Skip to main content

Pokemon Sword and Shield legendaries: All the legendary Pokemon in both games

Eternatus
(Image credit: Nintendo)

There's a few Pokemon Sword and Shield legendaries to be obtained in the newest pocket monster titles, and we've got the details for each of them. Whether you're wondering which one of Pokemon Sword and Shield to buy for Christmas or you just want to see the legendary Pokemon in the games, this guide has the answers you seek.

Despite previous games having a number of legendary Pokemon – seriously, even the first games had five – Pokemon Sword and Shield has just three legendary Pokemon, and you can only catch two in a single game. With that said, here are all three of the Pokemon Sword and Shield legendaries.

Note: there's very minor spoilers in this guide, so if you're wondering how to catch Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus, check out the final few pages of our Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough.

Zacian (Pokemon Sword)

Zacian Pokedex entry

(Image credit: Nintendo)

Zacian is the cover Pokemon for Pokemon Sword, and you'll first encounter this mysterious beast when you search for Wooloo in the Slumbering Weald. You can only catch Zacian in Pokemon Sword – Pokemon Shield players should read on to the next entry – but you'll have to wait until your next encounter with the legendary 'mon near the end of the game until you can try and catch it.

Zacian is a Fairy/Steel-type and will be level 70 when you can catch it, then make sure you head back to the Slumbering Weald at the end of the game and grab the Rusted Sword to upgrade it to its more powerful Crowned Sword form. 

Pokedex Entries

Hero of Many Battles
Sword:
Known as a legendary hero, this Pokémon absorbs metal particles, transforming them into a weapon it uses to battle.
Shield: This Pokémon has slumbered for many years. Some say it's Zamazenta's elder sister—others say the two Pokémon are rivals.

Crowned Sword
Sword:
Now armed with a weapon it used in ancient times, this Pokémon needs only a single strike to fell even Gigantamax Pokémon.
Shield: Able to cut down anything with a single strike, it became known as the Fairy King's Sword, and it inspired awe in friend and foe alike.

Zamazenta (Pokemon Shield)

Zamazenta

(Image credit: Nintendo)

Much like Zacian in Pokemon Sword, Zamazenta is the cover legendary and face of Pokemon Shield. Again, you'll run into it alongside Zacian in the Slumbering Weald at the start of the game, but you can't catch the beast until you face it again shortly after you become Champion of Galar.

While Zacian is Fairy/Steel-type, Zamazenta is Fighting/Steel-type and again, will be level 70 when you fight and catch it. Venture back to the Slumbering Weald and obtain the Rusted Shield to upgrade Zamazenta to the Crowned Shield form.

Pokedex Entries

Hero of Many Battles
Sword:
In times past, it worked together with a king of the people to save the Galar region. It absorbs metal that it then uses in battle.
Shield: This Pokémon slept for aeons while in the form of a statue. It was asleep for so long, people forgot that it ever existed.

Crowned Shield
Sword:
Its ability to deflect any attack led to it being known as the Fighting Master's Shield. It was feared and respected by all.
Shield: Now that it's equipped with its shield, it can shrug off impressive blows, including the attacks of Dynamax Pokémon.

Eternatus

Eternatus

(Image credit: Nintendo)

Eternatus is the legendary Pokemon teased throughout the game, but rarely named until you face off against the enormous 'mon prior to taking on Leon in the final. It's the tallest Pokemon ever known to exist in the Pokemon universe, and is the source of the Dynamax/Gigantamax ability being present in Galar.

When you take on Eternatus at the top of the Energy Plant before the end of the game, you'll need to defeat it in a raid battle style fight. Zacian and Zamazenta will come to assist you, and capturing it will reward you with the insanely powerful beast at level 60. After winning the fight, you can then use Eternatus to help you become Champion in the final. Cheeky.

Pokedex Entries

Eternatus
Sword:
The core on its chest absorbs energy emanating from the lands of the Galar region. This energy is what allows Eternatus to stay active.
Shield: It was inside a meteorite that fell 20,000 years ago. There seems to be a connection between this Pokémon and the Dynamax phenomenon.

Eternamax Eternatus
Sword:
As a result of Rose's meddling, Eternatus absorbed all the energy in the Galar region. It's now in a state of power overload.
Shield: Infinite amounts of energy pour from this Pokémon's enlarged core, warping the surrounding space-time.

Pokemon Sword and Shield review | Pokemon Sword and Shield walkthrough | Pokemon Sword and Shield tips | Pokemon Sword and Shield differences | Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex | Pokemon Sword and Shield starters | Pokemon Sword and Shield Currydex | Pokemon Sword and Shield gym leaders | Pokemon Sword and Shield camping | Pokemon Sword and Shield fossils | Best Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield | Pokemon Sword and Shield type chart | Pokemon Sword and Shield Poke Jobs | Pokemon Sword and Shield Battle Tower | Pokemon Sword and Shield glowing Pokemon | Pokemon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift codes | Gigantamax Pokemon | Pokemon Sword and Shield TM locations | Pokemon Sword and Shield legendaries | Pokemon Sword and Shield shiny hunting | Pokemon Sword and Shield evolution items | Pokemon Sword and Shield rare Pokemon

One of the resident guide writers around these parts, give me a game and I will write every "how to" I possibly can or die trying. The youngest member of the GamesRadar team, I have an unhealthy addiction to Football Manager, shouting at the TV as Manchester United slowly descend from greatness, and playing Pokemon Go on the bus to and from the office.