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Zarude - Movesets and Counters
This is a strategy guide for using Zarude in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Zarude, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Zarude

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dark Type Grass Type
Leaf Guard Prevents problems with status in sunny weather.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ground Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
105 120 105 70 95 105

How to Get Zarude

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Zarude is obtainable via a Nintendo eShop serial code included with the pre-purchase ticket for Pokemon the Movie: Coco.

Check out our article below to learn more.
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Best Nature for Zarude

Best Natures
(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)

Strategies for Zarude

Choice Band Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly(+, -)
EV Spread Atk 252 / Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 181 / Atk 172 / Def 126 / Sp.Def 115 / Spd 172
Ability Leaf Guard
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Power Whip
Darkest Lariat
Close Combat

Zarude is a great, well-rounded physical attacker with great speed and bulk on top of an excellent attack stat.

About Zarude's Moves

Power Whip is Zarude's strongest STAB move, allowing it to hit the common Water, Ground, and Rock-types that populate the Metagame. Darkest Lariat is its secondary STAB that ignores the opponent's Defense and Evasion boosts.

Close Combat is a strong Fighting-type move that complements Zarude's coverage. Finally, U-Turn allows it to quickly pivot to another Pokemon if it faces an opponent it can't take down.

About Zarude's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Attack and Speed, with the remaining 4 EVs on Defense to boost its overall bulk.

About Zarude's Ability

Leaf Guard is Zarude's only ability. This protects it from Status conditions such as Burn, Poison, and Paralyze when under the effects of Sunny Day.

About Zarude's Held Item

We're giving Zarude Choice Band to boost its high-powered physical attacks by 50%.

Other Viable Moves

Grassy Glide An alternative to Power Whip, but is only useful if your team has a Grassy Surge Rillaboom.
Crunch A good alternative to Darkest Lariat that has a 20% chance to lower the target's Defense stat by one stage.
Lash Out Although generally inferior to Darkest Lariat and Crunch, it has a niche use when facing Intimidate users like Gyarados.

Bulk Up Doubles Healer Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 100 / Sp.Def 80 / Spd 72
Final Stat Values HP 212 / Atk 100 / Def 125 / Sp.Def 125 / Spd 134
Ability Leaf Guard
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Bulk Up
Grassy Glide
Darkest Lariat
Jungle Healing

Zarude excels in Doubles where it can take advantage of its decent bulk and its signature move to function as an offensive cleric for the team.

About Zarude's Moves

Bulk Up allows Zarude to boost both its Attack and Defense stat by 1 stage. This boosts the power of its main STAB moves, Grassy Glide and Darkest Lariat.

Jungle Healing is Zarude's most important move and allows it to function as both a healer and cleric. This move heals Zarude and its allies HP by 25% of their max HP and heals status conditions such as Burn, Paralyze, and Poison.

About Zarude's EV Spread

We're using a modified EV spread with maximum investment in HP. 100 Atk EVs allow it to hit hard even without full investment while 80 Sp.Def EVs ensure that Zarude's defensive stats are equal. Finally, 72 Spd EVs allow slower sweepers and walls.

About Zarude's Ability

Leaf Guard is Zarude's only ability. This protects it from Status conditions such as Burn, Poison, and Paralyze when under the effects of Sunny Day.

About Zarude's Held Item

Although SItrus Berry is often the superior healing item in Doubles, Zarude already has reliable recovery in Jungle Healing. That's why we're giving it Leftovers as it provides valuable passive recovery.

Other Viable Moves

Rock Slide A good alternative to Darkest Lariat that allows Zarude to hit both opposing Pokemon and has a chance to cause flinching.
Lash Out A good alternative to Darkest Lariat due to the popularity of Intimidate Leads in Doubles.
Throat Chop Although a niche move, it has some uses such as crippling Hyper Voice Sylveon and Toxtricity.

How to Use Zarude Effectively

An Offensive Pivot in Singles

Zarude functions as a fast sweeper and pivot in Singles. It's decent bulk thanks to its great HP and Defense allow it to easily switch into weaker attacks and use its high-powered STAB moves.

An Offensive Cleric in Doubles

Zarude's signature move Jungle Healing allow it to fill a role of an offensive cleric, although it's played as an attacker first and a support Pokemon second.

How to Build a Team with Zarude

Zarude finds it hard to fit into many teams as its overshadowed by more powerful and faster sweepers. It has a niche in Sun Teams and Doubles though!

An Offensive Status Absorber in Sun

Zarude is a great addition to Sun Teams, where it can use its Leaf Guard ability to absorb status. In a dedicated Sun Team, it can swap Power Whip with the more powerful Solar Blade.

Check our article to learn how to build a Sun Team around Zarude.
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Doubles Support

Zarude sets itself apart from other doubles sweepers by providing valuable healing and status removal through its signature move Jungle Healing. Although it's best used in a Doubles Sun Team, it can also fit easily in both Defensive and Hyper Offense teams.

Check out our article below to learn how to build a Doubles Team with Zarude.
How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Zarude

Outspeed with a Faster Sweeper

Despite its great speed stat, there are faster Pokemon that can outspeed Zarude and KO it with a super effective move.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・KOs Zarude with STAB super effective Pyro Ball, U-Turn, or High Jump Kick
Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace

Attack with a Bulky Sweeper

Similarly, bulkier sweepers that take little damage from Zarude's moves can come in on any of its attacks and KO it with their super effective moves.

Pokemon Description
Scizor ImageScizor Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can withstand all of Zarude's attacks
・KOs Zarudes with STAB Technician boosted Bug Bite
Moveset & Best Build for Scizor

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