New Pokémon Sword and Shield mythical pokémon Zarude looks like a gremlin

A new mythical pokémon has been announced for Sword and Shield and he looks a lot like Gizmo’s evolved form from the Gremlins films.

Officially, Zarude is describe as a Rogue Monkey and is a Dark/Grass type, but surely it’s not just us that thinks he looks like a gremlin from the classic ‘80s movie?

Either way, he’s the first new mythical pokémon of Generation VIII, the only class of pokémon rarer than legendries. Others include the likes of Mew and Celebi and often they’re not available to catch in games in the normal manner but have to be obtained via a special event.

It’s not been announced how you’ll get Zarude yet, or whether he has anything to do with the Expansion Pass, but it’s already confirmed that he can’t be encountered ‘in regular gameplay’.

For now, the official blurb reveals that Zarude, ‘lives in a pack deep in the dense forests of Galar. It treats anyone that isn’t part of its pack with immediate hostility. When fighting, Zarude swings around from tree branches, attacking relentlessly with its sharp claws. Its quick wit helps it excel in battles.’

Zarude is rumoured to play a part in new Pokémon animated movie Coco but was announced now because it’s Pokémon Day today — the anniversary of the release of the very first games in 1996.

As a result, there have already been a bunch of announcements today, with Mewtwo (a legendary not a mythical) and the Gen I starters appearing in Sword and Shield in Max Raid Battles.

There’s not been much announced so far for Pokémon Go though, which may mean there’s more news to come. Although Mewtwo will be make a reappearance in raids, to tie in with the release of the film Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution on Netflix.

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