Pokemon X and Pokemon Y Guide – Catching Zygarde

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After beating Pokemon X or Pokemon Y the first time around, one of the first things you should attempt is to catch another legendary Pokemon known as Zygarde. You pretty much knew there would be a legendary based on the letter Z coming after the X-based Xerneas and Y-based Yveltal considering past games. However, this will be much more of a challenge as it is a much higher level and can wreak havoc pretty easily with its move set.

The Dragon and Ground type Zygarde is found in an area that you may have been to before, but could never find him inside the cave. Let’s take a look at where and how to catch this next legendary Pokemon.

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Catching Zygarde

1. Fly to Couriway Town and head north to Route 18, where you will almost immediately see a cave that you may have explored in the past.
2. Enter Terminus Cave.
3. This is a pretty complicated and long cave, so I will detail it as best as I can to get you directly to Zygarde. There are many items scattered throughout the cave, including a few good ones in the final chamber with Zygarde. If you wish to grab those, just explore as you wish. The directions are as follows

-Walk through this area until you get to the stairwell.
-Move south and then west follow by south again while jumping over gaps.
-Move to the west and north up a ramp to a wooden bridge. Cross this bridge to the east.
-Once across the bridge go south and face a trainer battle. Once done, go a little more south and then east up a small ramp and across another wooden bridge to the east. There is a trainer on this bridge you can choose to fight or avoid.
-After crossing the bridge go down the only ramp you can and head north. There is another trainer you can choose to fight if you wish. Just barely to the north, look for a stairwell on the east wall and head down it.
-Head north once again and there is another trainer you can fight if you want. Head north further with some zigzags. Do not use Rock Smash on any of the rocks as you should just keep heading north.
-Eventually you will reach a fork where you can go north or east. Choose to go east and you can choose to fight a trainer or not as you move eastward.
-Now head south down the pathway he was pacing back and forth on until you reach a wall where you can choose to go east or west. Choose east and then turn south almost right away to get in a double battle that you cannot avoid with two trainers.
-From there, head directly south and once you hit a wall, head east and go up the stairs.
-Work your way north where you will get into an unavoidable trainer battle. After that is over, go a little more north and take the stairs on the west wall.
-Now all you have to do is head straight north and you will arrive at Zygarde.

5. SAVE RIGHT NOW!
6. Speak with Zygarde to begin the battle.

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Moves:
-Dragon Pulse
-Camouflage
-Earthquake
-Crunch

As mentioned before, Zygarde is definitely a much tougher matchup than Xerneas or Yveltal, but you still should be able to handle it pretty easily at this point. Earthquake is his most damaging attack, so having a Flying type on standby is always a good idea. He seemed to mix it, Dragon Pulse, and Crunch a good bit throughout the fight. My biggest problem with this fight was mostly that I kept KOing Zygarde too quickly, even with him at Level 70. One Ice Beam or two Surfs took him down for me and forced me to restart multiple times.

The best setup for you in this fight is to bring some Pokemon types that can whittle him down fairly quickly. You can also try a turn one Quick Ball if you want as it seems to work in this game more often than in the past. Then use some less damaging moves to get his health down to the red. Then bring in someone who knows False Swipe and whittle him down to 1 HP if possible. If you don’t have False Swipe, just get him down as low as you can. If you can get him down very low, you shouldn’t have too much trouble capturing Zygarde. Being located in a cave, you would be best served to use a Dusk Ball throughout most of the battle as it will give you a 3.5x multiplier. If the battle goes on a little while, start using Timer Balls instead as they will give you up to a 4x multiplier, depending on how long the battle has lasted.

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When all is said and done, you will have another legendary Pokemon in Zygarde added to your team!

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34 Comments

  1. Insaniac
    October 21, 2013, 5:20 AM

    Thanks a lot!
    Lucario with Dragon Blast at lv. 70 worked perfect to get it in the red zone.
    Now back to Moltres….

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  2. lili
    October 21, 2013, 7:52 PM

    I am confused on how to get Zygarde back so I could capture it. I took the four items, and stuck on what to do in order to have Zygarde back again, I would need to battle the Elite Four and the Champion again. Is that necessary or is there an alternative besides trading?

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  3. TommyR
    October 22, 2013, 6:30 AM

    Thanks!
    I caught Zygarde first time using a quick ball:)

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  4. bloopo
    October 22, 2013, 5:23 PM

    To TommyR: Me too!!! Your in my bro-pack now.

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  5. stripey
    October 22, 2013, 6:17 PM

    you can’t thunder wave him, he’s a ground type

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  6. Dean James
    October 22, 2013, 6:32 PM

    You are completely right. I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess capturing so many legendaries in a short type got me mixed up. Will fix it for others. Thanks for letting me know!

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  7. Alex Tan
    October 27, 2013, 2:21 PM

    I weakened him with my Blaziken and caught him with a great ball on my second try! :D

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  8. Jonnie
    October 28, 2013, 2:57 PM

    you can thunder wave him if he uses camoflauge like he did in mine

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  9. Skunk
    October 31, 2013, 3:45 PM

    Try using Mewtwo at level 80. Psychic then Aura Sphere got him to almost 0 hp.

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  10. Chauntel
    November 6, 2013, 12:29 AM

    Yeah I can’t catch him no matter what I try. Got him down to little to no health and used multiple poke balls and still can’t catch him. At the start of the battle used a quick ball and still didn’t catch him! Kinda making me mad >_<

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  11. Cveriaz
    November 9, 2013, 12:26 PM

    Whew, thx so much! Ur walkthrough of the cave helped me a lot!
    I just finally caught it after using like 10 ultra balls! I used my lv.70 mewtwo to weaken it, then used my lv. 35 Butterfree and used sleep powder to make Zygarde fall asleep! Even though my Butterfree’s weak, since Earthquake and Camaflauge doesn’t work on it, I was able to use Sleep powder before it attacked me!

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  12. Mark
    November 18, 2013, 11:51 AM

    Hi guys…Zygarde is verry easy to catch…I only use 2 snorlax to beat him and make sure to have atleast 5 dusk ball…Pokemon x is the easiest pokemon i’ve ever played…my main guy are my 2 snorlax…the 4 champions in pokemon league are no match for my 2 snorlax…both is lvl 100…they have 524 life…

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  13. ethan
    November 22, 2013, 4:36 PM

    The walkthrough was very helpful and i got it dwn to almost no hp then used 12 ultraballs and caught it

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  14. Ryan
    December 8, 2013, 12:52 PM

    Just got mine with a poké ball

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  15. Ian
    December 10, 2013, 11:10 AM

    Thanks so much, that was surprisingly easy, I hit with hydro pump once, surf once, threw an ultra ball and Bam! Caught him. Excited to have another legendary!

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  16. Tepig125
    December 31, 2013, 6:37 PM

    Dragon Rush and two Shadow Balls got him to 1 hp! He killed Yveltal, so I swapped to Fiarrow. Bad idea. Fiarrows Flame Body burned it and I re opened my game!

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  17. Gotta em
    January 5, 2014, 2:28 AM

    I caught him with a poke ball. Only took 3535 pokeballs but was defiantly worth it.

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  18. Catch em'
    January 5, 2014, 9:20 PM

    I caught it with an ultra ball on my second try by using my MewTwo’s Psyche to get in down to yello!

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  19. Kayla
    January 18, 2014, 4:12 PM

    I used my level 68 Xerneas and did nightslash until it was red but it wasn’t that low because it looked like if I used it again it would faint so I threw a bunch of pokeballs at it and it didn’t work until I used my masterball and now I have it.

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  20. Lisanne
    January 19, 2014, 9:16 AM

    Just wasted all my 17 Ultra balls, 5 Dusk Balls, 6 Nest Balls on him. brb crying.

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  21. Mister Man
    January 28, 2014, 7:47 PM

    Don’t forget the Griseous Orb, Adamant Orb, and Lustrous Orb

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  22. nathan
    January 31, 2014, 10:54 AM

    i only hit it once with my xearneas’s moon blast and boom caught after i used an ultra ball

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  23. KittySpirit
    February 11, 2014, 3:28 PM

    omfg u have to beat the champion to capture it/get in the cave to get to it

    Someone could of told me not making me waste 2 hours..

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  24. CorruptedLugia
    February 11, 2014, 3:49 PM

    The funny thing is, I used almost all my ultra balls to catch this dude, maybe some of us are very lucky, but then again I caught Xerneas with one ultra ball on yellow zone.
    AAHH. I USED ALL BUT 8 ULTRA BALLS AND A POKEBALL CAUGHT IT. wow. such logic.

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  25. Fred
    February 25, 2014, 5:22 AM

    Can’t wait

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  26. Kristen
    March 15, 2014, 11:59 AM

    I used Ice Blast from Lapras and fainted it :( I also forgot to save!!!!!!!! :( :( :( Just one move fainted it!? Seriously!? My Lapras is only level 75 :( wow……….

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  27. MooMooDuck
    March 22, 2014, 2:03 PM

    Gosh! I Got him to 10 HP and I threw 12 Ultra Balls at him! ARGH!!!

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  28. Cassiopeia
    April 8, 2014, 6:37 AM

    The f*ck… took me 15 ultra balls, one moonblast and two night slashes to get it to 12 hp. Dayum, but I still have masterball for youknowwho!

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  29. Kyle
    April 13, 2014, 1:48 PM

    timer ball is the best for catching legendary pokemon the longer the battle goes the more effective they are

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  30. Jayden
    April 28, 2014, 4:04 AM

    All you really need to do is catch mewtwo at the unknown dungeon at the pokemon village (look on the town map) and just use aura sphere about two times and than throw a net ball that is exactly what I did to catch yveltal and mewtwo except with my lucario.

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  31. mike
    April 29, 2014, 2:55 PM

    Yveltal 2 dark pulse and one ultra ball

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  32. jt
    June 4, 2014, 5:48 AM

    Hit him with a couple of night slashes cus had lv100 xerneas he was like25 health trew 1 ultra ball and caught lol same with catchin xerneas1 ball no joke

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  33. aeryshoichi
    June 5, 2014, 4:04 AM

    Thanks man, once I saw he was in the cave I had fun running all over. I didnt read the walk through of the cave though im sure it helped alot out. I simply used my manectric’s signal beam twice, swapped to my ninetails for hypnosis, then to my cresselia to tank his attacks when he woke up from hyp. Ended up using 20 luxury balls sadly, but ended up catching him with my 7th timer ball.

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  34. masterslong
    October 20, 2014, 12:34 AM

    the legendarys are easy to catch in this one

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