Pokemon Sword and Shield adds new Mythical Pokemon Zarude

Plus encounter Dynamax Mewtwo in Max Raid Battles for a limited time.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have announced new Mythical Pokemon Zarude for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield in celebration of Pokemon Day today.

Here is an overview of Zarude, via The Pokemon Company:


  • Category: Rogue Monkey Pokemon
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 154.3 lb.
  • Type: Dark/Grass

Zarude is a Dark- and Grass-type Pokemon that can grow vines from the back of its neck, its wrists, and the soles of its feet at will. The vines are strong and flexible and are useful for many different situations. They can be used to wrap around tree branches to move around and grab Berries from distant branches, and they even have healing properties.

This Mythical Pokemon lives in a pack deep in the dense forests of Galar. It treats anyone that isn’t part of its pack with immediate hostility. When fighting, Zarude swings around from tree branches, attacking relentlessly with its sharp claws. Its quick wit helps it excel in battles. Zarude is only available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, and can’t be encountered in regular gameplay.

The company also announced that from February 26 at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET until March 1 at 3:59 p.m. PT / 6:59 p.m. ET, Dynamax Mewtwo may appear in Max Raid Battles inPokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. This Mewtow is described as “incredibly powerful” and cannot be caught, but fighting it will allow players to obtain rare items such as Ability Capsules> During the same time period, players can also encounter Dynamax Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Squirtle, and Wartortle in Max Raid Battles. Unlike Mewtwo, these Pokemon can be captured.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are available now for Switch.

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