Zacian and Zamazenta are a pair of legendary Pokemon that first debuted in Sword and Shield. Players can only obtain the Pokemon that appears on the cover art for Sword or Shield, forcing them to trade for the other.
According to reports, players of Pokemon Sword and Shield may soon be able to get a Shiny Zacian or a Shiny Zamazenta from participating GameStop locations! Shiny Zacian will only be accessible to people who own a copy of Pokemon Shield, according to Poke Beach, and will be distributed from October 22nd until November 11th. Pokemon Sword owners will be able to get a Shiny Zamazenta from November 12th until November 27th. GameStop has not officially announced the promotion as of this writing, but a similar event was just planned for Japan and South Korea.
This promotion will not only allow players to get a Shiny Pokemon, it will also allow them to get the legendary that can otherwise only be obtained through trading. Zacian and Zamazenta are “Shiny locked” in Sword and Shield, which means that promotions like this are the only legitimate method to obtain them.
A big part of Pokemon’s appeal has always come down to obtaining the rarest Pokemon out there, and Shiny Pokemon fit that bill. However, some players might never encounter one outside of an event, so these opportunities can be pretty exciting. If the Shiny Zacian and Zamazenta event does start next week, it will come shortly after a distribution event for Shiny Celebi, which took place just last week. Hopefully, GameStop will make an official announcement soon so players can start planning their trips to the retailer!
For those unfamiliar with Shiny Pokemon, they offer no specific advantages over traditionally colored Pokemon. However, some Shiny Pokemon offer wildly different color schemes, and their rarity makes them highly sought-after.