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Zoroark (ゾロアーク, Zoroaaku) is a Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V. It has a Normal/Ghost-type Hisuian form introduced in Generation VIII.

Biology

Physiology

Unovan

Zoroark is a fox like Pokémon covered mainly in dark grayish fur. It has a pointed muzzle, red lining around its eyes and mouth, teal eyes, a fluffy black ruff of fur around its neck, and a long, voluminous spiky crimson mane with grey tips. A teal-colored band encircles the bottom part of Zoroark's mane like a ponytail. It has three sharp red claws on both its hands and feet.

Hisuian

Zoroark's Hisuian form consists of light grey fur on its body, a white mane with red tips resembling tendrils, red spots on its arms and legs and deep navy blue claws. Its eyes are yellow with red markings on the edge and deep blue inside of its ears. The red tips and spots on its body are results of laceration caused by their intense hatred and malice for humans and other Pokémon.

Behavior

Unovan

Zoroark are mysterious and sometimes mischievous Pokémon, although they are generally more serious than their pre-evolution Zorua. They are very protective of their homes and their family. They will use illusions to trick enemies and prevent them from entering their lair. They are extremely protective of those it cares about and will go to any lengths to keep them safe, including risking their own lives, and one can hold grudges on those who harm its loved ones. Zoroark will hide their Zorua young in their manes to protect them and carry them around.

There are stories that say Zoroark punishes those who attempt to catch it by trapping them in an illusion. Some domesticated Zoroark, nonetheless, may instead perform their illusions to ease their lonely trainers' solitude.

Hisuian

Hisuian Zoroark are notably more maliciously and ferociously aggressive than regular Zoroark. They are reckless and tend to assail their victims with their incredibly terrifying illusory projections that can terrify them from the inside out. However, they still display a compassionate streak to their loved ones, notably their Zorua children. Additionally, they can prove themselves to be invaluable allies once they establish trust with humans and other Pokémon.

A Unovan Zoroark can morph or reincarnate into a Hisuian Zoroark, either through perishing in the harsh strifes in the wild after being casted away, or losing their beloved Zorua child and subsequently overwhelmed by intense malice and emotional pain.

Natural abilities

Zoroark can create incredibly realistic illusions. However, Zoroark are incapable of physically changing themselves into another form; they are merely capable of casting illusions. They can transform into both people and other Pokémon. When a Zoroark takes the form of a human, it is capable of human speech. They use their illusory powers to protect their lair and their pack. They have the ability to fool a large group of people simultaneously and cameras with their illusion-generating powers.

Zoroark can easily stand on 2 legs, but when they need to run, they resort to all fours.

In the Sun and Moon series, Zoroark can also use its illusionary powers show memories of the past.

Hisuian Zoroark can project illusions from the spiteful power they emit from their long writhing fur, which can inflict both severe physical and psychological harm on their foes, damaging their victims' bodies from both inside and out as well as driving them mad by the terror. Hisuian Zoroark can also make their illusion of humans talking, to the point of easily fooling anyone in order to get food.

Evolution

Zoroark is the evolved form of Zorua as of level 30.

Game Info

Game Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Black and White Lostlorn Forest Event
Black 2 and White 2 Evolve Zorua None
X and Y Route 20, Pokémon Village Rare
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Evolve Zorua None

Pokédex Entries

  • Black

    Bonds between these Pokémon are very strong. It protects the safety of its pack by tricking its opponents.

  • White

    Each has the ability to fool a large group of people simultaneously. They protect their lair with illusory scenery.

  • Black 2

    Stories say those who tried to catch Zoroark were trapped in an illusion and punished.

  • White 2

    Stories say those who tried to catch Zoroark were trapped in an illusion and punished.

  • X

    Each has the ability to fool a large group of people simultaneously. They protect their lair with illusory scenery.

  • Y

    Bonds between these Pokémon are very strong. It protects the safety of its pack by tricking its opponents.

  • Omega Ruby

    Each has the ability to fool a large group of people simultaneously. They protect their lair with illusory scenery.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Bonds between these Pokémon are very strong. It protects the safety of its pack by tricking its opponents.

  • Ultra Sun

    It doesn’t just transform itself—it also has the power to make hundreds of people see its illusions.

  • Ultra Moon

    If it thinks humans are going to discover its den, Zoroark shows them visions that make them wander around in the woods.

  • Sword

    This Pokémon cares deeply about others of its kind, and it will conjure terrifying illusions to keep its den and pack safe.

  • Shield

    Seeking to ease the burden of their solitude, lonely Trainers tell Zoroark to show illusions to them.

  • Legends: Arceus

    Hisuian Form: With its disheveled white fur, it looks like an embodiment of death. Heedless of its own safety, Zoroark attacks its nemeses with a bitter energy so intense, it lacerates Zoroark's own body.


Stats

Zoroark's Stats
HP
60
Attack
105
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
1
Sp. Def
1
Speed
105
Total
332

Zoroark's Stats
HP
55
Attack
100
Defense
60
Sp. Atk
1
Sp. Def
1
Speed
110
Total
327

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
1 Night Daze 85 95% 10 Dark Special
1 Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status
1 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
1 Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical
1 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status
Evo Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
5 Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical
9 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status
13 Fury Swipes 18 80% 15 Normal Physical
17 Feint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical
21 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status
25 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
29 Foul Play 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
34 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
39 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
44 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
49 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical
54 Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status
59 Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status
64 Night Daze 85 95% 10 Dark Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Night Daze 85 95% 10 Dark Special Cool 3 0 ♥
1 Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
1 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status Cool 2 1 ♥
1 Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical Clever 2 1 ♥
1 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status Cute 1 0 ♥
5 Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical Clever 2 1 ♥
9 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status Cute 1 0 ♥
13 Fury Swipes 18 80% 15 Normal Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
17 Feint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical Clever 2 0 ♥
21 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status Tough 3 0 ♥
25 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Clever 2 1 ♥
29 Foul Play 95 100% 15 Dark Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
30 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
34 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status Tough 2 0 ♥
39 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 3 0 ♥
44 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Clever 3 0 ♥
49 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical Cool 2 1 ♥
54 Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status Clever 1 0 ♥
59 Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status Clever 3 0 ♥
64 Night Daze 85 95% 10 Dark Special Cool 3 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
1 Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical
1 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status
5 Pursuit 40 100% 20 Dark Physical
9 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status
13 Fury Swipes 18 80% 15 Normal Physical
17 Faint Attack 60 —% 20 Dark Physical
21 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status
25 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
29 Foul Play 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
30 Night Slash 70 100% 15 Dark Physical
34 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
39 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
44 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
49 Punishment 100% 5 Dark Physical
54 Nasty Plot —% 20 Dark Status
59 Imprison —% 10 Psychic Status
64 Night Daze 85 95% 10 Dark Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs, TRs, and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM/TR Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM47 Low Sweep 65 100% 20 Fighting Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal 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.

TMs, TRs, and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM/TR Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM01 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Clever 2 1 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM35 Flamethrower 90 100% 15 Fire Special Beautiful 4 0 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2 0 ♥
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status Tough 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
TM47 Low Sweep 65 100% 20 Fighting Physical Clever 2 3 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Cute 3 0 ♥
TM59 Incinerate 60 100% 15 Fire Special Tough 3 0 ♥
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM67 Retaliate 70 100% 5 Normal Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Cute 1 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM94 Rock SmashXY 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special Tough 4 0 ♥
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
HM06 Rock SmashORAS 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs, TRs, and HMs Generation V
TM/HM/TR Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Hone Claws —% 15 Dark Status
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM35 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM47 Low Sweep 60 100% 20 Fighting Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM59 Incinerate 30 100% 15 Fire Special
TM63 Embargo 100% 15 Dark Status
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM67 Retaliate 70 100% 5 Normal Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Zoroark can learn, refer to Zorua.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bounce USUM 85 85% 5 Flying Physical
Covet USUM 60 100% 25 Normal Physical
Foul Play USUM 95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Hyper Voice USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Low Kick USUM 100% 20 Fighting Physical
Snatch USUM —% 10 Dark Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite USUM 100% 10 Ghost Status
Throat Chop USUM 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
Trick USUM 100% 10 Psychic Status
Uproar USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bounce ORAS 85 85% 5 Flying Physical Cute 1 0 ♥
Covet ORAS 60 100% 25 Normal Physical Cute 1 0 ♥
Foul Play ORAS 95 100% 15 Dark Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
Hyper Voice ORAS 90 100% 10 Normal Special Cool 2 2 ♥
Knock Off ORAS 65 100% 25 Dark Physical Clever 2 3 ♥
Low Kick ORAS 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 1 0 ♥
Snatch ORAS —% 10 Dark Status Clever 1 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Spite ORAS 100% 10 Ghost Status Tough 2 1 ♥
Trick ORAS 100% 10 Psychic Status Clever 2 1 ♥
Uproar ORAS 90 100% 10 Normal Special Cute 2 1 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bounce  85 85% 5 Flying Physical
Covet  60 100% 40 Normal Physical
Dark Pulse  80 100% 15 Dark Special
Foul Play  95 100% 15 Dark Physical
Hyper Voice  90 100% 10 Normal Special
Knock Off  20 100% 20 Dark Physical
Low Kick  100% 20 Fighting Physical
Sleep Talk  —% 10 Normal Status
Snatch  —% 10 Dark Status
Snore  40 100% 15 Normal Special
Spite  100% 10 Ghost Status
Trick  100% 10 Psychic Status
Uproar  90 100% 10 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Battle animation sprites

ZoroarkXY-AttackAnimation-1.gif ZoroarkXY-AttackAnimation-2.gif

Appearances

Mohn/Gladion's Zoroark.

Anime

A female Zoroark appears the Pokémon movie Zoroark: Master of Illusions. In the movie, Zorua called Zoroark "Meema" (Pronounced Mee-Mah) throughout. "Meema" was Zorua's way of calling Zoroark his mom.

Supporting

Minor

Pokémon: Hisuian Snow

Trivia

  • Zoroark is the first Unova Pokémon ever seen in the anime, debuting in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
  • Despite getting N's Zorua from the house in Driftveil City in Pokémon Black 2/White 2, N still appears to have a Zoroark, which leads you to N's Castle.
  • Zoroark, Zorua, Mew and Ditto are the only Pokémon that can transform into humans and other Pokémon.
  • In the games, there is a 1 out of 67,108,864 chance that Zoroark can be disguised as a Shiny Pokémon in the wild, yet itself not being Shiny.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Zoroark is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Fury Swipes.
    • Along with this, it is one of the two Pokémon that can be freed from a Master Ball despite not being Legendary or Mythical. It shares this trait with Goldeen.
  • Zoroark is one of the collectable spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, there exists an item known as the Baneful Fox Mask which is based on Zoroark's Hisuian form.

Origin

Zoroark is most likely based on the kitsune of Japanese folklore, a mystical shapeshifting fox. However, Zoroark and its pre-evolution are based on the darker and more mischievous sides of kitsune, most likely the "yako" and "nogitsune" variations. Its facial markings are reminiscent of both kabuki and noh makeup. It may also play off of how foxes in media are often depicted as deceptive or are tricksters. There is also a possibility that Zoroark is based on the chupacabra, a mythical creature from South America and Mexico, said to kill and drain the blood of livestock. Key features of the chupacabra consist of sharp fangs, an upright stance and sharp spines along its back, similar to Zoroark.

It also resembles a werewolf, due to the fact that it is an anthropomorphic canid, like most werewolves.

Its Hisuian form seems to have a stronger tie to its Kitsune origins with the coloration of red, white and ghost typing. The Baneful Fox mask may take inspiration and coloration from Kitsune masks. Its origin, which involves it reborn from its lingering soul, is analogous to vengeful ghouls and ghosts, as well as revenants. It's personality of being invaluable allies is also based on a benevolent Kumiho, Huli Jing, and Kitsune assisting humans. The red portions on its arms and legs resemble frostbite sores.

Etymology

Zoroark comes from zorro (Spanish for "fox") and dark.

Gallery

Unovan Form

Hisuian Form

See also

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