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How to get Zarude in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 8/Sep/2020 16:22 Updated: 8/Sep/2020 16:46

by James Busby


Zarude is the latest Mythical Pokemon to enter Sword and Shield, but finding this elusive creature can be a little tricky. Here’s how you can catch the Rogue Monkey Pokemon when it releases. 

While information regarding Zarude’s appearance in Pokemon Sword and Shield may be light on the ground, we do know that this Mythical creature will be obtainable through a special event. As of writing, only Japanese Pokemon fans can obtain Zarude by pre-purchasing a ticket for Pokemon the Movie: Coco.

The film is set to release 25 December 2020 in Japan, and will likely give fans more information surrounding Zarude’s origins. While Pokemon the Movie: Coco may not have a confirmed western release, it’s likely that Zarude will be distributed in a similar fashion.

Make sure you check out all the details below to find out everything we know about this mysterious Pokemon. 

Where to find Zarude in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Zarude Sword and Shield location
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Zarude will likely be found in forest areas of Sword and Shield.

As of writing, we don’t know when and how Zarude will be added to the Galar region. However, the official Sword and Shield website states that “Zarude cannot be found through normal gameplay.” In other words, trainers won’t be able to catch Zarude out in the wild without first gaining access to a special event or giveaway. Some fans have been able to get Zarude early by pre-purchasing tickets to the Japanese showing of Pokemon the Movie: Coco, but this can be a little tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. 

Judging from the Japanese distribution, we expect Zarude will receive a similar process overseas. We’ll be updating this section once Zarude is live, so make sure you check back here for all the latest info.

What do we currently know about Zarude?

  • Category: Rogue Monkey Pokemon
  • Type: Dark and Grass
  • Height: 1.8m (5ft 10′)
  • Ability: Leaf Guard
Zarude typing
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While info surrounding this Mythical Pokemon is scarce, we do know Zarude will be extremely powerful.

Zarude may not be officially released in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but we do have a fair amount of information on this Mythical monster. According to the official Pokemon website, Zarude uses its flexible vines to swing from trees, grab berries from distant branches, heal wounds, and even pummel enemy Pokemon into submission.  

The dual Dark/Grass-type is also known to live in packs and inhabit areas of dense forest, keeping itself hidden from prying eyes. Like most apes, Zarude is known for its intelligence and quick thinking which is said to help it in battle. 

Zarude moveset and ability

Zarude moveset
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Zarude’s Jungle Healing move could prove invaluable when facing particularly tough foes.

While the maniacal monkey is known to use its razor-sharp claws and flexible vines to claw and whip opponents, its signature move is actually more defensive in nature. When Zarude reaches level 90, it can learn Jungle Healing. 

This Grass-type status move allows Zarude to wraps its vines around nearby trees and absorbs their energy. Once all the energy has been absorbed, Zardude then releases it, healing both itself and any ally Pokemon. Jungle Healing also cures any status conditions that a Pokemon has been inflicted with, making it an extremely potent support move. 

The official Sword and Shield website states “Within Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, only Zarude can learn Jungle Healing. However, it is possible other Pokémon may be able to learn this move in future games.” Depending on how effective and game-changing Jungle Healing is, we could see this move become extremely popular in competitive play.  

If that wasn’t enough, Zarude’s Leaf Guard ability prevents it from being afflicted by non-volatile status conditions. This ability was first introduced in Gen 4 and has been a staple pick for those aiming to avoid any frustrating status effects. 

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How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
Pokemon Company
Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

Calyrex Glastrier
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.