Zacian Pokemon GO: Niantic Labs Adds New Galar Pokemon

Zacian, pictured left, has arrived in Pokemon GO!
Zacian, pictured left, has arrived in Pokemon GO! /

Zacian in Pokemon GO makes its debut after Niantic Labs revealed the final part of the game’s Ultra Unlock Event, featuring Pokemon from Sword and Shield. 

In a YouTube video posted early Tuesday morning on the official Pokemon GO channel, the developer announced the third and final part of their year long Event, focusing exclusively on Pokemon from Sword and Shield’s Galar Region. Amidst the Pokemon set to make their debuts, such as Wooloo and Skwovet, this Galarian legend takes the center stage during the first week of this event, beginning August 20. Zamazenta has also been announced to make its subsequent appearance alongside the Fairy-type. 

Zacian Pokemon GO: Niantic Labs Adds New Galar Pokemon

Zacian, alongside its shield counterpart Zamazenta, originally debuted in 2019’s Pokemon Sword and Shield as the featured legendary Pokemon for the Sword version. This Galar-themed event will mark both legendary Pokemons’ debut within Pokemon GO.

The official Pokemon GO blog details that Zacian will appear in his “Hero of Many Battles” form through five-star raids during Week 1 on the event, set to begin on Aug. 20 and last through Aug. 26. The site also notes that there is a Raid Hour event featuring Zacian that's set to occur on Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to the user’s local time. 

The event will feature increased encounter rates for the newly-added Pokemon, in addition to existing Galar Pokemon already within the game. Alongside the chance to obtain these new Galar Pokemon, the event will also feature additional avatar attire based on the Gym Challenger outfit from Sword and Shield. Should players prefer the Dragon or Dark-type variations of the jersey, they will be available to purchase from the in-game shop upon the event’s launch.

Part 3 of the Ultra Unlock Event will begin on Aug 20 at 10 a.m. and will last through Aug 31 at 8 p.m., local time.