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How To Catch Zacian With High Individual Values (IVs)
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How To Catch Zacian With High Individual Values (IVs)

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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, and 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 and 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

1Defeat Zamazenta in the end-game story
2Don't forget to turn off auto save!
3Save here before fighting Zacian
4Catch Zacian and check its stats. Reset and repeat as necessary!

1. Defeat Zamazenta In The End Game

Defeat Zamazenta

The first step to catching a strong Zacian will be to progress through the endgame story up until the Zacian fight. In order to do this, you'll have 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

Zacian Save

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 satisfied, 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

AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Maximizes Zacian's offensive capabilities. Useful for dealing the most possible damage in Max Raid Battles.
JollySpd↑ / 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

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 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!

Max Out Your Dynamax Level!

Dynamax Level

Feed Zacian 10 Dynamax Candies in order to max out its Dynamax Level. This will help out in Max Raid Battles.

Zacian - Recommended Moves and Items

Recommended Attack Moves

Behemoth BladeSteel Type Physical Attack.
100 Power. Deals double damage to Dynamaxed targets
Iron HeadSteel Type Physical Attack.
80 Power. Becomes Behemoth Blade in battle when equipped with the Rusted Sword.
Close CombatFighting Type Physical Attack.
120 Power. Lowers the user's Defense and Sp. Def.
Play RoughFairy Type Physical Attack.
90 Power. 10% chance of lowering the target's attack.
Solar BladeGrass Type Physical Attack.
120 Power. The user must recharge the turn after.
Fire FangFire Type Physical Attack.
65 Power. Can cause a burn or make the target flinch.
CrunchDark Type Physical Attack.
80 Power. Can lower the target's Defense stat.

Recommended Item To Hold

Rusted SwordCauses Zacian to gain the Steel type in Combat and gets higher stats.

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