Zacian in Pokemon Sword and Shield
Zacian in Pokemon Sword and Shield

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:

Zacian Counters
Supreme counters
Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash* Steel
Great counters
Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison
Gengar Lick Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison
Dialga Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel
Jirachi Charge Beam Electric Doom Desire Steel
Genesect Metal Claw Steel Magnet Bomb Steel
Excadrill Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel
Scizor Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel
Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Sludge Bomb Poison
Roserade Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison
Cobalion Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel
Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Flash Cannon Steel

* 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.


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!