In the movies
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Zorua and its foster mother Zoroark were abducted from their home by the film's antagonist, businessman Grings Kodai. By threatening Zorua's safety, Kodai blackmailed Zoroark into attacking Crown City in the guises of the Legendary beasts, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. However, Zorua managed to escape from Kodai's ship after being taken from its mother, transforming into a Skiploom midfall, but angering a group of Vigoroth upon landing, who chase it to the edge of a cliff. Fortunately for Zorua, Ash and his friends arrived and saved it. After showing its Ability to use telepathy to speak, Zorua told them that it was looking for its "Meema", who was in Crown City. Already on their way anyway, Ash and friends agreed to help Zorua find its mother.
Later, outside Crown City, Kodai broadcasted a television statement claiming that Zoroark had seized control of his Legendary Pokémon to attack the city. Revealing Zoroark to be its 'Meema' and telling them that Kodai was the real villain, it attracted the interest of Karl, a reporter investigating Kodai. With Karl's help, the group made it inside the city, but Zorua rushed off to find its mother. However, it was held back by Joe's Mightyena and lulled to sleep by Tammy's Tangrowth.
Zorua awakened after hearing Zoroark's roars of fury back within Kodai's ship, and ran off in a desperate attempt to find her. Shortly afterwards, it found itself surrounded by a group of angry Pokémon, who were mad at Zorua for what Zoroark did to the city, that not even Piplup and Pikachu can convince them to stop. Just as it seemed that a fight would break out, Celebi appeared and calmed things down, befriending Zorua when it agreed to help the Tricky Fox Pokémon find Zoroark. Celebi soon found itself pursued by Kodai as well, causing Zorua to fight against Kodai to protect Celebi, but was no match for him and his Pokémon, being knocked out by his Shuppet's Shadow Ball, but calling to its mother before fainting. After Celebi was injured by Kodai, Zorua recovered and tried to protect its friend but was once again overpowered.
Fortunately, the arrival of Ash and his friends saved both Celebi and Zorua from Kodai, and the group retreated into Joe's workshop to rest. Afterwards, Zorua was saddened by the fact that it couldn't protect Celebi from Kodai. When Celebi's wounds were bandaged up, Ash and his friends set out to the Time Ripple near the Pokémon Baccer World Cup Stadium to heal Celebi before Kodai could reach it. Zorua tagged along, wanting to help the Time Travel Pokémon.
However, they soon came under assault from Kodai once again. During the chase, Zorua had taken on the form of Celebi to lure Kodai away from the real Celebi with the help of Karl's Bronzor, attempting to give Ash and the Celebi enough time to reach the Time Ripple. This act failed when Kodai injured Zorua, forcing it to revert back to its true form, but it and Bronzor tried their best to stop him. However, Bronzor was knocked out by Kodai's Pokémon and Zorua was captured after biting Kodai's wrist, damaging his illusion canceler. The villain caught up to Ash and Celebi, using his Mismagius to disable them from reaching the Time Ripple. As Zoroark appeared on the scene, having escaped entrapment, Kodai used the recaptured Zorua to blackmail Zoroark again into standing down. He then proceeded to brutally shock and knock out Zorua.
When the Time Ripple was revealed to be an illusion created by Zoroark, Kodai discovered that Zorua's bite had destroyed his illusion canceler. While Kodai was distracted by this, Zorua managed to recover and shakily make its way towards its mother, who approached it as well to finally reunite. Suddenly, Zoroark jumped over Zorua, and took the brunt of a surprise attack by Kodai's Shuppet to save her child, as Kodai was enraged that the young Pokémon's interference allowed him to be tricked. Zorua turned in horror as its mother fell, who was then shocked by an enraged Kodai. Zoroark managed to break free, taking out Kodai's Shuppet and driving him away to the stadium with the help of the three legendary beasts serving as Crown City's guardians.
Zoroark suddenly collapsed from her injuries, having been mortally wounded by Kodai. Zorua plead for its mother to awaken, creating an illusion of a beautiful grassy field that was their home. It tried to tell Zoroark that they will go back home together, but attempting to wake her was unsuccessful, causing Zorua to cry. Celebi, after being healed by the true Time Ripple, used the Ripple's energy field to revive Zoroark, allowing a tearful reunion between mother and son. Afterwards, Zorua thanked Celebi for saving its mother before Celebi smiled and time traveled after making the area's greenery bloom, disappearing out of sight. Zorua was seen saddened by Celebi's departure, but promised to be its friend forever.
Zorua and Zoroark, along with the main protagonists, confronted Kodai as a video recorded by Karl of Kodai's gloating over his supposed victory was broadcasted all over town. Officer Jenny promptly arrested Kodai, and Zoroark roared at him. After Kodai was arrested, Zoroark and Zorua boarded on a ship heading back to Unova with Karl and Rowena. Before they departed, Zorua mischievously took on the form of Ash while its mother took Pikachu's form, and was then instantly turned back to its original form when Rowena touched its tail.
Zoroark and Zorua nuzzled each other affectionately as the ship approached a mist-covered island.
Personality and characteristics
Zorua is proud and considers itself strong, despite being a small child. However, its headstrong nature gets it in trouble, as it may pick fights it is actually ill-prepared for. It is also very playful and mischievous, often using its illusion abilities to shape-shift into others for fun and snickering when it tricks people. Despite this, Zorua's got a good heart and will go to great lengths for its friends, not backing down no matter what. Zorua admires its mother's strength greatly, wishing to one day become just as strong as she is.
Like Zoroark, it is able to use illusions to change into different forms. However, since its powers aren't fully developed, Zorua still retains its tail when it transforms into a human, and will revert back to normal if the tail is touched. In the movie, Zorua is shown to have the ability to communicate with people through telepathy, but its mother is not seen communicating this way.
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|Official artwork from
Zoroark: Master of Illusions
|Official artwork from |
Zoroark: Master of Illusions
In the manga
Zorua appeared in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
In the TCG
Zorua is featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Zorua.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Illusion's Zorua||L-P Promotional cards|
|Zorua and Celebi||Miscellaneous Promotional cards||Unnumbered Promotional cards|
- In the original version of the movie, Zorua calls Zoroark "Maa", while in the English dub, it calls her "Meema".
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Zorua.
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