Zapdos Raid Boss

Pokemon GO Zapdos Raid

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 flying 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

Legendary Counters
Golem Rock Throw rock Stone Edge rock
Piloswine Ice Shard ice Avalanche ice
Dragonite Dragon Breath dragon Outrage dragon
Tyranitar Bite dark Stone Edge rock
Jinx Frost Breath ice Avalanche ice
Rhydon (*) Rock Smash fighting Stone Edge rock
Weakness ice

(*) 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.

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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 flying 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: buggrassflying, fighting and steel.

Additional Counters

These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups:

Zapdos FAQ

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.