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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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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

Returning Legendary Pokemon

The Crown Tundra expansion, availble on the Expansion Pass DLC, was revealed to contain all Legendary Pokemon from previous games.

No. Pokemon Type
? MewMew Psychic Image
? MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Image
? Galarian ZapdosGalarian Zapdos Fighting Image
Flying Image
? Galarian ArticunoGalarian Articuno Psychic Image
Flying Image
? Galarian MoltresGalarian Moltres Dark Image
Flying Image
? Ho-ohHo-oh Fire Image
Flying Image
? LugiaLugia Psychic Image
Flying Image
? RaikouRaikou Electric Image
? SuicuneSuicune Water Image
? EnteiEntei Fire Image
? CelebiCelebi Psychic Image
Grass Image
? RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Image
Flying Image
? KyogreKyogre Water Image
? GroudonGroudon Ground Image
? RegiceRegice Ice Image
? RegirockRegirock Rock Image
? RegisteelRegisteel Steel Image
? LatiasLatias Dragon Image
Psychic Image
? LatiosLatios Dragon Image
Psychic Image
? JirachiJirachi Steel Image
Psychic Image
? PalkiaPalkia Water Image
Dragon Image
? DialgaDialga Steel Image
Dragon Image
? MespritMesprit Psychic Image
? UxieUxie Psychic Image
? AzelfAzelf Psychic Image
? CresseliaCresselia Psychic Image
? HeatranHeatran Fire Image
Steel Image
? VirizionVirizion Grass Image
Fighting Image
? ReshiramReshiram Dragon Image
Fire Image
? KeldeoKeldeo Water Image
Fighting Image
? LandorusLandorus Ground Image
Flying Image
? TornadusTornadus Flying Image
? ThundurusThundurus Electric Image
Flying Image
? ZekromZekrom Dragon Image
Electric Image
? KyuremKyurem Dragon Image
Ice Image
? CobalionCobalion Steel Image
Fighting Image
? TerrakionTerrakion Rock Image
Fighting Image
? ZygardeZygarde Dragon Image
Ground Image
? YveltalYveltal Dark Image
Flying Image
? XerneasXerneas Fairy Image
? CosmogCosmog Psychic Image
? Tapu FiniTapu Fini Water Image
Fairy Image
? CosmoemCosmoem Psychic Image
? Tapu BuluTapu Bulu Grass Image
Fairy Image
? Tapu LeleTapu Lele
Fairy Image
? Tapu KokoTapu Koko Electric Image
Fairy Image
? NecrozmaNecrozma Psychic Image
? LunalaLunala Psychic Image
Ghost Image
? MarshadowMarshadow Fighting Image
Ghost Image
? SolgaleoSolgaleo
Steel Image
? ZeraoraZeraora Electric Image
? MeltanMeltan Steel Image
? MelmetalMelmetal Steel 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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