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The best guide on how to play Zacian in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Zacian Latest Nerfs & Buffs (02/27)

Version 1.14.1.2

Zacian Move Changes (February 27)
Stat Buff • Attack increased from 160 - 530 to 160 - 580 (Level 1 - 15).
Metal Claw Image
Metal Claw
• Cooldown decreased from 8.5s to 7.5s (-1s). (-1s)**
Metal Claw Image
Metal Claw
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• Cooldown decreased from 7.5s to 6.5s (-1s).
Sacred Sword Image
Sacred Sword
• Attack buff increased from 20% to 30%.
• Defense ignore increased from 15% to 20%.

Zacian Stat Buffs

Lvl Standard Attack
5 222 → 229
(+3.2%)
10 339 → 363
(+7.1%)
15 530 → 580
(+9.4%)

Since Zacian's Attack stat increased, all of its move damage also increased.

Stat Updates

1.9.1.5 Attack stat decreased.
1.13.1.4 Attack decreased from 190~560 to 160~530. Critical Rate (Level 2~4): 5% to 0%. Critical Rate (Level 5~8): 15% to 5%. Critical Rate (Level 9~15): 25% to 10%.
1.14.1.2 Attack increased from 160 - 530 to 160 - 580 (Level 1 - 15).

Standard Attack

1.9.2.6 Fixed an error where the duration of the effects from Intrepid Sword on Zacian's standard attacks were longer than expected.
1.10.1.3 4th attack range reduced by about 40% (5.5m to 3.5m).
1.13.1.4 Movement Speed reduction effect reduced from 20% to 15%. Duration of movement speed reduction effect decreased from 2s to 1s (-1s).

Intrepid Sword

1.10.1.2 Fixed a bug where Zacian sometimes caused consumed Aeos Energy to return if Zacian uses Sovereign Sword immediately after a boosted attack.
1.10.1.3 Energy required for enhancement increased from 5-8-10 to 8-12-15.
1.12.1.3 Fixed a bug that caused the charging speed of Aeos Energy to change.

Agility

1.9.1.5 Removed the ability of this move to cancel stuns inflicted on Zacian. Cooldown increased from 9s to 10s. Movement speed increase effect went down from 50% to 30%.

Sacred Sword

1.9.1.3 An issue has been identified for this move and has been fixed.
1.10.1.3 Time to stun opponents changed from 0.6s to 0.2s.
1.12.1.6 Damage reduced by 10%. Damage reduction while using the move reduced from 50% to 30%. (-20%)
1.13.1.3 Fixed an issue where the damage dealt was greater than expected.
1.14.1.2 Attack buff increased from 20% to 30%. Defense ignore increased from 15% to 20%.

Metal Claw

1.9.1.3 An issue has been identified for this move and has been fixed.
1.13.1.4 Damage increased by 20%.
1.14.1.2 Cooldown decreased from 8.5s to 7.5s (-1s). Metal Claw +: Cooldown decreased from 7.5s to 6.5s (-1s).

Sovereign Sword

1.9.2.6 Fixed a bug where the effects of Energy Amplifier and Buddy Barrier activates even when Sovereign Sword is not active.
1.12.1.3 Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the Unite gauge charge to remain at 100% even if you cancel the purpose.

Zacian Basic Info

Zacian
Zacian.jpg
Tier Rating: OP Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cost:
"Conquer the battlefield and strike down your foes with the Fairy King Sword!"

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Zacian Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
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5 Stars.png
4 Stars.png

Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Zacian Price and Cost

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian License.pngUNITE License: Zacian
Aeos Coin Icon 15,000
Aeos Gems 700

As of March 27, 2023, Zacian is now purchasable for 15,000 Aeos Coins or 700 Aeos Gems! This comes after the Adventure in Zacian's Weald Event where the Pokemon used to be obtainable.

Adventure in Zacian's Weald Event

Classified as EX Pokemon

Zacian is classified as an EX Pokemon. It can have special regulations in Ranked matches.

Learn all about EX Pokemon in the link below:

EX Pokemon Meaning and Licenses

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High damage output.
✔︎ Has cooldown reset mechanics.
✔︎ Great scaling.
✖︎ Can only equip two Held Items.
✖︎ Deliberately consumes Aeos Energy when charging Intrepid Sword.

Best Builds for Zacian

Zacian Builds
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Sacred Sword Build

Sacred Sword Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +33
Attack Speed: +7.50%
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Sacred Sword Build Explanation

This build is centered on pouncing targets with Agility to set up for Sacred Sword. It can be used in the jungle or in lane.

  • Muscle Band improves Zacian's attacks through increased attack speed and HP-based bonus damage.
  • Attack Weight provides a large damage boost to both Sacred Sword and Zacian's attacks, especially when fully stacked.
  • Rapid-Fire Scarf or Scope Lens can be a replacement for Attack Weight to give more emphasis on Zacian's attacks.
  • X Speed makes up for Zacian's slow movement speed. It's also a versatile tool for chasing or escaping.
  • Full Heal can also work with the build, allowing Zacian to purge status effects as it pounces on targets.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown emblems for more damage and 6 White emblems for additional HP.
  • Equip Emblems that increase Attack, or Critical-Hit Rate to maximize Zacian's damage output.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for any of the other stats.

Sacred Sword Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Sacred Sword
Sacred Sword
(Boosted)
Attack Damage
(Base)
Critical-Hit
(Base)
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Muscle Band
2046
2660
995
1630

Since the build takes into account move damage, Zacian's critical-hit damage, and Zacian's basic attack damage, equipping items that will produce the best possible outcome in terms of damage with minimal trade-offs is the ideal item combination.

As the results show, Muscle Band and a fully-stacked Attack Weight will yield the best outcome that takes all three damage output into account. Even if the item combination did not generate the highest damage in all three tests, it does take into account both move and attack damage, which is the best deal Zacian can have compared to others.

As for choosing alternatives, replacing Attack Weight with Weakness Policy would be the best option. The damage from all tests is only slighty less than the recommended item combination.

However, should critical-hit rate be a factor, replacing Attack Weight with Scope Lens would be the appropriate choice. Although the item combination does poorly in all three damage tests, having more chances of dealing critical-hits should make up for it.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(Level 30)
Sacred Sword Sacred Sword
(Boosted)
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2204 2863
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Muscle Band
2046 2660
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Razor Claw
2046 2660
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2014 2620
Razor Claw
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2014 2620
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Scope Lens
2013 2616
Scope Lens
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
1977 2571
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
1877 2440
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
1841 2395
Razor Claw
+
Scope Lens
1841 2395
Items
(Level 30)
Attack Damage
(Base)
Attack Damage
(2nd Stage)
Attack Damage
(3rd Stage)
Attack Damage
(4th Stage)
Critical-Hit
(Base)
Critical-Hit
(2nd Stage)
Critical-Hit
(3rd Stage)
Critical-Hit
(4th Stage)
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Muscle Band
995
1185
1185
1376
1630
2010
2010
2392
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
987
1175
1175
1364
1614
1990
1990
2366
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
1220
1388
1388
1556
1780
2116
2116
2452
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
905
1068
1068
1232
1923
2268
2268
2616
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
711
924
924
1137
1422
1848
1848
2274
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
972
1162
1162
1353
1607
1987
1987
2369
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
960
1148
1148
1336
1587
1963
1963
2339
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Scope Lens
620
806
806
992
1779
2173
2173
2568
Scope Lens
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
610
793
793
976
1750
2138
2138
2526
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Scope Lens
837
1000
1000
1164
1855
2200
2200
2548

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Metal Claw Build

Metal Claw Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +15
Critical-Hit Rate: +6%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
Attack Speed: +7.50%
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Metal Claw Build Explanation

This is a high-mobility build centered on taking out targets one by one using Metal Claw, Agility, and attacks. It's best used in the jungle, so that Zacian can level up quickly and have access to both moves.

  • Muscle Band allows Zacian to clear jungle camps faster and improves its attack damage.
  • Scope Lens makes Zacian's attacks deadlier by increasing its critical-hit damage and its chance to critical-hit.
  • Razor Claw can be a good alternative for Scope Lens, giving a more straightforward damage item.
  • X Attack gives Zacian more firepower to work with and synergizes well with the attack speed buff from Metal Claw.
  • However, X Speed can also work with the build, giving Zacian extra mobility on top of its moves.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown emblems for more damage and 6 White emblems for additional HP. This can be achieved by equipping at least two (2) Emblems that are both White and Brown.
  • Equip Emblems that increase Attack, or Critical-Hit Rate to maximize Zacian's attack damage.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for any of the other stats.

Metal Claw Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Metal Claw
Metal Claw
(Boosted)
Attack Damage
(Base)
Critical-Hit
(Base)
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
3100
4028
905
1923

Since the build is centered on utilizing Metal Claw, equipping items that increases the move's damage and take advantage of its attack speed effect is the ideal item combination.

Although Muscle Band and Scope Lens deal significantly less Metal Claw damage, Muscle Band's HP-based bonus damage coupled with Scope Lens' increased critical-hit rate and damage will benefit greatly from Metal Claw's increased attack speed effect.

As for alternatives, replacing Scope Lens with Razor Claw would be the ideal option due to its increased critical-hit rate and slowing effect. It will also deal more Metal Claw damage.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(Level 30)
Metal Claw Metal Claw
(Boosted)
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
3772 4898
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Muscle Band
3464 4500
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Razor Claw
3464 4500
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Scope Lens
3404 4422
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
+
Muscle Band
3432 4458
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
+
Razor Claw
3432 4458
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
+
Scope Lens
3364 4370
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
3162 4108
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
3100 4028
Razor Claw
+
Scope Lens
3100 4028
Items
(Level 30)
Attack Damage
(Base)
Attack Damage
(2nd Stage)
Attack Damage
(3rd Stage)
Attack Damage
(4th Stage)
Critical-Hit
(Base)
Critical-Hit
(2nd Stage)
Critical-Hit
(3rd Stage)
Critical-Hit
(4th Stage)
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Muscle Band
995
1185
1185
1376
1630
2010
2010
2392
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
987
1175
1175
1364
1614
1990
1990
2366
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
1220
1388
1388
1556
1780
2116
2116
2452
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
905
1068
1068
1232
1923
2268
2268
2616
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
711
924
924
1137
1422
1848
1848
2274
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
972
1162
1162
1353
1607
1987
1987
2369
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
960
1148
1148
1336
1587
1963
1963
2339
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Scope Lens
620
806
806
992
1779
2173
2173
2568
Scope Lens
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
610
793
793
976
1750
2138
2138
2526
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Scope Lens
837
1000
1000
1164
1855
2200
2200
2548

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Zacian Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight greatly increases Zacian's overall damage output, especially when fully stacked.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band gives Zacian the durability and survability it needs to pounce on targets and finish them off.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens makes Zacian deadlier by increasing its critical-hit rate and critical-hit damage.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band improves Zacian's attacks via increased movement speed and a HP-based damage bonus.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw gives Zacian's attacks a slow effect whenever it uses a move. It also synergizes well with Zacian's cooldown reset mechanics.
Rapid-Fire Scarf.pngRapid-Fire Scarf Rapid-Fire Scarf gives Zacian a massive attack speed boost that works great with its attacks, especially when boosted.
Rusted Sword.pngRusted Sword Rusted Sword is a default item used by Zacian. It cannot be removed, limiting Zacian's held item slots to two (2).

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed improves Zacian's mobility, allowing it to either stay on top of its targets or escape from enemy assault.
X Attack.pngX Attack X Attack enhances Zacian's overall damage output and brawling capabilities.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Sacred Sword ImageSacred Sword Sacred Sword deals massive damage in a wide area around Zacian. It's effective for soloing targets or during teamfights.
Agility ImageAgility Agility allows Zacian to chase down enemies and protect itself with a shield. It's a reliable roaming tool perfect for Zacian's aggressive gameplay.

This moveset is effective for isolating targets and initiating teamfights. It's also easier to execute since the moves have great synergy with each other. Agility gives Zacian an initiation and mobility tool, making it the ideal move to set up Sacred Sword. Sacred Sword deals siginificant area damage thanks to its Defense penetration effect. It also increases Zacian's Attack stat, which can be useful in finishing off targets that are still alive after the move's slashing attack.

Which Moveset Do You Think is Best for Zacian?

Metal Claw & Agility 38
Votes
Metal Claw & Play Rough 33
Votes
Sacred Sword & Agility 189
Votes
Sacred Sword & Play Rough 571
Votes

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

How to Play Zacian

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Stack Up on Aeos Energy

Zacian's strength comes primarily from its ability, Intrepid Sword. Once used, Zacian consumes Aeos Energy to boost/enhance its attacks and moves. Managing Aeos Energy is central to playing Zacian effectively.

Intrepid Sword: Zacian Passive Effect and Cooldown

Always Have at Least 15 Aeos Energy

Zacian only needs 15 Aeos Energy to fully boost its attacks and moves. With that, it's best to always have at least 15 Aeos Energy to maximize Zacian's damage.

Note:
Only a maximum of 15 Aeos Energy will be consumed if Zacian has more. It will never consume more than 15.

Take Out Opponents or Get an Assist to Get More Aeos Energy

When Zacian knocks out or assists in knocking out an opponent, that opponent will drop more Aeos Energy than normal. This implies that Zacian should be more active in fighting so it can collect more Aeos Energy.

Note:
Zacian doesn't need to use Intrepid Sword to trigger this effect. It just needs to either take out opponents or get an assist.

Prioritize Collecting Aeos Energy Over Scoring

Although the game's main objective is to score more points than the opposing team, Zacian can contribute more to its team if it focuses on saving Aeos Energy to boost its attacks and moves rather than scoring them. The Pokemon's main role is to win teamfights for its allies by overpowering opponents, but it can only do so if it uses Intrepid Sword.

Tip:
The only time that Zacian should score points instead of consume them for Intrepid Sword is when its team secures Rayquaza since gaining the score lead is the most important objective during the last minutes of the game.

Prioritize Sacred Sword or Metal Claw Over Agility or Play Rough

In most cases, since Zacian can only use one boosted move per Intrepid Sword activation, it's best to prioritize using Sacred Sword or Metal Claw over Agility or Play Rough as they're more effective in fights. However, in scenarios where Zacian needs to escape, using the boosted version of Agility or Play Rough would be necessary.

Utilize the Separate Cooldown Mechanic

Zacian's moves have separate cooldowns from their boosted version, allowing them to be used twice in a row. The best way to utilize this mechanic is by charging up Intrepid Sword first, then using the move's boosted version and normal version in quick succession.

Cancel Intrepid Sword If Needed to Save Aeos Energy

Holding down the score button activates Intrepid Sword. Once it's released, its effects take place for a duration. However, the channeling can be canceled simply by pressing the x button for Switch or dragging the move to the upper right corner of the screen for Mobile. Once cancelled, Zacian will stop channeling and all Aeos Energy consumed will be returned.

This mechanic is an important aspect in managing Zacian's Aeos Energy as it allows the Pokemon to avoid wasting them.

How to Cancel Moves

Catch Multiple Opponents with Sacred Sword

When using Sacred Sword, it's best to aim for grouped opponents and catch as many of them as possible within the move's area since the move is essentially a crowd control move. It deals a ton of damage, slows and stuns opponents, increases Zacian's Attack stat, and allows the Pokemon's attacks and moves to partially ignore the opponent's Defense.

Sacred Sword: Zacian Move Effect and Cooldown

Burst Down Isolated Targets with Metal Claw

When using Metal Claw, it's best to target opponents one by one, especially those that are isolated. Although the move does a lot of damage, it's quite hard to actually hit multiple opponents with it.

Metal Claw: Zacian Move Effect and Cooldown

Utilize Its Attack Speed Buff

Hitting an opponent when Zacian charges forward when it uses Metal Claw increases the Pokemon's attack speed for a duration. Always take advantage of this buff to quickly burst down targets.

Stay On Top of Opponents With Agility or Play Rough

Use Agility or Play Rough to help Zacian stay on top of targets. In particular, the move can also be used to set up Sacred Sword since Zacian can quickly dive into fights.

Related Guides
Agility - Zacian Move.pngAgility Play Rough - Zacian Move.pngPlay Rough

Max Out on Aeos Energy When Using Sovereign Sword

It's best to max out on Aeos Energy first before using Sovereign Sword to maximize its damage. Moreover, do not consume Aeos Energy by using Intrepid Sword before using Sovereign Sword. Sovereign Sword is not affected by Intrepid Sword and will consume Aeos Energy on its own when charged.

Tip:
Aim for opponents that recently used their Unite Move and still has its buffs. The move deals more damage to them.

Zacian Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Secure as many Wild Pokemon as you can and get EXP to reach level 5.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Sacred Sword or Metal Claw.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon and level up, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents.

Level 6 to 9

  • Once at level 7, learn Agility, and start to get aggressive.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents to level up.
  • Help your allies secure Regieleki and/or Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Once at level 9, Sovereign Sword to get all moves.

Level 10+

  • Continue to farm and level up.
  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a full-upgraded moveset.
  • Make sure to have at least 15 Aeos Energy to boost Zacian's moves and attacks when Rayquaza spawns.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Jungle Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Clear the first wave of jungle camps and level up to level 5 with the help of Slash and Quick Attack.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Sacred Sword or Metal Claw.
  • Help the top or bottom lane by securing the Altaria and Swablu camps, knocking out opponents, and scoring points.

Level 6 to 9

  • Clear the second wave of jungle camps to reach level 7 and get Agility.
  • At the 8:00 minute mark, go to the center of the map and secure the Altaria and Swablu camps.
  • At the 7:20 minute mark, go to the bottom lane and help secure the Altaria and Swablu camps, knock out opponents, and score points.
  • Once at level 9, learn Sovereign Sword.
  • At the 7:00 minute mark, help allies secure Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Afterwards, try to secure Regieleki on the top lane if it's still there.

Level 10+

  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset.
  • Make sure to have at least 15 Aeos Energy to boost Zacian's moves and attacks when Rayquaza spawns.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Zacian Combos

Sacred Sword Combos

These combos focus on setting up Sacred Sword so enemies get hit by the move's second activation.

Royal Cuts

Royal Cuts Combo
Intrepid Sword Icon (Fullly-charged) ► Sacred Sword Icon x2 ► Standard Attack Icon ~

Intrepid Sword (Fully-charged) ► Sacred Sword x2 ► Standard Attack ~
Start by charging Intrepid Sword by holding down the scoring button. Once fully-charged, get close to targets and use Sacred Sword twice in quick succession. Afterwards, utilize Sacred Sword's bonus effects to finish off targets with attacks.
Zacian can use Eject Button to easily set up the combo.

Metal Claw Combos

These combos focus on picking off targets with Metal Claw.

Swift Slashes

Swift Slashes Combo
Intrepid Sword Icon (Fullly-charged) ► Metal Claw IconAgility IconMetal Claw IconStandard Attack Icon

Intrepid Sword (Fully-charged) ► Metal ClawAgilityMetal ClawStandard Attack
Start by charging Intrepid Sword by holding down the scoring button. Once fully-charged, pounce on a target with Metal Claw, then immediately follow up with Agility to stay on top of it. Use Metal Claw again for another burst damage. Utilize the attack speed increase from Metal Claw to finish off the target.

Matchups & Counters for Zacian

Zacian Matchups

Hard Counter
Alolan NinetalesMamoswineSlowbroSnorlaxWigglytuff
Fair Matchup
AegislashBlastoiseBlazikenBuzzwoleCeruledgeCinderaceCrustleDodrioEspeonFalinksGengarGoodraGreedentGreninjaLaprasLeafeonLucarioMachampMega Mewtwo XMega Mewtwo YMeowscaradaMetagrossMimikyuMr. MimeScizorTalonflameTrevenantTyranitarUmbreonUrshifuZoroark
Good Matchup
AbsolAzumarillBlisseyChandelureCharizardClefableComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDragapultDragoniteDuraludonEldegossGarchompGardevoirGlaceonGyaradosHoopaInteleonMewMiraidonPikachuSableyeSylveonTsareenaVenusaurZeraora
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Zacian.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Hard Counter with Disables and Burst Damage

Zacian is an All-Rounder that relies on its hard-hitting combos and boosted attacks in order to take down its enemies. While its attacks are powerful, it is still a melee Pokemon that is vulnerabie to getting bursted down by ranged attackers, or getting cornered with combos by its fellow All-Rounders.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Rating: ★★★★★
• Able to interrupt Zacian's combos with Sing or Rollout, and Cute Charm.
• Able to slow down Zacian's movement with Double Slap and Dazzling Gleam once it's upgraded.
• Can shield its team using Starlight Recital.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
• Able to stop Zacian in its tracks with Surf, Telekinesis, and Slowbeam.
• Can tank Zacian's damage using Amnesia.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Rating: ★★★
• Can freeze Zacian and deal considerable damage Avalanche and Blizzard.

Even Matchups for Zacian

Making sure Zacian always has enough Aeos Energy to boost its moves and attacks is the best way for it to get the upper hand against these Pokemon.

Close the Gap

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Cinderace Image Espeon Image Greninja Image Mega Mewtwo Y Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Zacian. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Zacian fast once it gets close to them.
• Use Agility to head straight for them, then use Sacred Sword or Metal Claw, and attacks to burst them down.

Overpower Them with Superior Damage

All-Rounders
Aegislash Image Blaziken Image Buzzwole Image Ceruledge Image Falinks Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Mimikyu Image Scizor Image Tyranitar Image Urshifu Image
How to Beat
• Much like Zacian, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. However, Zacian can buff its damage exponentially through Intrepid Sword and give it a damage advantage.
• Make sure to fully charge Intrepid Sword to boost Zacian damage before fighting them, then simply use Sacred Sword or Metal Claw and beat them down with attacks.

Dodge Their Burst Damage

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Dodrio Image Leafeon Image Meowscarada Image Talonflame Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, they become vulnerable when they miss their burst damage attempt.
• Use Agility to dodge their move, then retaliate with Sacred Sword or Metal Claw and attacks.

Take Them Out First

Supporters
Mr. Mime Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Zacian, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• It's best to take them out first using attacks and moves to remove their team's support.

Group Up with Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Blastoise Image Crustle Image Goodra Image Lapras Image Trevenant Image Umbreon Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are extremely durable, making it difficult for Zacian to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Zacian.
• Use Agility or Play Rough to stay on top of them, and use Sacred Sword or Metal Claw to quickly deplete their HP.

Easy Matchups for Zoroark

Easy matchups are Pokemon that have low durability and low mobility, making it hard for them to stop Zacian's combos and aggressive play.

Close the Gap

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Chandelure Image Cramorant Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Dragapult Image Duraludon Image Gardevoir Image Glaceon Image Inteleon Image Mew Image Miraidon Image Pikachu Image Sylveon Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Zacian. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Zacian fast once it gets close to them.
• Use Agility to head straight for them, then use Sacred Sword or Metal Claw, and attacks to burst them down.

Overpower Them with Superior Damage

All-Rounders
Azumarill Image Charizard Image Garchomp Image Gyarados Image Tsareena Image
How to Beat
• Much like Zacian, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. However, Zacian can buff its damage exponentially through Intrepid Sword and give it a damage advantage.
• Make sure to fully charge Intrepid Sword to boost Zacian damage before fighting them, then simply use Sacred Sword or Metal Claw and beat them down with attacks.

Dodge Their Burst Damage

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Zeraora Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, they become vulnerable when they miss their burst damage attempt.
• Use Agility to dodge their move, then retaliate with Sacred Sword or Metal Claw and attacks.

Take Them Out First

Supporters
Blissey Image Clefable Image Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Zacian, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• It's best to take them out first using attacks and moves to remove their team's support.

Best Teammates for Zacian

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Slowbro ImageSlowbro Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Pokemon with Strong Disables
Zacian works well with allies that ere equipped with disabling and hindrance abilities. These ally Pokemon can inflict annoying debuffs, stall enemies, and stun them for a short period of time.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Gengar ImageGengar Mew ImageMew Pokemon with High Burst Damage
Zacian will be able to take down enemies faster if it has allies that have bursty damaging attacks. These ally Pokemon are equipped with powerful attacks that they can unleash from a safe distance and help Zacian in pushing lanes and dominating goal zones.
Trevenant ImageTrevenant Tsareena ImageTsareena Urshifu ImageUrshifu Aggressive Frontliners
Aside from bursty damage dealers, Zacian can also use a helping hand from its fellow lane pushers. These ally Pokemon are equipped with hard-hitting combos that can soak up damage, overwhelm enemies with a few hits, and possibly stun or disable them form setting up their attacks.
Blissey ImageBlissey Clefable ImageClefable Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Dedicated Supporters
While Zacian can stand to fight enemies alone, these supporter allies can buff, heal, or shield Zacian on the go, especially when pushing lanes and swiftly securing objectives.

Looking for teammates to synergize with you? Head over to our Friend Request Board to find other trainers to join you in your grind or just to hang out with!

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Zacian Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Slash ImageSlash
(Lv. 1 or 2)
Move Type: Sure-Hit
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 612
Base damage: 612, Boosted damage: 796
Final Damage: 753
Base damage: 753, Boosted damage: 979
Has the user deal damage to an opposing Pokemon and deal a small amount of damage to nearby opposing Pokemon. When this move is boosted with Aeos energy, its area of effect is increased, it deals increased damage, and it also decreases opposing Pokemon's movement speed for a short time.
Metal Claw ImageMetal Claw
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 1624
Shock wave damage (Base): 812, Attack damage (Base): 812, Shock wave damage (Boosted): 1056, Attack damage (Boosted): 1056
Final Damage: 3242
Shock wave damage (Base): 1621, Attack damage (Base): 1621, Shock wave damage (Boosted): 2106, Attack damage (Boosted): 2106
Has the user release a shock wave in the designated direction, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and decreasing their movement speed. As the shock wave moves forward, it negates projectile attacks from opposing Pokemon it hits. After releasing the shock wave, the user also charges and deals damage to opposing Pokemon. If this charge hits an opposing Pokemon, the user's basic attack speed is increased for a short time. When this move is boosted with Aeos energy, the shock wave's size and travel distance are increased. Also, the movement speed of opposing Pokemon hit by the shock wave is further decreased.
Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown.
Sacred Sword ImageSacred Sword
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 967
First slash damage (Base): 302, Second slash damage (Base): 665 (201 + 232 + 232), First slash damage (Boosted): 395, Second slash damage (Boosted): 868 (262 + 303 + 303)
Final Damage: 1974
First slash damage (Base): 608, Second slash damage (Base): 1366 (402 + 482 + 482), First slash damage (Boosted): 791, Second slash damage (Boosted): 1667 (523 + 627 + 627)
Has the user slash around itself as if drawing a circle with the tip of its sword, dealing damage to oppsing Pokemon in the area of effect and decreasing their movement speed. The user then unleashes a slashing attack inside the circle, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and leaving them unable to act. After this move hits an opposing Pokemon, the user's Attack is increased for a short time and damage dealt by the user's moves and basic attacks partially ignores the opposing Pokemon's Defense. When this move is boosted with Aeos energy, its area of effect is increased, and the time until the slashing attack is unleashed is reduced.
Upgrade: Reduces the time until the slashing attack is unleashed.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Quick Attack ImageQuick Attack
(Lv. 1 or 2)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Starting Damage: 256
Base damage: 256, Boosted damage: 295
Final Damage: 363
Base damage: 363, Boosted damage: 418
Has the user charge in the designated direction, stop in place when it hits an opposing Pokemon, and deal damage to it. When this move is boosted with Aeos energy, it also leaves opposing Pokemon unable to act for a short time.
Agility ImageAgility
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Status
Cooldown: 9s
Starting Damage: N/A
Final Damage: N/A
Removes any hindrances applied to the user and greatly increases the user's movement speed. After a short time, the movement speed increase weakens and stays that way for a set amount of time. The effect duration is increased if the user is in combat with Pokemon from the opposing team. When this move is boosted with Aeos energy, the user's movement speed is further increased, and the user is also granted a shield.
Upgrade: Further increases movement speed.
Play Rough ImagePlay Rough
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 9s
Starting Damage: 695
Base damage: 695, Boosted damage: 905
Final Damage: 1212
Base damage: 1212, Boosted damage: 1580
Has the user leap in the designated direction, dealing damage to an opposing Pokemon it hits and leaving it unable to act. For a short time after the user lands, the user takes reduced damage from the opposing Pokemon it dealt damage to. When this move is boosted with Aeos energy, the user leaps further and will no longer stop in place when hitting an opposing Pokemon, and all opposing Pokemon hit along the leap's path will receive damage and be left unable to act.
Upgrade: Increases the length of time opposing Pokemon are left unable to act.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Sovereign Sword ImageSovereign Sword
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 111s
Starting Damage: 2144
Base damage: 2144, Boosted damage: 3857
Final Damage: 3268
Base damage: 3268, Boosted damage: 5878
Has the user ready its giant sword, charge the sword with Aeos energy, and then slash in front of itself. The user becomes immune to hindrances while the Unite Move button is held down and the user is in its ready stance. The longer the user is in this stance, the more Aeos energy is charged into the sword, the more damage this move deals. If a set amount of Aeos energy or more is charged into the sword, the Unite Move becomes boosted, and the slash's area of effect increases. This boosted Unite Move deals increased damage to opposing Pokemon it hits who have been buffed by their own Unite Move.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack If basic attacks are performed consecutively within a set time, the effects of the second and subsequent basic attack stages will change as described below. (When the Pokemon is using a move, this set time is extended.) Stage two: The user deals damage to opposing Pokemon and decreases their movement speed. Stage three: The user deals damage to opposing Pokemon while restoring its own HP. Stage four: The user quickly draws near an opposing Pokemon and deals damage to it. All of the user's move cooldowns are reduced.

Ability (Passive)

Intrepid Sword ImageIntrepid Sword
Zacian IconZacian

If the goal scoring button is held down, the Pokemon with this Ability has its sword charged with Aeos energy, and for a short time, its basic attacks become boosted attacks. In addition, during the effect duration, the Pokemon can use a boosted version of one of its moves once. The longer the goal scoring button is held down, the more Aeos energy is charged into the sword, lengthening the duration of the boos effect on basic attacks and moves. This Ability goes on cooldown after it's triggered. Boosted basic attacks have an increased area of effect and deal additional damage proportional to the opposing Pokemon's HP. When this Pokemon knocks out or assists in knocking out a Pokemon on the opposing team, that Pokemon will drop more Aeos energy than it normally would.

Zacian Stats & Evolutions

Zacian Evolutions

Zacian.pngZacian
This Pokemon does not evolve.

Zacian Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3600 100 80 160
2 3757 112 90 175
3 3929 125 101 191
4 4118 140 113 209
5 4326 156 126 229
6 4555 174 140 251
7 4807 193 155 275
8 5085 214 172 302
9 5391 238 191 331
10 5728 264 212 363
11 6100 293 235 399
12 6509 325 260 438
13 6959 360 287 481
14 7455 398 317 528
15 8000 440 350 580

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Zacian In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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Zacian Skins (Holowear)

Holowear
ZacianSpecial StyleSpecial Style
Zirco Trading:
Aeos Gems 1050
ZacianCaptain StyleCaptain Style

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Zacian Achievements

Sovereign Sword Achievement

Sovereign Sword
Pokemon Move
Zacian ImageZacian Sovereign Sword ImageSovereign Sword
Mission:
Use a boosted UNITE Move 1 time (40/60/160 times total)
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Pokemon UNITE - Expert Achievement Medal Expert
Pokemon UNITE - Achievement Points.png5
Aeos Coin IconAeos Coin x300
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Top 5 Master Rank Picks & Win Rate

All data is based on Season 19 Master Rank Top 100.
Last Updated: June 4, 2024
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Pokemon UNITE - ZoroarkZoroark S Tier 15% 74.33%
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Pokemon UNITE - Mew IconMew S Tier 8.3% 74.60%
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49 Anonymousabout 1 month

zacian is probably the best released pokemon who agrees?

48 Anonymous4 months

Sacred and play rough is probably the best combo

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