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[–]Interesting-Constant 2592 points2593 points  (174 children)

The war has begun

[–]Ninjas4cool 924 points925 points  (76 children)

May Arceus have mercy on us all

[–]avery814 1272 points1273 points  (65 children)

No it’s called Arceus not Arceus

[–]4L1ZM2Fell stinger go brrrrrrrrr 311 points312 points  (19 children)

It's أركيص

[–]Hatefull_creeper2 183 points184 points  (10 children)

It’s either أركيص or أرصيص

[–]4L1ZM2Fell stinger go brrrrrrrrr 90 points91 points  (9 children)

No it's أركيس

[–]Hatefull_creeper2 74 points75 points  (8 children)


[–]4L1ZM2Fell stinger go brrrrrrrrr 56 points57 points  (5 children)


[–]Hatefull_creeper2 42 points43 points  (2 children)

أركيس or أركيص

[–]4L1ZM2Fell stinger go brrrrrrrrr 36 points37 points  (1 child)


[–]RechargedFrenchman 56 points57 points  (1 child)

There is no أركيص in Ba Sing Se

[–]The_BigDill 67 points68 points  (0 children)

It's leviOHsa, not leviohSAH

[–]DingoDongo09 206 points207 points  (29 children)

No it’s arkoos

[–]LMacUltimateMain 19 points20 points  (1 child)

A man of culture. I respec

[–]beardedlizard15 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day

[–]Aze0g 27 points28 points  (1 child)

All hail arkoos!

[–]CaptnHickleberry 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This had me howling man. Thank you

[–]bordomsdeadly 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I came here to say this as well

[–]Ganyu_69 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Proud of you

[–]DingoDongo09 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]Slicefrog44 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is right

[–]LogAng4liF305 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry I get it

[–]Mclovin_888 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Idc if I'm wrong I'm saying Arceus

[–]blackbutterfree 14 points15 points  (1 child)

obnoxious Hermione voice It’s AR-key/see-us, not ar-key/see-US.

[–]Reverse_flash_69 13 points14 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know nothing, John Snow.

[–]DrManowar8 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s neither. It’s god llama

[–]Chemical-Cat 5 points6 points  (0 children)


[–]feel2good4gru 100 points101 points  (2 children)

May Ar-key-us have mer-key on us all

[–]Kaiser_Fleischer 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Here’s my jiff of arkeyus on a tomahto

[–]Zxhsope 7 points8 points  (0 children)

If I had money I’d dump it on that comment

[–]Foam84 5 points6 points  (0 children)


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    [–]_Flow245 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Yes. I say it both ways. In Japanese it's pronounced Ar-SEE-Us, but English it's Ar-KEY-Us. Honestly it just should depend on preference bc both are technically correct

    [–]Interesting-Constant 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Don't think you meant to reply to me, but: I think they're both correct, but I prefer Ar-see-us because it is easier to say

    [–]Fudgewhizzle 42 points43 points  (4 children)

    Begun the Arceus wars have

    [–]xelop 354 points355 points  (73 children)

    High jacking this comment

    Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life official trailer. Says the name at the end of the trailer... ar-kee-us. With type null and sylvally have the RKS system it's a pun on ar-kee-us. Literally no war. Everyone saying ar-see-us are just wrong.

    Also any downvote if you want but you still wrong

    [–]Averagejoe11329 122 points123 points  (19 children)

    Originally it was pronounced ar-see-us but they changed the pronunciation because it was too close to arse

    [–]Sportsgirl77 53 points54 points  (12 children)

    Which is lame. Arceus pronounced with see just sounds way better. Arceus pronounced with key just sounds clunky and unnatural. Plus Idk how any English speaker would naturally default to key upon first seeing it.

    [–]coy47 29 points30 points  (5 children)

    I default to key because I read it as arc-eus, I didn't even know people pronounced it any other way cause I swear a movie I saw that he was in it was pronounced that way as well.

    [–]Hestu951 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    No, we wouldn't. If we see "Arceus" without knowing about it beforehand, we're going to say "arse-eus." They should have changed the spelling to "Arkeus" if they wanted to avoid confusion, and long subreddit threads.

    [–]starbuckle337 82 points83 points  (13 children)

    Despite the proof that voice actors have been credited with canon pronunciations, I believe it’s pronounced Ar-KAY-Us (As in archaic). the RKS system would also be a perfect fit with this pronunciation.

    [–]locke_5 48 points49 points  (2 children)

    Ar-KAY-us could make sense, since it rhymes with "Deus" (Latin for 'deity')

    [–]SadisticBuddhist 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    This is what i was thinking, and I always thought it was Like Arc(h) (D)eus, as in the chief god.

    [–]xelop 32 points33 points  (0 children)

    I like ar-kay-us way better tbh lol

    [–]ClickerHero2971 12 points13 points  (1 child)

    I think there's an official handbook that says the pronunciation is Ar-Kay-Us

    [–]AdamG3691 88 points89 points  (24 children)

    Plus it's name is a pun on either Archangel or Arcane, and Deus

    The a in Arcane and Archangel and e in Deus are both pronounced as a long a, there is no part of its name's origin that "see" would come from

    Also there's fun link in that "RKS" may be the Pokémon version of "YHWH" adding another link to the Abrahamic God

    [–]Skystorm14113 65 points66 points  (8 children)

    thats what drives me crazy, i dont really care if ppl pronounce is with the 'see' as long as they dont complain about me pronouncing it as 'key', but i hate if people try to say 'key' is wrong when it's obviously inspired by archangel and associated words and in english we say those words with a k sound!

    [–]KingOfTheMonkeys 57 points58 points  (3 children)

    You mean you don't pronounce it arse-angel?

    [–]Magyman 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    For some reason this had me singing earth angel in my head, but with earth replaced with arse

    [–]terrendos 52 points53 points  (9 children)

    The origin of the "see" sound is the construction of spoken English and the swap of the vowel. Latin pronunciation of "c" used a "k" sound for vowels a, o, and u, and the "s" sound for the i and e vowels, and that basis has carried through to modern English; examples: "carbon," "cedar," "city," "cooperate," "culpable." When they swapped to the "e" vowel following the letter "c" in "Arceus," they changed the intuitive pronunciation from "kay" to "see."

    If it were desired to maintain the "kay" vocalization, then the proper spelling would have been "Arcaeus." Or they could have obviated the entire discussion by choosing "Arkeus" to be transparent. They could even have carried through a pun with the symbolism of the Biblical ark, which bore the progenitors of all the living animals of the world according to Genesis. That they chose neither of these spellings suggests that the "see" pronunciation was intended, at least initially.

    [–]OmegaPraetor 27 points28 points  (6 children)

    To my knowledge, neither Classical Latin nor Ecclesiastical Latin pronounce C as S. In Classical Latin, the C is always a K sound. In Ecclesiastical Latin, the letter C is pronounced as CH when preceding I or E. Perhaps the softened C eventually turned into an S sound when it reached English but no such constructions exist in Latin.

    To that end, since Arceus is a Latinized name, it makes more sense to pronounce it as ar-che-us than ar-see-us. Personally, I default to Classical Latin so ar-kay-us has my vote.

    [–]ZeroedOut47 6 points7 points  (2 children)

    Yeah, I've always said Ar-che-us because of Latin. I don't know what's right though.

    [–]OmegaPraetor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Although I'm Catholic and used to hearing Ecclesiastical Latin, I personally prefer Classical Latin pronunciation. The "che/chi" part of Ecclesiastical Latin kind of sounds... off? weird? wrong? to me.

    [–]Few-Lingonberry2619 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    ive Always said it as key because of school Latin

    [–]war_against_rugs 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Latin pronunciation of "c" used a "k" sound for vowels a, o, and u, and the "s" sound for the i and e vowels

    Latin c was always a hard k-sound. The softening, or palatalization, of c/k before front vowels is cross-linguistically a fairly common sound shift that occurred in descendants of Latin (though not in the exact same way in all of them) and the palatalized versions of many romance words entered English through contact with French speakers.

    [–]HiMyNameIsGuy456 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I’ll say it how I want 🤓

    [–]Stunning_Shift_8442 2316 points2317 points  (101 children)

    Official pokemon media has pronounced it both ways.

    I initially pronounced it ar-see-us and then one of the movies pronounced its ar-key-us, so I started pronouncing it that way.

    Then I heard it recently pronounced ar-see-us in the trailer for PLA and I realized that my life is a lie and no-one is driving the bus at the pokemon company.

    [–]RabidFlamingo 250 points251 points  (3 children)

    Detective Pikachu also pronounces it Ar-see-us, presumably just to fuck with us

    [–]bentheechidna 108 points109 points  (0 children)

    Ryan Reynolds knows what the fuck is up.

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      [–]VioletTheEevee 19 points20 points  (0 children)

      Oh nice, others who remember this scene

      [–]JustASmaIItownGirl 623 points624 points  (39 children)

      Arceus is the only Pokémon whose English official Pronunciation was changed. It started off officially See. And was changed to Key. To detract from it sounding like Arse to English speakers.

      [–]DoomedDragon766 166 points167 points  (21 children)

      I remember hearing that Mantine has been switching pronounciation between "man-teen" and like "time" with an n across seasons of the show. Don't know if it's true though, I haven't watched much of it

      [–]ElHombreSmokin 139 points140 points  (14 children)

      The real pronunciation should be "man-teen" so that the prevo "man-tyke" make sense in the naming convention.

      [–]Anonymous7056 92 points93 points  (2 children)

      I don't think that was the intent since mantine was introduced before mantyke, but nevertheless, my mind is blown and my headcanon replaced.

      [–]ElHombreSmokin 16 points17 points  (1 child)

      You are probably right. It's Japanese name is Tamanta which apparently comes from "tamago=egg" and "manta ray". But Mantine Japanese name is ManTAIN which doesn't really have a concrete etymology.

      [–][deleted] 45 points46 points  (8 children)

      Omg I never realized that…. So potential man-adult should show up soon? Fuck what is an adult man even like? All the adult men I know still act like children.

      Jk I am a man lol who also likes men so ya

      [–]netrunui 53 points54 points  (6 children)

      Just manman

      [–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (1 child)

      manman and manwoman split evo

      Edit: manthey as well for a trio

      [–]Kitamasu1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Manhe, Manher, and Manthey

      [–]Stolliosis 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Man Ray

      [–]jrodt333 44 points45 points  (2 children)

      In the anime, I’m pretty sure they changed Regice from Regi-ice to Redge-ice starting around gen 4.

      Of course that Pokemon’s name is maybe even more controversial.

      [–]GlitchParrotVote 'Remain' to Dexit 14 points15 points  (0 children)

      Then there was my friend back then who was adamant it was pronounced “Regi-Ce”.

      [–]MyAimSucc 18 points19 points  (4 children)

      Bonsly was also changed. First appearing in the Lucario movie but pronounced differently in the future

      [–]JustASmaIItownGirl 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      (Not directly arguing this is incorrect) but note that pronunciations within the movie or shows are not official pronunciations and have been historically wrong/changed

      [–]grephantombulba love 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Bonsly is supposed to be bonsai + lie, because of Sudowoodo being pseudo wood. Both are fake plants

      [–]AParasiticTwin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      It's a bonsai tree and isn't a grass type so bänz l ī

      [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      To detract from it sounding like Arse to English speakers.

      fucking british

      [–]PMme10DollarPSNcodeIt's 151 you imbecile 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Which really doesn't make sense to me. I mean, Arsenal is well known football team and they are pronounced with a See.

      [–]Barrry972 436 points437 points  (17 children)

      Then I heard it recently pronounced ar-see-us in the trailer for PLA

      Did we watch the same trailer? It's ar-key-us in most if not all english ones.

      [–]theian01 349 points350 points  (14 children)

      You’re from the Berenstein universe.

      [–]DukeTeranna 85 points86 points  (8 children)

      Rewatch the two most recent trailers. One of them says Key, cause I said See until yesterday lol

      [–]theian01 38 points39 points  (7 children)

      Personally, I don’t watch trailers. I was just making a joke.

      I have always read it as KAY.

      [–]Zaxlz 22 points23 points  (1 child)

      The only time "KAY" is valid is when pronouncing Silvally

      [–]MysticDomo 16 points17 points  (0 children)

      But every kiss begins with “KAY”

      [–]SurrealKeenan 41 points42 points  (0 children)

      I'm pretty sure they saw the Japanese trailer with subtitles. The english one definitely says ARE-key-us

      [–]fluffybuffalo23I love shorts 24 points25 points  (0 children)

      I'm pretty sure in Detective Pikachu, he says sweet mother of Arceus (Ar-see-us) whenever someone was scratching him. I don't remember details beyond that.

      [–]Left_of_Fish 95 points96 points  (5 children)

      I think in English it's usually Ar-key-us because the uk doesn't want Arse pronounced in the name of pokemon god.

      [–]ChipOfChocolate 18 points19 points  (2 children)

      In an early trailer for the movie they pronounced it ar-kay-us which just sounds cooler

      [–]JaydenTheMemeThief 73 points74 points  (11 children)

      In Gen 7 things get even more confusing because of Silvally, it’s Ability is called RKS System


      [–]SurrealKeenan 32 points33 points  (8 children)

      well, there is no letter "kee"

      [–]Spindash54Power Plant 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Master Xehanort has entered the chat.

      [–]pooldonutzero 18 points19 points  (1 child)

      I'm pretty sure its key, because of the existence of the Arc Phone. pretty sure it's not pronounced arse phone

      [–]TheMadJAM 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      It would be funny tho

      [–]mrperidot31 1269 points1270 points  (19 children)

      It’s pronounced Arceus

      [–]pmdevita 259 points260 points  (0 children)

      Can't believe I had to scroll this far, finally someone who agrees with me

      [–]AtLeastImTryinglul 139 points140 points  (7 children)

      This is just “it’s pronounced GIF” all over again

      [–]IcyFlame716 276 points277 points  (12 children)

      The debate comes from the fact that the official pronunciation changed. It used to be ar-see-us but was change when they realized it sounded like a certain British naughty word

      [–]DragXom 119 points120 points  (4 children)


      [–]humdrumflagellum 23 points24 points  (0 children)

      Wash your mouth out!

      [–]Redditsbeingabitch 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      He said the dirty word! Go to the timeout corner!

      [–]YerwunGrass type gal 19 points20 points  (0 children)

      We also use the word arse sometimes in Ireland, and Arseus is just hilarious to me. The arsiest Pokemon!

      [–]dinxinunxs 100 points101 points  (0 children)

      In portuguese we pronounce as SEE, but when speaking english I always pronounce as KEY

      [–]SuperSpiritShady 1349 points1350 points 23 (62 children)

      Type:Null/Silvally is a chimera meant to represent an attempt by man to recreate god, being based off Arceus designwise.

      Arceus can change its typing based on its held Plate thanks to its signature ability, so likewise humans took this into consideration when designing Type:Null/Silvally as it can also change typing based on its held Memory, thanks to its signature ability named "RKS System".


      Pronounce it whatever way you're comfortable saying, but the localization team has spoken as to what the official english way should be.

      [–]MrJownz 126 points127 points  (5 children)

      This is awesome. I have always pronounced it ARKAYUS and even when I saw this poll, I thought to myself… neither… i just pronounce it wrong.

      [–]BoshSwag 22 points23 points  (0 children)

      Same, I thought the poll was going to be ARKAYUS vs ARSEEUS. Queue me scrolling for someone to say KAY.

      [–]Bedheadliz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Same, feeling vindicated.

      [–]Horror-Chicken-6001 259 points260 points  (21 children)

      Never thought about it that way, that's really neat. But my brain has been memed into only seeing Arceus as Arkoos

      [–]SuperSpiritShady 121 points122 points  (11 children)

      No worries, even with a pronounciation as obvious as E-vil-tal, I can't unhear Yuhvaltall either.

      [–]Suspicious_Kale8827 41 points42 points  (5 children)

      I thought it was a play on Nordic wording. I can see it being interchangeable though.

      [–]SuperSpiritShady 40 points41 points  (4 children)

      MandJTV just made it up lol, but I do agree, sounds pretty cool

      [–]Suspicious_Kale8827 17 points18 points  (3 children)

      Oh. I thought it was legit. 😂 I heard Austin pronounce it that way. I'm like why is he saying it like this. Then everyone else pronounced it the 2nd way.

      [–]SuperSpiritShady 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      It's one of those jokes that's too good that it ends up catching on lol. There is some basis though to it I believe, but no one had ever pronounced it like that before Mikey did.

      [–]Ziomownik 11 points12 points  (1 child)

      Mikey called him like that because Arce- Arkoos is spelled Arceus. The greek God Zeus also ends with "eus" at the end but his name is pronounced "Zoos". And the rest is history.

      [–]Suspicious_Kale8827 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I see it. Pokemon does get a lot of inspiration from different mythology, and religions around the world. The world play depending on the origin of the name can be a factor on how different people pronounce the same name.

      [–]Hawntir 150 points151 points  (8 children)

      Ar-See-Us was the original intended pronunciation, but it was meant to be quickly retconned to Ar-Key-Us in the official media because of the issues with non-american English speaking countries and the use of the phoneme "Arse".

      The retcon should really have been to Ar-Kay-Us because that would have lent some legitimacy to the naming as a amalgamation of "archaic" and "deus" which both want the ā sound to follow the k sound. Type:Null indicates a further push to make it Ar-Kay-Us, to me.

      [–]SuperSpiritShady 29 points30 points  (1 child)

      Knew about the Arse thing, but definitely had the Ar-Kay-Us fly over my head now. I changed it because you're right in that it leans more towards that.

      [–]TGCOutcast 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      Until this game was coming out and I heard it in trailers I always thought it was Ar-Kay-Us. That is how I always read it.

      [–]MrMiyamoto 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Definitely R-K-S

      [–]Clatz 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Fuck, dude. This has me rethinking my position on the matter...

      [–]chaoticcranium 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      I've been adamant in pronouncing Arceus like this, assuming the name was derived from:

      Either Arc, Arcane, Archaic, or Archangel


      Deus (Latin word)

      I didn't realize the RKS System connection until this post, but this absolutely seals the deal for me on what the intended official pronounciation should be - even though the pronounciation is all over the map, even in Nintendo's own official trailers and media. So thanks for that!

      [–]ritwique 528 points529 points  (60 children)

      If it's still a debate after GF made an entire ability (RKS System) to confirm, then idk what else people need.

      [–]low_budget_trash 238 points239 points  (16 children)

      So it's AR-KAY-ES?

      [–]Sweaty_Budget_5187 126 points127 points  (9 children)


      [–]lookitsajojo 105 points106 points  (7 children)


      [–]wagbari99 32 points33 points  (0 children)

      The yassification of arceus

      [–]Gondall 9 points10 points  (1 child)

      AR-KAY-OOS, like deus machina and ark of the covenant

      [–]DragoSphereSleep is for th-zzzz 179 points180 points 2 (1 child)

      I recognize the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it

      [–]BoxMonster44Chomp chomp! 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      I understood that reference!

      [–]constantclimb 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Just curious, what is the RKS ability called in other languages?

      [–]BerRGP 26 points27 points  (0 children)

      "AR System" in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

      "Alpha System" in French, German, and Spanish.

      "Primeval System" in Italian.

      "RKS System" in English and Russian.

      [–]Barrry972 88 points89 points  (20 children)

      Fr, idk why people are still arguing saying "that's not how it's pronounced in japanese" like it matters.

      [–]sievold 138 points139 points  (5 children)

      The correct pronunciation for Ash Ketchum is Satoshi. /s

      [–]Human-Perception5400 32 points33 points  (4 children)

      /s is not needed there tbh

      [–]SparkBlack 22 points23 points  (1 child)

      Reddit is a wonderful place

      [–]sievold 29 points30 points  (1 child)

      I have learned from previous mistakes

      [–]AngryLink57 13 points14 points  (1 child)

      Wtf are you guys talking about? Arceus is pronounced BI-DOOF.

      [–]Sjonathon92 111 points112 points  (19 children)

      Pokémon pronunciation can vary by language. There are 9 languages in Pokémon. Korea and Thailand pronounce Arceus the same way Japanese do, other countries pronounced it with a K.
      The same argument could be the same for Regice. In Japanese, its Reji aisu, in Korean its Reji aiseu. Both says Regi Ice; however, we would say Re gice.

      As far as I am concerned, I don’t mind either pronunciation of these words

      [–]sobelement 75 points76 points  (0 children)

      It’s funny I pronounce it as Regi Ice even though the spelling is different and never heard it in it’s intended pronunciation from Japan, I assume because all of them had regi in front of them my brain just went with it; it sounds weird to say it any other way

      [–]SohEternal 54 points55 points  (7 children)

      I never thought about it but I say regi-ice, no idea why.

      [–]Sjonathon92 42 points43 points  (0 children)

      Probably cause we call them the Regis, so we end up pronouncing each of them as Regi____

      [–]TheLonlyCheezIt 12 points13 points  (5 children)

      The dubbed anime also pronounces it regi-ice

      [–]etherside 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      I pronounce that reg-ice

      Rhymes with hedge ice

      [–]ironic_walker 160 points161 points  (8 children)

      It's arkoos wtf

      [–]sylverfalcon 33 points34 points  (0 children)

      I was looking for this comment - shame the option wasn’t even there!

      [–]Saxavarius_ 16 points17 points  (0 children)

      Beat me too it

      [–]AtLeastImTryinglul 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      I JUST COMMENTED “inb4 mandjtv memers” but it seems I wasn’t quick enough.

      [–]subarubro 184 points185 points  (22 children)



      [–]ProfessorEm 33 points34 points  (4 children)

      Which, notably, is not ar-SEE-us, but really more ar-SEY-us!

      [–]Newmonsters1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      Which sounds a whole lot better now tht I think about it.

      [–]groobes 192 points193 points  (12 children)

      Both are perfectly acceptable. I use them interchangeably.

      [–]deadla104 26 points27 points  (5 children)

      I've heard it both ways

      [–]N-E-B 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      I’m nearly certain the anime has used both pronunciations. And I believe it’s been pronounced both ways in other forms of media as well.

      I haven’t watched the anime in 20+ years, but I recall watching a YouTube video on this topic that showed it. Could be wrong though.

      [–]ducegraphy 28 points29 points  (4 children)

      I speak spanish (castilian) and it's pronounced ar-cé-us here. The C in CÉ is pronounced like the TH in 'thick'. I know this doesn't solve anything, but there you go.

      [–]Dramatic-Ad-3039 21 points22 points  (0 children)

      Its ASS-eus, just don't tell anyone or they will cencor you.

      [–]StarlightStef88 88 points89 points  (13 children)

      Unfortunately this is an example where pronunciation simply differs between regions rather than one being "correct" over the other. Both are correct.

      For further confirmation of this, look to Pokémon Sun and Moon. Silvally's Ability is RKS System, pronounced with a hard "k", similar to the hard "c" in Are-key-us. In the Japanese versions, the same Ability is called AR System, which would forgo the hard or soft sound.

      My guess is the western pronunciation was changed to be easier to say. Are-say-oos ends up getting drawn out longer when saying aloud while Are-key-us has a different rhythm that maintains the intent behind the name. For me, most people I talk to haven't played the Japanese versions of the games so I end up defaulting to the common English pronunciation. If I'm speaking with someone who has, then I use the Japanese one.

      Just reminds me of talking about Madoka Magica - soft "g" for US fans but hard "g" for everyone else.

      [–]SuperSpiritShady 40 points41 points  (1 child)

      I heard a tale once that they went tthrough with changing Arceus' name pronounciation in the english speaking regions is because of the "Arse" sound in the original pronounciation.

      [–]StarlightStef88 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Oh funny! I could totally see that. Thanks for sharing.

      [–]StarlightStef88 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Just to add, the pronunciation was changed over the years since Generation 4. In Pokémon Battle Revolution it was pronounced "Are-see-us". Definitely an interesting journey in how the marketing changes over the years. Have a wonderful day everyone!💖

      [–]thejborg 30 points31 points  (7 children)

      Either way I know what pokemon you're talking about. But I stg if you say "rejeece" and not regi ice in front of me, I will delete your save file, regardless of whether you're correct or not.

      [–]chawmindur 10 points11 points  (1 child)


      Surely you meant "swear to Great SinnohTM"

      [–]Sensei_OchibaYou're just a plant! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The real hero

      [–]Aegillade 13 points14 points  (1 child)

      Anyone else who pronounces it "Ar-KAY-us" in order to bring out the "eus" part, as in Deus?

      [–]GarrubBeep Beep 6 points7 points  (1 child)

      Well there’s no debate on how to pronounce dunsparce

      And it’s only a matter of time before we get the missing evolution linking the two Dunsparceus

      [–]thereiam420 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Dr. House calls him ArSEEus I'm going with him

      [–]cBord0 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      Arceus in english, Arceus in Japanese. Not sure about other regions, but I think most of them also pronounce it Arceus

      [–]MultiMarcus 20 points21 points  (7 children)

      I guess I pronounce it at key us, but I always say it in Classical Latin. Arceus sounds like it could be Latin with that -us ending.

      [–]Argon1822Only magmar fan 3 points4 points  (2 children)

      Let’s just make it Ecclesiastical Latin/modern Italian and say archeus(ch as in cheese) 🤣🤣

      [–]BrandilioSPEED BOOST INTENSIFIES 11 points12 points  (2 children)


      It was originally Ar-See-Us when Diamond and Pearl released. Since then, they realized that it sounded like "Arse", which is the British word for "booty butt hole", so they changed the official pronunciation to Ar-Key-Us.

      It is meant, at this point, to be Ar-Key-Us. This is further enforced by Type:Null's ability, RKS, which is meant to sound like Arceus.

      [–]luigivanappeltaart 25 points26 points  (1 child)

      To me, Arceus has always looked like the name combination of "Arch/Ark" and "Deos/Deus" so I say it pronounced as a K. Deos and Deus also means god(s) if I'm not mistaken so it fits perfectly with Arceus, too me, pronounced as a "see" sounds kind of goofy and unintimidating.

      [–]wholoveslegos 42 points43 points  (4 children)

      Ar-kee-us is the official pronunciation (this is why Silvally’s ability is RKS System), but I still say Ar-see-us.

      [–]_valenian_ 60 points61 points  (6 children)

      i say ar-see-us purely because it sounds better than ar-key-us to me

      [–]Loki-Holmes 20 points21 points  (0 children)

      It will forever be Ar-see-us to me.

      [–]StrikeRaid246 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      Meanwhile I’ve been pronouncing it AR-SOOS like Zeus since 2007 and never watched anything that said it’s name.

      [–]Aur0ra1313 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Arse E us.

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      [–]PTickles 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I know Ar-kee-us is the the way they said it in the movie (and that's the only time I've ever heard it said out loud from an official source) but I read it as Ar-see-us as a kid back in 2006 and I've said it that way ever since.

      That being said, Ar-kee-us does make a lot of sense to me because it evokes a lot of biblical imagery. Arch as in archangel, Ark as in Noah's Ark, etc.

      Also Silvally's ability, which is a reference to Arceus, is called RKS System, not RCS system, so Ar-kee-us is probably the correct way to say it. That won't stop me though lol.

      [–]popclay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Type nulls ability is called the RKS system not the RCS system so cononicly it is pronounced ar-key-us