Natures determine how a Pokemon’s stats will grow as they level, so, many players like to search for Pokémon with ideal natures; luckily, there is a straightforward way of changing natures in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
The need to know
- Pokémon all have natures in Legends: Arceus.
- Natures can be changed with items called mints.
- Mints can be grown by players in Jubilife Village.
- To grow mints, all players need to do is fully complete the harvesting side quest.
The mint harvest
Before Pokémon natures can be changed, players first need to acquire mints. There is a specific mint for each nature, and each mint is named after the nature that it provides. For example, a mint that changes a Pokémon’s nature to adamant will be called an Adamant Mint. This method of naming applies to all mints.
Players need to complete the field plowing side missions to obtain these handy items. There are three of these missions in total, and upon completing the final mission, players will then have access to planting a variety of crops.
Players can locate the crop, and the start of the side quest, here on the map:
These missions are super easy- they only take a bit of time. Players need to lend a Pokémon of their choosing to the quest giver, who will then use that Pokémon to help plow the fields. So, it’s a neat little bit of lore that slots into the game in a very thematic way. Keep in mind that the Pokémon used for this quest can always be retrieved or switched out for another of the player’s choosing.
For a visual walkthrough on mint farming, check out Garmer Guru’s video below!
Once the ideal mint is acquired, all that’s left to do is use it on the desired Pokémon to change its nature. As stated above, for example, an Adamant Mint will change a selected Pokémon’s nature to adamant. Mints are one use only, so players will need to farm up quite a bit of mints if they plan to set up a whole team with proper natures.
To understand what nature best fits a Pokémon, it’s essential to understand what type of Pokémon you want to use. For example, a Machop/Machoke/Machamp would best benefit from a nature that raises its attack as it’s a hefty physical attacker with a large selection of physical-type attacks in its movepool. A Gastly/Haunter/Gengar, on the other hand, would best benefit from a nature that raises its special attack stat, as this family of Pokémon has a high base special-attack stat and gets access to some great special-attacks in its movepool.
These, of course, are only the basics of understanding natures and how they best work with each Pokémon. For more of a rundown on how natures affect stats, check out The Gamer’s substantial writeup here.
So, that’s all there really is to changing natures in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. As someone who feels compelled to make a Pokémon as strong as possible, I’ve really loved the strides GameFreak has taken with the past few installments to make this much more manageable. Gone are the days of hatching hundreds and hundreds of eggs at a time, hoping for that one perfect Pokémon to finally hatch. Instead, simply grabbing a mint and using it to get the desired result is so much less of a hassle.
What do you think of this method for changing natures for your Pokémon? Do you prefer the old hatching method, or do you appreciate the simplicity of the new system? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up over @dayonegames!
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