Zamazenta (Japanese: ザマゼンタ Zamazenta) is a Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII. It is one of the two main Legendary Pokémon of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the other being Zacian. Specifically, it is the game mascot of Pokémon Shield, appearing on its box art.
Zamazenta has two different forms:
- Hero of Many Battles, which is its default form, is Fighting-type.
- Crowned Shield, which it transforms into when it holds the Rusty Shield item, is dual-type Fighting/Steel.
In their Hero of Many Battles forms, Zacian and Zamazenta have identical base stats. However, Zamazenta's signature ability, Dauntless Shield, raises its Defense stat by one stage when it enters battle.
Zamazenta is one of three Pokémon that is incapable of being Dynamaxed by the player, the other two being Zacian and Eternatus (though the latter has a Gigantamax form that is fought only as a boss battle.) Zamazenta's signature move, Behemoth Bash, is a Steel-type move, which deals double damage to Dynamaxed/Gigantamaxed Pokémon in order to compensate for this. It replaces Iron Head when in its Crowned Shield form.
In Pokémon Shield, Zamazenta first appears as an illusion in the Slumbering Weald shortly after the player obtains their Starter Pokémon. All attacks pass right through the illusion without affecting it, but instead of fighting back, it expels fog that eventually knocks out the player and Hop.
In Pokémon Sword, after the player captures Zacian at the Energy Plant during the postgame, Zamazenta goes on a rampage after exposure to Galar particles. Hop pursues it to the Slumbering Weald, where he calms it down and it lets him capture it, becoming his 6th party member.
- Generation VIII
- The Isle of Armor
- The Crown Tundra