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How to get Zacian and Zamazenta in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 19/Nov/2019 18:19 Updated: 19/Nov/2019 18:26

by Paul Cot


Legendary Pokemon are a core part of the games, having been featured in every generation since the Pokemon series was introduced in 1996 — Pokemon Sword and Shield is no different.

Zacian OR Zamazenta

The two box legendaries, the Pokemon that feature on the game covers, can only be found in their respective games. Zacian is exclusive to Pokemon Sword, while Zamazenta is to Pokemon Shield.

Therefore, before we start, it’s important to note that without trading you won’t be able to get the both of them. There is also Eternatus, the evil legend of the Galar region. You’ll be able to capture it in both versions, but first let’s look at Zacian and Zamazenta.


The two wolf legends work a little differently in Sword and Shield than previous games. Usually legendary encounters come before the game’s main battle but this isn’t the case in the Galar region.

You will first need to defeat Leon to become the Pokemon Champion. At this point the game may seem like it’s over but it certainly isn’t.

Shielbert and Sordward

Following the battle you will find yourself back at home in Postwick. From there go to Slumbering Weald and Hop will be waiting there to challenge you to a battle.

Once you defeat him, one of two brothers will appear, Shielbert and Sordward (yes their hair is really like that). They claim to be the new kings of Galar and that they are descendants of the first kings.

The real story here is Shielbert and Sordward's hair...

They will take the fabled sword and shield which will trigger a battle with one of them depending on which version of the game you have. Upon defeating the brother you face you will win back either the rusted sword or rusted shield.

However, the other brother will face Hop, who will lose the battle, giving up the rusted sword/shield in the process. From this point you’ll be trying to find him.

The final battle

You’ll be able to do so when Sonia unlocks the ability to track down Dynamax energy on the map. After several battles with various Dynamax Pokemon you’ll find the first brother in the basement of Hammerlocke Stadium.

The scene of the battle to finally get Zacian or Zamazenta...

Upon defeating him you’ll find the other brother on the roof where the legend not on your game’s cover will be awaiting. So, if playing Pokemon Sword you will find Zamazenta and if Pokemon Shield, Zacian.

You will then battle it in attempt to “calm it down”. Despite it being a quintessential wild Pokemon, you won’t be able to capture it, so don’t even try.

Following this the other wolf legend will appear and this is when you finally get the chance to capture either Zacian or Zamazenta. Remember to save the game before encountering it because after all you only get one chance.

It will unsurprisingly strong but can be taken down with just one Pokemon, after all it is level 70. Cindereace is a common use to use because of the type advantage. One quarter HP for the Galar legend and an Ultra Ball should do the trick.

And there you have it, it may have taken a while but you’ll have the games’ main legendary.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.