It's Pokémon Day! 24 years ago today, Pokémon Red and Green were released in Japan for the first time. To celebrate, The Pokémon Company's bombarded us with new details on a whole host of Pokémon related things. Not least of all, a brand new Mythical Pokémon coming to Pokémon Sword and Shield later this year.
Category: Rogue Monkey Pokémon
Weight: 154.3 lb.
Zarude is a Dark- and Grass-type Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 will star in this year's Pokémon movie, CoCo, and will likely be distributed in Japan alongside it this summer. We'll let you know as soon as we have any word on when to expect a distribution for Zarude in the US/UK.
Top 10 Pokémon
Last month, Google launched a public vote for the most popular Pokémon from ALL 890 currently available monsters - and today we have the results:
The remainder of the top 30 has also been revealed on the official Pokémon site, including breakdowns of the top 30 for each region: https://pokemon2020.pokemon.com/en-us/ (Pokémon of the Year 2020 | Pokémon Vote Results)
Pokémon Masters coming to Pokémon Masters (and eggs)
A new trailer for Pokémon Masters has confirmed several new trainers and Synga Suit variations coming in the near future. The Battle Villa feature and the ability to Sync Scout Synga Suit Red with Charizard will launch in the game tomorrow, alongside a 3,000 Gem gift.
Mewtwo Strikes Back ... and back... and back...
Last year's Pokémon movie - the CGI animated remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back, is now available on Netflix around the rest of the world. For the first time ever for an official release of a Pokémon movie, the original Japanese dub with English subtitles is available alongside the dubbed soundtrack.
Armoured Mewtwo is also appearing in Pokémon Go, alongside his cloned versions of Charizard, Blastoise and Venusaur in raids until the 2nd March.
Meanwhile, in Pokémon Sword and Shield, Mewtwo is also appearing in Max Raids until the 2nd March - but there's a catch... you can't catch it. Instead, if you can defeat it (which won't be easy), you'll be rewarded with a high chance of some rare items, such as ability capsules and bottle caps.
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Squirtle, Wartortle, Charmander and Charmeleon are also appearing in Max Raids for this same limited time, but you will actually be able to catch them.