Pokémon GO Zacian: Counters, Raids, Moveset, And More

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Ultra Unlock Week 3 is finally arriving in Pokémon GO and the first of the Hero Duo to make an appearance is Zacian. The Tier 5 legendary Pokémon is a Fairy-type that players can easily prepare themselves for with only one type to worry about.

Pokémon GO players can begin battling the new Zacian raid boss on August 20 at 10:00 am local time. When the event begins, players will also be able to catch other Galarian Pokémon. Ultra Unlock Week 3 is Sword and Shield themed and will have two separate parts.


For the first part, players will only be able to battle Zacian in its Hero of many Battles form. Considering Zamazenta releases next, the second form of Zacian is likely saved for a later date. But that makes choosing a team even easier.

Best counters for the Pokémon GO Zacian Raid

Zacian is a Fairy-type only Pokémon, and while it certainly has access to some stronger Fairy-type moves, having one type makes counters far more simple. The best counter types to choose from will be Poison and Steel.

Zacian Counters


Metagross - Bullet Punch (Fast Attack) + Meteor Mash (Charge Attack)

Gengar - Lick (Fast Attack) + Sludge Bomb (Charge Attack)

Dialga - Metal Claw (Fast Attack) + Iron Head (Charge Head)

Beedrill (Mega) - Poison Jab (Fast Attack) + Sludge Bomb (Charge Attack)


Excadrill - Metal Claw (Fast Attack) + Iron Head (Charge Attack)

Scizor - Bullet Punch (Fast Attack) + Iron Head (Charge Attack)

Roserade - Poison Jab (Fast Attack) + Sludge Bomb (Charge Attack)

Genesect - Metal Claw (Fast Attack) + Magnet Bomb (Charge Attack)


When the Zacian Raid concludes in Pokémon GO, players will be rewarded a number of Premier Balls based on which friends were there and their own performance. Make sure to use berries while throwing accurate curveballs. With any luck, Zacian will be caught.

Best Zacian Moveset In Pokémon GO

Zacian has a great list of available attacks there are different combinations that can be considered viable. But one, in particular, stands out among the rest in Pokémon GO.

Fast Attack: Snarl


Snarl has always been a great Fast Attack to utilize in Pokémon GO and the same rule applies for Zacian. It's a move that has some fair damage and charges up crucial Charge Attacks fast. On top of that, Snarl is super-effective against Pokémon such as Giratina and other Ghost-types.

Charge Attack: Play Rough and Close Combat

As a pure Fairy-type Pokémon, Zacian has access to Play Rough. With Snarl as the Fast Attack, players will be able to launch Fairy-type nukes at opponents with a STAB bonus stacked on top.

Close Combat serves as a backup counter for Steel-type Pokémon, which Zacian may need to worry about. Using Close Combat gives an additional option in a tight spot.