Pokémon Legends Arceus: release time and how to play early

Get ready to meet and battle Pokémon in the Hisui region of Pokémon Legends: Arceus! The highly anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive title launches on January 28 and is a prequel to Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl, released last year.

The latest installment in the popular video game series will feature over 240 monsters to explore and catch. Additionally, the flow of battles is different, with the developers moving away from turn-based action and marking a shake-up of traditional game mechanics.

So if you're wondering what time Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release in your region, or better yet, if you want to know how to get early access to the game, look no further because we've got you covered.

What time is Pokémon Legends: Arceus released?

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released on January 28 2022 à midnight local time, meaning the game won't be released globally at the same time.

We've listed the regions in game release date order below. Accounts registered in regions at the top of this list will play Pokémon Legends: Arceus sooner than those at the bottom.

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

As a result, Pokémon enthusiasts residing in New Zealand or Australia have access to the game up to 21 p.m. earlier than those in the western United States.

Pokémon Legends Arceus: release time and how to play early
Pokémon Legends Arceus will be released at midnight local time on January 28, 2022. (Photo: The Pokémon Company)

Unfortunately, changing your device's time zone does not influence the unlock time of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Rather, it is the time zone of the Nintendo Eshop from which you purchased the game.

How to play Pokémon Legends: Arceus in advance?

So suppose you are unlucky enough to live in a different time zone than New Zealand or Australia. In that case, you might want to consider using this cheat to get faster access to Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

To get early access to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, purchase a copy of the game from the Nintendo Eshop with an earlier time zone.

Pokémon Legends Arceus: release time and how to play early
How to play Pokémon Legends Arceus before it's released in your region. (Photo: The Pokémon Company)

You may need to use a VPN to do this so that you are not redirected to your local Nintendo store page. However, it is better to configure the VPN on New Zealand to get access to the game as soon as possible.

And that's all! Obviously, this trick doesn't work if you live in New Zealand; unless you own a time machine, of course.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released exclusively on Nintendo Switch and is currently available for pre-order and pre-load.

  • Read more: Will Pok√©mon Legends: Arceus be multiplayer?

Be sure to check out our dedicated Pokémon section for the latest news, guides, leaks, updates, and more.

Image courtesy of Nintendo/The Pokémon Company.

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