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Zarude (ザルード, Zaruudo) is a Dark/Grass-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII.



Zarude is a black simian Pokémon with looks resembling a mandrill or baboon. Its head is shaped like an X, and its eyes are red with green irises and black pupils. It has a gray face pattern and a jutting out jaw with two visible nostrils and a furry beard. Its teeth are extremely sharp, with 2 on its upper jaw hanging downwards and sticking out.

Zarude has a lean build with 2 black tufts off the hair on each shoulder. Each arm is Long with a green vine wrapped around it resembling a spring. It's legs can also be wrapped around by the same vines likes it's arms along with its body such as it's face, waist, and shoulders which is the same color as its neckwear depending on a troop member of its tribe as for the elder, the vines are sickly green. Each of its hands is visibly humanoid, with black claws for fingers. Its body has a rib cage pattern and its feet have four simian toes and one claw at the back. It has a short tail with a star-shaped end like Litten.


Zarude often live in large groups and will show hostility to any other species of Pokémon and Humans that aren't members of its pack, However, Zarude occasionally exhibit a softer side. It is able to manipulate vines from its body as a means of moving amongst the high trees and gathering berries from hard-to-reach areas. It is believed that the vines from Zarude, Once they tear off the vines become nutrients in the soil for plants of the forests it lives in grow.

During a fight, Zarude relies on its swift acrobatic movements and attack opponents with its claws. It is quick witted and has little to no effort in winning many battles.

Zarude tribes follow their own law that allows no outsiders including Humans to be a part of their tribes and protect the scared healing springs of the Heart Tree and Zarude can speak the human language.

A caped Zarude named 'Dada' split from its pack to raise and nurture an orphaned human infant. It's said that this Zarude derived unique strength from its bond to the adopted human child.

Dada Zarude wears a pink, ripped cape bearing Celebi's National Pokédex number: 251, and the cloth has a comforting scent that calmed the child's crying.


Zarude, being a Mythical Pokémon, does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Event None

Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    Within dense forests, this Pokémon lives in a pack with others of its kind. It's incredibly aggressive, and the other Pokémon of the forest fear it.
    Dada: This Zarude left its pack to raise a human child. The cloth Zarude would wrap the child with has a comforting scent that calmed the child's crying.

  • Shield

    Once the vines on Zarude's body tear off, they become nutrients in the soil. This helps the plants of the forest grow.
    Dada: This Zarude's special strength stems from its love and care for an orphaned human child that the Pokémon has raised since the child's infancy.


Zarude's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VIII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Bind 15 85% 20 Normal Physical
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
6 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
12 Vine Whip 45 100% 25 Grass Physical
18 Growth —% 20 Normal Status
24 Fury Swipes 18 80% 15 Normal Physical
30 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status
36 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
42 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
48 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
54 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
60 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
66 Synthesis —% 5 Grass Status
72 Hammer Arm 100 90% 10 Fighting Physical
78 Thrash 120 100% 10 Normal Physical
84 Power Whip 120 85% 10 Grass Physical
90 Jungle Healing —% 10 Grass Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM00 Mega Punch Type Normal.gif Physical 80 85% 20
TM01 Mega Kick Type Normal.gif Physical 120 75% 5
TM08 Hyper Beam Type Normal.gif Special 150 90% 5
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
TM10 Magical Leaf Type Grass.gif Special 60 100% 20
TM11 Solar Beam Type Grass.gif Special 120 100% 10
TM12 Solar Blade Type Grass.gif Physical 125 100% 10
TM15 Dig Type Ground.gif Physical 80 100% 10
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status —% 10
TM22 Rock Slide Type Rock.gif Physical 75 90% 10
TM23 Thief Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM26 Scary Face Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM28 Giga Drain Type Grass.gif Special 75 100% 10
TM34 Sunny Day Type Fire.gif Status 100% 5
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 20
TM42 Revenge Type Fighting.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM48 Rock Tomb Type Rock.gif Physical 60 95% 15
TM50 Bullet Seed Type Grass.gif Physical 25 100% 30
TM53 Mud Shot Type Ground.gif Special 55 95% 15
TM56 U-turn Type Bug.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM57 Payback Type Dark.gif Physical 50 100% 10
TM58 Assurance Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM59 Fling Type Dark.gif Physical 100% 10
TM63 Drain Punch Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 10
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM78 Acrobatics Type Flying.gif Physical 55 100% 15
TM85 Snarl Type Dark.gif Special 55 95% 15
TM88 Grassy Terrain Type Grass.gif Status 100% 10
TM97 Brutal Swing Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 20
TM98 Stomping Tantrum Type Ground.gif Physical 75 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR01 Body Slam Type Normal.gif Physical 85 100% 15
TR07 Low Kick Type Fighting.gif Physical 100% 10
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status —% 10
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status —% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status —% 10
TR30 Encore Type Normal.gif Status 100% 5
TR31 Iron Tail Type Steel.gif Physical 100 75% 15
TR32 Crunch Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR37 Taunt Type Dark.gif Status 100% 20
TR39 Superpower Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR42 Hyper Voice Type Normal.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR48 Bulk Up Type Fighting.gif Status —% 20
TR53 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR58 Dark Pulse Type Dark.gif Special 80 100% 15
TR59 Seed Bomb Type Grass.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR65 Energy Ball Type Grass.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR68 Nasty Plot Type Dark.gif Status —% 20
TR72 Power Whip Type Grass.gif Physical 120 85% 10
TR77 Grass Knot Type Grass.gif Special 100% 20
TR93 Darkest Lariat Type Dark.gif Physical 85 100% 10
TR95 Throat Chop Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Zarude learns no moves via breeding.


Generation VIII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
SWSHIoA Grassy Glide Type Grass.gif Physical 70 100% 20
SWSHIoA Lash Out Type Dark.gif Physical 75 100% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.





  • Zarude is the first Mythical Pokémon to have more members of its kind introduced in Generation VIII.


Zarude mostly takes traits of various monkeys such as mandrills and baboons, it seems to resemble a black lemur the closest. Male black lemurs are one of the only primates that sport a stark black coloration, with some individuals having slight grey accents on the face. The male coloration is further accented by the fact that all known Zarude are male despite being genderless. However, the orange belly on shiny Zarude could be a reference to the fact that female black lemurs have orange features.

It may get its Dark typing may be a reference to the aggressive nature of black lemurs, or to the nature of other aggressive primates such as mandrills and baboons. It's long fingers may also be based on an Aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur that lives in Madagascar that was killed as it was thought to be evil due to sneaking into sakalava people's homes though thatched roof and killing them in their sleep using their thin middle finger to puncture their victims' aorta, while its Grass typing is from how monkeys often live in jungle areas that contain vines and It also possesses traits of spider monkeys with how they use vines to grapple enemies and trees, where spider monkeys use their prehensile tails.

The use of leaves, vines and other plant items as "clothing" draws comparisons to Passimian, the only other known lemur-based Pokémon. Both Pokémon are very similar in size and social structure, including both cooperation-focused societies and groups with roles/hierarchies.

Outside of zoology, It could also have been based on the Shug Monkey from Cambridgeshire folklore, the Shug Monkey is a creature that shares features of a dog and monkey, which reportedly haunted Slough Hill Lane (a street that leads from the village of West Wratting to nearby Balsham), The creature, believed to have the body of a jet-black shaggy sheepdog and the face of a monkey with staring eyes, was believed to be a supernatural ghost or demon, and the "Carew Ape", a Ghost of Sir Roland's pet Barbary Macaque: Satan who is said to haunt the Carew castle in Wales, It can be seen prowling the battlements and howling on dark stormy nights.


Zarude comes from saru (monkey) and "rude". The "za" in its name might have also been derived from Zacian and Zamazenta, the two box legendaries of Pokémon Sword and Shield.