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Pokémon Legends Arceus guide: Kleavor Noble boss fight

How to beat the first Noble Pokémon, Kleavor

Kleavor, an evolution of Scyther, debuts in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The formidable Pokémon has large, axe-like hands and has survived many battles with them Image: Game Freak/Nintendo
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Kleavor is the first Noble Pokémon you fight in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The powerful creature has become frenzied, and the only way to quell it is to pelt it with balms while dodging its deadly attacks. Our Pokémon Legends: Arceus boss fight guide explains Kleavor’s weaknesses, how to take on a Noble Pokémon, and even recommends some counters for the battle.

Kleavor weaknesses and counters

Kleavor is a level 18 bug- and rock-type, meaning it doesn’t have too many weaknesses. Rock-, steel-, and water-type moves deal double damage to Kleavor.

Nearby Grandtree Arena, you can find water-types Psyduck and Bibarel. You can also find Geodude around Obsidian Fieldlands if you need more help.

If you don’t have any counters and Kleavor is cleaving your Pokémon down, you can avoid fighting it altogether and just keep dodging and throwing balms.

Kleavor will do an area-of-effect attack around it if you stand too close, so keep your distance. It repeatedly charges at you in a straight line, so dodge roll out of the way once it starts moving.

How do I fight a Noble Pokémon?

Each Noble Pokémon fight follows the same mechanic. You need to throw provided balms at the Pokémon to calm it down. While you’re tossing balms, dodge telegraphed attacks. Pay attention to both the Pokémon and the ground around you for signs of incoming attacks.

Periodically, the Noble tires itself out, creating an opening for you to throw in your Pokémon to battle. If you knock it out, it becomes temporarily stunned, and balms soothe it faster. However, you can complete an entire Noble Pokémon encounter without ever battling it, if you would rather just throw balms and dodge.

If the Noble knocks you out, you can restart the battle completely or from a checkpoint.

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