Rusted Sword

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Rusted Sword
Rusted Sword
Rusted Sword
Rusted Sword
Model from Sword and Shield
Introduced in Generation VIII
Generation VIII Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items

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.

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 player's subsequent battles against him.

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Games Cost Sell price
SwSh N/A N/A


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


Games Description
SwSh 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
SwSh Slumbering WealdSw*
Held by wild Zacian (100% chance)Sw

In the anime

The Rusted Sword in anime

In JN044, 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 the manga

The Rusted Sword in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Rusted Sword first appeared in a flashback in PASS05, along with the Rusted Shield. One year before the events of the Sword & Shield chapter, Sōdo, accompanied by Shirudomiria, 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.


  • 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
France Flag.png French Épée Rouillée
Germany Flag.png German Rostiges Schwert
Italy Flag.png Italian Spada rovinata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 녹슨검
Spain Flag.png Spanish Espada Oxidada

See also

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