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Pokémon Legends Arceus guide: Space-time Distortion Fields, explained

What’s the deal with these big purple domes?

A trainer encounters a Porygon in a Distortion Field Image: Game Freak/Nintendo via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

As you venture around in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you may notice Space-time Distortions, huge swirling purple bubbles filled with powerful Pokémon. These are integral to finding specific Pokémon and evolution items. Our Pokémon Legends: Arceus Space-time Distortions guide explains what Space-time Distortions are, how to spawn them, and what Pokémon you can exclusively get from them.

What are Space-Time Distortions?

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Space-time Distortions are large circle-shaped areas that imbue with mysterious energy. Powerful Pokémon spawn there, as well as rare items. When one opens up nearby, you’ll get a on-screen notice that a space-time distortion is occurring, and a swirl icon will note where the distortion is on your map.

What’s so special about Space-Time Distortions?

In addition to spawning powerful and hostile Pokémon, there are some Pokémon you can only get from Distortion Fields. These Pokémon are dependent on which area you’re in. They are as follows:

  • Obsidian Fieldlands: Johto Sneasel
  • Crimson Mirelands: Porygon
  • Cobalt Coastlands: Magnemite
  • Coronet Highlands: Cranidos and Shieldon
  • Alabaster Icelands: Scizor

In addition to these, you may find rare spawns like Eevee or the Pokémon Legends: Arceus starter Pokémon (Oshawott, Cyndaquil, and Rowlet). You can also find rare evolution items, like Moon Stones or Up-grade.

How do I get Space-time Distortions to spawn?

We don’t know the specific triggers for Space-time Distortions, but based on our research, they did seem to spawn more often when we were actively catching and battling Pokémon in the various areas.

We spent lots of time in each area, searching out wisps and Unown, but when we were just flying around, no Distortion Zones seemed to spawn until we started interacting with the wild Pokémon.

However, until there are proper datamines or confirmations of this, we can’t confidently say this is true. We’ll update this guide once we can confirm more data.

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