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Zacian Guide: Best Builds and Moveset

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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 (1/9)

Version 1.13.1.4 Patch Notes

Zacian Move Changes (January 9)
Stat Nerf • 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%
Standard Attack Image
Standard Attack
(3rd Hit)
• Movement Speed reduction effect reduced from 20% to 15%
• Duration of movement speed reduction effect decreased from 2s to 1s (-1s)
Metal Claw Image
Metal Claw
• Damage increased by 20%

Zacian Stat Nerfs

Lvl Standard Attack
5 252 → 207
(-17.9%)
10 369 → 326
(-11.7%)
15 560 → 530
(-5.4%)

Zacian's Attack stat nerf reduced its Standard Attack and move damage.

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%.

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.

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%.

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: SS 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
3 Stars.png
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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.
✖︎ Low movement speed.

Best Builds for Zacian

Zacian Builds
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Sacred Sword Build

Sacred Sword Build
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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

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.
· However, Weakness Policy can be a substitute for Attack Weight, eliminating the need to score early on.
· For more chances of critical-hits, Scope Lens is the ideal item as a replacement for Attack Weight
· 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

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.
· However, 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.
· 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.
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

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian with Maxed Out Aeos Energy
Zacian greatly benefits from stacking up on aeos energy due to its passive skill Intrepid Sword, which requires Zacian to consume 10 aeos energy in order to fill its gauge and unleash a boosted attack on its targets. Utilize the usage of Slash and Quick Attack during early game to secure huge amounts of aeos energy and dominate enemy goal zones.

Slow Down Enemies and Negate Projectile Attacks With Metal Claw

Metal Claw provides Zacian a dash move that is capable of slowing down enemies and negating projectile attacks. When charged, enemies that get hit are slowed down even more, and the shockwave travels further.

Trap and Stun Multiple Enemies with Sacred Sword

Sacred Sword is an AoE move that stuns enemies caught within the move's circle. Use this move when there's multiple enemies along the lane, and let Zacian burst its enemies down.

Secure the Orange Buff and Push Lanes

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian Disrupts Enemy Charge
After choosing a permanent damaging move, Zacian can already stand against enemies alone. Gathering aeos energy and using them to deal boosted attack damage with Intrepid Sword is what makes Zacian a beast in the arena, so make sure to secure the orange buff at the allied camp when available, or steal one from the enemy camp when you can.

Initiate Fights with Dash Moves

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian Pushing Lanes
Upon reaching level 7, Zacian will be able to learn either Agility or Play Rough. While both moves are great on their own, each has distinct effects that can help you realize your playstyle, regardless of which move you pick.

Utilize Mobility and Remove Hindrances with Agility

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian Using Dash Moves on Regice
Agility allows Zacian to remove any hindrance debuff on itself when used. When boosted, Zacian gains a shield and further increased movement speed. Utilize these effects to quickly traverse lanes and dominate enemy goal zones as quickly as possible, or to disengage from fights that may overwhelm Zacian and its allies.

Leap and Disable Enemies with Play Rough

Play Rough makes Zacian leap in a designated direction and stuns enemies that gets caught when it lands. When boosted, all enemies that get hit during the leap will be damaged and also left unable to act. Use this move to initiate teamfights and stun enemies while taking reduced damage for a short amount of time.

Avoid Fighting Enemies with Hard Disables

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian vs. Mr. Mime

While Zacian may be rendered unstoppable due to Intrepid Sword's boosted attack effect, it is very vulnerable to Pokemon with strong hindrance abilities. Avoid getting close to Pokemon that can stun and burst Zacian from a safe distance. Make sure to have at least a supporter ally Pokemon when going against fellow All-Rounders, or Defender Pokemon that have hard disables to aid you.

Immobilize Enemies by Stringing Combos

Pokemon UNITE - Zacian Using Dash Moves on Regice
Zacian has many damaging abilities at its disposal, so brave the frontlines and initiate teamfights. For an aggressive approach, start off with a boosted Play Rough to stun enemies in place, then follow up with Sacred Sword to deal AoE damage. Both moves have high stun capabilities, so it creates openings for both Zacian and its allies to gank and push lanes.

Unite Move Strategy

Charge and Sweep Enemies with Sovereign Sword

Pokemon UNITE - Sovereign Sword
Zacian's Unite Move Sovereign Sword, requires aeos energy in order to deal a huge amount of damage to enemy Pokemon. It is best to use Sovereign Sword when Zacian has a huge amount of aeos energy stored in order for the Unite Move to become boosted. This is very useful for cleaving enemies when Rayquaza spawns, as it either takes them down or forces them to back down and leave Rayquaza to your allied team for the taking.

Zacian Progression and Leveling Guide

Top and Bot Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 5 • Secure wild Pokemon so you can level up quickly and grab as much Aeos energy as possible.
• For the bottom lane, utilize Quick Attack for mobility and damage, then prioritize taking Indeedees for more exp gain and get more aeos energy in the process.
• Once Zacian reaches level 5, choose either Metal Claw or Sacred Sword as the damaging move upgrade that you will use for the rest of the fight.
5 - 9 • Continue farming for exp. and get as much aeos energy as you can. Burst enemy Pokemon down by utilizing boosted attacks from Intrepid Sword.
• Reach level 7 to learn either Agility or Play Rough as your permanent dash move upgrade. By this level, Zacian will be sturdy enough to seek out isolated opponents and burst them down.
• Once Regieleki spawns, help allies secure this objective at the top lane. Otherwise, try to secure Regice, Registeel, or Regirock at the bottom lane. Prioritize securing Regieleki in order to secure a scoring advantage.
• Upon reaching level 9 and learning its Unite Move, Zacian is now strong enough to face most of its matchups head-on.
10+ • Continue hunting targets, securing objectives, and pushing lanes. Try to reach level 13 before or when Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset and high stats.
• Before the final stretch, secure both Escavalier and Accelgor and acquire their buffs for a better fighting performance.
• Help allies win a teamfight and secure Rayquaza. During teamfights, make sure to use the Unite Move, Sovereign Sword whenever it's ready to secure Rayquaza much faster.

Jungle Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 5 • Learn Quick Attack first to jump over the wall near the base to secure Xatu quickly.
• Clear the first wave of jungle camps and reach level 5 to learn a damaging move upgarde.
• Utilize the usage of Metal Claw or Sacred Sword when clearing out Wild Pokemon.
• Secure Altaria and Swablus, initiate fights to help allies push lanes, and score points.
• Farm the Baltoy spawns at the center of the map for more exp. and stack up on Aeos energy.
6 - 9 • Clear the second wave of jungle camps to level up more and reach level 7 to learn either Agility or Play Rough as the dash move upgrade. Use it to enhance your attacks as well as maneuver around brawls.
• Go to Rayquaza's spawn location, and secure the Altaria/Swablu spawns to get more exp.
• If possible, reach level 9 to learn the Unite Move before or when Regieleki spawns to have an advantage when securing the objective.
• Proceed to the Top Lane and secure Regieleki, then shift and secure the bottom lane objective if any of the Regi-trio is still available.
10+ • Continue hunting targets, securing objectives, and pushing lanes. Reach level 15 before or when Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset and high stats.
• Before the final stretch, secure both Escavalier or Accelgor and acquire their buffs for a better fighting performance.
• Help allies win a teamfight and secure Rayquaza. When active, use the Unite Move Sovereign Sword and take down enemies.
• Destroy any goal zones that are left on the lanes with the x2 scoring effect from taking down Rayquaza and keep scoring as much as you can 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 Judgement

Royal Judgement Combo
Intrepid Sword Icon (Fullly-charged) ► Play Rough IconSacred Sword IconPlay Rough IconSovereign Sword Icon

Start by charging Intrepid Sword by holding down the scoring button. Once fully-charged, initiate with Play Rough to stun targets, then use Sacred Sword immediately upon landing. Use Play Rough one more time before charging Sovereign Sword to finish off targets.

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 NinetalesClefableCrustleMr. MimeSlowbroSnorlaxWigglytuff
Fair Matchup
AegislashAzumarillBlastoiseBuzzwoleCinderaceDodrioGengarGreedentGreninjaLucarioMachampMamoswineMega Mewtwo XMeowscaradaMimikyuScizorSylveonTalonflameTrevenantTsareenaTyranitarUrshifuZoroark
Good Matchup
AbsolBlazikenBlisseyChandelureCharizardComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDragapultDragoniteDuraludonEldegossEspeonGarchompGardevoirGlaceonGoodraHoopaInteleonLaprasLeafeonMega Mewtwo YMetagrossMewPikachuSableyeUmbreonVenusaurZeraora
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 and Rollout.
• Able to slow down Zacian's movement with Double Slap and Dazzling Gleam once it's upgraded.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★
• Able to stop Zacian in its tracks with Telekinesis.
• Able to stall or stop enemies from scoring with Amnesia.
• Disables Zacian's movement completely with Slowbeam.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Rating: ★★★
Dazzling Gleam can be annoying to deal with, since it stuns its targets for one second.
• Alolan's movesets can either stun or hinder Zacian's combos from a safe range and provide openings for ganking opportunities.

Even Matchups for Zacian

Be Wary of Crowd Control

Pokemon with High Defense
Aegislash Image Greedent Image Mamoswine Image Trevenant Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon either have a way to disrupt Zacian's string of combos with stuns or shut down its movement completely. It is best that you play it safe and only engage them when they are isolated. Otherwise, have a Supporter or Defender ally back you up to make the fight more manageable.
• Only dare to strike when you have a clear shot of your combos and keep pressuring them until they fall.

Avoid Prolonged Fights

All-Rounder Pokemon
Azumarill Image Buzzwole Image Garchomp Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mimikyu Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image Scizor Image Urshifu Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are teamfight initiators, so it will be best for Zacian to tackle them with an ally or two. Utilize dash moves to maneuver around these Pokemon while dealing damage, and avoid getting caught by their moves.
• Decide which moves to stick with depending on the enemy composition, and see to it that you get the full amount of damage with your combos.
• If there are more of these Pokemon on the opposing team, Zacian should focus on shutting down these Pokemon in order to throw off their early game progression.

Get The First Strike

Speedster Pokemon
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How to Beat
• These Pokemon have high mobility, stuns, and have powerful burst attacks. Utilize Zacian's dash moves to get close and hit them with boosted attacks in order to make them play defensively.
• Fight close to an allied Goal Zone or with teammates nearby so you can disengage from the fight if the situation gets dangerous.

Utilize the Speed Advantage

Pokemon with Mobility Moves
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How to Beat
• These Pokemon are highly mobile, and usually aim to score and dominate goal zones as fast as they can. Zacian can catch up to these Pokemon by utilizing its dash moves, and deal boosted damage with Metal Claw or Sacred Sword.

Easy Matchups for Zacian

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

Fight Them at Close Range

Fragile Ranged Attackers
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How to Beat
• These Pokemon often fights from a distance, behind their allies, or inside a goal zone due to their low HP. Get close to melee range by using dash moves, then follow up with boosted attacks to take them down.

Lock Them Down When They Dive

Pokemon that Dives into Fights
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How to Beat
• These Pokemon tend to dive in head first during clashes or surprise enemies with their dash attacks. Bait or kite them first to separate them from their allies, then initiate Zacian's combos to take them down.

Stall Enemy Progression

Pokemon with Slow Level Progression
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How to Beat
• These Pokemon are Attackers that needs to build up on levels to carry their team during late game. It's best for Zacian to shut them down and prevent them from leveling up by stealing enemy camps.
• Thanks to the boosted attacks of Intrepid Sword, using a string of combos is ideal in combatting these Pokemon in order to deal a huge amount of damage.
• Depending on the situation, make sure to engage or disengage from a fight with dash moves.

Does Not Pose Any Threats

Supporter Pokemon
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How to Beat
• These are Supporter Pokemon that always sticks to their party members, or can be seen scouting near enemy camps. Zacian can take them down easily by locking on them with dash moves, melee combos, or by simply using its Unite Move, Sovereign Sword during clashes.

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.

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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: 743
Base damage: 743, Boosted damage: 967
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: 8.5s
Starting Damage: 1596
Shock wave damage (Base): 798, Attack damage (Base): 798, Shock wave damage (Boosted): 1038, Attack damage (Boosted): 1038
Final Damage: 3040
Shock wave damage (Base): 1520, Attack damage (Base): 1520, Shock wave damage (Boosted): 1975, Attack damage (Boosted): 1975
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: 931
First slash damage (Base): 297, Second slash damage (Base): 634 (198 + 218 + 218), First slash damage (Boosted): 388, Second slash damage (Boosted): 826 (258 + 284 + 284)
Final Damage: 1808
First slash damage (Base): 573, Second slash damage (Base): 1235 (379 + 428 + 428), First slash damage (Boosted): 746, Second slash damage (Boosted): 1667 (493 + 556 + 556)
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: 355
Base damage: 355, Boosted damage: 408
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: 676
Base damage: 676, Boosted damage: 881
Final Damage: 1139
Base damage: 1139, Boosted damage: 1485
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: 2065
Base damage: 2065, Boosted damage: 3714
Final Damage: 3070
Base damage: 3070, Boosted damage: 5521
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 90 173
3 3929 125 101 188
4 4118 140 113 204
5 4326 156 126 222
6 4555 174 140 241
7 4807 193 155 262
8 5085 214 172 285
9 5391 238 191 311
10 5728 264 212 339
11 6100 293 235 370
12 6509 325 260 404
13 6959 360 287 442
14 7455 398 317 484
15 8000 440 350 530

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

Zacian In-Game Stat Listings

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