Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world at a time when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you’ll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be tasked to meet every species of Pokémon from the Hisui region to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
The Galaxy Team will task the player to do missions in the game. Various people will also ask for help from the player in the form of requests. One of these requests is Request 17, titled the ‘To Bloom or Not to Bloom.’ This guide will teach you how to complete the ‘To Bloom or Not to Bloom’ request.
To Bloom or Not to Bloom
Before you can unlock this request, the player must first receive ‘The Frenzy of the Lord of the Woods’ mission (the seventh mission in the game), where the player must quell the Noble Kleavor’s frenzy.
After doing the requirements mentioned above, you can now start this request! To do that, head on to the Farm in the western part of Jubilife Village, and there, the player will find Kichi, a member of the Agriculture Corps.
Talk to Kichi, and he will tell the player that he was scouring the Heartwood in the Obsidian Fieldlands for crops they could grow in the fields when he saw a Pokemon called Cherrim that changed its appearance right in front of him. He says it happened in the evening as the light was getting dim when Cherrim’s petals closed right up and looked like a little flower bud, and he thought he just saw a Pokemon evolve. However, Kichi says he came back the following day to check on the Cherrim, which was back to full bloom. He will then wonder why it would bloom, then close back up, and if it evolved or was the change something different. He will then ask the player to show him Cherrim’s completed Pokedex entry once the player is done with it. Then, the ‘To Bloom or Not to Bloom’ Request started just like that!
To complete this request, the player must complete the Pokedex entry for Cherrim and show it to Kichi! This can be done by accomplishing Research Tasks. But, first, the player would have to find some Cherrim.
Cherrim can be found from shaking trees in the Obsidian Fieldlands (in the westernmost part of The Heartwood), in the Crimson Mirelands (in the Solaceon Ruins and the west and southwest of Gapejaw Bog), and in the Coronet Highlands (around the Lonely Spring, Primeval Grotto, and a little bit north of the Fabled Spring). Cherrim can be found in these locations at all times of the day and in every weather condition.
Out of all the areas mentioned above, the best place to look for Cherrim is in the Coronet Highlands, specifically around the Lonely Spring area, which means, if you want, the player can put this request on hold until the player can reach the area as it is not accessible early on in the game. Cherrim, however, is a rare Pokemon so it might take the player a while to find one. Once the player finds a shaking tree, select one of your Pokemon, hold the ZR button to aim, aim at the shaking tree, then let go of the ZR button to throw the Pokemon to strike the tree, and a battle will commence with the Pokemon that will leap out of the tree.
If the player can’t find any more trees, the player can reset the map by heading to a Base Camp and going back to Jubilife Village, then back to the area.
Now that you know where to find some Cherrim, the next thing to do is get Cherrim’s Pokedex entry to Research Level 10 by accomplishing Research Tasks. You can immediately complete Cherrim’s Pokedex entry by catching two that fall out of trees during the day.
This can immediately complete Cherrim’s Pokedex entry fast because catching a Cherrim on the first and second time raises the Research Level by two for those times, and seeing a Cherrim leap out of trees for the first and second time raises the Research Level by one for those times, and catching a Cherrim during the daylight hours for the first and second time raises the Research Level by two for those times (meaning that seeing one that falls out of trees during the day ticks three of the boxes) which will result to Research Level 10.
As the player would have to battle the Cherrim first to weaken and catch it, it is worth mentioning that Cherrim is a Grass-type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to Bug-type, Fire-type, Flying-type, Ice-type, and Poison-type moves (super effective) and a resistance to Electric-type, Grass-type, Ground-type and Water-type moves (not very effective).
As Cherrim is a rare Pokemon and is quite hard to find, an easier alternative would be to evolve some Cherubi to a Cherrim, which will happen once the Cherubi reaches Level 25. Cherubi can also be found in shaking trees in the same areas as Cherrim, but Cherubi is much easier to find. Make sure to evolve the Cherubi during the day to count as “catching a Cherrim during the daylight hours.” After evolving four Cherubi to Cherrim during the day, the Pokedex entry for Cherrim will be in Research Level 9. So, the player can choose one of the Cherrim in battle and let it perform a move in Agile Style one time to reach Research Level 10.
After completing Cherrim’s Pokedex entry, head back to Kichi, still on the western end of the Farm on the western side of the village, and talk to him. Kichi will then read Cherrim’s Pokedex entry and learn that Cherrim changes its form when the sun is hidden and what he sees is not the Cherrim evolving but just that change in action. He will then say that he now knows why it helps to have people from the Survey Corps working at researching Pokemon. So, he will say that he should get back to his work as putting food on the table is just another way that he can repay the player and the other members of the Survey Corps.
Finally, the player will be rewarded with five Vivichokes for your efforts, and the ‘To Bloom or Not to Bloom’ Request is now completed!
Now that you have completed the ‘To Bloom or Not to Bloom’ Request, you can now try to complete other requests, complete missions, or complete Arceus’ task for you, which is to catch ‘em all!