Hisuian Pokémon are alternate versions of old Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. These are known as “regional” variants and have existed as a feature since Pokémon Sun and Moon. Fans are excited to see reimagined forms of their old favorites, and Growlithe was fortunate to get a new version in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Hisuian Growlithe, now an adorable Rock and Fire-type Pokémon, has hair that brushes past his face, making him quite the dapper good boy.
However, Hisuian Growlithe didn’t have much time in the spotlight. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is still a recent game, and it’s standing as a side game that has fans of these new Pokémon left in the cold. Given the recency of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, it’s fair to assume these Pokémon would be available down the line in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Is this the case?
How to Get Hisuian Growlithe & Arcanine in Pokemon SV
Yes, it is possible to obtain Hisuian Growlithe and Arcanine in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.
While the historic alternate forms of the favorite Kantonian species aren’t roaming the wilds of Paldea, they can be transferred from Pokemon legends: Arceus using Pokemon Home. This is also true of all other Hisuian species. This is fantastic news for fans of Legends: Arceus, and adds new ways for players to structure out their Gen 9 teams.
It is important to note that in order to bring Hisuian Growlithe or any other Hisuian variant to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, players will need to own Pokemon Legends: Arceus and have caught the desired species in the wild. Alternative, players can opt to trade for these variants with friends who have already caught and transferred them.