Pokémon Sword and Shield legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta are two unusual additions to generation 8 of the mainline Pokémon games, with little details confirmed about them so far other than their appearance and names.

Still, that's a start, so below we'll run through what we know about the two legendary wolves in Sword and Shield so far.

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Pokémon Sword legendary Zacian: what we know about the sword-carrying legendary wolf

As of the early June 2019 trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield, we now have a first proper look at the game's two main 'cover' legendaries, Zacian and Zamazenta. Here's a rundown of what we know about Zacian, to start with.

Be warned though that for now, it's not a lot! The official word from the Pokémon Company is that "The Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta are shrouded in mystery and are unknown even to those who live in the Galar region", which means even the basic details are still unannounced for now.

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What we know about the Pokémon Sword legendary: Zacian

Zacian is a wolf-like creature carrying some kind of sword in its mouth. When threatened in the trailer, the sword begins to glow, as if it's activated in some way. We have a brief official description, but it doesn't reveal an awful lot!

"Zacian's attacks are so graceful that its movements captivate opponents. Holding what appears to be a sword in its mouth, Zacian's shining blade can cut through anything."

It's not clear what that "can cut through anything" is hinting at exactly. It could potentially be a new unique ability, which often comes with legendaries in mainline Pokémon games, that boosts Zacian's attacks or does something similarly offense-minded. Or it could be hinting at a new unique move, maybe one that reduces enemy defensive stats or ignores defensive stat boosts?

Or, it could just be the basis of the Pokémon's description, which doesn't actually tie into its usage in-game or in battles. We'll have to wait to find out!


Looking for more Sword and Shield pages like this? Our jumbo guide to the Pokémon Sword and Shield double pack pre-orders, release date, open world, wild battles and everything we know is the place to start, while we also have pages on Sword and Shield Legendarys Zacian and Zamazenta, Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, and a list of all new Gen 8 Pokémon in the Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex for you to check out, too.


Pokémon Sword legendary Zamazenta: what we know about the legendary shield wolf

As with Zacian, Zamazenta's full official description is still unknown, as are all the more specific details like its stats, abilities, moves and so on.

Again, we do at least have something of a descirption to go on - better than nothing!

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What we know about the Pokémon Sword legendary: Zamazenta

Zamazenta is a wolf-like creature, which has a kind of mane that takes the form of a shield. When threatened in the trailer, the shielded part of its body begins to glow, as if it's activating in some way. Here's the official description:

"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."

As with Zacian, it's not clear what that "turn back any attack and overwhelm any opponents that dare face it" refers to exactly. It could be an ability (some kind of built-in Protect?), it could be a move that raises its defenses or does something more elaborate than that, or it could be just part of a description that doesn't really take effect in-game. As with Zacian, we're going to have to wait to find out again!

One last thought though, which is obviously very important: if Zacian's sword can cut through anything and Zamazenta's shield can turn back any attack, what happens when Zacian attacks Zamazenta?!

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