Zeraora was officially revealed on April 9, 2018 on Oha Suta.
Zeraora is a bipedal feline Pokémon that has black underfur and yellow fur on its head, forearms, chest, hips, and upper legs. Blue fur can also be seen on its forehead, chest, and whiskers. Its eyes and paw-pads are similarly blue. Black zigzagging stripes can be seen on its thighs and forearms. It has four-fingered paws, while its feet have three toes each. A long, yellow, thunderbolt-shaped ponytail-esque strand extends from the behind its shoulders, giving the appearance of an actual tail.
Zeraora can create a very powerful magnetic field through the strong electric currents generated from its paw-pads. This magnetic field can allow Zeraora to levitate and fly through the air at high speeds. It can travel as fast as a lightning strike. Unlike most Electric-type Pokémon, Zeraora does not have organs to create electricity; instead, it gathers and stores it from outside sources, then uses it as its own electric energy. Its fur is known to stand on its ends all across the body whenever it is using massive amounts of electricity.
Zeraora debuted in The Power of Us. It is a resident of Fula City who was once hunted down by Pokémon poachers. It had developed a hostility towards all humans following a fire that ravaged Fula City fifty years ago.
Zeraora made its main series debut in SM100. Dia, a former member of the Ultra Rangers, befriended it at some point prior to the episode's events. He used it to save Ash and Pikachu from Guzzlord. It then battled Pikachu and won. Zeraora reappeared in SM101.
Zeraora's feline appearance may take inspiration from tigers and servals. Its Electric type may allude to Kanehekili, the Hawaiian god of thunder. The typing might also reference an oni, a supernatural creature often associated with tiger pelts and lightning; or even a raijū, a creature that is the embodiment of lightning into an animal form, which is sometimes represented as a cat. Based on its swift movement and slicing up of its opponents, it may also draw inspiration from the kamaitachi. Its Shiny coloration may be based on white tigers.
Zeraora may be a combination of زر zarra (Arabic for to beam/glitter/shine, to encroach upon one's enemy) and 虎 tora (Japanese for tiger) or tora (Faroese for thunder).