Read this guide to learn how to catch an Eternatus, the main Legendary in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Get tips on when to save, and what the best stats, moves, and natures are!
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What Makes Eternatus Good?
690 Base Stats and Dynamax Cannon
Eternatus, being a Legendary Pokemon, has incredible Base Stats. With 145 Special Attack and 130 Speed, Eternatus can do a lot of damage. However, one of the main reasons he is currently is important is for Max Raid Battle farming.Check Out Eternatus's Status Here!
Dynamax Cannon is a move that deals 100 damage normally, but deals double damage to Dynamaxed targets! This is extremely useful in Max Raid Battles. For this reason, you'll want to have a fairly strong Eternatus at your disposal.Check Out Our Max Raid Battle Guide Here!
How To Get A Strong Eternatus
|1||Defeat Chairman Rose|
|2||Turn off Autosave|
|3||Defeat Eternatus phase 1|
|4||Intentionally lose to Eternatus phase 2 and get sent back to the Pokemon Center|
|5||Return to the tower with a full team|
|6||Catch Eternatus and keep trying until you get a good one|
1. Finish The Championship Matches & Beat Rose
In order to first reach Eternatus, you will need to have all 8 badges, complete the Championship Tournament, and defeat Chairman Rose.Check Out The Story Leading Up To This Here
2. Turn Off Autosave
The most important thing here is to turn off autosave. This can be accessed from the options menu. This will allow you to manually save the game whenever you want.
Set Text To Fast
In the same menu (at the very top), you can also change the text speed to fast. This is highly recommended to speed up the process.
3. Defeat Eternatus Phase 1 With One Pokemon
This method requires you to win the first Eternatus battle, but lose the second. In order to do this before Zacian and Zamazenta overwhelm Eternatus in Phase 2, it's necessary to bring only one Pokemon. Therefore you need a Pokemon which meets the following conditions:
- Can one-shot Eternatus in Phase 1
- Can be taken out very quickly by Eternatus in Phase 2
Recommended Pokemon: Haxorus
Haxorus is a great choice here because his 120 power STAB Outrage move is super-effective against Eternatus and can one-shot him (depending on level.) Also, Haxorus has low defense and will easily be taken down in Phase 2. Outrage can be learned at Lv. 46, but we recommend leveling it to at least 55 in order to one-shot Phase 1.Check Out Haxorus's Stats Here!
Make Haxorus Wear A Focus Sash
Since Eternatus will inevitably outspeed you, a Focus Sash is necessary to survive the first hit. The Focus Sash can be found in the house to the left of the middle Pokemon Center in Hammerlocke. You'll have to battle a trainer for it.
4. Intentionally Lose To Eternatus Phase 2
In Phase 2, use a move that isn't very effective and wait to get taken out (this should take 2 turns, 3 max). You will then be transported to a Pokemon Center.
5. Return To The Tower With A Full Team And Save
Return to the tower with a full team of 6 Pokemon that can take out Eternatus easily. Save as soon as you exit the elevator.
6. Re-catch Eternatus Until You Get A Good One
Once you catch Eternatus, check its stats. You're looking for high Special Attack and Speed. Although you can change natures later, it will cost you 50 BP, so it might be faster to reload a few times. This process should take you about 5 minutes.Check Out How To Earn BP Here!
Eternatus - Recommended Nature and EVs
Eternatus - Recommened Natures
|Modest||SpA↑ / Atk↓|
Maximizes Dynamax Cannon damage with no major drawbacks.
|Timid||Speed↑ / Atk↓|
Useful for ensuring that you go first in some situations. Could also be good vs. Players?
Which Nature Would You Pick?
Recommended EV Spread
For a Max Raid Battle Eternatus, we strongly recommend 252 Special Attack / 252 Speed. The Speed EVs can be changed to HP in some cases.
Buy Vitamins To Quickly Boost EVs
Unlike previous generations, Sword and Shield allows you to max out EVs with just Vitamins. Buy 26 Calciums to easily level up Eternatus's Special Attack!Check Out Other Ways To Get EVs Here!
Max Out Your Dynamax Level!
Feed Eternatus 10 Dynamax Candies in order to max out its Dynamax Level. This is important because it will give it more HP, thus allowing it to survive longer in Max Raid Battles!
Eternatus - Recommended Moves and Items
Dynamax Cannon Is A Must
Since Max Raid Battles are the main place where Eternatus will see action, any move pool that has Dynamax Cannon will be acceptable!
|Focus Specs||The user can only use one move, but Special Attack increases by 150%.|
Focus Specs will be incredibly useful in Max Raid Battles, since you're unlikely to use that many moves versus one Pokemon anyway.Check Out Other Recommended Battle Items & Their Locations Here!