Rusted Sword

The Rusted Sword (Japanese: くちたけん Rusted Sword) is a held item introduced in Generation VIII. It is a legendary artifact associated with Zacian.

Rusted Sword
Rusted Sword
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Rusted Sword
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet artwork
Introduced in Generation VIII
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In the core series games

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During the climax of Pokémon Sword, the player's Rusted Sword, along with Hop's Rusted Shield, summons Zacian and Zamazenta to help the two Trainers to battle against Eternamax Eternatus at the tower summit. The Rusted Sword temporarily becomes Zacian's held item for the duration of this battle. During the post-game, the player returns the Rusted Sword to Slumbering Weald. It is soon after temporarily stolen by Sordward, before the player defeats him in a battle and retrieves the stolen item. Before the player battles Zacian at the tower summit in order to catch it, they give the Rusted Sword to it as its held item.

In Pokémon Shield, the Rusted Sword is instead obtained by Hop. During the post-game, when he returns it to the altar at Slumbering Weald, it is stolen by Sordward. Hop battles Sordward, but is defeated, allowing him to get away with the item. Later, Sordward uses the Rusted Sword to lure Zacian to the tower summit. After the player has battled Zacian, it flees, and Hop retrieves the Rusted Sword from Sordward, before chasing after Zacian. After Hop has caught Zacian at Slumbering Weald, the Rusted Sword becomes its held item in the subsequent battles he participates in.

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Games Cost Sell price


When a Zacian is holding this item in battle, it transforms into its Crowned Sword form. In-battle, it also changes Zacian's Iron Head into Behemoth Blade.


Games Description
It is said that a hero used this sword to halt a terrible disaster in ancient times. But it's grown rusty and worn.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
Sw Slumbering Weald*
Held by wild Zacian (100% chance)
Sh Event Trade
SV Porto Marinada auction (if the player owns a Zacian)


As a held item
Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
Sh Lancer's Shiny Zacian American, European, Asian, Australian Various
SwSh Lancer's Shiny Zacian South Korea November 19 to December 31, 2021



Model from
Sword and Shield

In spin-off games

Rusted Sword in Pokémon UNITE

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, the Rusted Sword is a held item that has no effect. Zacian is forced to use it; no other Pokémon can have it. Essentially, it is a balancing limitation, only allowing Zacian to have two useful held items instead of three.[1] Players start the game with the Rusted Sword in their Item Box, even before they have access to Zacian.

In the anime

Main series

The Rusted Sword in anime

In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", Goh and Sonia found the Rusted Sword at the altar in the Slumbering Weald after requesting the help of Zacian and Zamazenta in dealing with the Darkest Day. Goh collected it and the Rusted Shield and took both items with him. In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, the Rusted Sword called forth Zacian to the tower summit, who grabbed the Sword in its mouth, allowing it to transform into its Crowned Sword form. After Goh caught Eternatus, Zacian left its Sword behind. Ash and Goh were later seen returning the Rusted Sword and Shield where they once rested.

Pokémon Evolutions

The Rusted Sword in Pokémon Evolutions

The Rusted Sword appeared in a flashback in The Champion, under the possession of Victor. When he held it up during his and Hop's battle against Eternatus at the tower summit, it summoned Zacian to their aid and allowed it to transform into its Crowned Sword form.

In the manga

The Rusted Sword in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield arc

The Rusted Sword first appeared in a flashback in Ooh Shiny!! Legendary Equipment, along with the Rusted Shield. One year earlier, Henry, accompanied by Casey, entered Slumbering Weald in order to see the two legendary artifacts. After confronting illusions of Zacian and Zamazenta at the altar at the end of the forest and convincing them they weren't trying to steal anything, the two Trainers approached the two artifacts on the altar, but were then knocked out by a bright burst of light. When they recovered, the artifacts were gone.

In Cracking!! Brilliant Tap-Dancing, it was revealed that the artifacts had been stolen by Sordward and Shielbert. In Cracked!! The Rusted Sword and Shield, they used the artifacts to "prove" themselves as descendants of Galar's ancient heroes. When the two brothers took on Eternatus at the tower summit, they took out the artifacts, but nothing happened, and the items were sent flying to the moat surrounding the Hammerlocke Stadium, from which they were recovered by Casey's Falinks and Stunfisk and taken to her, who gave them to Henry to clean and repair. However, to his horror, Henry soon realized that he could not forge and repair the artifacts. In PASS30, the artifacts, along with Henry, disappeared as Zacian and Zamazenta attacked Eternatus, getting teleported away by an unseen Pokémon. Casey later discovered that the artifacts had wound up in two different places: the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra.

In PASS39, Bede mentioned he had detected signs of the Rusted Sword on Spectrier. In PASS40, he detected signs of the artifact at Spectrier's barn at the Crown Shrine, but the artifact wasn't there. Once Calyrex had tamed its steed, it told Spectrier to take it to the artifact. After finding it, Calyrex brought it to Henry at the Crown Shrine, allowing him to purify it of Eternatus's poison. In PASS41, Zacian used the sword to transform to its Crowned Sword form.

In the TCG

The Rusted Sword in the TCG
Main article: Rusted Sword (Shining Fates 62)

The Rusted Sword was introduced as a Pokémon Tool card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Shiny Star V expansion before debuting in English in the Shining Fates expansion, with artwork by 5ban Graphics. It allows Zacian V to deal 30 more damage to the opponent's Active Pokémon.


  • The Rusted Sword does not appear as an item in the player's Bag until they have caught Zacian while it is holding it. This is likely done in order to prevent the player from removing the item from their Bag too early and contradicting the events of the game's story.
  • The Rusted Sword appears to feature fictional runic characters, likely a combination of both Japanese and Old Norse characters.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 腐朽的劍 Fuhnáu-dīk Gim
Mandarin 腐朽的劍 / 腐朽的剑 Fǔxiǔ-de Jiàn
  French Épée Rouillée
  German Rostiges Schwert
  Indonesian Pedang Berkarat
  Italian Spada rovinata
  Korean 녹슨검
  Brazilian Portuguese Espada Enferrujada
  Spanish Espada Oxidada

See also

External links


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