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Zamazenta Pokédex and learnset for reference.

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Zamazenta-Crowned @ Rusted Shield
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Behemoth Bash
- Close Combat
- Play Rough / Psychic Fangs
- Crunch / Metal Burst

Dual STAB, and your choice of attack to hit fighting types. Crunch is just another coverage move, or Metal Burst can be used for Zamazenta's big bulk.

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I like this moveset but with Zamezenta's bulk wouldnt you not want close combat?
Actually, because of it bulk you would. It can use it and still have good enough defenses afterward that it can survive a hit
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Zamazenta @ Rusted Shield
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 54 HP / 100 Atk / 96 Def / 136 SpD / 122 Spe
Adamant Nature
IVs: 0 SpA
- Iron Head (Behemoth Bash)
- Close Combat (STAB, but shouldn't be used often)
- Psychic Fangs/Play Rough (Fighting coverage)
- Crunch (can't learn anymore coverage moves for Fire or Ground, but this is pretty useful)

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This was the MVP in the team I used to top the Doubles Ubers ladder.

Gen 8 Doubles Ubers

Zamazenta-Crowned @ Rusted Shield
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 112 Atk / 108 SpD / 36 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Wide Guard
- Behemoth Bash
- Coaching
- Snarl

With it's kit of support moves, Zamazenta-C is definitely a top 2 support Pokémon in Doubles Ubers. Wide Guard completely blocks all spread moves, including but not limited to Calyrex-S's Astral Barrage, Groudon's Precipice Blades and Kyogre's Water Spout, allowing your ally to attack or set up more safely (if you successfully block a spread move) and sometimes making the opponent Dynamax their spread attacker. Unlike Protect, Wide Guard can be used consecutively and not fail, meaning it can actually be spammed (although a good player will probably have stopped using spread moves by that point). Behemoth Bash is Zamazenta's main attacking move. Coaching gives your ally a Bulk Up boost (+1 attack, +1 defense), increasing both their power and bulk on the physical side and potentially allowing them to snowball through teams. Coaching also goes through Protect and ignores redirection, so Zamazenta can give it's ally stat boosts without fear of them getting knocked out before they can attack, or an opponent stealing the boosts. Snarl lowers both of the opposing Pokémon's special attack, allowing Zamazenta's team to take special hits better.

252 HP EVs and 108 Special Defense EVs allow Zamazenta to always survive a Max Geyser from Kyogre in Rain (coming off of Water Spout) from full health, in case they Dynamax when you attempt to block a Water Spout with Wide Guard. 36 Speed EVs and a Jolly Nature allow Zamazenta to outspeed max speed Xerneas and Yveltal, as well as a +1 16 Spe Groudon. The rest of the EVs are in attack so Zamazenta isn't as passive (although this does enable a 2HKO on Calyrex-S and 3HKO on Zacian-C, both with Behemoth Bash)

Zamazenta-C is an amazing team mate for Ho-Oh. With Coaching support, Ho-Oh is capable of completely destroying teams thanks to the attack boost and can have it's Weakness Policy activated more safely with it's improved physical defense (even allowing it to take a Max Rockfall from Groudon if Ho-Oh is Dynamaxed). It also appreciates Wide Guard support, blocking Kyogre's spread moves, allowing it to set Tailwind more safely or dent opponents with powerful max moves. Ho-Oh also obliterates Zacian-C, which is capable of easily 2HKOing Zamazenta-C.

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Zamazenta @ Choice Band
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Close Combat
- Play Rough
- Crunch
- Psychic Fangs

Has the surprise factor of being able to 2HKO Unaware Quagsire without critical hits, unlike both Zacian forms and Zamazenta's Crowned Forme.

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Physical Sweeper

Zamazenta @ Scope Lens
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 SpD / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Focus Energy
- Close Combat
- Iron Head
- Crunch

  • Focus Energy: Setup!
  • Close Combat: STAB
  • Iron Head: Coverage against Fairy Types + 30% Chance to Flinch
  • Crunch: Coverage against Psychic Types

Although Crowned Shield form has better Defense and Special Defense, it loses on a crucial 10 stat points in Speed. With Jolly nature, max EVs and 138 base points, it can out speed almost everything. Since Dauntless Shield raises Defense by 1 Stage by default, its a good idea to improve Special Defense, as you need 1 turn for setting up Focus Energy. With Focus Energy and Scope Lens, its Critical-Hit Ratio is boosted by 3 stages which means that every hit will be a critical one (1.5X damage, ignoring opponent's Defense boosts, own Attack loss, Reflect, and Aurora Veil). It already got coverage against 2 of its 3 weaknesses, and the flinch chance on Iron Head might help to take care of Flying types. Now it's time to Sweep!

Most important bit is setting up Focus Energy. It already got good defenses. If you can pit in dual shields, you may even consider moving the 252 EVs from Special Defense to Attack. Or, to be sure, pitch it against a physical attacker to setup and move those 252 EVs to Defense. You may also prefer to have a mixed distribution. It totally depends on how you want to use it and the rest of your team.

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Zamazenta National Dex AG

Zamazenta-Crowned @ Rusted Shield
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Behemoth Bash
- Close Combat
- Psychic Fangs
- Crunch

- Behemoth Bash strong STAB and power doubles to 200 when the opposing Pokemon is Dynamaxed
- Close Combat strong STAB but should not be used too much because it takes away Zamazenta's defenses which are his best stats as a drawback to it's great power.
- Psychic Fangs coverage against fighting types as well as destroying any light screens or reflects.
- Crunch lowers the opposing Pokemon's defense stat while providing a coverage option for ghost and psychic types.

Ferrothorn, Eternatus, and Necrozma-DM are good teamates for Zamazenta because they are great hazard setters and here is my source from smogon for Zamazenta, it says "Ferrothorn, Necrozma-DM, and Eternatus are all great hazard setters, being able to switch into threats that Zamazenta cannot handle like opposing Ferrothorn, Necrozma-DM and Choice Scarf Kyogre".

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Gen 9 National Dex Monotype IronPress RestTalk (Fighting)

Zamazenta-Crowned @ Rusted Shield
Ability: Dauntless Shield
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Iron Defense
- Body Press
- Rest
- Sleep Talk

Lots of banned mons from Gen 8 NatDex Monotype are unbanned in Gen 9 NatDex Monotype, including Zamazenta, so enjoy this set in Gen 9 NatDex Monotype while you still can. Zamazenta finally gets Body Press, a move it didn't have in Gen 8.

This is an IronPress RestTalk set for Gen 9 NatDex Monotype to use on Fighting teams. Iron Defense is used to raise your defense stat so you can take less damage from physical attacks barring crits. Body Press is used as the STAB move, as it takes advantage of the defense boost from Dauntless Shield and the boosts from Iron Defense. Rest is used to give you a source of HP recovery. Do note in Gen 9, Rest now has 8 PP(5 PP in the actual Gen 9 games). Sleep Talk lets allows you to use a move while you're asleep. 252 HP EVs is used for bulk. 252 Speed EVs are used so Zamazenta can be as fast as possible. This set has no way of hitting Ghost-types, so pray that you don't run into any Ghost-types. If you do encounter Ghost-types, that's why you have 5 other teammates.

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National Dex


Zamazenta @ Chesto Berry / Heavy-Duty Boots / Leftovers / Weakness Policy
Ability: Dauntless Shield
Tera Type: Fairy / Water / Steel / Fire / Dark
EVs: 248 HP / 28 SpD / 232 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Body Press
- Crunch
- Iron Defense
- Rest / Howl

Zamazenta is one of the best Pokemon in the National Dex tier, being able to run a plethora of sets and be used on lots of playstyles. This one uses Body Press to become a dangerous win condition. Dauntless Shield got nerfed this generation so that it does not boost Defense after Zamazenta switches out, but Zamazenta is still great as a win condition. Body Press takes advantage of Iron Defense, STAB, and Dauntless Shield as well as Zamazenta's 266 Defense stat with these EVs and is the key move on this set, being able to rob games. Crunch is for Pokemon such as Skeledirge and Gholdengo. Iron Defense is to tank hits better while becoming a dangerous threat simultaneously. Rest is for healing and getting rid of status conditions and works nicely with the Chesto Berry, Howl is for boosting your Attack which lets you muscle through Ghost types better, but I doubt you really need it since all you have to boost it is Crunch (I don't think Body Press is affected by Attack boosts). 232 Speed and Jolly lets it outspeed Jolly Mega Lopunny, which lets you put the rest of the EVs into defensive stats. Tera Fairy and Water don't do anything to patch up Zamazenta's weaknesses, but they're great defensive types that are better than the Fighting type. Tera Steel lets you patch up all of Zamazenta's weaknesses as a Fighting type and is also another overall good Defensive type. Tera Fire and Dark are some niche ones but Dark powers up Crunch and makes you resist Shadow Ball, and Fire lets you ignore Will-o-Wisp from Pokemon like Skeledirge, it's pretty bad outside of that though and the weakness to Stealth Rock hurts.

Good teammates for Zamazenta

Cyclizar has Shed Tail which can give Zamazenta ease in setting up, and blocks status moves.


Grimmsnarl has great synergy with Zamazenta, as it has Prankster Dual Screens, Taunt, and Parting Shot, all the moves it needs.

Those two are definitely the most important ones but you can use things like Gholdengo, Dragapult, Magearna, Regieleki, Espathra, Blissey/Chansey, like I said it's a very versatile mon so you can use a lot of Pokemon with it.

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National Dex


Zamazenta @ Choice Scarf
Ability: Dauntless Shield
Tera Type: Dark / Fighting / Ghost / Steel
EVs: 104 HP / 252 Atk / 152 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Close Combat
- Crunch
- Ice Fang
- Psychic Fangs

Zamazenta is a great user of the Choice Scarf, as it packs the necessary coverage, power, and speed to revenge kill some of Nat Dex's biggest threats. The HP investment is for switching in more easily. Close Combat is STAB and can be powered up further by Tera Fighting to KO threats like Magearna and Mega Swampert. Crunch is coverage for Ghost types like Gholdengo, Skeledirge, and Dragapult and Psychics like Espathra and can be boosted by Dark Tera if you choose it. Ice Fang is to revenge kill things like chipped Dragonite and Garchomp, and does a lot to Landorus-T and Gliscor thinking of switching in. Psychic Fangs does a decent amount of damage to Toxapex and Amoonguss. I explained Tera Fighting and Tera Dark, but Tera Ghost gives you an immunity to Dragonite's Extreme Speed and Breloom's Mach Punch. Tera Steel gives it a resistance to Dragapult's Dragon Darts and Dragonite's Extreme Speed. This EV spread is to outspeed Slush Rush Cetitan, but you can go something like Jolly natured to outspeed Scarf Meowscarada, Modest or Adamant Scarf or boosted Dragapult, Chloro Scovillain and Timid Swift Swim Golduck and use a spread of 70 HP / 252 Atk / 188 Spe with a Jolly Nature, but it's generally overkill because all these Pokemon are not super common and it sacrifices on Adamant's power.

Good teammates for Choice Scarf Zamazenta

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Setting up hazards and keeping them up makes Zamazenta's late game cleaning much more easy to do.

There's obviously a lot of other teammates to talk about but I'm tired so I might edit this later.

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National Dex UU Howl

Zamazenta @ Lum Berry / Life Orb
Ability: Dauntless Shield
Tera Type: Dark
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Howl
- Close Combat
- Stone Edge / Iron Head
- Crunch

This set is for National Dex UU since it is in Alpha at the time of this post. Zamazenta will likely rise to National Dex OU or get banned once NatDex UU is out of Alpha, so use this set in NatDex UU while you still can.

This is a Howl set, as Howl is the only move Zamazenta gets to raise its Attack. Dauntless Shield giving you a +1 defense boost helps you set up Howl, but only works once per battle now. Close Combat is used for a powerful Fighting move. Stone Edge allows you to hit Pokemon such as Tornadus-Therian, Thundurus, Volcarona, Mega Charizard X, Moltres, and Mega Charizard Y super effectively. Iron Head is an option if you need to hit most Fairy-types super effectively. Crunch is used to hit Psychic- and Ghost-types such as Mega Latias, [email protected], Aegislash, Slowbro, Galarian Slowking, and Alakazam super effectively. Lum Berry allows you to heal a status condition, while Life Orb is used for more damage output. Dark Tera allows you to have an immunity Psychic moves.

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My boy got nerfed so hard in gen 9 for no reason.