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This page explains how to catch each of the Legendary Pokemon in the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips and strategies for catching Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus, as well as new Legendaries Kubfu and Urshifu in the Isle of Armor.

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List of Legendary Pokemon and How to Catch Them

Available in the Base Game

The following Pokemon can be found in Pokemon Sword and Shield with no need for DLC or events. Unlike previous games in the series, there's no set of three Legendaries akin to the Legendary Birds or Legendary Dogs, marking the lowest in-game Legendary count of any generation.

Pokemon Type How to Catch
Eternatus ImageEternatus Dragon Type Poison Type Before the Champion
Eternatus - Locations and Learnable Moves
Zacian ImageZacian (Normal Form) Fairy Type
(Crowned Sword Form) Fairy Type Steel Type
After finishing the Story
Zacian - Locations and Learnable Moves

Only catchable in
Pokemon Sword
Zamazenta ImageZamazenta (Normal Form) Fighting Type
(Crowned Shield Form) Fighting Type Steel Type
After finishing the Story
Zamazenta - Locations and Learnable Moves

Only catchable in
Pokemon Shield

Available only via Events

Zarude, the first Mythical Pokemon announced this generation, is obtainable starting August 7th only via the Japan release of Pokemon the Movie: Coco. We're expecting more events in other countries coming soon to make Zarude more easily available.

Pokemon Type How to Catch
Zarude ImageZarude Dark Type Grass Type Pokemon The Movie: Coco Ticket Preorder
How to Get Zarude

New Legendary Pokemon in The Isle of Armor

The Isle of Armor DLC features a brand-new set of Legendary Pokemon, Kubfu and Urshifu, one of the very few evolution chains among Legendaries.

Pokemon Type How to Catch
Kubfu ImageKubfu Fighting Type Complete three trials at the Master Dojo
How to Get Kubfu
Urshifu Single-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Single-Strike Style Fighting Type Dark Type (Evolves from Kubfu)
Go through the Tower of Darkness with Kubfu
How to Get Urshifu
Urshifu Rapid-Strike Style ImageUrshifu Rapid-Strike Style Fighting Type Water Type (Evolves from Kubfu)
Go through the Tower of Waters with Kubfu
How to Get Urshifu

Returning Legendary Pokemon in The Crown Tundra

The Crown Tundra expansion, availble on the Expansion Pass DLC, was revealed to contain all Legendary Pokemon from previous games. New Galarian forms of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres were also announced.

No. Pokemon Type
NatDex 151 MewMew Psychic Image
NatDex 150 MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Image
NatDex 145 Galarian ZapdosGalarian Zapdos Fighting Image
Flying Image
NatDex 144 Galarian ArticunoGalarian Articuno Psychic Image
Flying Image
NatDex 146 Galarian MoltresGalarian Moltres Dark Image
Flying Image
NatDex 250 Ho-ohHo-oh Fire Image
Flying Image
NatDex 249 LugiaLugia Psychic Image
Flying Image
NatDex 243 RaikouRaikou Electric Image
NatDex 245 SuicuneSuicune Water Image
NatDex 244 EnteiEntei Fire Image
NatDex 251 CelebiCelebi Psychic Image
Grass Image
NatDex 384 RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Image
Flying Image
NatDex 382 KyogreKyogre Water Image
NatDex 383 GroudonGroudon Ground Image
NatDex 378 RegiceRegice Ice Image
NatDex 377 RegirockRegirock Rock Image
NatDex 379 RegisteelRegisteel Steel Image
NatDex 380 LatiasLatias Dragon Image
Psychic Image
NatDex 381 LatiosLatios Dragon Image
Psychic Image
NatDex 385 JirachiJirachi Steel Image
Psychic Image
NatDex 484 PalkiaPalkia Water Image
Dragon Image
NatDex 483 DialgaDialga Steel Image
Dragon Image
NatDex 481 MespritMesprit Psychic Image
NatDex 480 UxieUxie Psychic Image
NatDex 482 AzelfAzelf Psychic Image
NatDex 488 CresseliaCresselia Psychic Image
NatDex 485 HeatranHeatran Fire Image
Steel Image
NatDex 640 VirizionVirizion Grass Image
Fighting Image
NatDex 643 ReshiramReshiram Dragon Image
Fire Image
NatDex 647 KeldeoKeldeo Water Image
Fighting Image
NatDex 645 LandorusLandorus Ground Image
Flying Image
NatDex 641 TornadusTornadus Flying Image
NatDex 642 ThundurusThundurus Electric Image
Flying Image
NatDex 644 ZekromZekrom Dragon Image
Electric Image
NatDex 646 KyuremKyurem Dragon Image
Ice Image
NatDex 638 CobalionCobalion Steel Image
Fighting Image
NatDex 639 TerrakionTerrakion Rock Image
Fighting Image
NatDex 718 ZygardeZygarde Dragon Image
Ground Image
NatDex 717 YveltalYveltal Dark Image
Flying Image
NatDex 716 XerneasXerneas Fairy Image
NatDex 789 CosmogCosmog Psychic Image
NatDex 788 Tapu FiniTapu Fini Water Image
Fairy Image
NatDex 790 CosmoemCosmoem Psychic Image
NatDex 787 Tapu BuluTapu Bulu Grass Image
Fairy Image
NatDex 786 Tapu LeleTapu Lele Psychic Image
Fairy Image
NatDex 785 Tapu KokoTapu Koko Electric Image
Fairy Image
NatDex 800 NecrozmaNecrozma Psychic Image
NatDex 792 LunalaLunala Psychic Image
Ghost Image
NatDex 802 MarshadowMarshadow Fighting Image
Ghost Image
NatDex 791 SolgaleoSolgaleo
Steel Image
NatDex 807 ZeraoraZeraora Electric Image
NatDex 808 MeltanMeltan Steel Image
NatDex 809 MelmetalMelmetal Steel Image
NatDex 801 MagearnaMagearna Steel Image
Fairy Image

List of Pokemon Appearing in Expansion Pass DLC

How to Catch Legendary Pokemon

How to Catch Eternatus

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Can be obtained before battling the Champion

Eternatus is the last battle before facing with the Champion, and it is encountered directly after battling the Chancellor, the mastermind of the story of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Because you will be able to obtain Eternatus with any Poke Ball, simply choose a ball you like, and be sure to have it with you for the encounter.

How to Catch Zacian

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Steps for Catching Zacian

1 Defeat the Champion.
2 After the ending, return to the Slumbering Weald.
3 Go to the end of the Slumbering Weald and battle with Hop.
4 Battle with Swordward.
5 Defeat Dynamax Pokemon at 3 Stadiums around the Region.
Turffield Stadium: Tsareena
Hulbury Stadium: Gyarados
Motospoke Stadium: Torkoal
6 Return to Sonia's laboratory and have a double battle with Swordward and Shieldbert.
7 Defeat Dynamax Pokemon at 4 Stadiums around the Region.
Hammerlocke Stadium: Haxorus
Stow-on-Side: Conkeldurr
Ballonlea: Battle with Bede
Circhester: Gigalith
8 Head to Hammerlocke Stadium and talk to Sonia in front of the Elevator.
9 Battle with Swordward.
10 Take the elevator to the top floor.
11 Battle with Zamazenta.
12 Save before facing Zacian.
13 Battle with Zacian.

Can be obtained after finishing the Story (Sword Exclusive)

Zacian can be obtained after completing the main Story. The quest to obtain Zacian as described above can be completed in about 3 hours. After defeating the Champion, the player will receive a Master Ball, so they will be able to obtain Zacian without fail.

How to Catch Zamazenta

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Steps for Catching Zamazenta

1 Defeat the Champion.
2 After the ending, return to the Slumbering Weald.
3 Go to the end of the Slumbering Weald and battle with Hop.
4 Battle with Shieldbert.
5 Defeat Dynamax Pokemon at 3 Stadiums around the Region.
Turffield Stadium: Tsareena
Hulbury Stadium: Gyarados
Motospoke Stadium: Torkoal
6 Return to Sonia's laboratory and have a double battle with Swordward and Shieldbert.
7 Defeat Dynamax Pokemon at 4 Stadiums around the Region.
Hammerlocke Stadium: Haxorus
Stow-on-Side: Dusknoir
Circhester: Froslass
Ballonlea: Battle with Bede
8 Head to Hammerlocke Stadium and talk to Sonia in front of the Elevator.
9 Battle with Shieldbert.
10 Take the elevator to the top floor.
11 Battle with Zacian.
12 Save before facing Zamazenta.
13 Battle with Zamazenta.

Can be obtained after finishing the Story (Shield Exclusive)

Just like Zacian, Zamazenta can only be obtained after defeating the Champion and returning to the Slumbering Weald.

Which Legendary Pokemon Should You Choose?

Zacian and Zamazenta

Which of the two representatives would you rather have in your party? Cast your vote below and let us know your favorite!

Introduction to the Legendary Pokemon

The Pokemon absorbing all the energy of the Galar Region

Gigantamax Eternatus
Type
Dragon Type Poison Type

A strong Pokemon playing a decisive role in Max Raid Battles

Eternatus is at Level 60 when it joins the player's team, which combined with its high Special Attack makes it a must-have for Max Raid Battles. As the Pokemon with the highest Base Stats attainable before the end of the Story, Eternatus is a Pokemon you'll definitely want to have as a constant member of your team.

Eternatus's Stats, Abilities and Learnable Moves

The Pokemon with a shining sword to slice through anything, Zacian

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Zacian attacks so gracefully that its movements can even captivate its opponents. It holds what appears to be a sword in its mouth.
Source: Official Site

Zacian eminates a gallant and refined aura suited to the knightly image of the sword, and as such fills the part as the mascot of Pokemon Sword. There is a high chance that Zacian will only appear in Pokemon Sword, so for those who want to capture Zacian, Pokemon Sword just might be the choice for you.

Becomes a Fairy/Steel-type

When given a Rusted Sword, Zacian will transform into its Crowned Sword Form, and become a Fairy/Steel dual-type Pokemon. With Fire and Ground as its only weaknesses, and a host of resistences provided by the Steel type, Zacian becomes a defensively powerful player.

Zacian's Stats, Abilities and Learnable Moves

The Pokemon with a glistening shield to reflect all attacks, Zamazenta

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Zamazenta’s regal and majestic movements overwhelm any opponents that dare face it. Its body is covered in what seems to be a shield.
Source: Official Site

Zamazenta's body is completely covered in a giant shield. This truly is an appearance worthy to serve as the mascot of Pokemon Shield. Zamazenta is only available in Pokemon Shield, so for those who want to capture Zamazenta, Pokemon Shield would be the best option to purchase - assuming you don't have a friend who is willing to part with theirs!

Becomes a Fighting/Steel-type

When given a Rusted Shield, Zamazenta will transform into its Crowned Shield Form, and beocome a Fighting/Steel dual-type Pokemon. It gains a sizable stat boost in both Defense and Special Defense, making Zamazenta no easy feat to take down.

Zamazenta's Stats, Abilities and Learnable Moves

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