Zapdos is one of the Legendary Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. It is not soloable and it is unknown how many trainers are required to take it down. Zapdos is a electric and type and it’s got a number of solid counters.
Zapdos Boss CP is 42961 and it can have Max Capture CP of 1902 with perfect IVs.
Zapdos Raid Counters
(*) Rhydon’s Quick Attacks are Not Very Effective against Zapdos. Still, we’re including him due to the virtue of Stone Edge. Easily replaced by any other Pokemon with Stone Edge.
Zapdos Raid Counters Explained
Before we go into deeper analysis, remember that Zapdos can’t be soloed. Before joining raid make sure you are using Pokémon with proper movesets.
Zapdos takes Super Effective damage only from rock and ice type moves due to its dual electric and type.
The best Pokemon to fight Zapdos is Golem with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge moveset. Zapdos takes not very effective damage from ground type attacks, so please be very careful with your Golems!
In addition to Ground, Zapdos takes reduced damage from the following move types: bug, grass, , fighting and steel.
These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups:
- Gengar with any combination of moves
- Nidoqueen with Stone Edge
- Magcargo with Stone Edge
- Sudowoodo with Stone Edge
- Espeon with Confusion / Futuresight
- Exeggutor with Confusion / Psychic
Should I use Blissey in Zapdos Raid?
Don’t use Blissey in Raids at all. Don’t use Blissey in Zapdos Raids either, her DPS is terrible and you don’t contribute at all.
Is Zapdos worth catching?
As explained here, Zapdos is currently the strongest Electric type in game. Raikou will be better than Zapdos, but Zap’ is not a joke either. Catch it, it will be useful in the months and years to come.