Read this guide to learn how to catch Zamazenta, the main Legendary in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Get tips on when to reset, and what the best stats, movesets, and natures are!
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What Makes Zamazenta Good?
|Total Base Stats||720|
Standard Max Raid Defensive Build
|Best Nature||Best Item|
|Impish (Defense ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)||Rusted Shield|
Boosts the Pokemon's Defense when it enters a battle.
|Behemoth Bash / Iron Defense / Close Combat / Play Rough|
▼Check Move Info Here
|Best EV Spread|
|Attack 252, Defense 252, HP 4|
Amazing Physical Wall
Zamazenta is a strong wall with 145 in both defensive stats, while maintaining an incredible 128 Speed. Although it can't be used in competitive play, it could be useful in some cases for Max Raid Battles.
Great Support For Max Raid Battles
Zamazenta's Ability causes him to gain defense, so he can act as a good supporter for a 4-Pokemon Max Raid Battle. Getting barriers up while also being able to do heavy damage with Behemoth Bash is quite handy.More On Zamazenta's Stats and Moveset Here!
How To Get A Strong Zamazenta
Zamazenta IV Resetting Process
|1||Defeat Zacian in the end-game story|
|2||Don't forget to turn off auto save!|
|3||Save here before fighting Zamazenta|
|4||Catch Zamazenta and check its stats. Reset and repeat as necessary!|
1. Defeat Zacian In The End Game
The first step to catching a strong Zamazenta'll be to progress through the endgame story up until the Zacian fight. In order to do this, you'll have to take down Zacian beforehand.Check Out Zacian'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 Zamazenta
After the cutscenes are over, you will regain control of your character. Immediately save your game here!
4. Catch Zamazenta Over And Over
Use the Master Ball to catch Zamazenta & check his Individual Strengths from the PC! If you are not satisfied, restart and try again until you get the stats you want! Try to aim for 31 Defense, Special Defense, and HP IVs.Check Out What IVs Are In Detail Here!
Zamazenta - Recommended Natures and EVs
Zamazenta - Recommended Natures
|Impish||Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Zamazenta is best used by optimizing his incredible Defense.
|Careful||Sp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Both natures will most likely be okay for Max Raid Battle purposes!
Which Nature Would You Recommend?
Zamazenta - Recommended Base Point (EVs) Allocation
|Defense||252 points (max)|
|Attack||252 points (max)|
Max Defense and Attack are best here when going for a balanced build for Max Raid Battles. You don't really need speed that much as you can take most hits.
Buy Vitamins To Quickly Boost EVs
Unlike previous generations, Sword and Shield allows you to max out EVs with just Vitamins. Buy 26 Irons to easily level up Zamazenta's Defense!Check Out Other Ways To Get EVs Here!
Zamazenta - Recommended Moves and Items
Recommended Attack Moves
|Behemoth Bash||Steel Type Physical Attack.|
100 Power. Deals double damage to Dynamaxed targets
|Iron Head||Steel Type Physical Attack.|
80 Power. Becomes Behemoth Bash in battle when equipped with the Shield.
|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.
|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 Support/Defensive Moves
|Iron Defense||Boosts Defense.|
|Light Screen||Reduces the team's damage taken from Special attacks for 5 turns.|
|Reflect||Reduces the team's damage taken from Physical attacks for 5 turns|
Recommended Item To Hold
|Rusted Shield||Causes Zamazenta to gain the Steel type in Combat and gets higher stats.|