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Pokémon Legends Arceus guide: How to find Cherrim

Here’s how to complete the “To Bloom or Not to Bloom” request

Cherrim in Pokémon Legends: Arceus Image: Game Freak/Nintendo via Polygon
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A key part of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is finding specific Pokémon to give to people or to complete their Pokédex entry. An early request in the game is #17, “To Bloom or Not to Bloom,” which asks you to complete the Pokédex entry for a Pokémon named Cherrim and show it to Kichi in Jubilife Village.

In this Pokémon Legends: Arceus guide, we’ll show you the easy way (and the hard way) to pick up a Cherrim for this quest.

The easy way: Evolving Cherubi

Cherubi and its evolved form, Cherrim, are obnoxious Pokémon to catch in Legends: Arceus — not because they’re hyper-aggressive or powerful, but because they only come from shaking trees, which are random.

During your adventures in Hisui, you’ll come across some trees that wobble back and forth. If you throw your Pokémon at them, a Pokémon will tumble out and start battling you. Cherrim and Cherubi are two potential opponents when hitting a shaking tree, but they’re a little rare in our experience.

Because Cherrim are especially rare, the easiest way to get one (or multiples, since you’re looking to complete the Pokédex entry) is to catch a Cherubi and evolve it. Cherubi hang out in trees in The Heartwood in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the Gapejaw Bog in the Crimson Mirelands, and three areas in the Coronet Highlands: Lonely Spring, Fabled Spring, and Primeval Grotto.

Despite this being an early quest, you likely won’t find a Cherubi until you’ve made it to the Coronet Highlands. Once you’re there, move around those three locales and attack every tree that shakes. After you find a Cherubi, catch it, level it up to 25 (which should be pretty quick that far into the game), and manually evolve it.

The hard way: Catching a Cherrim

Cherrim can drop from the same kinds of trees in the same locations as Cherubi in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, so you could get lucky and just find one hanging out. Cherubi seem to be far more common though, so don’t waste all your time looking for a Cherrim.

The best way to complete this request for Kichi is to catch as many Cherubi as you can (and Cherrim when you get lucky), evolve them, and use them in battle until you’ve completed Cherrim’s Pokédex.

As long as you stick to the areas on the maps above, you’ll be able to complete this request one way or another.