Read this guide to learn how to catch Zacian, one of the main Legendaries in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Get tip on when to save, and what the best stats, moves, & natures are!
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What Makes Zacian Good?
Incredible Attack and Unique Special Move
Zacian is arguably the best Legendary Pokemon in this generation so far. When holding the Rusted Sword, he has a terrifying 170 Attack and 148 Speed.
Great For Max Raid Battles
Zacian is a must for Max Raid Battles & generally any strategy requiring farming due to Behemoth Blade, which deals double damage to Dynamaxed Pokemon. His Ability also causes him to boost his Attack, making him even stronger.More On Zacian's Stats and Moveset Here!
How To Get A Strong Zacian
Catching Zacian Process
|1||Defeat Zamazenta in the end-game story|
|2||Don't forget to turn off auto save!|
|3||Save here before fighting Zacian|
|4||Catch Zacian and check its stats. Reset and repeat as necessary!|
1. Defeat Zamazenta In The End Game
In order to catch a Zacian, you will need to progress through the endgame story up until the Zacian fight. You will need to take down Zamazenta beforehand.Check Out Zamazenta's Stats Here
2. Turn Off Auto-Save!
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. Save Before Fighting Zacian
After the cutscenes are over, you will regain control of your character. Immediately save your game here!
4. Catch Zacian Over And Over
Use the Master Ball to catch Zacian and check his Individual Strengths from the PC! If you are not happy with them, restart and try again until you get the stats you want! Natures can be changed later, so focus on getting 31 Attack and Speed!Check Out What IVs Are In Detail Here!
Zacian - Recommended Natures and EVs
Zacian - Recommended Natures
|Adamant||Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Maximizes Zacian's offensive capabilities. Useful for dealing the most possible damage in Max Raid Battles.
|Jolly||Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Bolsters Zacian's already great 148 Speed stat to make sure it always goes first.
Which Nature Would You Recommend?
Zacian - Recommended Base Point (EVs) Allocation
|Attack||252 points (max)|
|Speed||252 points (max)|
Max Attack and Speed are recommended for Zacian to make him an even more dangerous presence in battles.
Buy Vitamins To Quickly Boost EVs
Unlike previous generations, Sword and Shield allows you to max out EVs with just Vitamins. Buy 26 Proteins to easily level up Zacian's Attack!Check Out Other Ways To Get EVs Here!
Zacian - Recommended Moves and Items
Recommended Attack Moves
|Behemoth Blade||Steel Type Physical Attack.|
100 Power. Deals double damage to Dynamaxed targets
|Iron Head||Steel Type Physical Attack.|
80 Power. Becomes Behemoth Blade in battle when equipped with the Rusted Sword.
|Close Combat||Fighting Type Physical Attack.|
120 Power. Lowers the user's Defense and Sp. Def.
|Play Rough||Fairy Type Physical Attack.|
90 Power. 10% chance of lowering the target's attack.
|Solar Blade||Grass Type Physical Attack.|
120 Power. The user must recharge the turn after.
|Fire Fang||Fire Type Physical Attack.|
65 Power. Can cause a burn or make the target flinch.
|Crunch||Dark Type Physical Attack.|
80 Power. Can lower the target's Defense stat.
Recommended Item To Hold
|Rusted Sword||Causes Zacian to gain the Steel type in Combat and gets higher stats.|