Zapdos Raid Guide

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Zapdos raid is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokemon GO. Zapdos Boss CP is 46418 and it has only two weaknesses due to its Electric and Flying type: Rock and Ice.

  • 1930 – 2015 CP catch range (Level 20, no weather boost)
  • 2413 – 2519 CP catch range (Level 25, boosted by Windy or Rainy weather)

Ambitious players, with the introduction of friendship, weather, and Mega Pokemon may attempt a duo, however realistically a group of four or more is a safe bet. Shiny Zapdos is available from raids as of July 2018.

This guide has been updated with counters relevant for the Pokémon GO Fest 2021.

Zapdos Counters

The following Pokémon are considered to be best Zapdos counters in a raid battle:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 566.00s 29.80
2. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 625.41s 9.60
3. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 586.89s 30.40
4. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Weather Ball 620.62s 20.20
5. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 624.55s 21.20
6. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 637.34s 15.40
7. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 681.10s 19.80
8. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 661.86s 27.60
9. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 658.64s 28.40
10. Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche 662.13s 31.40
11. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam 705.25s 25.20
12. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Slide 724.70s 21.00
13. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Slide 726.51s 21.60
14. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Slide 726.30s 23.60
15. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 751.18s 14.20
16. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 760.00s 19.20
17. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Power Gem 782.25s 15.20
18. Jynx Frost Breath Avalanche 715.26s 39.80
19. Kyurem Dragon Breath Blizzard 788.30s 21.40
20. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 737.17s 43.20
21. Vanilluxe Frost Breath Blizzard 761.43s 32.80
22. Regigigas Hidden Power Giga Impact 807.37s 23.80
23. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Hydro Cannon 778.88s 35.80
24. Beartic Powder Snow Ice Punch 780.49s 33.40
25. Reshiram Fire Fang Stone Edge 815.99s 21.80
26. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 817.15s 23.80
27. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Rock Slide 773.61s 39.40
28. Darmanitan Fire Fang Rock Slide 772.90s 40.00
29. Porygon-Z Lock-On Blizzard 793.36s 34.20
30. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 788.39s 40.60
31. Zekrom Dragon Breath Wild Charge 861.91s 15.80
32. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 848.91s 23.20
33. Abomasnow Powder Snow Weather Ball 827.36s 28.50
34. Kyogre Waterfall Blizzard 839.42s 27.67
35. Mr. Rime Ice Shard Ice Punch 785.62s 48.60

Zapdos Counters Explained

Zapdos counters are strongly based around Rock and Ice type attackers, and follow a similar pattern as other Legendary bird counters. Zapdos can relatively easily be countered with Pokemon that take reduced Electric damage:

  • Rhyperior, Mamoswine and Golem are all examples of mixed Ground types with strong Rock moves.
  • The majority of Rock-typed Zapdos counters have access to Smack Down, an excellent move for dealing with Flying types
  • The majority of Ice-typed Zapdos counters are bulky attackers, such as Mamoswine and Mega Abomasnow.

Zapdos Moves and Move Sets

Zapdos moves are mostly Electric-type moves, with Drill Peck Flying and Ancient Power Rock thrown in the mix for PvP viability and lore fluff. Consequentially, 60% of the time, you will face Zapdos with Electric moves:

Fast moves Charge moves
Charge Beam Electric
  • Zap Cannon Electric
  • Thunder Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
  • Drill Peck Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock

Zap Cannon, Thunder and Thunderbolt are all relatively similar, but Zap Cannon will hurt the most. Comparatively speaking, Thunder is often the easiest Electric move to be faced against.

Drill Peck can be problematic, as it’s only a 33 Energy move. Zapdos can charge and fire Drill Peck quite frequently, which makes it quite dangerous in longer raid battles. Eventually, dodge fatigue results in more damage taken compared to Thunderbolt. Drill Peck also deals a significant amount of damage compared to Thunder and Thunderbolt.

Ancient Power is not a major concern, but it does fit in the same problem bucket as Drill Peck: frequent activation, dodge fatigue and unusual typing (Rock!)


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.

Weather Pro Con
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

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