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Pokemon Sword Shield: Zarude and Mythical friend finally confirmed

Published: 14/Jul/2020 3:33 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 13:18

by Paul Cot


We’ve been waiting for Zarude’s arrival in Pokemon Sword and Shield since February and now, finally, we have a date set for the new Mythical Pokemon.

Before the global health crisis, Zarude was set to hit the popular Nintendo Switch game on July 10. This was to coincide with the new Pokemon the Movie: Coco.


Trainers that bought a ticket for the much anticipated movie would be given a code which could be redeemed to give you Zarude in Pokemon Sword and Shield. The movie was delayed though, and that meant Zarude was too.

Pocket Monsters the Movie: Coco is still delayed and is expected to be released some time in late 2020. However, that doesn’t mean Zarude isn’t coming sooner.


According to Serebii trainers will be able to get their Zarude code on August 7. This will be part of the Pokemon Movie: Coco pre-booking distribution whereby, presumably, trainers that pre-book their ticket will be given a code for the dual dark and grass-type Mythical ‘mon.


That’s not all though, Zarude is bringing an iconic Mythical friend with him. Celebi has yet to be made available in Pokemon Sword and Shield (other than via Pokemon HOME) but now trainers will be given a chance to get one.

Celebi Pokemon Sword Shield
Celebi is coming alongside Zarude to Pokemon Sword and Shield!

Like Zarude, Celebi will be added to the Galar region via redeeming a code. This will also be given to those who book their ticket to see the Pokemon Coco movie.


Currently this has only been confirmed for Japanese fans but hopefully it will come to the West and the rest of the world sooner than later. It remains to be seen whether the Rogue Pokemon will be added to Sword and Shield via any other method at a later date.

Trainers will welcome the Pokemon Company’s decision to release Zarude before the film premieres, otherwise Zarude would mark one of the longer waits for a confirmed Pokemon in recent history. The addition of Celebi only sweetens the deal.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.