In the early days of the franchise, Pokémon wasn't exactly known for character customization. But things have come a long way since the late 90s, and while you can't exactly change the shape of your character's nose, newer Pokémon games have allowed the player some freedom in shaping their character. The obvious omission in this trend is the 2021 Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl, which only allowed a small number of full outfit changes. So how will character customization work in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?
Initially, players will only be able to choose whether their character is male or female, and later they will be suitable with a basic outfit and basic hairstyle. It is currently unknown whether skin color is a customizable feature.
Relatively to the beginning of the game, you will be able to visit the tailor and the hairdresser. This configuration is similar to the Sword and Shield system, as well as the Sun and Moon. The clothier will allow you to purchase new clothes, which will be much more customizable than BDSP's limited system. You will be able to combine different colors and styles of tops, pants, full body dresses, shoes, hats and glasses.
The hairdresser will allow you to change the color of your character's hair and eyebrows, as separate actions. You can also change your character's hairstyle. Going to the hairdresser cost the player money in previous games, but it is not yet confirmed whether or not this is the case in Arceus.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released exclusively for Nintendo Switch on January 28, 2022.