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If you have a good competitive moveset for Zacian, post an answer below and upvote the best ones.

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Zacian-Crowned@Rusted Sword
Fast Physical Sweeper (252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 Sp.Def)
NATURE: Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
ABILITY: Intrepid Sword

Behemoth Blade (good Steel type move with good power)
Sacred Sword (very good physical Fighting type move coverage)
Play Rough (good Fairy type physical coverage)
Swords Dance (setup)

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I use this exact moveset, and its great!
I feel like swords dance is unnecessary because of intrepid sword plus base 170 atk.
Well some setup is always helpful. If they are just setting up other things you can get into +5 or +6 and sweep almost everything
Actually, Zacian doesn’t need Swords Dance. Her attack is so high, she’s better competitively than mega Rayquaza. Plus she has Intrepid Sword, raising her attack. Swords Dance is a great setup, but it is quite pointless with a Zacian. It gives the enemy a chance to attack your cute sword wolf (Zacian) and it kind of wastes attack. I killed Leon’s Gigantamax Charizard with Behemoth Blade. She’s just that powerful.
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Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 104 Atk / 136 Def / 136 SpD / 128 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Behemoth Blade
- Play Rough
- Sacred Sword
- Wild Charge

Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

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Why does zacian have weird ev's? It should be hitting as fast and as hard as possible, not to mention some ev's are wasted due to a lack of multiples of 4.
They're not "weird" EVs, they're balanced EVs. Intrepid Sword already helps Zacian become a hard hitter when it comes into battle, and this Zacian's speed is 400, that's perfectly fast. And if it doesn't attack first, it'll still be able to win since it can take hits unlike other Zacians. And no EVs got "wasted."
some EVs did get wasted, there are 6 evs wasted, meaning you could have 4 HP/100 Atk/136 Def/136 SpDef/128 Spe, and still have the same outcome, so you can give 4 more evs to a stat.
Interesting. Okay thanks, I updated my setup.
An alternative to Sacred Sword is Close Combat. Zacian can 1 shot so many pokemon that lowered defenses might not matter because they have no chance to hit.
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Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance / Substitute
- Behemoth Blade
- Play Rough
- Close Combat / Sacred Sword / Psychic Fangs

Swords Dance for setup / Substitute to avoid status, dual STABs, and Close Combat for coverage, or Sacred Sword to avoid defense drops, or Psychic Fangs to hit Toxapex.

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Zacian doesn’t need Swords Dance.
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Zacian @ Rusted Sword
EVs: 252 Atk/ 252 Spd/ 4 Sp.Def
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -Sp.Atk)
Trait: Intrepid Sword
- Iron Head @ Behemoth Blade
- Sacred Sword
- Play Rough
- Psychic Fangs/Wild Charge
Behemoth Blade have high power. Play Rough can lower the oppoment's attack, Sacred sword can counter fire types and Psychic Fangs for breaking shields. Wild Charge can take out ubers such as Multiscale Lugia which can be troublesome to take out, or Ho-Oh, a popular galar AG mon.
Here is the Showdown link:
Zacian Sweeping Replay

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Great moveset! I'm definitely using this one!
Good moveset!
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Zacian @ Life Orb
ABILITY: Intrepid Sword
NATURE: Adamant (+Atk -SpAtk)
EVs: 252 Atk/252 Spd/4 HP

Swords Dance
Play Rough
Close Combat
Wild Charge/Crunch

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Swords dance over behemoth blade? I get you want maximum damage, but behemoth blade is amazing.
this is not crowned forme zacian @RobloxianSceptile
Why did you choose Swords Dance over Behemoth Blade
this is not crowned forme zacian @Sceptile615
I like this set not because it's good but because it doesn't have a rusted sword
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Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Def
Nature: Adamant/Jolly (+Atk, -SAtk/+Spd, -SAtk)
Ability: Intrepid Sword

Behemoth Blade - STAB
Play Rough - STAB
Sacred Sword - Coverage
Crunch/Swords Dance - Coverage

The choice between Crunch or Swords Dance is dependent on whether you want more coverage or more damage on top of the 1.5x boost. Now on to the nature. If you're fighting a lot of Zacians, I would recommend Adamant since a Behemoth Blade will usually OHKO other Zacians if you run Adamant. However, If you aren't fighting many Zacians, then maybe run Jolly for the extra speed. Just as a quick warning, if you get a low roll with Behemoth Blade on an Adamant Zacian, you won't 1 shot the other Zacian, so be careful.

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252 atk 252 spd 4 hp
Jolly (-spa +spd)

-Behemoth blade STAB
-Play rough more STAB coverage
-sacred sword more coverage
-crunch/wild charge EVEN MORE coverage / agility with adamant

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Fast sweeper zacian
Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Agility
- Swords Dance
- Behemoth Blade
- Play Rough

1 agility, if they still aren't attacking then swords dance. You can outspeed almost anything and kill most things almost instantly with a +1 attack boost

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While double dance is generally a good strategy the only unboosted pokemon zacian doesn't outspeed are electrode, ninjask, and deoxys, deoxys attack, and deoxys speed. This list is small, so you wont be needing agility. I would suggest something like wild charge, close combat, or sacred sword.
True. But I found that if they get any speed boosting moves they have legit speed they normally out speed. Also, it is trying to outspeed and kill fast enough so it doesn't take any damage
in addition some scarfers (like reshiram) can get a KO off because zacian can't outspeed (though I don't see how zacian could get off both agility and swords dance in such an offensive metagame Ubers is)
normally I just did one agility, and if they were still setting up then I did some swords dance
I would replace swords dance with sacred sword because if you face a steel or fire type your screwed because behemoth blade and play rough aren't very effective.
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Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
Moves:
- Behemoth Blade
- Play rough
- psychic fangs
- Close combat
Being the fastest Mon in gen 8 Ubers currently, with the exception of scarfers, U will need the extra power in close combat over sacred sword. Psychic fangs works as nice coverage against Eternatus, or any other coverage move works well too.

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I agree with using Psychic Fangs, but I cannot imagine a scenario using Eternatus against Zacian, I mean, it's STAB moves don't deal damage to Zacian and here is the results of Eternatus using Flamethrower.
Life Orb
240+ SpA Life Orb Eternatus Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Zacian: 134-159 (41.2 - 48.9%) -- 62.1% chance to 2HKO
Zacian's turn
+1 252 Atk Zacian Psychic Fangs vs. 0 HP / 92 Def Eternatus: 264-312 (62.7 - 74.1%) -- 31.3% chance to OHKO
Choice Scarf
240+ SpA Choice Specs Eternatus Flamethrower vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Zacian: 154-182 (47.3 - 56%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Zacian also moves faster than Eternatus, Eternatus would still not be able to KO Zacian even with full 252 EVs and this is supposedly the best set.
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Ability:Intrepid Sword
Fast Physical Sweeper
EVs:252 Atk, 252 Spd, 4 SpDef
Nature:Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)

Behemoth Blade (Strong Steel-type move, STAB, double power on Dmax/Gmax)
Crunch/Psychic fangs (Coverage, breaking shields, chance to lower def)
Play Rough (Good power, STAB, chance to lower atk)
Close Combat (Strong move, coverage, although def and spDef are lowered)

I have Behemoth Blade for obvious reasons. It’s super strong against Dmax or Gmax Pokémon, has good power, and gets STAB. Crunch and Psyhcic Fangs are good coverage, and Psychic Fangs can break shields, like when annoying walls put reflect up against Zacian. Play Rough has good power plus STAB, and has a chance to lower the target’s attack, if they survive the hit somehow, which is quite rare. Close Combat is very strong, and gives coverage. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if her defense is lowered because she can 1 shot almost any Pokémon before they attack and they won’t have time to attack you even with lowered defense. At least that’s always true with NPCs. In the end, it comes down to what works best for you.

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Zacian-Crown Rusted Sword
252 Atk 252 Spd 4 Sp.Def
Nature Careful
Behemoth Blade
Moonblast
Close Combat
Solar Blade/Wild Charge

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Why moonblast over Play Rough?
Why Careful Nature??
WHY SOLAR BLADE???
Why Moonblast? Zacian is a physical attacker- Moonblast should not be on this set. Ty Play Rough instead.
Why Solar Blade? It needs to charge up. This gives the opponent a free attack. Yes, it's powerful, but try substituting it with Crunch if you're looking for coverage.