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Pokémon GO: Secrets of the Jungle Event Debuts Mythical Pokémon Zarude

Obtain Zarude in this new Pokemon Go event.
Mythical Pokémon Zarude,Pikachu, Nuzleaf, Flygon and Rufflet standing in a forest with Pokémon GO logo

Niantic has announced an upcoming event in Pokémon Go to celebrate the launch of Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, starting in October 2021. Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle is set to release on October 8th, 2021, exclusively on Netflix. The Pokémon Go event will feature content heavily inspired by the movie, such as the mythical Pokémon Zarude making its debut, and the appearance of Pokémon that feature alongside the ‘Rogue Monkey’ Pokémon in the feature film.

Pokémon Go: Secrets of the Jungle will run from Friday, October 1st, 2021, at 10am until Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 8pm local time. The full list of features was listed on Niantic‘s recent blog post, with the highlight being the limited-time Special Research story players can complete to obtain Zarude and a plethora of other rewards. Pokémon that appear in the movie will also be appearing in the wild and raids, such as Larvitar, Audino, Cottonee and the return of Explorer Pikachu. Fan favorites Jessie and James will also make their return, even staying after the event, until October 15th at 10 am local time. Finally, free avatar clothing items will be available in the in-game shop, as well as field research tasks that reward Pokémon like Rufflet and Audino.


Wild Pokémon

(s) indicates that this Pokémon has a chance to appear in its shiny variant

  • Explorer Pikachu (s)
  • Hoothoot
  • Combee
  • Cottonee
  • Drilbur
  • Dwebble (s)
  • Larvitar (s)

Pokémon Appearing in 1-star Raids

  • Explorer Pikachu (s)
  • Roggenrola (s)
  • Foongus
  • Rufflet (s)

Pokémon Appearing in 3-star Raids

  • Likitung (s)
  • Chansey (s)
  • Pinsir (s)
  • Ludicolo
  • Flygon

Pokémon Obtainable from Field Research

  • Audino (s)
  • Rufflet (s)

Other event features

  • The return of Jessie and James, who have a chance to replace the player’s usual Team Go Rocket balloon.
  • Free avatar clothing items, including a Wailmer Water Bottle and Adventure Hat

Fans may recall that we had a similar event last year to celebrate the same movie’s launch in Japan, in which players could obtain a shiny Celebi and battle Jessie and James for a chance at a shiny Shadow Scyther and Shadow Pinsir. It’s very likely that Jessie and James will return with another chance at two shiny shadow Pokémon, as they have done in each of their previous appearances. Rufflet has a low shiny-rate and was only featured in eggs and limited-time raids; thankfully, this event will make it easier to obtain that rare, golden bird due to its appearance in the wild and field research.

Although there’s still a wait for this event to be finished, Fashion Week 2021 is still underway in Pokémon GO and has brought plenty of new shiny chances with it, along with the debut of Furfrou.

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