as announced earlier by Niantic, Zapdos is the next Legendary Raid Boss to be released, on Monday, August 7. In other words, a few hours after this post goes up, the Lightning Bird should be soaring the skies above you.

Our Zapdos Raid Guide is already up and running, but we wanted to offer a bit more of analysis in order to help you prepare

Zapdos Stats and Type Analysis

Stat wise, Zapdos is similar to Moltres — very high Attack and mediocre Defense meets easily counterable typing. Zapdos is by far the strongest electric Pokémon in the game (for now) and it can deal scary amount of damage.

Stat Zapdos Moltres Articuno Lugia
ATK 253 251 192 193
DEF 188 184 249 323
Boss CP 42691 41953 37603 42753

Type Overview

Much like Moltres, Zapdos can easily be countered by strong rock and select ice attackers: Golem and Piloswine, rise to the occasion!

Be careful of using ground, as Zapdos receives not very effective damage from ground moves! Fix your Golems before the fight.

Zapdos counters are (almost) Moltres counters

Image credits: reddit

Similar to how you’d approach a Moltres fight, approach Zapdos with your best Rock and Ice type attackers. Dragonite is a great choice also, especially as a substitute for lack of Golems.

Best Zapdos counters

Do not use Blissey or Chansey! This is very important, as you are not contributing to the Raid at all. The damage output of a Blissey is comparable to a Horsea, which is absurdly low.

If you’re afraid of being knocked out, you should dodge more, not cheese survival with “last slot Blissey saviour”.

Parting words

Make sure you catch as many Zapdos as you can. Zapdos is a DPS beast in general, but more importantly, it will be a great counter for Ho-Oh once it gets released. Zapdos is the missing link in most line-ups, as a truly great Electric attacker was not available before.

Jolteon is strong, but too fragile, Ampharos is a bit bulkier, but too slow. Zapdos gets both right!

With that said, we wish you all the best today. Day one Zapdos, hype!

  • J2ntje
    • bob

      water weak vs zapdos

      • Anthony

        Lapras has dual typing with ice and water. Zapdos will destroy Lapras.

        • mrleenudler

          There is no priority for typing. You multiply damage with 1.4 for super effective and with 1 for normal. Super effective for both types deals 2x damage, while super effective and not effective deals 1x damage.

  • David

    Zapdos is as slow as ampharos

    • peponzio

      Zapdos is faster. In the games Ampharos is one of the slowest Electric type Pokemon with a base of 55.

      In PoGo:

      Zapdos fast attacks include charge beam and thundershock (apparently thundershock Zapdos is a legacy move?). Ampharos attacks include charge beam and volt switch. Charge beam fast attacks will make them equally fast. However thundershock takes 0.6 seconds while volt switch takes 2.3 seconds, more than three times slower.

      Both share charge attacks Thunder and Zap Cannon, but Zapdos has Thunderbolt and Discharge (also legacy apparently) taking 2.5 seconds; while Ampharos has Focus Blast of 3.5 seconds.

      So if same attacks same speed, but Ampharos’ average attack speeds are slower than Zapdos’.

    • William Kelly

      Yeah but ampharos is ment for special attacks. Aswel as Zapdos. 🙂 cheers

  • Loser

    Dodging advice not very useful, since most of the time with big raids it lags badly, you either can’t dodge or it bugs out when you do!

    • Julian Mathis

      Thats absolutly not true. Remeber the animations is the key word

      • peponzio

        Yeah, animations hint greatly for dodges. But sometimes due to lag it is unbelievably hard to dodge.

        About the bugging, I am done by a bug that takes all your HP left when you evade. If the attack would KO my Pokemon and I dodge the HP goes down a little, as it should because of the dodge, but then the HP goes full down. The Pokemon faints, yet it is still alive; since it has no HP it cannot attack, I can switch but when my next Pokemon is KO’d the previous dead-undead shows up and can’t attack.

        My bugged Pokemon take damage until they are actually KO’d wasting time and damage.

        This bug happens sometimes not always, so dodging when the attack might kill me is a gamble between a bugged Pokemon or a functional resist dodge.

        • Loser

          Yeah this was the bug I meant, so very irritating.

    • eric northman

      Glitches are the worst cause I’m fairly a good dodger and it just faints my Pokémon when I get a successful dodge.

  • PugSuperStar

    What is Nidoqueen doing in there?

    • Petersaber

      Her best

    • Jacob Peter Dokter

      StoneEdge chargemove maybe?

    • Julian Mathis

      Better than dragonite

      • William Kelly

        I used a dragonite today at a zapdos raid. And it does its job better then 3rd slot down.

  • disqus_qLe9x550A9

    Surely Articuno would be a great counter

    • Melichor

      Flying weak against electricity

  • William Kelly

    Just trying to figure out why you guys did a late edit to Articuno an others. You switch the main 6 to use. Golem example was where omastar is on Articunos list. What I am getting at is are you guys truly considering the games stat waights or just matching as you go? Not bashing the work I am a fan, just me an the community I am part of have noticed these small things. -Cheers from Canada

  • RudyGr

    I love Lanturns too.

  • The Stegman

    Let the games begin! All I need is one. Also, I live on the East coast, so they won’t come til tomorrow for me.

    • The Wizard of Fries

      I’m on Long Island and saw one today.

  • Ale

    is here!!!!

  • peponzio

    Also, really?

    Could we please get info on Zapdos’ attacks?

  • Alex Kong

    Last slot blissey is the way to go. What’s wrong with that? Blissey last long and better than all your Pokemon faint and go in second time dmg reset.

    • x_douven

      Worst case:
      Damage reset -> lost 1 or 2 balls.
      Use Blissey -> time up because of lack of damage -> no ball at all.

      Which one do you want to bet on?

      • Alex Kong

        I dont have to bet, never failed a legendary bird raid, had enough people even with tons of blisseys.

        • x_douven

          Only works in an area with lots of players/spoofers, not in general. A guide site has to help as many players as possible, that’s why Blissey is not recommended here.

    • Scott Sadler

      if you know your group can beat it it is a jerk move but what ever

      if you are worried about finishing it off you are better off fainting and going back in with max revived golems.

    • William Kelly

      If you get shamed on for using a blissey 6th slot. Use a snorlax with lick&hyper beam 😉

  • Alex Kong

    I saw people bring gyarados against a zapdos. So what would you prefer blissey or some be countered Pokemon?

    • x_douven

      Definitely not blissey. Gyarados may go down faster, but it deals way more damage than Blissey.

    • William Kelly

      For the ones who used Gayrados they probably were not aware that a aerodyctl with bite an ancient power is easier to get an a better choice ( just using that as an example )

      • x_douven

        Aerodactyl is easier to get??

  • Heydavid17

    I love the fact right now, that they released Zapdos 1 hour AFTER raids ended for today… -_-

    • William Kelly

      We got them shortly after 5pm est mt rural area all players who rush to raids have atleast one zapdos. I guess what happened with the Moltres switch was just fluke.

      • Heydavid17

        Yeeeeeah… and I’d prefer that people stop replying to me, as if I’m I was living in America.

        No offense though, not trying to be or sound harsh, but you know… I just can’t use that info at all. It’s just the fact, that Zapdos got released after raids ended for the day, for me here in Europe. I mean, now it’s morning and I can go after Zapdos, you know, no big deal to wait, it just sucks a bit, to be in that part of the world, were we have to wait and all.

  • vision33r

    Zaptos was so easy to down but so hard to watch. I had 3 excellent throws with berries and still no catch.

  • William Kelly

    I quoted the “*Do not use Blissey or Chansey! This is very important, as you are not contributing to the Raid at all. The damage output of a Blissey is comparable to a Horsea, which is absurdly low.

    If you’re afraid of being knocked out, you should dodge more, not cheese survival with “last slot Blissey saviour”.”* AND stupidly remind you. And got removed from my own community made chat.. Whats that tell ya about that part of the article… Getting me in trouble again gohub. 😉

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