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Species: zacian

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Zacian (Japanese: ザシアン Zacian) 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 Zamazenta. Specifically, it is the game mascot of Pokémon Sword, appearing on its box art.

Zacian has two different forms:

  • Hero of Many Battles, which is its default form, is Fairy-type.
  • Crowned Sword, which it transforms into when it holds the Rusty Sword item, is dual-type Fairy/Steel.

In their Hero of Many Battles forms, Zacian and Zamazenta have identical base stats. However, Zacian's signature ability, Intrepid Sword, raises its Attack stat by one stage when it enters battle.

Zacian is one of three Pokémon that is incapable of being Dynamaxed by the player, the other two being Zamazenta and Eternatus (though the latter has a Gigantamax form that is fought only as a boss battle.) Zacian's signature move, Behemoth Blade, 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 Sword form.

In Pokémon Sword, Zacian 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 Shield, after the player captures Zamazenta at the Energy Plant during the postgame, Zacian 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.

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