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If you have a good competitive moveset for Zacian, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Zacian Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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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!
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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.
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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 @ 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
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.
Here is the Showdown link:
Zacian Sweeping Replay

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Great moveset! I'm definitely using this one!
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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
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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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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.