Zacian Raid Counters Guide (Hero of Many Battles form)

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Zacian (Hero)

The Hero of Many Battles Zacian is a Tier 5 legendary raid boss in Pokémon Go and marks its debut in the undoubtedly unexpected Ultra Unlock 3: Galar region event.

Zacian, along with Zamazenta, is among the two cover legendaries of the Pokémon Sword and Shield games. While its Crowned form, the more powerful version of Zacian, will be marking its presence in the game at a future date, we will be catching the Hero of Many Battles as a part of the Ultra Unlock 3 event. 

Zacian can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2100 – 2188 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2625 – 2735 CP at Level 25 with Cloudy weather boost

With a pure Fairy typing, Zacian is boosted by Cloudy weather and its counters include strong Steel and Poison type Pokémon such as Metagross, Dialga, Gengar and mega evolutions like Mega Gengar and Mega Beedrill. With such strong counters, Zacian can possibly be duo’d in ideal weather conditions and high-level counters. But to be safe, 4-5 high-level trainers can get the job done easily. 

Zacian Crowned form is a monster with a mouth-watering Fairy and Steel typing, possibly making it the ultimate bane in the existence of Dragon types? That remains to be seen but for now, let’s check out the raid guide of Zacian!

Zacian: Stats and Max CP

Zacian Fairy
Max CP at Level 40 3829  Max CP at Level 50 4329
ATK 254 DEF 236 HP 192
Weak to Strong Against
Poison Steel  Dark Dragon Fighting

Zacian Raid Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The best counters for Zacian, based on the time required to win, are the following:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 685.62s 20.06
2. Nihilego Acid Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 744.32s 21.88
3. Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 790.97s 24.19
4. Excadrill Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 810.13s 27.56
5. Zacian Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 825.02s 24.31
6. Genesect (Douse) Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel 809.47s 29.19
7. Genesect (Normal) Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel 811.24s 29.38
8. Genesect (Burn) Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel 809.96s 29.38
9. Roserade Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 801.21s 30.69
10. Jirachi Charge Beam Electric Doom Desire Steel 851.74s 22.75
11. Gengar Lick Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison 808.93s 35.88
12. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Zap Cannon Electric 798.08s 64.00
13. Darkrai Snarl Dark Sludge Bomb Poison 907.69s 34.00
14. Toxicroak Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 874.82s 39.73
15. Salazzle Poison Jab Poison Sludge Wave Poison 926.47s 30.50
16. Scolipede Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 920.99s 29.83
17. Bisharp Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 927.38s 25.33
18. Victreebel Acid Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 911.71s 37.44
19. Vileplume Acid Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 933.49s 32.00
20. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 913.57s 33.75

* marks a Legacy Move

Zacian Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Metal Claw Steel
  • Snarl Dark
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Quick Attack Normal
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Play Rough Fairy
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Wild Charge Electric

Metal Claw and Quick Attack won’t be any issue whatsoever for your Steel counters. However, Fire Fang will do super-effective damage.

Snarl generates energy very quickly and deals super-effective damage to Metagross.

Play Rough gains STAB, is pretty damaging but is resisted by both Steel and Poison types

Iron Head does quite a number on Poison types but is resisted by Steel types

Close Combat is a powerful move and despite lacking STAB, can KO your Steel types (except for Metagross) consistently.

Wild Charge does a lot of damage to almost all your counters and can hit frequently. So be wary of it.

Conclusion

Zacian has gained a decent set of moves and can definitely gain some playthrough in the Master League. It is worth noting that Zacian Crowned does not learn Iron Head and it would be replaced by the assumedly powerful Behemoth Blade. The future does look promising for Zacian Crowned and Zacian, for now, does have potential.

As such, it is definitely a worthy legendary Pokémon to raid.

Draw your swords and tame Zacian! All the best, trainers!

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