Trainers, prepare your Pokédexes, for Zarude the mythical ‘Rogue Monkey’ Pokémon will soon be swinging into Pokémon Sword and Shield. That’s right, the Pokémon Company has finally announced that Zarude will be made available for trainers outside of Japan for the first time in an upcoming distribution.
While Japanese Pokéfans who had already pre-booked tickets for the new anime movie, ‘Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Forest’, could snag the mythical monkey back in August, the rest of the world had to wait patiently. Fortunately, for trainers in parts of Europe for now anyway, the distribution for the Dark/Grass-type has just started, while US-based trainers can expect Zarude to slide into their Mystery Gifts very soon.
To celebrate Zarude’s Western release, dear trainer, we present to you this guide that’ll get you well in the know. Below you can find Zarude’s moves, base stats, and what you need to do in order to acquire it.
How to get Zarude
Zarude can be obtained in Pokémon Sword and Shield via a code received from participating retail stores, as reported by Serebii. Some of these stores are currently closed due to COVID-19, but online methods are also available.
- US, Canada, Australia, & Latin America: Pokémon Trainers Club (sign up to the newsletter by November 20 to receive it in December)
- UK, Spain: GAME (in-store, soon to be online)
- Ireland, Italy: Gamestop (online)
- Germany: Gamestop (in-store, online from December 1)
- Austria, Switzerland: Gamestop (in-store)
- Belgium, Netherlands: GameMania (sign up online, codes distributed every Friday)
- France: Micromania (sign up online to receive a code)
- Portugal: FNAC (in-store)
- Sweden: Spelochsant or Webhallen (online portal)
- Received at: Level 60
- Type: Dark/Grass
- Ability: Leaf Guard – Prevents status conditions in harsh sunlight.
|HP: 105||Attack: 120||Defense: 105|
|Sp. Atk: 70||Sp. Def: 95||Speed: 105|
|Close Combat||Fighting||Physical||120||100||This move lowers the user’s Defense and Sp. Def stats.|
|Power Whip||Grass||Physical||120||85||No additional effect.|
|Swagger||Normal||Effect||–||85||This move confuses the target, but also raises its Attack stat.|
|Snarl||Dark||Special||55||95||This attack lowers the target’s Sp. Atk.|
You can catch Zarude in action in this sneak-peak shared by the official Pokémon YouTube channel.
Zarude Signature Move: Jungle Healing
Jungle Healing is unique in that Zarude is the only Pokémon currently able to use it in the video games. Its move animation involves Zarude getting down on all-fours before vines sprout outwards from its back, emitting a swirl of healing energy in the process. The move was actually first-featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Lost Thunder set’s Sceptile-GX.
|Jungle Healing||Grass||Status||–||100||This move restores the team’s HP and cures status conditions.|
If the news of a new mythical entry to your Pokédex has left you raring to head back and hunt down some of Pokémon Sword and Shield’s rarest beasties, then do we have the legendary Pokémon guide for you.