Zarude Sword and Shield

Update: Pokémon Sword and Shield's Mythical monster Zarude is now being distributed across select parts of Europe and the US, meaning its global distribution has finally begun.

The Pokémon can now be redeemed by using special serial codes obtained from select retailers (with online options available if stores aren't open in your chosen country) or through the Pokémon Trainers Club Newsletter in the US. The event runs until 13th December and codes can be redeemed until 31st March. New details have now arrived courtesy of Serebii:

US - 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

Ireland - Gamestop Website

Germany - Gamestop - In-Store now, Online from December 1st

Austria, Switzerland - Gamestop - In-Store now

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



Original Article (Wed 11th Nov, 2020 11:00 GMT): Zarude, a Mythical Pokémon released in Pokémon Sword and Shield, will soon be available to players outside of Japan for the first time.

The Pokémon was first distributed to Japanese players this August who preordered tickets to the upcoming movie. A second Zarude distribution, featuring a new form of the Pokémon, has also been announced for the country.

Now, though, a new event has been announced for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (thanks, Serebii). This distribution ties in with the launch of Vivid Voltage, a new Trading Card Game expansion which stars the Pokémon, and offers players a serial code to obtain it.

The event will reportedly run from 13th November to 13th December. No other distributions have been announced for other countries just yet, but we'd expect to see other regions follow suit as Zarude slowly makes its way to players around the world.