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This is a strategy guide for using Zacian in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Zacian, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Zacian

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Fairy Type Steel Type
Abilities
Intrepid Sword Boosts the Pokémon’s Attack stat when the Pokémon enters a battle.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Psychic Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
92 170 115 80 115 148

Best Nature for Zacian

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Zacian

Battle Tower Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 168 / Atk. 200 / Def. 135 / Sp.Def. 135 / Spd. 190 (Hero of Many Battles)
HP 168 / Atk. 244 / Def. 135 / Sp.Def. 135 / Spd. 200 (Crowned Sword)
Ability Intrepid Sword
Held Item Rusted Sword
Moveset Behemoth Blade
Close Combat
Swords Dance
Play Rough

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Alternate Move Choices

Wild Charge Be careful with this move as while it does expand your coverage, Zacian can faint from this move due to recoil.
Crunch You can use this move in place of Swords Dance. Crunch can also lower Defense.

How to Use Zacian Effectively

Made for the Battle Tower

The legendary Pokemon, Zacian, cannot be used in Ranked Battles, but is very powerful in Raid Battles and in the Battle Tower. Adjust its Attack stat with its Ability and you have yourself a Pokemon that will be hard to beat.

Best Pokemon to Use With Zacian

Use an ace attacker

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Eternatus ImageEternatus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Top special attacker.
・High stats, unique to legendary Pokemon.
Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★★
・Fishious Rend is very powerful.
・Very effective with Choice Scarf.
Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish

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