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Zarude & Secrets of the Jungle Events Coming to Pokemon Go

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Article by Brian Tien

The newest Pokemon Movie is coming to streaming services, and Niantic has an event planned in celebration for its release. Along with the standard fare of special spawns and a new shiny, we're also going to be able to see the grand release of the Grass/Dark Type Mythical Pokemon Zarude!

Secrets of the Jungle

Event Start Event End
October 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. local time October 10, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • The Mythcial Pokemon Zarude will be available via a limited timed research line. This line will only be able to be started by logging into the game during the event, but will be able to be completed at any time.
  • Movie-related Pokemon will be spawning in the wild
  • Explorer Pikachu will be available, and will be able to be shiny during the event.
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids
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  • Shiny Rufflet will be made available
  • Jessie & James will appear via photobomb and in their Meowth Balloon.
  • Free Avatar Items will be made available
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available from Field Research tasks.

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Trainers,

The latest Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, is releasing globally on Netflix on Friday, October 8, 2021! In celebration of the movie’s release, Zarude, the Rogue Monkey Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut! You’ll be able to encounter it by completing limited-time Special Research. You can also look forward to lots of other in-game content inspired by the movie, including the return of Jessie and James to Pokémon GO.

Date + Time

Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Features

  • A limited-time Special Research story will be available! Complete this research line to encounter Zarude and help Professor Willow learn more about the Rogue Monkey Pokémon. This is the first time that this Dark- and Grass-type Mythical Pokémon will be available in Pokémon GO. Note that you can obtain this Special Research only during the event period, but once you have it, you can complete it anytime.
  • Encounter Pokémon related to Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle! Hoothoot, Combee, Drilbur, Cottonee, Dwebble, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Larvitar!
  • Explorer Pikachu will be making its return to Pokémon GO, appearing in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Explorer Pikachu!
  • Pokémon seen in the movie will also be appearing in raids throughout the event:
    • Explorer Pikachu, Larvitar, Roggenrola, Foongus, and Rufflet will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rufflet!
    • Lickitung, Chansey, Pinsir, Ludicolo, and Flygon will be appearing in three-star raids.
  • Jessie and James will be continuing their hijinks from last year’s event. Keep an eye out for them in your snapshots, and watch for their Meowth Balloon. Jessie and James will be appearing in their Meowth Balloon until Friday, October 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Get themed Field Research tasks from PokéStops that’ll lead to encounters with Audino, Rufflet, and more. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rufflet!
  • New free avatar items will be available in the Style Shop, including the Adventure Hat and the Wailmer Water Bottle.

Be sure to watch Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle on Netflix after it releases globally on Friday, October 8, 2021. For more information on the film, please see here.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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