Pokémon Sword and Shield legendaries: Zacian and Zamazenta legendary wolf details we know so far

What we know about the Sword and Shield legendary wolves Zacian and Zamazenta.

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

Now that Pokémon Sword and Shield have been released, we know a lot more about both these legendary wolf Pokémon and the other legendary Pokémon that can be found within the games.

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.

What Other Legendaries are in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

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It's just Mew - the first mythical Pokémon to appear in the series and is believed to have the genetic composition of every other Pokémon in existence. It's also believed to be the last in its species.

You can add Mew to your Pokémon Sword and Shield Pokédex by transferring it from a new Poké Ball Plus.

Mew is a pure psychic-type Pokémon and can learn any ™ or TR. Thanks to its stats as a mythical Pokémon, three of its six stats will be randomly chosen to be maxed out' which means that these stats will be at the highest possible level.

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