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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.

For a list of all Pokemon appearing in the game, take a look at our full list below.
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How to Catch Legendary Pokemon

List of Legendary Pokemon and How to Catch Them

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

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

Zacian

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

Zamazenta


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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