Pokémon Go Search for Zarude quest tasks and rewards: Every step to catching Zarude

How to catch the mythical rogue monkey Pokémon!

Search for Zarude grants you the opportunity to add the mythical Gen 8 Pokémon - the titular Zarude - to your Pokédex in Pokémon Go.

First, however, you must play Pokémon Go during the Secrets of the Jungle event to unlock this questline. If you don't, then you won't have access to this special research quest.

Zarude is the eighth mythical Pokémon to be released via a special research quest in Pokémon Go, with the others being Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Victini, Meloetta, Hoopa and Meltan.

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Meet Zarude, the Rogue Monkey Pokémon in #PokemonSwordShield!

'Search for Zarude' quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find every quest step and rewards for the Search for Zarude research quest in Pokémon Go.

It's important to note that, while Search for Zarude is a special research quest, you can only activate it if you play Pokémon Go during the Secrets of the Jungle in-game event which runs from Friday, 1st October to Sunday, 10th October.

You only need to play the game once during this time period to unlock Search for Zarude and, once you've done so, the special research will always be available!

Warning - this section does contain spoilers!

Thank you Amiibofan101 from reddit for the help with this information!

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'Search for Zarude' Step 1 of 5

  • Catch 7 different species of Pokémon - 1 Sun Stone
  • Catch 7 Pokémon - Diglett encounter
  • Take 3 snapshots of wild Ground-type Pokémon - 15 Poké Balls

Rewards: 250 Stardust, 10 Nanab Berries and a Drilbur encounter

'Search for Zarude' Step 2 of 5

  • Make 5 Great Throws in a row - Pinap Berries
  • Catch 10 Bug-type Pokémon - Dwebble encounter
  • Take 3 snapshots of wild Bug-type Pokémon - 10 Great Balls

Rewards: 250 Stardust, 10 Razz Berries and a Combee encounter

'Search for Zarude' Step 3 of 5

  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokémon - Sunny Cherrim encounter
  • Catch 30 Grass or Bug-type Pokémon - Vileplume encounter
  • Take 3 snapshots of wild Grass-type Pokémon - 10 Great Balls

Rewards: 500 Stardust, 10 Pinap Berries and a Nuzleaf encounter

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'Search for Zarude' Step 4 of 5

  • Defeat 6 Team Go Rocket Grunts - Ariados encounter
  • Catch 15 Pokémon with Weather Boost - Butterfree encounter
  • Take 3 snapshots of wild Flying-type Pokémon - 10 Ultra Balls

Rewards: 500 Stardust, 1 Poffin and a Rufflet encounter

'Search for Zarude' Step 5 of 5

  • Claim reward - 1000 XP
  • Claim reward - 1000 XP
  • Claim reward - 1000 XP

Rewards: 1000 Stardust, 10 Zarude Candy and a Zarude encounter

Tips for completing 'Search for Zarude' in Pokémon Go

Here are some tips which will help you complete the Search for Zarude research quest in Pokémon Go:

  • Remember to keep an eye out for any Rocket balloons flying past!
  • If you're having trouble finding grass or bug-type Pokémon, try using a Mossy Lure Module at a PokéStop.
  • Incense will attract Pokémon to your location, which will help you catch a variety of different Pokémon species.
  • When it comes to getting five Great Throws in a row, try focusing on a Pokémon with a large catch radius, like Wailmer, because be will easier to judge your throws.

The Season of Mischief is here! Current events include the Season 9 of Go Battle League, the addition of Raid Achievements, the Misunderstood Mischief research quest and the new Finding Your Voice Meloetta research. Shiny Ditto can also now be found in the wild and this tricky Pokémon is now appearing as new creatures! The Halloween event is now live! You can complete the What Lies Behind the Mask research, evolve Galarian Slowking and compete in the Halloween Cup! Meanwhile, the last major update saw a level cap increase - including the addition of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals. Phantump and Pumpkaboo can now be caught in Pokémon Go!


How Zarude quest 'Search for Zarude' works in Pokémon Go

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Zarude.

Research quests - tasks which players can complete for a variety of rewards - were originally released in March 2018 and are divided into a number of categories, such as field and timed.

Search for Zarude was released on Friday, 1st October 2021 as part of the Secrets of the Jungle event and, while it doesn't have a deadline due to being a special research quest, you must play Pokémon Go during this event to unlock this questline.

If you skip the Secrets of the Jungle event or started playing the game after it occurred, then you won't be able to access this quest. We do speculate that, like Jump-Start Research, Search for Zarude will be available during specific events running at a later date, but we'll have to wait and see.

At the time of writing, Zarude is the latest mythical Pokémon to be released and the only one within Gen 8. Zarude was revealed on February 27th, 2020 - also known as Pokémon Day - alongside the fact that it would play an important role in the Secrets of the Jungle movie. It's a dark and grass-type Pokémon, which is categorised as the rogue monkey Pokémon.

Interestingly, unlike previous mythical Pokémon, Zarude wasn't originally included in the game data for Pokémon Sword and Shield, with it only being included with the 1.2.0 update for the games.

With the release of this quest, Zarude becomes the eighth mythical Pokémon to be released via special research in Pokémon Go. The other Pokémon released via this method are Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Victini, Meloetta, Hoopa and Meltan. Deoxys and Darkrai are also mythical Pokémon, but they've only been made available via five-star raids.

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Mew, Celebi and Darkrai are some of the mythical Pokémon released into Pokémon Go.

Search for Zarude is constructed out of five quest steps, which, themselves, consist of three individual challenges. You'll receive rewards for completing both the challenges and the quest steps themselves, with the ultimate prize being, of course, Zarude.

Good luck catching Zarude in Pokémon Go!

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