Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon Revealed: Zarude, A Dark/Grass Pokemon with Leaf Guard

Published: February 27, 2020 9:48 AM /


Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon Zarude Leaf Guard cover

The Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon has finally been revealed. Zarude is a Dark/Grass Pokemon with the Leaf Guard ability and the newest addition to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Check out Zarude in action in its debut trailer:

If you're wondering what the heck is going on, "Pokemon Day" was announced in late January 2020. This holiday was celebrating the original release of the Pokemon games in Japan which took place on February 27.

Pokemon Day was going to release new content for Pokemon Sword and Shield and Pokemon Go along with a revelation of more information about Pokemon Masters. One of the new bits of content was a special Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon that would feature in the upcoming Coco movie, and now it's here!

Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon Zarude Leaf Guard slice

What Can the Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon Zarude Do?

Unsurprisingly, the folks over at Serebii.net already have a Pokedex page up for Zarude. We're still waiting on most of the details, but some things have been revealed about this new Pokemon.

Leaf Guard

Leaf Guard is Zarude's ability. This ability prevents it from being affected by status conditions during strong sunlight.

Bulbapedia has more information on the ability. If there is harsh sunlight when it would fall asleep due to the effects of Yawn, Leaf Guard will activate and keep it awake. This ability also prevents the use of Rest. Other than that, it has no effect outside of battle.

Dark/Grass Type

Zarude is a Dark/Grass-type that makes for an interesting mix. As the Pokemon Type Calculator shows, this makes Zarude especially vulnerable to bug types and pretty much immune to Psychic types. Here's the damage breakdown:

Takes 4x Damage From:
  • Bug
Takes 2x Damage From:
  • Fairy
  • Fighting
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Ice
  • Poison
Takes 1x Damage From:
  • Dragon
  • Normal
  • Rock
  • Steel
Takes 1/2x Damage From:
  • Dark
  • Electric
  • Ghost
  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Water
Takes 0x Damage From:
  • Psychic

Other Info on Zarude

Zarude is 1.8 m tall, weighs 70kg, and is genderless. Its Japanese name is zarūdo (ザルード).

Also Arriving Today: Mewtwo Max Raid Battle

Also arriving today is a special Max Raid Battle featuring Mewtwo as noted by Serebii's Twitter.

Zarude will be making its on-screen debut in the upcoming Coco movie in the Pokemon franchise. Until then, you'll have to wait for it to makes it way into Pokemon Sword and Shield (which should hopefully be soon).

What do you think of the new Pokemon Day Mythical Pokemon Zarude? Do you think it will make a good addition to your team? Let us know in the comments below!


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Nintendo Switch
Release Date
November 15, 2019 (Calendar)
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