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Zoroark ( Japanese : ゾロアーク Zoroark ) is a Dark-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V .
It evolves from Zorua starting at level 30.
In Hisui , Zoroark has a dual-type Normal / Ghost regional form . It evolves from Hisuian Zorua starting at level 30.
Both it and Zorua were the first Generation V Pokémon to be revealed to the public on February 10, 2010. Zoroark initially debuted as a silhouette before being revealed in full. The Hisuian forms of it and Zorua were revealed in a teaser video on October 21, 2021.
- 1.2 Evolution
- 220.127.116.11 Zoroark (M13)
- 18.104.22.168 Gladion's Zoroark
- 22.214.171.124 Other
- 2.1.2 Minor appearances
- 2.2 Pokémon: Hisuian Snow
- 3.1 Pocket Monsters HGSS
- 3.2 Pokémon Adventures
- 3.3 Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~
- 3.4 Pokémon RéBURST
- 4 In the TCG
- 5.1.1 Trophy information
- 5.2 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- 5.3 Pokémon UNITE
- 6.1 Pokédex entries
- 6.2.1 In side games
- 126.96.36.199 Zoroark
- 188.8.131.52 Hisuian Zoroark
- 6.3 Held items
- 184.108.40.206 Zoroark
- 220.127.116.11 Hisuian Zoroark
- 6.5.1 Zoroark
- 6.5.2 Hisuian Zoroark
- 18.104.22.168 Zoroark
- 22.214.171.124 Hisuian Zoroark
- 126.96.36.199 Zoroark
- 188.8.131.52 Hisuian Zoroark
- 184.108.40.206 Zoroark
- 220.127.116.11 Hisuian Zoroark
- 18.104.22.168 Zoroark
- 22.214.171.124 Hisuian Zoroark
- 126.96.36.199 Hisuian Zoroark
- 6.6.6 TCG-only moves
- 6.7.1 Zoroark
- 6.7.2 Hisuian Zoroark
- 6.8.1 Zoroark
- 6.8.2 Hisuian Zoroark
- 6.9 Sprites
- 7.1.1 Name origin
- 8 In other languages
- 9 Related articles
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Zoroark is a bipedal, slate gray, fox-like Pokémon with crimson and black accents. It has a pointed snout and ears with red insides. It also has some red that rims its eyes and mouth. Zoroark has a large, red, voluminous mane with black tips, tied into a ponytail, as a teal bangle down its length separates a mass of the mane from the lower portion. It has a black ruff on its upper body, pointed at the shoulders from which its arms extend. Its upper arms are thin, whereas its lower arms, while still slim, are bulkier. The arms have spiky extensions of fur at the elbows, and it has red claws on its hands and feet. Zoroark's eyes are red-rimmed with light blue irises.
Zoroark can create illusions that are indistinguishable from reality, deluding many people simultaneously. It can even create illusory landscapes in the forests where it dwells, to hide its territory and protect its den. However, Zoroark is incapable of physically changing itself into another form; it is merely capable of casting illusions. When a Zoroark takes the form of a human, it is capable of human speech. It can make convincing illusions of attacks, and these illusions are extremely realistic, enough to fool even cameras and make one believe they're being physically affected, though the illusion does not have any direct physical effect. Lonely Trainers tend to use Zoroark to create illusions in order to ease their own burden of solitude. There are stories of Zoroark punishing people who tried to capture it with illusions.
Zoroark lives in groups, where unity is strong. It is extremely protective of those it cares about and will go to any lengths to keep them safe, including risking its own life, and it can hold grudges against those who harm its loved ones. Zoroark will hide its Zorua young in its mane to protect them and carry them around. There are stories that say Zoroark punishes those who attempt to catch it by trapping them in an illusion. Prior to Generation VII and in Generation IX , Night Daze is its signature move .
Zoroark, its pre-evolved form, Zorua , and their regional forms , are the only known Pokémon that can have Illusion as an Ability .
Zoroark has an ancient regional form : Hisuian Zoroark.
In the Hisui region, Zoroark takes on a drastic ghostly appearance due to dying from the harsh conditions and being reborn through spite. Its main body color is now disheveled with light gray with red and white accents. Hisuian Zoroark's head and face are similar to its Unova counterpart but colored gray. It has gray ears with black insides and two white markings on both sides of the face. The ears also have light red split parts. The long mane has changed into a longer mane that is colored white with the ends of each tips being colored light and dark red, while covering the right side of Zoroark's face. The arms and legs have several red spots and light red fur that dangles around. The claws and toes of Zoroark are colored black. The eyes are now red with yellow sclera.
As a result of its appearance, Hisuian Zoroark was said to resemble an embodiment of death. The illusions channeled through Hisuian Zoroark's long withering fur are full of spite. Uniquely, this spiteful illusion can cause physical harm to its opponent on both the inside and outside. This power comes from the hatred it has for every living thing in the world. Hisuian Zoroark's illusion malice is powerful enough to drive anyone who sees it to insanity due to their terror. Hisuian Zoroark recklessly attacks its foes or nemeses, to the point its own bitter energy can cause physical harm onto itself. Despite its extremely hostile and aggressive nature to everything, Hisuian Zoroark can be compassionate to those it cares about, however, such as Hisuian Zorua, and it will become an invaluable ally once someone earns its trust.  Hisuian Zoroark prefers to reside in the cold areas where it lingers onto. Like its Unova counterpart, Hisuian Zoroark can make its illusion of humans talking, to the point of easily fooling anyone in order to get food.
Hisuian Zoroark and Zorua are the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Bitter Malice .
Zoroark evolves from Zorua .
Hisuian Zoroark evolves from Hisuian Zorua.
In the anime, main series.
- Zoroark (M13)
Zoroark debuted in Zoroark: Master of Illusions . She was threatened by Grings Kodai into attacking Crown City , under the guises of Suicune, Entei, and Raikou , in exchange for Zorua 's safety. However, until later on in the film, she was unaware of the fact that Zorua had managed to escape.
- Gladion's Zoroark
A Zoroark appeared in a flashback in The Secret Princess! , under the ownership of Mohn . At some point after the disappearance of its Trainer, Zoroark ran away and disappeared. It physically debuted in Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams! , where it encountered Gladion and joined his team on his quest to find Mohn.
Zoroark made its main series debut in The Island of Illusions! . It inhabited Grand Spectrala Islet and used its Illusion Ability to create giant Pokémon in order to protect the other Pokémon on the island from poachers . Decades earlier, it was a Zorua that a Nurse Joy once cared for, later evolving once Nurse Joy left the island.
Pokémon: hisuian snow.
Hisuian Zoroark debuted in Fiery Reflections in Snow , where a group of them inhabited Alabaster Forest in Alec 's youth. A Shiny Hisuian Zoroark appeared in Two Hues , where it scares an Alpha Garchomp away to save the Galaxy Team and their old friend Alec.
In the manga
Pocket Monsters HGSS
Zoroark debuted in PMHGSS17 .
A Zoroark appeared in Scizor Defends as a resident of the Pokémon Village .
A Zoroark appeared in Chesnaught Protects .
Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~
A Zoroark appeared in The Scarlet Scroll: Kunoichi's Situation , under the ownership of Kotarō .
Hariru has a Zoroark, which was evolved from Zorua. He can use it as a Burst form.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Zoroark appears as a Poké Ball summon. In the 3DS version of the game, it is unlocked after clearing 10-Man Smash. Upon release, it uses Fury Swipes to send fighters into the air, slash them repeatedly, and smash them back down. This move is very similar to Greninja 's Final Smash .
Zoroark also appears as a trophy in both versions of the game.
NA : This Dark-type Pokémon will protect its home and anyone it cherishes by creating illusions to fluster opponents. When it uses Fury Swipes, it will vanish from view and then suddenly appear next to its targets, launching them upward. It will then finish them off by sending them crashing back down.
PAL : This Dark-type Pokémon is a powerful illusionist, and uses its power to confuse any that would threaten its home and loved ones. When it uses its Fury Swipes attack, it vanishes, then reappears next to an opponent and sends them flying into the air. It then slashes at them furiously before slamming them into the ground.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zoroark appears again as a Poké Ball summon retaining its behavior from the previous game. It also appears as a Spirit .
Zoroark is playable through obtaining a Unite License. It is a melee speedster that starts as Zorua, which evolves into Zoroark at level 5.
Game locations, in side games.
Due to the different way stats are calculated in Pokémon Legends: Arceus , exact minimum and maximum stats are not shown in this table.
By leveling up.
- Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Zoroark
- Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Zoroark
- Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
- Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Zoroark
- Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
- Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Zoroark or copied using Mirror Herb in Generation IX
- Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
- Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Zoroark in that game.
- Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
By a prior evolution
- Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations
- A superscript level indicates that Zoroark can learn this move normally in Generation IX
TCG -only moves
Side game data.
- Zorua , Zoroark, and their Hisuian forms were designed by Atsuko Nishida .  
- Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark are also the only Pokémon immune to both of their types.
- Zoroark was first revealed by Junichi Masuda as a silhouette in the February 7, 2010 edition of Pokémon Sunday . Its full image was later revealed in the March 2010 issue of CoroCoro , alongside its pre-evolved form Zorua .
- They both share the same names in Japanese and English versions of the game, have the same Gender ratio , are in the Field Egg Group and need 1,059,860 Exp. to reach level 100.
- Though evolving from Zorua at level 30, pre-release information from CoroCoro suggested it would evolve from Zorua by a method different from known evolution methods. What this method might have been if it was true is unknown.
- Zoroark and its pre-evolution Zorua are the only non-Mythical Pokémon to have been event -exclusive for a time, prior to the release of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 .
- Zoroark appears in Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version . Along with Emboar , Zoroark doesn't behave similarly to any traditional piece in chess.
- Furthermore, prior to the Version 2.0.1 update, Unovan Zoroark was unable to learn Encore via TM , while its pre-evolution could.
Zoroark appears to be based on the kitsune of Japanese folklore, a shape-shifting mythical fox that would trick unsuspecting travelers for fun. Its facial markings may draw from Kabuki and Noh theater makeup. It also resembles a werewolf , due to the fact that it is an anthropomorphic canid with a propensity for shape-shifting. According to Ken Sugimori , Zoroark's large mane is supposed to be a stand-in for its lack of a tail. 
Hisuian Zoroark may draw inspiration from vengeful ghosts and revenants . Its coloration may be based on kitsune masks. The red portions on its arms and legs resemble frostbite sores.
Zoroark may be a combination of zorro (Spanish for fox ) and dark , 悪 aku (evil), or arch- (prefix for "top" or "chief").
- Regional form
- ↑ Hisuian Zoroark | Pokémon Legends: Arceus Official Website
- ↑ Fun's Project interview with Atsuko Nishida
- ↑ Instagram post by Atsuko Nishida
- ↑ Nintendo Dream Vol. 201, January 2011 ( Translation by Dr. Lava )
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Cursed Illusions Erupt Forth from Its Voluminous Coat
The spiteful power emitted from Hisuian Zoroark’s long, writhing fur projects terrifying illusions—and it can also inflict physical harm upon foes, damaging their bodies from both inside and out. And the illusions that Baneful Fox Pokémon projects have expressions of such utter malice toward every last thing upon this world that those who see them are said to be driven mad by the terror.
A Pokémon with an Unexpected Soft Side
Hisuian Zoroark is ferociously hostile and aggressive toward people and other Pokémon. But it appears to have a compassionate streak for those it considers close or like family. It has been seen to protect Hisuian Zorua, for example. Anyone able to establish trust with a Hisuian Zoroark would likely find it an invaluable ally.
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Hisuian zorua and zoroark’s mixture of normal- and ghost-type make them unique and powerful.
Earlier today, The Pokémon Company officially unveiled the Hisui-region forms of Zorua and Zoroark, set to appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus next year. Unlike their original Dark typing, however, these regional variants are a dual Normal and Ghost typing, a unique combination that’s never been seen in the Pokémon series before now.
“These Zorua migrated to the Hisui region after being driven from other lands by humans, who shunned the Pokémon for manifesting uncanny illusions,” a press release explains. “But the Zorua perished, unable to survive the harsh Hisuian environment and strife with other Pokémon. Their lingering souls were reborn in this Ghost-type form through the power of their malice toward humans and Pokémon.”
“The spiteful power emitted from Hisuian Zoroark’s long, writhing fur projects terrifying illusions—and can also inflict physical harm upon foes, damaging their bodies from both inside and out,” the press release continues. “And the illusions that Zoroark projects have expressions of such utter malice toward every last thing upon this world that those who see them are said to be driven mad by the terror.”
Tragic backstories and hatred for humans? Perfect additions to a children’s game!
According to Bulbapedia , today’s Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark debut leaves only 16 unused type combinations: Normal/Poison, Normal/Rock, Normal/Bug, Normal/Steel, Normal/Ice, Fighting/Ground, Fighting/Electric, Fighting/Fairy, Poison/Steel, Poison/Ice, Ground/Fairy, Rock/Ghost, Bug/Dragon, Bug/Dark, Fire/Grass, and Fire/Fairy. Some of those are pretty nonsensical—I’m looking at you, Fire/Grass—but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see what the devs might come up with for Poison/Ice or Rock/Ghost.
This union of Normal- and Ghost-type is also distinctive for gameplay reasons. As noted by Pokémon champion Wolfe Glick in a video coincidentally released earlier this month, the two types form what may be one of the most powerful combos in the video games due to how they cover each other’s blind spots.
Traditionally, Normal-type Pokémon are weak to Fighting-type attacks, while Ghosts take double damage from other Ghosts. But seeing as Normal-type Pokémon are also immune to Ghost attacks and Ghosts can’t be hit by Fighting-type moves, those two vulnerabilities are completely wiped away. This results in Pokémon of the Normal/Ghost variety having three full immunities and only one weakness. Not bad!
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Category: Spiteful Fox Pokémon Type: Normal/Ghost Height: 2’4″ (0.7 m) Weight: 27.6 lbs. (12.5 kg)
Reborn as a Ghost-Type Using the Power of Spite These Zorua migrated to the Hisui region after being driven from other lands by humans, who shunned the Pokémon for manifesting uncanny illusions. But the Zorua perished, unable to survive the harsh Hisuian environment and strife with other Pokémon. Their lingering souls were reborn in this Ghost-type form through the power of their malice toward humans and Pokémon. Disguising Themselves and Feeding on Targets’ Terror If Hisuian Zorua spot a lone person or Pokémon, the Zorua may appear before them in a guise mimicking the target’s appearance. Unlike the illusions of the previously discovered form of Zorua, these ghostly mimicries are created using spiteful power emitted from the long fur on Hisuian Zorua’s head, around its neck, and on its tail.
Category: Baneful Fox Pokémon Type: Normal/Ghost Height: 5’3″ (1.6 m) Weight: 160.9 lbs. (73 kg) Cursed Illusions Erupt Forth from Its Voluminous Coat The spiteful power emitted from Hisuian Zoroark’s long, writhing fur projects terrifying illusions—and can also inflict physical harm upon foes, damaging their bodies from both inside and out. And the illusions that Zoroark projects have expressions of such utter malice toward every last thing upon this world that those who see them are said to be driven mad by the terror. A Pokémon with an Unexpected Soft Side Hisuian Zoroark is ferociously hostile and aggressive toward people and other Pokémon. But it appears to have a compassionate streak for those it considers close or like family.
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Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark Revealed in ‘Restored’ Footage!
The researcher’s footage that was discovered in Canalave Library has been restored! The Pokemon he spotted are Hisuian Zorua and Zoroark.
Both are dual Normal/Ghost Pokemon, making them the first Pokemon to have this type combination. They have three immunities to Normal, Fighting, and Ghost, they’re resistant to Poison and Bug, and they’re ironically weak to their original type, Dark.
The researcher also calls the camera — or whatever he’s holding — a “strange device.” This acknowledges that it’s indeed out of place in this time period.
The YouTube description also mentions Professor Oak:
A few days ago, a researcher uncovered some mysterious footage of the Hisui region. Professor Oak looked through all of your findings and was able to restore the video to reveal Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark! Hisuian Zoroark seems scary…but it also appears to be protective of Hisuian Zorua. What else can we uncover about these Pokémon?
That restoration software is quite the miracle!
- Oct 21, 2021
I understand confusing it with Alolan Vulpix but Growthlite? Also wish they save the unused types for new Pokemons rather than regional forms
Poet lost in static.
Interesting that most of the time regional variants are weak to their original gorms
Pesky flying croissant.
I'm quite liking the look of these. I'm gonna reserve full judgement until their actual artwork etc is shown, but aesthetically they're pretty cool. Plus Normal/Ghost is a very interesting type combination that I've been wanting to see for a while now. I wonder if they'll keep the Illusion gimmick that regular Zorua/Zoroark use. I know it's what makes the line distinctive... but it might be interesting to see if it's shaken up at all.
Normal/Ghost, thats cool but I think Ice/Ghost would've fit them better. The only normal part to me is that theyre the same color as a DCE
Where are people finding the typing? Can’t see it on the YouTube or on the website
Grass-type gym leader.
arulz said: Where are people finding the typing? Can’t see it on the YouTube or on the website Click to expand...
Brian the Rowlet
Name's not brian, but my rowlet's name is.
One of my top 8 favorite pokemon? With a busted typing? AND THEY LOOK REALLY COOL? SIGN ME THE F UP
Rest in peace the camera man, 2021-2021 You probably won't be missed. Anyways, these new Pokémon are looking extremely cool.
Zoroark looks exactly like lycanroc
Eternatus VMAX is Mega Rayquaza's goth phase
Zoroark has become one of my favourite pokemon for the second time
Pokebeach's the rhyperior = youtube's n.
I knowam Legends: Arceus might not have abilities in the game, like how Let's GO worked back in the day, but like how Melmetal got Iron Fist as an ability but no abilities in Let's GO, that might happe to. These newly revealed Pokemon
WillyCharizard said: I understand confusing it with Alolan Vulpix but Growthlite? Also wish they save the unused types for new Pokemons rather than regional forms Click to expand...
- Oct 22, 2021
friggin' excellent. hope it gets mascot treatment so my normal type team finally has a ghost member.
Grass-Type Farm Owner
I just realized this is another potential mascot for that speculated "Dark Phantasma" set.
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- Oct 26, 2021
Normal/Ghost is such a cool type mix. Love the design on this mon. Anyone else think that the designs have been fantastic since Sun and Moon?