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How to catch Eternatus, the third legendary in 'Pokémon Sword and Shield'

You can make Eternatus yours, eternally.

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In the Pokémon franchise, the main legendary group often comes in two flavors. First are those featured on the release boxes, like Zacian and Zamazenta are for Pokémon Sword and Shield. In the last generation, this role was filled by Solgaleo and Lunala. The other kind of legendary is often mentioned in passing but not fully expanded upon until the upgraded game(s). Last generation this position was filled by Necrozma. Well, well, Game Freak has changed the status quo yet again this generation as they did with bikes, fossils, and the Pokédex. In *Sword and Shield, the “other” Pokémon, Eternatus, is not only integral to the main plot, but catchable before the other legendaries. Here’s what you need to know to make this legendary part of your squad.

Finding Eternatus in Pokémon Sword and Shield

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You’ll be able to catch Eternatus midway through the Champion’s Cup, right before your match with Leon and after defeating Chairman Rose. The Pokémon can be found at the Hammerlocke Energy Plant, and you’ll be guided to this location by the story mode, so you truly can’t miss it. Once you arrive, the fight against Eternatus will begin.

Fighting and catching Eternatus in Pokémon Sword and Shield

When the fight begins, Eternatus will transform into the powerful Eternamax Eternatus. (Sadly, once you catch this ‘mon, you won’t be able to replicate this awesome move.) It’s actually quite tough to take them down like this, so prepare your party accordingly. Eternatus is a LV 60 poison/dragon type, and weak to ice, ground and psychic attacks. Be sure to stack your party with Pokémon of that typing. We suggest Espurr and Sneasel take the psychic and ice roles, respectively.

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Once defeated, throw any ball you have laying around at Eternatus to catch them. Eternatus has a 100 percent catch rate, so don’t worry about ball quality. Anything you’ve got will get the job done. Now you’ve done it — Eternatus is in your possession. Congratulations! Head forth to face Leon and finally beat the game.

Eternatus is a tremendous asset for Max Raid Battles

I recommend taking Eternatus with you to every single Max Raid Battle. They have a 100-damage move called “Dynamax Cannon,” which doubles in damage when used against Dynamaxed Pokémon. Since obtaining them, I’ve used them to make quick work of just about every raid Pokémon I’ve encountered. Despite their fearsome looks, Eternatus is a real blessing!

Pokémon Sword and Shield are now available in stores across the world.

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