Zacian and Zamazenta are the new mascot legendaries for the forthcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield, but beyond their names and appearance, nothing more is known about the two, including their typing. Many may have already made up their mind on which title to pick up come November, but for some, the typing may play a key role in that decision. Interested players then will benefit from an in-depth look into what we do know about the legendaries and their typing, yet it’s worth highlighting that the following information is pure SPECULATION.
It would seem the likeliest scenario is that Zacian is a pure Fighting-type and Zamazenta is a pure Steel-type in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This is based on the design of each Pokemon, with Zacian favoring the sword and Zamazenta the shield. Of course, this would mean that Zacian has a type advantage over Zamazenta, yet this move isn’t entirely without precedent. Kyogre has a type advantage over Groudon in Gen 3, and Yveltal is weak to its counterpart, Xerneas, in Gen 6.
A recent leak has also indicated the existence of a third “evil” legendary in Pokemon Sword and Shield that is named Eternatus, so lore-wise, it would make sense if Zacian and Zamazenta were designed to team up against Eternatus and not fight each other. It’s also within the realm of possibility, although not too likely, that Zacian would be Fighting/Steel and Zamazenta Steel/Fighting due to their very similar design.
However, one key moment in their reveal trailer is when Zacian and Zamazenta begin to glow blue and red, respectively. This could be nothing, or it could suggest a secondary typing of Ice (or Water?) and Fire. There aren’t any other suggestions of an elemental typing, though, so that seems to be the extent of what the two Pokemon Sword and Shield legendaries could be. With that in mind, it’s easy enough to rule out types such as Grass, Bug, Rock, Ground, Flying, Electric, Poison, Psychic, and Dragon.
Some other possibilities that seem less likely include the Fairy and Ghost-typing, as highlighted by the above chart from Saiph-Charon, but the aforementioned single typing of Fighting and Steel seems likely. Ultimately, we will have to wait until Nintendo shows more of its hand concerning the new Galar Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but that should hopefully be sooner rather than later.
Pokemon Sword and Shield will launch on November 15, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
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