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Fast Physical Sweeper

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
Nature: Jolly
- 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.
Zacian often runs SD in Ubers/AG so it can OHKO more things. Not giving Zacian Swords Dance means losing to every Dusk Mane Necrozma and Groudon you meet, and not getting some KOs on Steel Resistant Dynamax Pokémon. :P
Staka~ is right, but just be aware of Ditto. Also, Assurance set beats NDM better than Swords Dance, and no one brings  Groudon to it, since it takes around 70% from Behemoth Blade.
My favorite zacian set but the problem is max speed choice scarf ditto just demolishes your swords dance and leaves a dent in your team. But to counter the dreaded ditto I just keep a sash on my excadrill and slapped a ttar on my team.
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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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Set to invalidate all of it's counters
Sun Zacian-C. I mean why not?

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature

  • Behemoth Blade
  • Solar Blade
  • Fire Fang
  • Close Combat/Play Rough

Usage tips: Use this set in Gen-8 AG. (It's likely getting banned from Ubers, but this set works there too.) First, you need a Sun setter. Drought Groudon is your best way right now. Just be aware that due to the Primals and Mega Rayquaza's ability which invalidates weather, this set can't be run in Nat Dex AG. However, it works good in Galar AG/Ubers.
Why these options: Behemoth Blade is standard and necessary. Solar Blade OHKOes Quaqsire the moment it tries to switch-in to it. Fire Fang 2OHKOes fully physical defense Necrozma-Dusk Mane, which makes this set heat! Close Combat is not much necessary, while Play Rough is chosen to hit Giratina and Zygarde-C which are common walls to Groudon and wall non-Fairy STAB Zacian-C.
Handy calculations.

+1 252 Atk Zacian-Crowned Solar Blade vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Unaware Quagsire: 536-632 (136 - 160.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Quaq quaq dead.

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Fire Fang vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane in Sun: 195-231 (48.9 - 58%) -- 96.1% chance to 2HKO

2OHKOing this is impressive. Close Combat tends to 3OHKO, so this has higher damage output than it in sun.

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you good at math.

also, WHY SOLAR BLADE?
it OHKOes Quaqsire which is a solid wall for it which it can't break.
19   | Quagsire           |  4.51688% | 2803   |  1.902% | 2171   |  2.084% |
Quagsire usage rate based on this:
https://www.smogon.com/stats/2020-12-H2/gen8ubers-1760.txt

Quagsire is definitely problematic and takes Zacian's normal moves well.

I don't know if Swas is good at math or not(I know I always score well though), but he used this tool:
https://calc.pokemonshowdown.com/index.html
Can't you see he quoted it :P

Fire Fang is still okay, but I would like to comment on it.

Assurance is also a possible choice if you don't want to set up sun as most Necrozma DM will switch in.

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Assurance vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 240-283 (60.3 - 71.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Heavy Duty Boots NDM is also popular. Regardless, switching NDM into Sword Dog requires a lot of prediction while Fire Fang is easier to handle. When did I say that Sword will set-up Sunny Day bruh. I will lead with Groudon, force xygarde in, then switch into Sword Dog, lure in NDM and get the desired 2OHKO. Also, setting up Sun is easier to set-up Stealth Rocks or other Spikes, etc.
"I don't know if Swas is good at math or not(I know I always score well though)" Idk why you put this matter. Regardless I scored 39/40 in my exams :)
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Fast runner doggo!

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Agility
- Behemoth Blade
- Wild Charge
- Close Combat

With 252 HP, you can now take a +1 Astral Barrage, Max Flare w/ Life Orb from Yveltal, as well as Max Lightning from Xerneas which would previously kill you. In return. Set-up Agility and boom! Use Agility on something like Defensive Yveltal that can't touch you. Then kill the opponent's wish of using Scarf Kyogre or Calyrex-Shadow to outspeed you, because you're faster!

  • 252 SpA Life Orb Yveltal Max Flare vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 328-387 (84.5 - 99.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
  • +2 252+ SpA Xerneas Max Lightning vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 298-351 (76.8 - 90.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
  • +1 252 SpA Calyrex-Shadow Astral Barrage vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Zacian-Crowned: 310-366 (79.8 - 94.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Me big dumb for this set, but it many times catches the opponent by surprise :P

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What about Ho-oh? You can't really do anything to it. Wild Charge still KOs offensive Yveltal just like Play Rough does, and also hurts Ho-oh at the same time.
Oopsei, good point. Let me edit that in.
Amazing set. +1

Just wanting to say, this even outspeeds scarf caly-s
Zacian-C is normally very fast. Even without any Spe investment, it outspeeds Max Spe Timid Yveltal. That's some nice speed it gets.
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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-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -Sp.Atk)
- Behemoth Blade
- Sacred Sword
- Play Rough
- Psychic Fangs / Wild Charge

Behemoth Blade has high power. Play Rough can lower the opponent'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!
Sacred Sword isn't super effective against Fire.
I think what they meant by "covers fire types" is that it deals neutral damage to fire. Both of Zacian's STAB moves would deal half damage to fire types
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National Dex AG


Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant / Jolly Nature

  • Behemoth Blade
  • Close Combat
  • Swords Dance / Assurance / Play Rough
  • Wild Charge

Behemoth Blade is powerful STAB that also does a lot to Dynamaxers. Close Combat is coverage for most Steel types and hits Primal Groudon for quite a lot. Swords Dance lets you beat almost anything that outspeeds you except for Necrozma-Dusk Mane, Primal Groudon, Lunala, and Shedinja, Assurance beats all of those with hazards up, and Play Rough does a lot to Zygarde and gets rid of Mega Rayquaza. Wild Charge removes Ho-oh and Primal Kyogre, as well as Toxapex and (after a Swords Dance) Lugia if you ever see those.

+1 252 Atk Zacian-Crowned Behemoth Blade vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Dynamax Yveltal: 624-734 (79.3 - 93.3%) -- guaranteed OHKO after Stealth Rock

+1 252 Atk Zacian-Crowned Wild Charge vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Kyogre-Primal: 392-462 (114.9 - 135.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Assurance vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 240-283 (60.3 - 71.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Assurance vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Groudon-Primal: 175-206 (51.3 - 60.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Stealth Rock

(Using Close Combat after Assurance with hazards up finishes Dusk Mane and Primal Groudon)

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Play Rough vs. 204 HP / 248+ Def Zygarde: 374-444 (91.6 - 108.8%) -- 87.5% chance to OHKO after Stealth Rock

+1 252+ Atk Zacian-Crowned Assurance vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Shadow Shield Lunala: 290-342 (60.6 - 71.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

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Zacian @ Life Orb
Ability: Intrepid Sword
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 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
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 Def
Nature: Adamant / Jolly
- 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-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Nature: Jolly / Adamant
- Behemoth Blade
- Play Rough
- Sacred Sword
- Crunch / Wild Charge

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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
- Behemoth Blade
- Play Rough
- Psychic Fangs
- Close Combat

Being the fastest Mon in gen 8 Ubers currently, with the exception of scarfers, you 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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Fast Physical Sweeper

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature
- Behemoth Blade (Strong Steel-type move, STAB, double power on Dmax/Gmax)
- Crunch / Psychic Fangs (Coverage, breaking shields, chance to lower Defense)
- Play Rough (Good power, STAB, chance to lower atk)
- Close Combat (Strong move, coverage, although Defense and Special Defense 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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National Dex Anything-Goes

Dig Dog Go brr

Loser of many battles (Zacian) @ Groundium Z
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature

  • Swords Dance
  • Play Rough
  • Close Combat
  • Dig
  • +3 252+ Atk Zacian Tectonic Rage (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Prism Armor Necrozma-Dusk-Mane: 436-514 (109.5 - 129.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO
  • +3 252+ Atk Zacian Tectonic Rage (160 BP) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Groudon-Primal: 490-578 (121.2 - 143%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Does this thing requires any explanation? I guess no. One of the most under-explored sets for it, Z-Moves are what that distinguish this from Zacian-Crowned. This set is capable of punching holes through slower teams, but take care of opposing Calyrex-Shadow, Zacian-C and Jolly Marshadow for which you need some speed control. But, after doing a Swords Dance this just wrecks Dusk Mane lion as well as Earth's living entity.

Close Combat for other non-Z purposes, though Wild Charge is required to hit Ho-Oh which resists all of these moves. Since there are not many viable users of Z-Moves in Nat Dex AG, allocating one set to it is fine. Beware Ditto, but since Dig is a two-turn move you have the advantage.

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At this rate u will sooner or later make a electrium z set to hit ho-oh. Or maybe even farium z
Lol no, there's not much need to hit Ho-Oh. It dies to a +2 Wild Charge or even if its at 66%~ around of HP, Dusk Mane is more bulkier that's why I thought this is a good idea
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Here is my all-out attacker Zacian set:

Zacian-Crowned @ Rusted Sword
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Behemoth Blade
- Play Rough
- Wild Charge
- Close Combat

Now, here is a meme-only special set for Zacian:
Zacian @ Choice Specs
Ability: Intrepid Sword
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Moonblast
- Focus Blast
- Air Slash
- Steel Beam

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