Zapdos Raid Guide

Zapdos raid guide

Zapdos is a legendary Pokemon from the Kanto region. Zapdos is known as the Electric Pokemon and according to Pokemon GO “Zapdos is a legendary Pokemon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokemon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts”

Zapdos is part of the trio of legendary birds from Kanto along with Moltres and Articuno

A shiny form of Zapdos IS available

It has:

HP 207

Defence 185

Attack 253

Zapdos is number 145 in the Pokedex. It is a Dual Electric and Flying type Pokemon. It has two weaknesses. These are Rock and Ice.

Its Raid boss CP is 46,418

Its catch CP ranges are:

  • 1930-2015
  • Weather boosted: 2413-2519

Zapdos is weather boosted by Rainy and Windy weather

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Moveset for Zapdos

Zapdos has 2 fast moves and 5 charge moves

Its fast moves are:

  • Charge Beam (Electric)
  • Thunder Shock (Electric) – legacy move

Its charge moves are:

  • Thunderbolt (Electric)
  • Zap Cannon (Electric)
  • Thunder (Electric)
  • Drill Peck (Flying)
  • Ancient Power (Rock)
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Counters to Zapdos

Rock and Ice are the types that Zapdos is weak too therefore anything possessing this typing/move sets will be effective.

Here are some of the most effective counters and the movesets to go with:


  • Powder Snow (fast move)
  • Avalanche (Charge move)


  • Smack Down (Fast move) – legacy move
  • Stone edge (Charge move)


  • Smack Down (Fast move)
  • Rock Wrecker (Charge move) – legacy move

Galarian Darmanitan

  • Ice Fang (Fast move)
  • Avalance (Charge move)


  • Smack Down (Fast move)
  • Rock Slide (Charge move)


  • Ice Shard (Fast move)
  • Avalanche (Charge move)

Other effective counters would include Terrakion, Glacion, Kyurem (Black), Landorus (Therian) and Jynx

Zapdos is a solid Pokemon, that fairs well in PvE. It is a strong electric type with a decent selection of moves.

In PvP it can feature in all the formats but fairs the best in the Master league. Pokemon such as Kyorge and Togekiss as examples of ones Zapdos does really well against but other popular master league picks leave Zapdos having bad match ups.

There are better team picks to use, but Zapdos could be a good pick if you want a niche Pokemon

It fairs gradually worse in each lower CP format but does serve as a decent niche in certain match up situations. Better options are available for each format

As it’s a Legendary Pokemon, to give it a second charge move costs 100 candies and 100,000 Stardust. It requires 20KM as a buddy to earn a candy walking.

How many Zapdos will you be raiding?!

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