Hot off the heels of The Crown Tundra, it’s time for some more exciting Pokémon news! The latest Pokémon movie is finally getting a global release, and along with it, Sword and Shield will receive a new Mythical Pokémon via a distribution event. It all revolves around Zarude, one of the stars of Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle. This powerful creature has been raising a human boy named Koko to live as a Pokémon until a fateful encounter with Ash Ketchum changes everything. You can check out the English trailer below!
Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle
About the movie
The Pokémon Company revealed the following synopsis for the 23rd feature film in the franchise:
Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle tells the story of Koko, a young boy raised by Pokémon, and the creation of a new bond between humans and Pokémon. ?Deep in the jungle, far from any human settlement, is the Forest of Okoya—a Pokémon paradise forbidden to outsiders and protected by a strict code of rules.? In this jungle lives Koko, a human boy who has been raised as a Pokémon by the Mythical Pokémon Zarude. Koko has grown up never doubting that he is a Pokémon. But one day, a chance meeting with Ash and Pikachu leaves Koko with his first human friend. Is he truly a Pokémon? Or is he, in fact, a human? When danger threatens the Forest of Okoya, the bonds between Pokémon and human—as well as the love between parent and child—will be put to the test.
As a movie tie-in, Sword and Shield players will be able to get their hands on Zarude soon. In fact, it’s already available today in some regions! Where you need to go and when depends on your region, so here’s a breakdown:
US, Canada, Australia, & Latin America – Through the Pokémon Trainers Club Newsletter. Sign up by November 20th to receive it in December
UK – GAME Stores (where open), GAME Online store soon
Germany – Gamestop – In-Store now, Online from December 1st
Austria, Switzerland – Gamestop – In-Store now
Italy – Gamestop Online Store
Spain – GAME retail, Online Store will add it soon
Belgium, Netherlands – GameMania – Sign up on their website, codes sent out every Friday
France – Micromania – Sign up on their website to get a code
Portugal – FNAC Stores
Sweden – Through Spelochsant or Webhallen’s online portal
Ireland – Gamestop Website
On top of that, there’s a special, Japan-only Zarude distribution event coming up too. This is for the “Dada” form (wearing the Celebi-inspired cape seen in the movie), and it will be available to those who buy a ticket to see the movie in Japan. Dada Zarude comes at level 70 with a Choice Scarf equipped. It’s also got more powerful moves, including Jungle Healing, Hammer Arm, Power Whip, and Energy Ball.