Pokemon Legends: Arceus Player Finds Musical Trick For Catching Alpha Pokemon

A Pokemon Legends: Arceus player discovered a niche detail in the game's music that may help other trainers catch Alpha Pokemon much faster!

August 2, 2022

Have trouble catching Alpha Pokemon in Pokemon Legends: Arceus? Well, you’re in luck! A Pokemon fan has discovered a neat little trick that focuses on the game’s audio cues to help you figure out where Alpha Pokemon may be hiding.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus released just at the beginning of this year, meaning there are still many secrets and techniques for fans to uncover. The game’s open world provides a wealth of new things to discover, from new shiny hunting strategies to hidden areas to finding new Alpha Pokemon in the wild.


Though shiny hunting presents more of a technical challenge, there there may be an easier way to find Alpha Pokemon. As it turns out, the Alpha Pokemon music will initiate if you approach a tree with an Alpha Pokemon in it – even if you can’t see the Pokemon itself.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus Alpha Pokemon

Introduced in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Alpha Pokemon are a unique type of Pokemon players can encounter. True to their name, these Pokemon are particularly formidable. Their sizes are as tall as possible, and they have 3 stats guaranteed to have an Effort Level of 3.

Players will usually encounter these Pokemon like any other – by traveling around Hisui. Their special form means they’re rarer than normal Pokemon, but not quite as rare as shinies are. Nonetheless, Pokemon fans have attempted to cheese better ways to hunt these Alphas down.

Luckily, when it comes to hunting Alpha Pokemon in trees, there’s a bit of an easier method out there. Spotted by Redditor u/zeroexev29, Alpha music will play when you approach a tree with an Alpha Pokemon in it.

u/zeroexev29 comes across a shaking tree to then toss a Pokemon ball. The moment they do, the Alpha music kicks into gear. An Alpha Wild Burmy pops out, confirming that the tree-shaking Pokemon is one worth catching.

This means that players can rely on audio cues to let them know where Alpha Pokemon may be hiding. Even if the Pokemon itself isn’t visible, the Alpha music is a dead giveaway to its location. Players can now run around through the trees and ignore any without Alpha music playing. u/zeroexev29 also confirms that this trick works for rocks as well, meaning players will immediately know which fights should be run from.

This subtle music change makes a significant difference for those hunting for Alpha Pokemon. Both a fun musical cue and an incredibly helpful design tactic, Pokemon shows its player that all they have to do is listen to the music.

Natalie Schmidt

Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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