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After trainers obtain Chimchar and Turtwig in the first two areas of the game, Piplup is the final Sinnoh starter that awaits players in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Water-type penguin is available in the Hisui region’s third major area, the Cobalt Coastlands.

Here’s how to find and capture a Piplup to complete the trio of Generation 4 starters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

How to get to Spring Path

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Piplup resides in an area of the Cobalt Coastlands called Spring Path. Trainers can most easily access this area after they unlock the ability to ride on Basculegion, allowing them to surf on water.

Since Spring Path is landlocked, trainers will need to surf their way to Islespy Shore in order to access it. After defeating the Noble Hisuian Arcanine at Molten Arena, players will have the option to fast travel to Firespit Island. From there, they can simply head east in order to reach Islespy Shore.

However, it is also possible to get there before heading to Firespit Island and without surfing all the way around Veilstone Cape. While surfing near Castaway Shore, players can find the opening to a tunnel. This will take them underneath Veilstone Cape, giving them easier access to the northern part of the map and a quicker trip to Islespy Shore.

The entrance to the tunnel under Veilstone Cape, where players can find piplup.
The entrance to the tunnel under Veilstone Cape. | Provided by Game Freak.

Where to find Piplup in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Players will know they have landed on the right beach when they see an Alpha Empoleon, Piplup’s Water/Steel-type final evolution in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Of course, the level 69 Alpha Pokémon will initially be difficult to catch. But, by leaving the shore and traveling a bit inland, trainers can reach Spring Path.

Like Turtwig, Piplup hangs out around the back of a pond in Spring Path. However, Piplup’s pond is in a more open area. There, trainers are susceptible to attacks from wild Pokémon like Bibarel or Golduck. As a result, trainers may want to defeat some of these wild Pokémon before they try to approach Piplup.

As with any other wild Pokémon in Legends: Arceus, Piplup is easiest to catch by sneaking behind it and landing a back strike with a Poké Ball. For this reason, trainers may want to distract Piplup with a berry so they can approach it without being noticed

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