Triple Zigzag Correction of Elliott Wave Theory Explained by Deepak Kumar

| December 21, 2014

Triple Zigzag correction also known as Complex Correction or Combination Correction is a combination of three set of “abc” cycles connected by a link wave ‘x’ and it always forms a wedge pattern. Wedge may be triangle or parallel.

You must have heard of Triple Zigzag or Complex correction in many books or videos but today I am going to explain something about triple zigzag that you may not find anywhere else. This deep explanation of Triple Zigzag correction is a result of my own research and observations of last 3 year. But let me familiarize you with some basics of corrections (Corrective Waves) before Complex Correction.

As I explained in “Elliott’s Wave Cycle” that there are total 8 waves in Elliott waves cycle which are 1,2,3,4,5 and a,b,c. Waves 1,3,5,a and c are Impulsive waves whereas 2,4 and b are corrective waves.  Corrective waves 2, 4 and b are also called correction and also consist of three internal waves (a,b,c).

Now, these corrective waves have 4 different patterns:

  1. Simple Zigzag Correction
  2. 3-3-5 Flat Correction
  3. Irregular Correction
  4. Complex Correction/Combination Correction

This combination correction can be “Double Zigzag” or “Triple Zigzag”. We see Triple Zigzag correction most of the time as Complex Correction and now I am going to explain the internal structure, personality and importance “Triple Zigzag Correction” here in this article. Let me start.

Triple Zigzag Correction

Triple Zigzag correction is combination or series of three zigzag corrections (three “abc” cycles) connected by a link wave “x” between every “abc” cycle and its internal structure is (abc-x-abc-x-abc).  Triple Zigzag correction always forms a wedge pattern and that wedge may be triangle or parallel.

  • The individual internal “abc” cycle of Triple Zigzag may be Simple Zigzag Correction, 3-3-5 Flat Correction or Irregular Correction.
  • Link wave “x” generally has three inner waves (abc) and can be any type of correction.

Triple Zigzag correction is most important pattern of Elliott Wave Theory and it can give huge profit with minimum risk if you manage to identify before it before breakout.  Triple Zigzag takes long time in completion and results in long consolidation with range bound volatility.

But breakout after completion of Triple Zigzag is always aggressive and we see a great aggressive move after breakout from the pattern. This correction is a tug of war between buyers and sellers that make price to move up and down within in a range for long time. But breakout from this range bound pattern makes mass traders/investors confident about the trend and they start taking action in the direction of breakout aggressively after a long wait. Let me show you some practical examples:

Triple Zigzag Correction as Expanding Triangle (Chart 1)

Triple Zigzag Correction as Expanding Triangle (Chart 1)

This is Triple Zigzag Correction of Nifty as expanding triangle pattern. This correction started on 25 July 2014 and completed on 08 Aug 2014. This correction has: –

  • Three “abc” cycles market with red letters
  • Two connecting waves “x” marked with brown letters where 1st “x” is Irregular Correction
  • And Nifty didn’t enter into pattern again after breakout.
Triple Zigzag Correction as Contracting Triangle (Chart 2)

Triple Zigzag Correction as Contracting Triangle (Chart 2)

This is another Triple Zigzag correction as Contracting Triangle Wedge Pattern. This pattern started on 08 Sept 2014 and completed on 17 Oct 2014. This triple Zigzag Correction also has three “abc” cycles connected with two “x” waves in between. 2nd “x” wave is Irregular Correction.

Nifty bounced about 800 points after breakout from this correction without entering again in the pattern after breakout. And it is not just an example but I identified it before time. Read this report:  Nifty can Show 8380 before breaking below 7723.

I will show you the nature of move after breakout later in this article.

Triple Zigzag Correction as Parallel Wedge Pattern (Chart 3)

Triple Zigzag Correction as Parallel Wedge Pattern (Chart 3)


This is another practical example for Triple Zigzag as Parallel Wedge Pattern started on 17 Nov 2014 and completed on 20 Nov 2014. This correction also has three inner “abc” cycles connected by link waves “x’. Just observe the nature of next move after breakout. Nifty didn’t enter again in wedge after breakout.

Again, this is not just example and I identified this correction well in advance but I missed this opportunity because of small confusion and it was a learning lesson. Read this report:  Elliott Wave Analysis Report of Nifty for 21 Nov 2014.

Let me show you after effect of these Triple Zigzag corrections on Bigger Time Frame Chart:

Triple Zigzag Correction

Triple Zigzag Correction

This is daily time bar chart of Nifty showing move after 14 July 2014. The corrections I explained on previous charts are marked here in this bigger time frame chart. Just observe: –

  • The move after breakout from pattern is bigger and aggressive
  • Price didn’t enter within pattern again after breakout

Let me show one more practical example I identified recently on 5 minutes time bar chart and also traded it.

Triple Zigzag Correction

Triple Zigzag Correction

This is again a triple zigzag correction on 5 minutes time bar chart I identified on 09 Dec 2014. See the inner waves of correction and also the nature of move after breakout. Again I identified it in advance and also traded it. Read this Report: Elliott Wave Analysis Report of Nifty for 11 Dec 2014

These are some practical examples of Triple Zigzag Corrections and now let me explain deeply about its internal structure, calculations and identification.

Calculation and Personality of Inner waves of Complex Correction:

As I explained, Triple Correction has (abc-x-abc-x-abc) as internal wave’s structure where three “abc” cycles are linked by wave “x” between every cycle. If we assume (abc-x-abc-x-abc) and waves (1-2-3-4-5) then it follows the same calculation I explained in “Personalities and Calculation of Waves” chapter in my book. The only difference is: –

  1. Wave 2 (x1) can correct more than 100% of 1 (1st “abc” cycle) in Triple Zigzag Correction. Means wave “x” can be irregular. Whereas wave 2 is not allowed to correct more than 100% of wave 1 in case of Impulse or Ending Diagonal Triangle.
  2. There is no condition for wave 4 (x2). Wave 4 (x2) can or cannot overlap wave 2 (x1).

Otherwise all other calculations are same. For example: –

  • Wave 3 (2nd “abc”) can never be shortest.
  • Wave 3 (2nd “abc”) will be taken as extended above 161% and calculation of wave 5 (3rd “abc”) depends on extension of wave 3. i.e. if wave is extended then wave 5 can be normal (below 61%) and opposite in other case.
  • All internal waves (all smaller ‘a’, ‘b’, and ‘c’ waves) carries the same calculations and personalities as I explained in “Personalities of Calculations of waves” chapter of my book.

You can predict the end of correction even before breakout following these calculation and information.

Drawing the line of Wedge/Pattern of Triple Zigzag Correction

Most of the starters don’t know where to draw lines of Wedge for Triple Zigzag and that is the reason they failed to identify its formation and breakout. We need to draw lines: –

  • 1st line must be drawn joining the end points of 1st “abc” cycle and 2nd “abc” cycle.
  • 2nd line must be drawn joining the end points of both “x” waves.
  • You need not to use start of correction to draw the lines for wedge.
  • 3rd “abc” cycle (last) need not to touch the line of wedge.
  • And breakout is always through the line joining (x) waves.

Just see the charts above to observe the same as I mentioned here about drawing lines and direction of breakout. All these observations will help you to identify this Triple Zigzag correction, direction of immediate trend and direction of breakout well in advance to make you mentally prepared to catch next big move.

Importance of Triple Zigzag:

I am always excited after identifying the formation of Triple Zigzag as I feel it as jackpot opportunity after completion. The most important factors of this correction are: –

  1. Move after the completion of this correction is aggressive most of the time which is good for quick profits and better for options trading.
  2. Price rarely enters the pattern again after breakout which gives very low stop loss for very high profit probability.

This is just one EW pattern out of many and every pattern has different personalities like this. There is no pattern on chart that cannot be identified by Elliott Wave Theory and you don’t need to follow any news, results, global markets and important events to identify the future moves of market. Combination of Wave’s Cycle, Wave’s Personalities, Wave’s Calculations and Wave’s Pattern is enough to read the behavior and future move of market that is what I explained in my nook “Practical Application of Elliott’s Wave Principles by Deepak Kumar

You might be familiar with some general chart patterns like Triangle Pattern, Bullish Flag, Bearish Flag, Wolf Wave, Consolidation, Demand Zone, and Supply Zone etc. But, if you understand Triple Zigzag Correction completely then you will realize that all these general patterns are nothing but complex corrections and you can predict it in advance even about its internal moves using calculations and personalities of waves. That’s why I always say, “Elliott Wave Theory is Mother of All Chart Patterns.

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Deepak Kumar is an independent Technical Analyst, regular practitioner and Trainer of Elliott wave theory applying Elliott's Wave Principles on Indian Markets successfully since 2011 and made many accurate predictions. He is also the author of book "Practical Application of Elliott's Wave Principles by Deepak Kumar"

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  1. GHANSHYAM says:

    SIR 1 QUERY.IN 1ST CHART BELOW RULE “Nifty didn’t enter into pattern again after breakout”


    • Deepak Kumar says:

      Dear Ghanshyam,

      If you see the 1st chart carefully, the breakout happen in July/Aug not in Oct and Nifty didn’t entered in wedge again after breakout from line joining (x) waves. Please see the chart of Nifty yourself and see the price action.

      And it will be difficult for you to understand this until you have at least basic knowledge of this Elliott Wave Theory Pattern.

  2. KARAN MALI says:

    Sir your knowledge on EW theory is just astonishing. I have read several other books on EW but what your book explains is priceless and cant be found anywhere else. It has helped me a lot though i am just a beginner. Hats off to your efforts and the knowledge you have amassed.