Pokémon Sword and Shield legendaries Zacian, Zamazenta and Eternatus explained

What we know about the Sword and Shield legendaries Zacian, Zamazenta and Eternatus.

Zacian and Zamazenta were the first legendary Pokémon revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Now that Pokémon Sword and Shield have been released, we've been introduced to the mysterious Eternatus. We also know that it's possible to add Mew, the original mythical Pokémon to your Galar Pokédex.

Be warned - this guide does contain spoilers for the story-line of Pokémon Sword and Shield, so read it at your peril.

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Zacain the Legendary Pokémon for Pokémon Sword explained

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Zacain is the Legendary Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Sword.

In its weakened state, Zacain is a fairy-type Pokémon, but when it holds the Rusted Sword, which you find in the Slumbering Weald, it will become a fairy and steel-type Pokémon.

This Rusted Sword becomes the fancy blade, which it holds in its mouth.

Categorised as the Warrior Pokémon, Zacain has the ability, Intrepid Sword, which gives its attack a boost at the beginning of a battle.

Zacain is a Pokémon that is all about attacking its enemies; using moves that have enough force to quickly, and easily, knock out their opponents. This makes it ideal for trainers who prefer focusing on powerful moves or interesting dual-type Pokémon.

One of Zacain's Pokédex entries supports its image as a fierce warrior, who prefers the offence, describing it as:

'Known as a legendary hero, this Pokémon absorbs metal particles, transforming them into a weapon it uses to battle.'

While Zacain comes to your aid in the battle with Eternatus, you can't catch it until the post-game in Pokémon Sword.

This wolf-life legendary Pokémon is shrouded in mystery, through it's been described as: 'Zacian's attacks are so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacain's shining blade can cut through anything.'

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Zacain in its weaker form.

Zamazenta the Legendary Pokémon for Pokémon Shield explained

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Zamazenta is the Legendary Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Shield.

At first, Zamazenta will appear to be a fighting-type Pokémon, giving it the Rusted Shield, which you find the Slumbering Weald, however, will transform into a fighting and steel-type Pokémon.

Unlike Zacian, who focuses on attack, Zamazenta is a being that prefers defensive tactics; the Rusted Shield fusing into its body.

Zamazenta knows the Dauntless Shield ability, which boosts its defence stat at the beginning of a battle.

While Zamazenta is more focused upon defensive tactics, the combination of fighting and steel-type allows it to be a formidable fighter in its own fight.

Trained properly, you can use Zamazenta to quickly defeat your opponents, utilising its defensive strength to ensure it takes as little damage as possible.

In Pokémon Shield, Zamazenta will fight by your side during the battle with Eternatus and you'll be able to catch it in the post-game episode.

The knowledge of Zamazenta has been lost in time in the Galar region.

Even though the knowledge of Zamazenta has been lost in time in the Galar region, this legendary wolf is described as: 'With majestic movements and what appears to be a shield covering its body, Zamazenta can turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it.'

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Zamazenta in its weaker form.

Eternatus the Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield explained

Eternatus is the legendary Pokémon that you'll find yourself battling at the end of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Categorised as a Gigantic Pokémon, Eternatus is a dragon and poison-type Pokémon.

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It's origins are described as, 'It was inside a meteorite that fell 20,000 years ago. There seems to be a connection between this Pokémon and the Dynamax phenomenon.'

This connection to the Dynamax phenomenon is certainly true, as you find yourself battling it in its Dynamax form.

To defeat, and capture, Eternatus, you must call upon the assistance of both Zacain and Zamazenta, fighting alongside whichever legendary is exclusive to your edition.

After a long battle, you'll be able to add Eternatus to your Pokédex.


2020 has seen a few new announcements - such as Mythical Zarude, the ability to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, news of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass and the release of Gigantamax Toxtricity. Elsewhere, our Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough gives an overview of the game. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area, starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, lists of all TM locations and TRs, all Galarian forms and the Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta.


What Other Legendaries are in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

With the announcement of the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, also came the news of three new Gen 8 Legendary Pokémon.

In The Isle of Armor, you'll be gifted Kubfu - the fighting-type Legendary Pokémon. With careful training, you'll be able to evolve it into Urshifu. What makes this evolution unique, however, is that Kubfu can evolve into different styles of Urshifu - Single Strike Style and Rapid Strike Style.

The Urshifu styles are differentiated by both their type and which stats they focus on. Single Strike Style Urshifu is a fighting and dark-type Pokémon, which more suited towards trainers who prefer offensive strategies. Meanwhile, the Rapid Strike Style Urshifu is a defence focused Pokémon, which is a dual fighting and water-type Pokémon.

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Kubfu, Urshifu and Calyrex - the Legendaries arriving in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

During your adventure in The Crown Tundra, you may encounter Calyrex.

Hundreds of years ago, this Pokémon ruled over Galar as it's king. Not much is known about this Legendary Pokémon at the moment, but one thing we do know is that it has the ability to see every past, present and future event.

Elsewhere, there are Mythical Pokémon. Following Sword and Shield's release is the arrival of Zarude, the 'Rogue Monkey' with a Dark / Grass typing.

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Mythicals Mew and Zurude.

At launch, we also had access to Mew - the first mythical Pokémon to appear in the series - which you could get by transferring it from a new Poké Ball Plus.

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