The 2022 Pokémon World Championships begin this week. Pokémon GO celebrates with a battle-themed event, which brings back the Galarian Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta along with Mega Slowbro and a collection of event-themed Tier Three Raids. With this Raid Guide, you can prepare a team to take on and defeat Zacian, perfect your catching strategy, and understand Zacian’s Shiny rate.
Top Zacian Counters
Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top 10 Zacian counters as such:
- Shadow Metagross: Bullet Bunch, Meteor Mash
- Mega Beedrill: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb
- Mega Gengar: Lick, Sludge Bomb
- Metagross: Bullet Bunch, Meteor Mash
- Nihilego: Acid, Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Victreebel: Acid, Sludge Bomb
- Shadow Mewtwo: Confusion, Psystrike
- Mega Scizor: Bullet Punch, Iron Head
- Dialga: Metal Claw, Iron Head
- Roserade: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb
It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, but creating that amount of strong Shadow Pokémon with their moves unlocked is a tall order for even the most practiced players. Here are ten additional non-Shadow and non-Mega counters that can help take down Zacian with efficiency.
- Jirachi: Charge Beam, Doom Desire
- Excadrill: Metal Claw, Iron Head
- Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
- Burn Drive Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
- Shock Drive Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
- Chill Drive Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
- Douse Drive Genesect: Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb
- Overqwil: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb
- Gengar: Lick, Sludge Bomb
- Toxicroak: Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb
How Many Trainers Are Needed?
Zacian can be defeated with three trainers, but if you cannot guarantee the top counters with maxed-out CP and the best moves, your best bet is to make sure you have four or more players.
Using the Circle Lock Technique to guarantee Great or Excellent throws, along with Golden Razz Berries, is the best way to catch Pokémon.
Shiny Odds & 100% IVs
Zacian cannot yet be encountered in its Shiny form.
When looking for a Pokémon with the best stats, the 100% IV Zacian will have a CP of 2188 in normal weather conditions and 2735 in boosted conditions. Happy raiding, fellow trainers!
Happy raiding, fellow trainers!