27th February marks “Pokémon Day“, the day the original Pokémon games were released in Japan. Notably, this day has been reserved for some special events or reveals, and 2020’s edition was no different.
The Pokémon Company had been teasing the reveal of a new mythical Pokémon for a number of days in the lead up to this year’s event. Fans had pondered whether the silhouette was that of a demonic monkey – or, most perplexingly, a Galarian Jynx(?!).
Well, in a less than overwhelming video, we have our answer.
Zarude, a Mythical Grass/Dark “Rogue Monkey” Pokémon. The Pokémon Company provided the following descriptions of Zarude:
“It can grow vines from the back of its neck, its wrists, and the soles of its feet at will. The vines are strong and flexible. They can be used to wrap around tree branches to move around or to grab Berries from distant branches. They’re useful for many different situations. The vines also have a healing property. If the vines are wrapped around a wound, it will heal.”
“Zarude lives in a pack deep in the heart of dense forests. It treats anyone that isn’t part of its pack with immediate hostility, attacking right away. This is why other Pokémon that live in the same forest are afraid of Zarude. When fighting it swings around using trees and their branches, attacking relentlessly with its sharp claws or any other means it has. Its quick wit helps it excel in battles.”
Noticeably, Zarude is listed as a Mythical Pokémon. Which means it will only be obtainable through “non-in-game” methods, ie. give-away events.
Chances are it might have something to do with the recent launch of Pokémon HOME, though that is unconfirmed at this point.
Mewtwo Strikes Back
A new Mythical Pokémon is only the beginning of proceedings, however.
For fans of Pokémon Sword and Shield, the absence of fan-favourite Pokémon has been a sore subject. One major omission was the OG bad-boy of the Poké-verse, Mewtwo.
Thanks to Mewtwo’s recent re-introduction via Max Raid Battles, the overpowered-Psychic-type can once again bring the pain. There are a few minor things to consider, mind you.
As fans would have guessed, Mewtwo is rather difficult. Standing at level-100, Mewtwo has been EV-trained to near perfection. Furthermore, it knows six months rather than the traditional four!
On top of all of that, Mewtwo boasts more health and shields than the standard raid battle monsters.
And, if all of that isn’t bad enough, even if you somehow manage to beat it, you can’t catch it. Instead, a victory over Mewtwo will yield awesome and rare Raid Battle prizes. At least Mewtwo’s back, right?
Pokémon of the Year!
And finally, for our whistle-stop tour of Pokémon Day 2020, let’s talk about the Pokémon of the Year!
Normally, this glorified popularity contest sees the likes of Charizard, Mewtwo, and Pikachu in top-spots. And admittedly, Charizard does rank quite high on the list.
However, the top three spots are rather intriguing.
The Water/Dark-type Greninja has been crowned the “Pokémon of the Year”, whilst Lucario, a Steel/Fighting-type comes runner up.
In third place, however, is the Ghost/Fairy-type Mimikyu! One of my personal favourite Pokémon, Mimikyu’s backstory is that it was so in need of love and attention and, seeing the popularity of Pikachu, decided to don a Pikachu costume in search of companionship. It’s sad and heartbreaking and endearingly sweet.
And Mimikyu managed to beat Pikachu out of the top 10 spots altogether. So, a weird sense of retribution at least. Plus, being the (current) only Ghost and Fairy-type Pokémon gives Mimikyu a unique charm that a certain Electric Mouse can never attain. Until The Pokémon Company finds some way of ramming Pikachu down our throats again, of course.
The Top 10
For anyone wondering, here is the top 10 list as well as the YouTube video.
Did your favourite Pokémon find it’s way into the list this year? Do you agree with the rankings? Why not let us know in the comments down below.
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ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.