|“||According to the legends of Sinnoh, this Pokémon emerged from an egg and shaped all there is in this world.||„|
|~ Arceus' Pokédex entry in Pokémon Soulsilver|
Arceus is a Legendary Pokémon who is the leader and creator of the "Creation Trio" formed by Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, as well as the "Lake Trio" formed by Mesprit, Uxie, and Azelf, making it a Trio Master, and the only one who is that of two different trios. By bringing the trios into existence, Arceus created and shaped the fabric of reality in the Pokémon multiverse, making it the single most powerful known entity in the franchise.
Powers and Stats
Age: Preceded and was responsible for creation itself
Classification: Legendary Pokémon, Alpha Pokémon, The Original One, The Original Spirit
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Invulnerability, Body Control, Immortality (Types 1, 4, and 9), True Flight, Teleportation, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Transmutation, Astral Projection, Matter Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Non-Corporeality, Elemental Manipulation (Of the variety of the 17 types), Reality Warping, Creation (Can create things out of nothing, such as creating one of the members of the Creation Trio), Age Manipulation, Portal Creation, Void Manipulation (Erased falling boulders out of existence. Upscaled from Palkia, Dialga, and Giratina, in which the former's weakened presence was erasing things from existence), Space-Time Manipulation (Stabilized a hole in space-time that was destroying a town, stopped time, broke Palkia's bent space), Pocket Reality Manipulation, Life Manipulation (Created the Jewel of Life from its plates), Earth Manipulation (Via Earth Power. Can also create psychic orbs that bring meteors down), Magnetism Manipulation (Created the highly magnetic Mt. Coronet), Darkness Manipulation (Can use a darkness attack that deals more damage the more an opponent buffs itself up), Dream Manipulation (Heavily implied to be the booming voice informing the protagonist about Darkrai in Lucas'/Dawn's nightmare induced by Darkrai), Status Effect Inducement, Mind Manipulation (Upscaled from the Lake Trio), Law Manipulation (Created the fundamental laws of the multiverse), Attack Negation (Can nullify virtually any attack that can fall under an elemental type, making it nigh-impossible to damage Arceus with conventional attacks. Its Metal Barrier can negate any effect [within reason] period), Illusion Creation (Upscaled from the Lake Trio), Attack Reflection, Memory Manipulation (Upscaled from Uxie), Information Manipulation (Also upscaled from Uxie), Causality Manipulation (The much weaker Creation Trio fighting without even using any of its major powers distorts causal law), Physics Manipulation, Resistance Negation (Its Battle Trozei and Conquest ability does normal damage even if the target is resistant), Forcefield Creation (Protected by a constant shield that protects it from invasive abilities such as Mind Attacks as well as ordinary attacks, can actively create them itself), Statistics Amplification, Summoning (Can call the Creation Trio), Regeneration (Low-Mid), Conceptual Manipulation (Created the very concepts of Time, Space, Antimatter, Emotion, Knowledge and Willpower directly from its own being, and gave shape to the elements which would become the Pokémon Types), Resistance to Telepathy (Resisted the combined telepathic technique of Sheena and her ancestor), Dimensional BFR (functions as Sealing as well), Gravity Manipulation, Power Absorption/Power Mimicry (Can take the powers of its enemies and infuse them with the Plates) Light Manipulation, Precognition (Its Pokémon Conquest ability, Omnipotent, allows it to foresee and dodge incoming attacks), Acausality, Power Nullification (Should possess Dialga's Time Crystal TCG ability, and Giratina's Renegade Force and Devour Light TCG abilities. Heavily implied to be responsible for Destiny Tower, which removes all items and money, and reduces one to their lowest levels and reverts all skills, moves, stats, and abilities upon entering), Can hit incorporeal entities (Due to the aforementioned Omnipotent ability), Chaos Manipulation and Embodiment (Is the realization of the chaos and turmoil in the beginning), OHK (Via Perish Song that causes the user to faint), Sound Manipulation (via Hyper Voice and Perish Song), Can pass through forcefields with Future Sight, Healing (Via Refresh and Recover), Resistance to Spacetime Erasure, Soul Manipulation, Danmaku (Judgment is depicted as a rapid downpour of dozens of bolts of energy in the games, and most of its attacks in Guardian Signs fall under this), Sleep Manipulation (Likely wakes up Lucas/Dawn in Darkrai's event), Willpower Manipulation, Empathic Manipulation, Can breathe in space, Immunity to Soul Manipulation (Predates the CT, who predate the LT, who predate souls), Absolute Zero, and certain status effects (The Icicle Plate turns him into an ice type, making him immune to Sheer Cold, and is immune to paralysis, poison, burns, freezing, binding, powders, and being seeded with the Zap, Toxic, Flame, Icicle, Spooky, and Meadow plate respectively) Resistance to Power Nullification and Power Mimicry (Multitype cannot be copied, switched, negated, or replaced. Any attack that tries to fails [as opposed to not affecting it], even if it targets multiple aspects of Arceus' powers), Resistance to having things about it changed (Arceus and Silvally, who's built with an RKS [Arceus] System, are immune to Soak, which changes the type of the user), and Resistance to Sleep and Dream Manipulation (Can act in its sleep, upscaled from Dialga, who could use its time abilities while unconscious, and can override Darkrai's control of the dream), Can use any Pokémon move that falls under the Plate types (Which tags on Self-Destruction, Smoke Manipulation, Size Manipulation, Homing Attacks, Fate Manipulation, Curse Manipulation, Absolute Zero, Weather Manipulation, Aura, Damage Boost, Animal Manipulation, Acid Manipulation, etc.)
Attack Potency: Multiverse level (Overpowered Palkia, Dialga, and Giratina, when one of them alone can stabilize space-time with just their breathing or heartbeat. Caused three universal space-time continuums, one being its own and the other two being the ones that Palkia and Dialga embody, to shake, with the latter two being made to collide with each other, all as a result as stirring in its sleep. Effortlessly recreated a Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina without any plates just to satisfy/astound Ethan and Cynthia. Controls all universes in the Pokémon series, of which there are at least this amount of diverging timelines and pocket realms. Created both the Creation Trio and Lake Trio, who created all universes along with the concepts in them. Superior to the trios at the same level it was before)
Striking Strength: Multiversal
Durability: Multiverse level (Its ability to negate attacks using its Plates makes it extremely difficult to damage or defeat)
Stamina: Extremely high, likely limitless (Arceus had directly fought against Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, created many things and concepts, including the universe, without losing consciousness and has no need to rest, as it did not become overly weak after losing a few of its Plates)
Range: Extended melee range. Multiversal with attacks and abilities.
Standard Equipment: Its Plates, which represent each of the 17 Pokémon types (Arceus does not possess a Plate representing Normal-type, as it is a Normal-type naturally) (Interestingly enough, Arceus used to possess a form [albeit an unobtainable one, likely only existing as a precaution for hacking] for the old "???" type exclusive to Curse pre Gen V, eggs pre Gen IV, and Weather Ball under the effects of Shadow Sky in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness). Arceus also uses the 18 Z-Crystals as they function the same way as the Plates.
Intelligence: Nigh-Omniscient (Created the very concept of knowledge, in the form of Uxie, from itself. Could inform Lucas/Dawn about Darkrai during its endless sleep, while he/she was in Darkrai's nightmare). Hasn't been shown to be used to its fullest capacity but it's highly likely the precognitive aspect of its ability "Omnipotent" is a derivative of this characteristic.
Weaknesses: Depending on which Plates it is missing, it can be hindered or damaged by specific types of attacks (while missing the Earth, Meadow, Draco, Zap, and Splash Plates, Ash's Pikachu was able to momentarily hinder it with Thunderbolt)
- Judgement: Arceus can fire powerful beams of energy at the sky that fall down and hit its opponents. This attack changes type depending on what type Arceus currently is and is powerful enough to cause the likes of Dialga and Palkia to stagger with a single direct hit.
- Flamethrower: Arceus can shoot a stream of pure flames from its face.
- Blizzard: Arceus can shoot ice storms of very low temperatures at its targets.
- Twister: Arceus can blow one or two powerful Dragon-type twisters from its face at opponents.
- Time Stop: Arceus can stop time itself.
- Extreme Speed: Arceus immediately strikes the foes with great force, which is virtually impossible to properly react to.
- Gravity: Arceus pins its foe down by rapidly increasing gravity around its target.
- Multitype: Arceus is able to switch types based on the plates it holds.
- Refresh: Arceus cleanses itself, removing any inhibitory status effects such as paralysis, burns, and poison.
- Perish Song: Arceus lets out a melody that instantly incapacitates all who hear it (including Arceus itself) after a set amount of time.
- Earth Power: Arceus shifts the earth under its target to release a massive upheaval of energy.
- Recovery: Arceus concentrates its internal energies, quickly healing most wounds.
- Omnipotent: A series of abilities that appeared in Pokémon Conquest, it grants Arceus the ability to heal minor wounds between trades, strike incorporeal targets, see the immediate future, and ignore defensive bonuses and resistances.
- Spatial/Temporal Warp: As the creator of Palkia and Dialga, Arceus is capable of wiping things from space-time)
Note 1: The entity Arceus is the physical manifestation of the Original Spirit used to interact with the Pokémon Multiverse.
Note 2: The personifications of Universal laws, Palkia, Dialga and Giratina are stated to be, though entirely separate entities, parts of it as stated in the games and manga as are the Lake guardians.
Note 3: There has been rampant confusion over whether or not Arceus was the one who actively created the Pokémon multiverse due to a statement in the movie Arceus and the Jewel of Life. In the games, the primary canon, it is insisted that Arceus established the fundamental laws of the Multiverse, but the Creation Trio are the ones who actively formed it.
Note 4: A frequently brought up topic is the fact that Arceus was incapacitated by a simple meteor in the movie, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Given his status in the series, the power of the Creation Trio, and his own feats, this scene has been dismissed as a case of PIS and should not be brought up on any thread in an attempt to downplay Arceus or downgrade his statistics.