Why Zarude wasn’t in the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion trailer

Published: 3/Jun/2020 17:57

by Paul Cot


A slew of new details were revealed for the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield expansions – The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra – but intriguingly Zarude was nowhere to be seen.

We got to see a closer look at the two new locations with further details of the Galarian Kanto birds revealed and even a potential tease of a new Pokemon. There was lots to wet the appetite for The Isle of Armor’s release later this month but still no mention of Zarude.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise though, as the new Mythical Pokemon was never part of either of the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs. It has been promoted separately and was never mentioned under the umbrella of the expansions.

Pokemon Movie Coco and Zarude

The Rogue Monkey become was initially unveiled on this year’s Pokemon Day. Later on it was reported that Zarude would be a downloadable gift that you could earn by watching the upcoming Pokemon Movie: Coco.

It was announced on May 13 that the Pokemon Movie: Coco would be delayed due to the global health crisis. It had been scheduled to release next month on July 10 and a new release date has yet to be announced.

The Pokemon Company didn’t explicitly refer to Zarude but presumably this means the Dark and Grass-type Ruffian won’t be coming until the movie does. After all if you have watched the trailer then it’s clear why Zarude is coming alongside the movie – the story heavily features around the Mythical ‘mon.

Don’t worry though, we might have to wait a little while longer for Zarude but there are brand new Legendary Pokemon coming to Sword and Shield on June 17. This includes Kubfu and its evolution Urshifu, Calyrex and two new Regi legends in Regieleki and Regidrago.


How to use Pokemon Go’s new custom tags feature

Published: 3/Dec/2020 11:40 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 11:42

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go has introduced a fan-demanded custom tagging feature that allows trainers to organize their Pokemon collection in any way they want.

The primary function of custom tagging is to allow players to sort their Pokemon in specific ways, making them easier to browse. Players have always been able to ‘favorite’ their best creatures, but custom tags add a whole new world of possibilities.

Players will be able to create up to 100 tags with the colors Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange, Grey, and Black.

There’s also the ability to check a Pokemon’s tag from their status screen, and click through to see all other Pokemon carrying that tag.

Pokemon GO Kanto event promotion showing Gen 1 starter monsters.
Pokemon Go / Niantic
Pokemon Go fans can now use custom tags to organize their Pokemon

It’s certainly a useful feature, and we can see it coming in handy as more species continue to be added to the game – especially with Gen 6 arriving alongside December’s Kalos Celebration Event.

How to use Pokemon Go’s custom tagging feature

It’s relatively simple to use the custom tagging feature, but we’ve got step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Load up the Pokemon Go app.
  2. Click the PokeBall at the bottom of the screen to open the menu.
  3. Select the ‘Pokemon’ option and choose the Pokemon you’d like to tag.
  4. Select the menu button at the bottom right-hand corner, and choose the ’Tag’ option.
  5. Select ‘Add new tag’ and then enter a tag name (16 characters max) and choose a color code.
  6. Now you can add all the Pokemon you want to that tag!
Pokemon custom tagging guide
Adding custom tags is easy once you know how to do it

Quite a few players have complained that the ‘Tag’ option has bumped up the ‘Appraise’ option on the menu. “I keep clicking on it when trying to appraise my Pokémon [and it’s] super frustrating,” wrote one Reddit user.

Hopefully, this is something that gets addressed by Niantic soon. Either that or players will have to readjust their muscle memory.

What custom tags should you use?

This one’s entirely up to you. You could create tags for your favorite and least favorite creatures, or bunch all of your Event Pokemon together. Fans over on Reddit have already come up with some of their own helpful uses for the feature.

Reddit user TheMarBear detailed their custom tags: Trades, which “is going to be helpful when it comes to mass trading”; December CD, for Pokemon that are “lined up to evolve for the upcoming community days”; and Ultra League and Great League, containing “good PvP stat Pokemon” for league battles.

You can follow the latest Pokemon Go updates, event details, and new generation additions over on our Pokemon Go page.