Pokémon Legends: Arceus Clan Leaders Connect To Dialga And Palkia

The latest gameplay trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduced the Diamond and Pearl Clans, two rival factions that inhabit the ancient Hisui region. Named after the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games released for the Nintendo DS in 2006, the two clans have conflicting ideals despite the fact that they both seem to worship a mysterious being they call “Sinnoh.” However, clan leaders Adaman and Irida both draw several connections to the Legendary Pokémon of their respective clans’ namesake games, Dialga and Palkia, suggesting that there may be a deeper connection to Sinnoh’s famous dragons in Hisui’s clans.

The Diamond and Pearl Clans honor and protect the Noble Pokémon of the Hisui region, which they refer to as “lords” and “ladies.” Each clan instates Wardens to serve the Noble Pokémon, such as Lian of the Pearl Clan, who serves the newly-introduced Kleavor, and Arezu of the Diamond Clan, whose Noble Pokémon has yet to be revealed. While the clan names are clear references to the titles of Diamond and Pearl, the connections between the clans and the original DS games don’t stop there, and there are a number of similarities between the clans and the Legendary Pokémon of each game.

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The clothing and aesthetics of each clan in Pokémon Legends: Arceus have designs based on the appearance of Dialga and Palkia, with the Diamond Clan sporting Dialga’s vivid blues and the Pearl Clan wearing Palkia’s shades of white and magenta. Their core values seem to derive from Dialga and Palkia, as well as the Diamond Clan believes in cherishing time while the Pearl Clan venerates the vast space of the Hisui region. In Pokémon lore, Dialga is said to be the creator of time while Palkia is revered as the creator of space, which corresponds directly to what has been revealed about the beliefs of these clans so far. Unfortunately, due to their differing views of the world, the clans are at odds, and Adaman and Irida are frequently found fighting with each other, but these two leaders draw even more connections between their clans and the Legendary Pokémon they derive their appearance and values from.

As the leader of the Diamond Clan, Adaman’s appearance in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is similar to Dialga, particularly with the blue and silver color scheme used in both of their designs. He’s also described as being in a constant rush, and his dialogue in the trailer confirms as much as he complains about wasting time, which connects to Dialga’s lore as the creator of time itself. Perhaps the most notable connection between them, however, is his name, which derives from the Adamant Orb, an item that’s exclusive to Dialga in the original Pokémon Diamond and is required to summon it in Pokémon Platinum.

Similarly, Pearl Clan leader Irida’s design bears several similarities to Palkia, including the white and magenta color scheme as well as the smooth, pearly jewelry she wears. In the trailer, she mentions how “Almighty Sinnoh” created Hisui to be vast, which corresponds to Palkia’s creation of space in the lore. Unlike Adaman, Irida’s name doesn’t directly correspond to the name for Palkia’s exclusive item, the Lustrous Orb, and is derived from the word “iridescent” instead. Still, it’s safe to assume that her name is intended to correspond with Palkia’s pearly orb just like her rival.

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Interestingly enough, both clan leaders in Pokémon Legends: Arceus mention a being they refer to as “Almighty Sinnoh” in the trailer and seem to have conflicting views about the true nature of this mysterious divine force. Of course, with Sinnoh being the modern name of the Hisui region combined with the myth that Arceus created the Sinnoh region in the lore, it would make sense to conclude that Adaman and Irida are referring to the god-Pokémon Arceus by a different name. However, the two seem to have differing ideas about “Sinnoh” and its values in the trailer, and the Japanese website for Pokémon Legends: Arceus states that the two disagree about “Sinnoh’s” appearance, suggesting that the clan leaders could actually be referring to two completely different Pokémon - Dialga and Palkia - instead.

Rather than both clans venerating Arceus as the creator of the Hisui region, it seems likely that the Diamond Clan believes Dialga is the “Almighty Sinnoh,” while the Pearl Clan believes it to be Palkia, and these differing views of who “Sinnoh” is are the source of their constant arguments. Adaman asks “Sinnoh” to forgive him for wasting time, but Irida proudly announces that “Sinnoh” made Hisui a vast region for the benefit of the Pokémon who inhabit it. These beliefs directly correspond to Dialga and Palkia’s roles as gods of time and space rather than Arceus, whose role in Pokémon Legends: Arceus remains unknown.

In addition, the fact that their clans’ aesthetics directly correspond to the appearance of Dialga and Palkia could imply that each clan has somehow encountered these Legendary Pokémon, or are at least are aware of what they look like through legends and clan traditions. As such, it’s possible that the two Pokémon could make an appearance in Pokémon Legends: Arceus at some point, but their influence on the Hisui region and its inhabitants is clear in any case. However, if it’s true that the Diamond and Pearl Clans are referring to Dialga and Palkia rather than Arceus, the Pokémon’s role in its titular game remains more obscure than ever.

Arceus itself has yet to make an appearance in the game’s trailers, and despite the fact that the Mythical Pokémon - who is said to have created the entire Pokémon universe - is said to hold the key to the whole story, the part Arceus will play in Pokémon Legends is still a total mystery. Additionally, if Dialga and Palkia do, in fact, make an appearance in the game, it begs the question of whether or not the third member of the Creation Trio, Giratina, will be included as well considering that all three were created by Arceus. As more information is revealed about the game, more questions arise, and players will have to wait until Pokémon Legends: Arceus is released next year to finally discover Arceus’ role in its plot - and which of its creations will be found in the Hisui region as well.

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