There is a quest in Pokémon Legends: Arceus called “To Bloom or Not to Bloom.” I HATED this quest. One of my goals for the game was to play and discover as much as I could before I looked anything up. The quest is to complete the Pokédex entry for Cheribu, not too hard right?
The struggle was finding Cherubi. I was searching grassy areas, the forests, talking to NPCs, and nothing. It was not until I was gathering material that I threw a Pokémon at a shaking tree and BAM! Out pops Cherubi! Cherubi, the cherry Pokémon, is a grass type that was introduced in generation four. Standing at 1’04’’ and weighing 7.3 pounds, Cherubi is cherry with a face and legs, along with a smaller cherry attached to its stem.
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Cherubi is a pure grass type that evolves in Cherrim starting at level 25. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, you can find Cherubi in Axew’s Eye, Bridge Field, Dappled Grove, Giant’s Cap, Giant’s Mirror, Giant’s Seat, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Motostoke Riverbank, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, Route 3, and Watchtower Ruins through berry trees.
And in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you can find Cherubi in Fabled Spring, Gapejaw Bog, Lonely Spring, Primeval Grotto, and The Heartwood by headbutting trees. Cherubi is weak to bug, fire, flying, ice, and poison-type moves, is part of the Fairy and Grass egg groups, and can only have one ability, Chlorophyll.
If you are running Cherubi in your Little Cup team, Smogon and I suggest running it as a special attacker/Sweeper, but with different move sets and items, check out the “Competitive Movesets” section for more details.
After looking through Cherubi’s Pokédex entries, Cherubi gets its red coloring from the sun. The small ball attached to its stem is full of nutrients and tastes delicious. While adorable, small bird Pokémon, such as Starly, will attempt to steal and eat it.
Once you take a look at Cherubi, you can see it is based on a living cherry. Cherries grow on trees and that aligns with Cherubi’s various game locations. In most games, you can find Cherubi in honey trees and by headbutting trees (see specific game locations in the “Location” section). Fun fact, according to an article on TasteofHome.com, the average cherry tree can grow up to 7,000 cherries! Which is enough to make about 28 cherry pies.
Once Cherubi reaches level 25, it can evolve into Cherrim.
Cherubi and Cherrim fall into the Fairy and Grass egg groups, so they can breed with a multitude of Pokémon. For breeding purposes (competitive play of shining hunting), you will need a female Cherubi or Cherrim and a male partner.
Cherubi can breed with a handful of other Pokémon based on plants and fruit. Pokémon such as Sunkern, Carnivine, Foongus, Lotad, Seedot, Tropius, and Applin. However, some of Cherubi’s more interesting partners include Rillaboom, Ferrothorn, Blissey, Raichu, Mawile, Glalie, and Falinks.
If you don’t have any of the above Pokémon handy, you can always leave Cherubi at the DayCare with a Ditto to produce Cherubi eggs.
Cherubi and Cherrim are pure grass types, so they are weak to bug, fire, flying, ice, and poison-type moves. While the two do not have any immunities, electric, grass, ground, and water type moves are not very effective against them.
Cherubi and Cherrim take neutral damage from all other attacks.
In the following section, you can find locations for Cherubi in the main series games.
- Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum: Eterna Forest, Floaroma Meadow, Valley Windworks, Fuego Ironworks, and routes 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 218, 221, and 222. For all these locations, you will need to put honey on a honey tree in that specific area.
- HeartGold and SoulSilver: National Park (by headbutting trees after receiving the national pokédex).
- Black and White: Breed Cherim.
- Black 2 and White 2: Trade.
- Dream World: Dream Park.
- X and Y: Trade.
- Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: Breed Cherim.
- Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon: Pokémon Bank.
- Sword and Shield: By berry trees: Axew’s Eye, Bridge Field, Dappled Grove, Giant’s Cap, Giant’s Mirror, Giant’s Seat, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Motostoke Riverbank, North Lake Miloch, Rolling Fields, Route 3, and Watchtower Ruins.
- By Max Raid Battles: Bridge Field, Dappled Grove, Giant’s Mirror, and Stony Wilderness.
- Sword and Shield, Expansion Pack: By Max Raid Battles: Loop Lagoon.
- Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Eterna Forest, Floaroma Meadow, Valley Windworks, Fuego Ironworks, and routes 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 218, 221, and 222. For all these locations, you will need to put honey on a honey tree in that specific area.
- The Grand Underground: Grassland Caves and Sunlit Cavern.
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus: Fabled Spring, Gapejaw Bog, Lonely Spring, Primeval Grotto, and The Heartwood. For all of these locations, you will need to headbutt trees in that area with one of your team members
- Sidenote: In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Sword, and Shield, Cherubi has a 5% chance of holding a Miracle Seed when you encounter it.
Side Game Appearances
In the following section, you can find locations for Cherubi in the various Pokémon side games.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky: Foggy Forest (floors one to five).
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Keep Going! Blazing Adventure Squad: Dubious Forest (floors one to six).
- Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia: Vein Forest.
- Pokémon Rumble: Windy Prairie.
- Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs: Hinder Cape.
- Rumble Blast: Shimmering Lake.
- Rumble U: Adventure Area (Grab and Go) and Verdant Plaza (Four Seasons in the Forest).
- Battle Trozei: Safari Jungle (on stage two on a Saturday).
- Shuffle: Zaffiro Coast (Stage 614).
- Rumble World: Distortion Land: Breezy Grasslands and Fairy Land: Flowery Wooded Dell.
- Rumble Rush: Arceus Sea, Garchomp Sea (final stage only), and Snorlax Sea.
While most Pokémon have 1-2 default abilities and 1 hidden ability, Cherubi can only have Chlorophyll as an ability.
Pokémon with the Chlorophyll ability double their speed stat when harsh sunlight on the field.
How do you get harsh sunlight onto the battlefield? There are two options. The first way is using the move Sunny Day and the second is sending a Pokémon with the Drought ability into play. Groudon, Vulpix, Ninetails, Torkoal, and Mega Charizard Y are the only Pokémon with the Drought ability.
Moves by Level Up
In the following section, you can find a list of moves Cherubi can learn by leveling up (they are organized by generation).
Moves by TM/HM/TR
In the following section, you can find a list of moves Cherubi can learn by TMs, HMs, or TRs (they are organized by generation).
Sidenote: TMs, HMs, and TRs are absent in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
In the following section, you can find a list of moves Cherubi can learn by breeding (they are organized by generation). With each move in every generation, I also provided a potential partner. Cherubi cannot obtain any egg moves in Pokémon Legends: Arceus because the breeding mechanic is missing from the game.
Sidenote: In order to get egg moves for Cherubi, you will need a female Cherubi and a compatible male partner.
In the following section, you can find a list of moves that Cherubi can learn through Move Tutors.
Sidenote: Pay attention to the game in parenthesis next to the move. For example, Cherubi can learn Giga Drain through a tutor in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but not in Sun and Moon.
Cherubi’s stats are as follows:
- HP: 45
- Attack: 35
- Special Attack: 62
- Defense: 45
- Special Defense: 53
- Speed: 35
- Total: 275
Since Cherubi is the first-stage Pokémon and has a lower stat total, it falls into the Little Cup League. Since Cherubi’s special attack is its highest stat, I would want to build Cherubi as a special sweeper. Smogon themselves also recommend Cherubi as a special sweeper, but I would go with a different setup than the one they created.
I would give Cherubi a nature to help with its speed, most likely timid since it adds speed but decreases attack. For an item, I would go with a focus sash. I would use it as my lead, and I would need a turn to set it up. Since Cherubi has a good amount of weaknesses, I fear it could be taken out, or receive serious damage.
With a focus sash, along with max IVs on speed and special attack and the remaining on HP, I could give myself a good chance to knock out a Pokémon. For moves, Sunny day to get the boost in speed, solar beam, weather ball, and Giga drain.
Smogon recommends running Cherubi with a modest nature, giving it an eviolite, and using 76 IVs towards defense, 180 for special attack, and 236 to speed. For the move set, they recommend a solar beam, weather ball, sunny day, and healing wish.
Cherubi made its anime debut in episode 31 of the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl series. Grass gym leader Gardenia uses a Cherubi to battle against Ash’s Turtwig in Eterna Forest. Turtwig is only able to get two attacks out before Gardenia switches it for her Turtwig.
A couple of episodes later, Cherubi makes another appearance during the official gym battle between Gardenia and Ash. During the battle, Cherubi was hitting Ash’s Turtwig with powerful attacks due to Chlorophyll making Cherubi faster. Ash decides to send out Staravia and it knocks Cherubi out.
Cherubi also made an appearance in “Battling a Cute Drama!” Dawn faces off against a trainer named Marilyn during a Pokémon Contest. Dawn sends out Buneary and Marilyn uses a Cherubi, and Dawn ends up winning that round.
Unfortunately, Cherubi has not made as many appearances in any of the movies as it did in the anime. The only two movies it has made an appearance in are “The Rise of Darkrai,” and “Secret of the Jungle.” In both movies, Cherubi only made a slight appearance as a background Pokémon.
When it comes to the trading card game, Cherubi has appeared in a good amount of expansion packs. Those expansion packs are Arceus, Battle Styles, Brilliant Stars, Diamond & Pearl, Legendary Treasures, Plasma Storm, POP Series 6, Stormfront, Supreme Victors, Ultra Prism, and Unleashed.
On some occasions, Pokémon can appear as different types in the trading card game. However, Cherubi appears as a grass-type on all of its cards. From the above list, the card from the Battle Styles expansion pack is my favorite. It features Cherubi skipping down some grass and I love it purely because of the face it is making.
Yes, I am a grown man who finds this fictional living cherry to be extremely adorable.
Question: What does shiny Cherubi look like?
Answer: If you are lucky enough to encounter a shiny Cherubi, you should be able to notice it. Shiny Cherubi and normal Cherubi have two main differences. The first is the body goes from light red and pink to peach color, and the second is the dark green leaves change to a light green color.
Question: Why does Cherubi only have one ability?
Answer: During my research, I could not find a specific answer to this question, but I do have a theory. I believe Cherubi may only have one ability because Cherrim also has one ability, and it is a signature ability. Signature abilities refer to abilities that only one Pokémon has. Cherrim has the Flower Gift ability, which allows it to change forms during harsh sunlight.
Question: What is Cherubi’s EV yield?
Answer: When you defeat a Cherubi in battle, it will reward one special attack EV (effort value).
Question: Will Cherubi and Cherrim be in Pokémon Scarlett and Violet?
Answer: With all the current trailers that are out, there have been no sightings of Cherubi or Cherrim just yet. So, as of now, they are not. However, they could make appearances in future trailers or be in the game when it releases.
Cherubi Pokemon: Conclusion
A while ago, I did a grass monotype playthrough of Pokémon Diamond to celebrate the announcement of Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Cherubi and Cherrim were part of that team and I enjoyed them. They are cute, running sunny days and the solar beam is fun, and I like the sound Cherrim makes when it enters a battle.
So if you are curious about how Cherubi can perform, head to the honey trees in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and boot up Pokémon Legends: Arceus so you complete request 17 …To Bloom or Not to Bloom.