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Location to unlock Cranidos in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet The Indigo Disk

Go chasing waterfalls.

In The Indigo Disk, the second of two DLC adventures for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you can find a variety of new monsters. One of the new monsters, Cranidos, has proven difficult for some players to find. Here is our guide telling you the location where you can find Cranidos.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet The Indigo Disk – Location where you can find Cranidos

Cranidos is actually pretty easy to spot once you look in the right location, but you have to know where that is. To find Cranidos, look in the Canyon Biome, within the Terarium.

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When you enter the Terarium from the main tunnel to Blueberry Academy, you’ll arrive in the wrong biome. Simply turn and head due west until you pass the wall and enter the Canyon Biome. There, look north. You should see a high plateau, with a long bridge leading across to it. There are waterfalls, and platforms extending from its south side like steps. You can approach however you like. I like to use Koraidon to simply climb up the face of the cliff. It’s plenty fast.

At the top of the plateau as you approach from the direction of the bridge, you’ll find lots of grass, with monsters roaming around. In the grass at the top of the plateau, look for the Cranidos. At least for me, there were several lurking in the specific location. I failed to catch the first few, but I got the third one. The map screenshot above shows the precise location where I caught that Cranidos.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Indigo Disk Cranidos Abilities Summary
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Cranidos is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet

Now for the bad news: you can only catch Cranidos in Pokémon Scarlet. If you are playing the Violet version, you’ll need to trade with a friend or wait for a special event.

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Cranidos is a Rock-type Pokémon with some neat abilities, including the Zen Headbutt. It specializes in hitting hard. Sometimes it will use the Head Smash ability. If you’re having trouble getting its life down without knocking it unconscious, try to hold out while it uses the Head Smash move. The recoil chips away at its life meter. Then you can throw an Ultra Ball to finish the catch.

Now that you have Cranidos, check out our guide on how to get Alolan Raichu. A trainer can never have too many Pokémon!


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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.