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Greninja voted Pokémon of the Year as new mythical Pokémon is revealed

Following a worldwide vote, Google has announced the result of who is Pokémon Of The Year to coincide with Pokémon Day.
  • Greninja has been named Pokémon Of The Year after a worldwide vote
  • Google opened the poll earlier this month, with the results announced to coincide with Pokémon Day
  • A new mythical Pokémon was also revealed called Zarude
  • Earlier this month, Google opened a vote to decide who’ll be crowned the Pokémon Of The Year across all eight generations from Kanto to Galar.

    Voting closed on Valentine's Day and in a special livestream to coincide with Pokémon Day, Google revealed the results. So who was the most popular Pokémon of them all?  

    Greninja managed to top the poll with over 140,000 from a total of 6,608,215 million votes. Lucario was placed second, while Mimkyu was third.  

    Greninja is Pokemon Of The Year
    Greninja is Pokemon Of The Year and features in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Picture: Nintendo) 

    Surprisingly, Pikachu was nowhere to be seen in the top ten – although he might be so synonymous with Pokémon everyone’s perhaps sick of the electric mouse.  

    You can check out the full top ten below.  

    1. Greninja - 140,559 votes
    2. Lucario - 102,259 votes
    3. Mimkyu - 99,077 votes
    4. Charizard - 93,968 votes
    5. Umbreon - 67,062 votes
    6. Sylveon - 66,029 votes
    7. Garchomp - 61,877 votes
    8. Rayquaza - 60,939 votes
    9. Gardevoir - 60,596 votes
    10. Gengar - 60,214 votes

    To close the stream, the Pokémon Company also revealed new mythical monster Zarude who is dark and grass type. 

    Following the announcement, the Pokémon Company released a trailer showcasing Zarude - describing him as a "Rogue Monkey" Pokémon with ability Leaf Guard.

    A description reads: "When fighting, it swings around using trees and their branches, attacking relentlessly with its sharp claws or any other means it has. Its quick wit helps it excel in battles."

    It looks likely Zarude will be released alongside the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield expansions later this year, although the trailer promises more information soon. 

    This isn’t the only celebration for Pokémon Day, with Pokémon Sword and Shield adding Mewtwo and Kanto starters Bulbasaur and Squirtle into Max Raid Battles for the occasion. 

    On the anime side, a CGI remake of the first Pokémon movie titled Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution has also released on Netflix.  

    If you want competitive Pokémon action, the Pokémon Collinsville Regional Championships are set to take place this weekend from 28th February to 1st March.