Secrets of the Jungle event in Pokemon GO

The start of October brings the start of the new event in Pokemon Go. Starting on October 1st 2021 at 10am local time and running until October 10th 2021 at 8pm local time, the Secrets of the Jungle event will be taking place

This event is tied into the release of the new Pokemon movie: Secrets of the Jungle on Netflix released globally on October 8th 2021. Here is a complete breakdown of everything youll find in the event.

Whats in this event?

This event features the release of the Rouge Monkey Pokemon, Zarude for the first time in Pokemon Go.

There will be a limited time special research story you can complete to earn your encounter with Zarude. (NB. This research can only be obtained during the event period but once you have it, it can be completed at any time)

In addition to Zarude, there will be Pokemon spawning in both the wild and raids that will be appearing in the Pokemon movie.

The following Pokemon will be spawning in the wild during the event:

  • Hoothoot
  • Combee
  • Drilbur
  • Cottonee
  • Dwebble (Shiny available)
  • Larvitar (Shiny Available)
  • Explorer Pikachu (Shiny available)

The Following Pokemon will be appearing in Raids during the events:

One star raids

  • Explorer Pikachu (Shiny available)
  • Larvitar (Shiny available)
  • Roggenrola (Shiny available)
  • Foongus
  • Rufflet (Shiny available)

Three star raids

  • Lickitung (Shiny available)
  • Chansey (Shiny available)
  • Pinsir (Shiny available)
  • Ludicolo
  • Flygon

Event themed Field research tasks will be available from Pokestops during the event. Rewards from these will lead to encounters with Audino and Rufflet, both of which have the chance to be shiny.

Jessie and James

 During the Secrets of the Jungle event, the infamous Jessie and James of team rocket will be making a return to Pokemon Go. There is chance to see them in Snapshots you take as well as in the Meowth Balloon. They will be making appearances in the Meowth balloon until Friday 15th October at 10am local time.

Aadditonally during the event free avatar items will be available in the style shop which will include the Adventure hat and the Wailmer Water Bottle.

Zarude the Pokemon

Zarude makes its debut in Pokemon Go. It Is part of the Sword and Shield series of the Pokemon games. It is known as the Rogue Monkey Pokemon and is also mythical.  It possesses a dual typing, Dark and Grass Pokemon. The ideal stats for PvP are:

Ultra League: 10/14/11    level 23.5

Master League: 15/15/15   level 50

Zarude’s release will make it one of the best Grass options available, its dual typing means it offers decent coverage as a Dark Pokemon but there are better overall Dark types currently available.

Its best moveset is Quick move: Vine whip (Grass) and Charge move(s): Powder Whip (Grass) and Dark Pulse (Dark). As its a mythical Pokemon, its second charge move unlock costs 100 candy and 100,000 stardust. The Buddy distance to earn a candy is 20KM

Thoughts on the event

The introduction of Zarude allows everyone to access a Pokemon previously unreleased in Pokemon Go. Its dual typing offers a different option for PvP especially in the Master league.

Explorer Pikachu is a nice addition for players that enjoy catching event themed Pokemon.

Combee is one of the best Pokemon in the wild spawns for this event, namely because of its base stardust per catch of 750. Weather boosted with Rainy or Windy weather its 938 then with a lucky egg 1125 and weather boosted with lucky egg 1406. Larvitar is also a really nice wild spawn for anyone looking for candy to go towards Tyranitar.

Within the raids for the event Lickitung and Chansey are useful. Lickitung which is relatively hard to come by, and Chansey for Holding gyms.

Audino in the field research tasks much like combee provides a huge stardust catch boost. Catching an Audino will give 2100 stardust, 2625 weather boosted with cloudy weather, then 3150 with a lucky egg and 3938 with a lucky egg and weather boosted. This is a huge amount of stardust to get from a single catch so completing as many field research tasks with Audino as the prize will help you rack up stardust fast and efficiently.

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