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How do you pronounce Arceus?

Discussion in 'Poképolls' started by NovaBrunswick, Jan 31, 2020.


How do you say Arceus?

  1. Ar-cee-us

    10 vote(s)
  2. Ar-kee-us

    5 vote(s)
  1. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    There's somewhat of a controversy surrounding how Arceus's name is pronounced in the Pokémon fandom. Is it pronounced "Ar-cee-us" or "Ar-kee-us"? Apparently, the latter is the "official" pronunciation, since when the movie starring Arceus was coming out, the anime dubbers thought the former would cause some problems for British audiences, because it sounds rather like a certain term for the rear. (Now we have Galar, I wonder how Galarians would react if they heard someone say it as “Ar-cee-us”. :p)

    Although I'm a Galarian myself, I find it easier to say "Ar-cee-us" than "Ar-kee-us", because the other pronunciation just feels awkward to say. Do you prefer the former or the latter way of saying it?
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2020
  2. Captain Jigglypuff

    Captain Jigglypuff Leader of Jigglypuff Army Staff Member Moderator

    I have no idea and neither does the Pokémon Company. They’ve officially pronounced at least three different ways. Maybe two in its movie, another I believe in the Hoopa movie, and the Pokédex 3D Pro for the 3DS pronounced it another way. But then again that app pronounced a lot of Pokémon incorrectly and sometimes even added phonetic sounds in the name that didn’t belong or spell out the same way. It called Unown “Unknown” and added another N.
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  3. WalesNote

    WalesNote Well-Known Member

    It's R-key-us.

    That's how they said it in the films at least.
  4. NeganTheSavior

    NeganTheSavior Well-Known Member

    I remember that one episode of House M.D. where he pronounced it "Ar-See-Us."

    And then the movie pronounced it "Ar-Kee-Us."

    It's so confusing sometimes. I usually just go with the former.
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  5. Captain Jigglypuff

    Captain Jigglypuff Leader of Jigglypuff Army Staff Member Moderator

    I want to call it Ar-Kay-Us with the first two syllables coming from the word “archaic” and the last one because it sounds more natural than “Eeus” does. It sort of is a phonetic pronunciation with the E being silent.
  6. NeedsAName

    NeedsAName Well-Known Member

    I also pronounce it as "Ar-kay-us", like Arch+Deus
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  7. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    Wow, House had an episode mentioning Pokémon? :eek:
  8. Captain Jigglypuff

    Captain Jigglypuff Leader of Jigglypuff Army Staff Member Moderator

    House did many odd things. I actually have this DSi Ware game that was based on the show involving a circus ring leader. It was a bizarre experience to say the least.
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  9. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    I pronounce it "Ar-see-us" in my head, and since I've never had a need to say the name aloud, I suppose it doesn't matter how I pronounce the name since nobody will ever hear me say it.
  10. Auraninja

    Auraninja Try to understand.


    It sounds like arcane, and the pronunciation is hinted at by Silvally's ability.
  11. Monster Guy

    Monster Guy Fairy type Trainer

    Are-See-Us. The same way they pronounce it Pokemon Battle Revolution.
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  12. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    It does make some sense since Type: Null and Silvally were sort of created in Arceus's image.
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  13. AgentKallus

    AgentKallus Whovian

    I say Ark-e-us rather than Arse-eus, so Ar-kee-us?
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  14. NeedsAName

    NeedsAName Well-Known Member

    To be fair, they did mispronounce a lot of other Pokemon names.
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  15. Ignition

    Ignition Smug Smasher

    I use R-K-S like Silvally’s ability implies (does the ability even have a meaning or is it just an acronym made solely to drive home the connection between Silvally & Arceus?).
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  16. RedJirachi

    RedJirachi Veteran member

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  17. NeedsAName

    NeedsAName Well-Known Member

    Guys, weird idea: its name is pronounced differently depending on the region. While most regions pronounce it as Ahr-see-iss, its pronounced like Ahr-kee-iss in regions where the first pronounciation would be a bit awkward (like Galar), and Alola pronounces it weirdly like Ahr-kae-iss because they're just like that.
  18. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    Alola’s pronunciation is supposed to evoke Silvally’s RKS System, since it’s supposed to be like Arceus in its ability to change types.
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  19. RedBlastoise

    RedBlastoise Cerulean Blues

    I pronounce it Ar-Cee-Us and I didn't even know that it could be pronounced other ways because my way of saying the name seemed like the easiest pronunciation.
  20. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    "Ar-cee-us" just sounds like the most natural pronunciation to me. It rolls off the tongue a little easier than "Ar-kee-us" or "Ar-kay-us".
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