that Affect Action Order
A Pokemon’s stats determine whether moves first or not at the start of battle. Since the spread and growth of parameters varies greatly for each Pokemon species, certain Pokemon will usually be able to outspeed others.
A new stat called Action Speed is implemented in the game which will also determine turn order during each battle. The Action Speed of a Pokemon changes regularly through the use of Agile and Strong Style moves.
Buffs, Debuffs, and Status Ailments
While not mentioned in official sources, it is likely that Action Order will also be affected by various buffs, debuffs, and Status Ailments. It is possible that certain moves in the game can directly increase or decrease a Pokemon’s Action Speed for fixed durations. Being inflicted with status ailments such as paralysis and sleep may also cause Pokemon to miss their turn in a manner similar to previous games in the series.
Agile and Strong Style Moves
Pokemon Legends: Arceus features Agile and Strong Style moves which are essentially two new methods of using attacks in battle. These give an added layer of depth when deciding the best actions to take, especially against tough foes like Alpha Pokemon and Wardens.
Using moves in Agile Style will raise a Pokemon’s Action Speed. This, in turn, may allow the Pokemon to act sooner than the opponent at the cost of lowering the used move’s power.
Performing moves in Strong Style, meanwhile, increases the power of moves. As a consequence, the Pokemon’s Action Speed is lowered and may be overtaken by the opponent in the succeeding turn.