Zacian (ザシアン Zashian) is a Fairy-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII. It is the mascot for Pokémon Sword. When it turns into its Crowned Sword form, it is a Fairy/Steel-type.

Biology

Physiology

Zacian resembles a quadrupedal red and yellow eyed, azure and white fur-colored wolf-like creature with coral red markings, a coral red nose and lower jaw, small coral red wing blade-like fur, long matching colored braid-like fur bangs and a coral red tail in a triangle shape. Zacian has multiple scars and scratches all over its body and its left ear is cut half clean off, likely a result of injuries it suffered from battles. Its azure fur also looks somewhat messy.

In its Crowned Sword form, Zacian wears a gold armor with wing-like plates on its front legs, smaller plates on its hind legs, and a crown-like helmet that covers up the broken ear, the coral red fur bangs become thicker and more slender, and the azure fur is cleaner. In this form, Zacian carries a golden sword with azure and coral red colored gems on its mouth.

Game info

Game locations

Zacian (Zamazenta If playing Shield) is first found in the Slumbering Weald at the beginning of the game. You and your rival Hop take it on, but the moves seemingly get lost in the fog and have no effect. You also see it in the Post-Game in Wyndon on the top of the tower after defeating Sordward.

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Tower Summit (Sword only) One


Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    Hero of Many Battles: Known as a legendary hero, this Pokémon absorbs metal particles, transforming them into a weapon it uses to battle.
    Crowned Sword: Now armed with a weapon it used in ancient times, this Pokémon needs only a single strike to fell even Gigantamax Pokémon.

  • Shield

    Hero of Many Battles: This Pokémon has slumbered for many years. Some say it's Zamazenta's elder sister, others say the two Pokémon are rivals.
    Crowned Sword: Able to cut down anything with a single strike, it became known as the Fairy King's Sword, and it inspired awe in friend and foe alike.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
92
Atk
130
Def
115
Sp. Atk
80
Sp. Def
115
Speed
138
Total
670

Base Stats
HP
92
Atk
170
Def
115
Sp. Atk
80
Sp. Def
115
Speed
148
Total
720

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Sacred Sword Type Fighting.gif Physical 90 100% 15
1 Quick Guard Type Fighting.gif Status 100% 15
1 Metal Claw Type Steel.gif Physical 50 95% 35
1 Howl Type Normal.gif Status 100% 40
1 Quick Attack Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 30
1 Bite Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 25
11 Slash Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
22 Swords Dance Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
33 Iron Head Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
44 Laser Focus Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
55 Crunch Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
66 Moonblast Type Fairy.gif Special 95 100% 15
77 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
88 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM08 Hyper Beam Type Normal.gif Special 150 90% 5
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal.gif Physical 150 90% 5
TM12 Solar Blade Type Grass.gif Physical 125 100% 10
TM15 Dig Type Ground.gif Physical 80 100% 10
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM26 Scary Face Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 20
TM41 Helping Hand Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
TM42 Revenge Type Fighting.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 15
TM44 Imprison Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TM58 Assurance Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM66 Thunder Fang Type Electric.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM67 Ice Fang Type Ice.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM68 Fire Fang Type Fire.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM69 Psycho Cut Type Psychic.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM79 Retaliate Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 5
TM84 Tail Slap Type Normal.gif Physical 25 85% 10
TM85 Snarl Type Dark.gif Special 55 95% 15
TM94 False Swipe Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 40
TM95 Air Slash Type Flying.gif Special 75 95% 15
TM97 Brutal Swing Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR00 Swords Dance Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
TR12 Agility Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 30
TR13 Focus Energy Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR21 Reversal Type Fighting.gif Physical ? 100% 15
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR31 Iron Tail Type Steel.gif Physical 100 75% 15
TR32 Crunch Type Dark.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR42 Hyper Voice Type Normal.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR53 Close Combat Type Fighting.gif Physical 120 100% 5
TR64 Focus Blast Type Fighting.gif Special 120 70% 5
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR85 Work Up Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
TR86 Wild Charge Type Electric.gif Physical 90 100% 15
TR90 Play Rough Type Fairy.gif Physical 90 90% 10
TR97 Psychic Fangs Type Psychic.gif Physical 85 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

Zacian learns no moves via breeding.


By tutoring

Generation VIII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
SWSH Steel Beam Type Steel.gif Special 140 95% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Sprites


Appearances

Anime

Zacian, alongside Zamazenta, only made brief appearances in the certain recent opening scenes of Pokémon (2019), and has yet to debut in some episode they will appear. It will play a major role in the upcoming "Sword and Shield Edition" arc.

Trivia

  • Its shiny form is cyan, as the name suggests.
  • Its cry is identical to Zamazenta's, except it is higher pitched.
  • Even though Zacian is genderless in-game like all other mascots Legendary Pokémon, its Pokèdex entry in Pokémon Shield implies that it is a female.
  • Zacian's Crowned Sword sprite shows the sword in its mouth to be pointing to its left, but on the cover and in battle it points to its right.
  • According to Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, Zacian was originally planned to be named as "シアン", but later changed to its current name that is homophonic to "That Cyan!".

Origin

It is based on a wolf. The sword in its mouth may be a reference to Excalibur from the Arthurian legends of Celtic Mythology. It may also take inspiration from the Lady of the Lake from the same tale. Its sibling-like relation with Zamazenta can also take inspiration from the relationship between King Arthur and Morgan La Fey.

Its braid-like fur is in a similar fashion to Celtic braids. In its Crowned Sword form, its ribbons, head ornament and wing appendages are likely borrowed concepts from a Valkyrja (a Nordic goddess), namely Brynhild. Zacian and Zamazenta are also likely based on the wolves Skoll and Hati from Norse Mythology.

Etymology

Zacian may originate from Cyan.

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