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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is giving players a whole new perspective on the Sinnoh region, with the Nintendo Switch game transporting them to ancient times — back when the area was known as Hisui. And one change the game makes is presenting Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet as its starter Pokémon. However, the Sinnoh starters from Diamond and Pearl are available in Pokémon Legends: Arceus as well. So, where can players find Chimchar, Piplup, and Turtwig?

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Pokémon Legends: Arceus.]

Where to find Chimchar in ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’

Trainer trying to catch a Chimchar in 'Pokémon Legends: Arceus.'
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Cyndaquil may be the fire starter in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but it never hurts to have Chimchar on your team as well. After all, the Sinnoh Pokémon eventually turns into a Fire/Fighting ape who packs a powerful punch in battle.

Chimchar can be found in the Obsidian Fieldlands, but trainers may need to explore Hisui a bit before coming across it. It’s located on Ramanas Island, which players can only access by swimming. That means they’ll need Basculegion as a steed before setting out to find Chimchar.

After getting to Ramanas Island, locating Chimchar is relatively easy. Just look for an Alpha Infernape nearby. There should be a few Chimchar wandering in the same area. It’s worth noting that Chimchar is one of the Pokémon that runs away when spotted — so, players hoping to catch one will want to be stealthy in their efforts.

Where to find Piplup in ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’

Wild Piplup near the beach in 'Pokémon Legends: Arceus'
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Players might expect Piplup to be hiding in the Alabaster Icelands, but these Water starters are tropical penguins in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. That’s why trainers can find them in the Cobalt Coastlands. They’ll be waiting near a pond on the Islespy Shore portion of the island. It may be possible to reach the area by scaling the mountains with Wyrdeer, but that’s the more dangerous means of getting there. Using Basculegion to swim to the area will prove quicker and safer.

Similar to Chimchar, Piplup will be easy to spot because of an Alpha Empoleon wandering around. Also like Chimchar, the Water-type tends to run away after spotting a trainer. Because of this, players will want to be careful when approaching these Pokémon. Making use of the ability to kneel and throw Heavy Balls is a must.

Sneaking around will definitely prove worthwhile, as Empoleon makes a solid addition to any team. The Water/Steel Pokémon boasts an impressive amount of strength and some powerful moves.

Where to find Turtwig in ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’

Trainer standing near a Turtwig in 'Pokémon Legends: Arceus'
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Grass starters don’t always get the love they deserve, but players won’t want to miss out on finding Turtwig in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Sinnoh Pokémon is located in the Crimson Mirelands, in the bottom right corner of the map — south of Droning Meadow and to the right of Ursa’s Ring. There’s a river separating their hideout from the main area, so trainers will need Basculegion to get across.

A couple of Turtwig should be wandering near a pond when trainers arrive. Sneaking up on them is the best means of catching them. Like Chimchar and Piplup, they tend to run when they spot someone nearby.

Unlike Chimchar and Piplup, these starters won’t be lurking near an Alpha version of their final form. Alpha Torterra is in the Holm of Trials part of the region, a bit to the left of the Turtwig.

Catching Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup will give players some nice alternatives to the Hisui starters presented in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Of course, they can also catch all three of the new starter Pokémon using Space-Time Distortions.