Zapdos is one of the Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. This page details best Zapdos Raid Counters. Zapdos Boss CP is 42961 (33068 if it is a Tier 4 as Articuno was) and it has only two weaknesses due to its Electric and type: Rock and Ice
- 1820 – 1902 CP catch range (Level 20, no weather boost)
- 2275 – 2378 CP catch range (Level 25, boosted by Windy or Rainy weather)
Ambitious players, with the introdution of friendship, weather, and Smack Down Tyranitar may attempt a duo, however realistically a group of four or more is a safe bet. A shiny Zapdos is available from raids (Introduced on Zapdos day, July 21 2018).
Zapdos Raid Counters
|Weakness Rock Ice||Boosted by Rainy Windy|
Zapdos Movesets and Stats
Zapdos does pack quite a punch, which is an added concern considering that Zapdos Day was announced with it packing a much better fast move: Thundershock. Stat wise, it has:
- 253 Attack
- 188 Defense
- 180 Stamina
As well, despite having a flying type, it has no flying type moves and has only electric attacks, which makes it easy to predict, like all the Legendary Birds. Besides its only fast move Charge Beam, and the Zapdos Day exclusive Thundershock, it has:
- Zap Cannon Electric
- Thunder Electric
- Thunderbolt Electric
The easiest time you will have is against Charge Beam / Thunder, with your worst case being Thundershock / Zap Cannon. With the addition of it receiving a better fast move, the time to win will rise on Zapdos Day assuming it will have the move in raid battles, however it should not be terribly worse than the previous worst-case moveset, Charge Beam / Zap Cannon that clocked in around 16 seconds worse than Charge Beam / Thunder.
Rainy weather is not going to be your friend with Zapdos, but thankfully its the only concern. Otherwise on the positive end, Windy will merely allow it to be a higher level when caught, and Partly Cloudy and Snow will provide the extra benefits needed to take it down faster.
|Windy||Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost||–|
|Partly Cloudy||Boosts Super Effective Rock attacks||–|
|Snow||Boosts Super Effective Ice attacks||–|
|Rainy||–||Boosts Zapdos’ Electric moves|
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, so the counters are limited and can sometimes fall to strong generalists like Mewtwo and Rayquaza.
A important consideration is that the Rock golem, and Generalists, and remember to almost always avoid the default recommendations.type removes electric’s weakness to ground, so do not attempt to hit a Zapdos with your Groudon or non-rock Golem. If anything, just stick to Community Day Tyranitar,
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: