Which Pokémon to use in a Zacian Raid in Pokémon GO, how to make the most of Premier Balls and Berries, and what to do with Zacian once you’ve caught it

Read on below for some tips on how to approach Zacian in Pokémon GO. Read on below to learn more:

Zacian Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to August 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

The Legendary Fairy-type Pokémon Zacian, originally discovered in the Galar region, will make its Pokémon GO debut on August 20, 2021. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Zacian, how to catch Zacian after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Warrior Pokémon after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Zacian Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Fairy-type Pokémon, Zacian is vulnerable to Poison- and Steel-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Zacian Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Poison- or Steel-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

Remember that you’re battling Zacian’s Hero of Many Battles form, which is only Fairy type, unlike its Fairy- and Steel-type Crowned Sword form. If you have multiple Poison- or Steel-type Pokémon, choose Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive after a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Zacian as quickly as possible.

Suggested Poison-type Pokémon

  • Beedrill / Mega Beedrill (Bug/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Poison Jab (Poison)

    • Charged Attack: Sludge Bomb (Poison)

  • Vileplume (Grass/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Acid (Poison)

    • Charged Attack: Sludge Bomb (Poison)

  • Victreebel / Shadow Victreebel (Grass/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Acid (Poison)

    • Charged Attack: Acid Spray (Poison), Sludge Bomb (Poison)

  • Muk / Shadow Muk (Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Acid (Poison), Poison Jab (Poison)

    • Charged Attack: Acid Spray (Poison), Gunk Shot (Poison), Sludge Wave (Poison)

  • Gengar / Mega Gengar (Ghost/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost), Lick (Ghost), Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Sludge Bomb (Poison), Sludge Wave (Poison)

  • Roserade (Grass/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Poison Jab (Poison)

    • Charged Attack: Sludge Bomb (Poison)

Suggested Steel-type Pokémon

  • Scizor / Shadow Scizor (Bug/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Bullet Punch (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Iron Head (Steel)

  • Aggron / Shadow Aggron (Steel/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Iron Tail (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Heavy Slam (Steel)

  • Metagross / Shadow Metagross (Steel/Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Bullet Punch (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Flash Cannon (Steel), Meteor Mash (Steel)

  • Empoleon (Water/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Metal Claw (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Flash Cannon (Steel)

  • Lucario (Fighting/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Bullet Punch (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Flash Cannon (Steel)

  • Dialga (Steel/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Metal Claw (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Iron Head (Steel)

  • Excadrill (Ground/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Metal Claw (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Iron Head (Steel)

  • Genesect (Bug/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Metal Claw (Steel)

    • Charged Attack: Magnet Bomb (Steel)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a Zacian raid, you’ll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Zacian, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls for battling with friends and defeating Zacian more quickly.

In an encounter with Zacian, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you score Excellent Throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Zacian isn’t going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it’s moving around. Watch Zacian to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Zacian. A Razz Berry will make Zacian easter to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Zacian, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Zacian Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Zacian easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Zacian is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.

What to Do with Zacian Once You’ve Caught It

Zacian’s Initial CP Range: 2,152–2,243

Zacian’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,678–2,790

Available Fast Attacks: Fire Fang (Fire), Metal Claw (Steel), Quick Attack (Normal), Snarl (Dark)

Available Charged Attacks: Close Combat (Fighting), Iron Head (Steel), Play Rough (Fairy), Wild Charge (Electric)

As a Fairy-type Pokémon, Zacian has a type advantage against Fighting-, Bug-, Dragon-, and Dark-type Pokémon. This makes Zacian particularly useful against many Raid Bosses, including Exeggutor, Dragonite, Latias, Latios, Rayquaza, Palkia, and Giratina. Zacian is also an excellent addition to your Pokémon GO Battle League lineup, so try to catch as many Zacian as possible to help you earn Zacian Candy and Stardust.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

Source: Pokemon.com

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