Zapdos Pokemon Go Moveset, Stats, Counters & Raid Counters

Zapdos Pokemon Go
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Zapdos is a legendary Electric and Flying type Pokémon in the game, with high stats. It has 253 Atk., 185 Def., 207 Stam SPRD (Ave Base Stats). Zapdoas best moves are Thunder Shock(14 DPS)and Thunderbolt; it’s vulnerable to Ice & Rock Type Moves but can resist others like Ground or Bug-type attacks through its specialrigeria defensive typing advantage provided by rain/windy weather conditions when using dragon types’ super Effective ‘Eletric Surge’.

Zapdos is a sturdy Electric type attacker that can hold its own in the current meta. Zapdos’s high physical and special attack stats make up for its lack of particularity, allowing it to take on most enemies with relative ease. Though generalists like zapdos will always be useful no matter what generation they’re from, one must note that there has been an 15% buff added onto neutral game winning chances which makes them less valuable than before.

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Zapdos Stats

  • Max CP: 3987
  • Attack: 253
  • Defense: 185
  • Stamina: 207
  • Generation: Generation 1
  • Category: Legendary
  • Base Flee Rate: 10%
  • Buddy Distance: 20 km
  • Pokédex Height: 1.6 m
  • Pokédex Weight: 52.6 kg
  • Can be put in a gym?: No
  • Can be transfered?: Yes
  • Stardust cost for Second Charge move: 100000
  • Candy cost for Second Charge move: 100

Zapdos Pokemon Raid

In Tier 3 raids, Zapdos has one more useful matchup than Articuno (LOL GET REKT MYSTIC7). In those battles with Vaporeon as your enemy, the Electric Flyer Pokemon deals heaps of damage and easily outlives Jolteon or Ampharos. If you’re having trouble soloing this challenge on your own though-Zapdos might be able to help out for a little while!

Among Tier 4 raid bosses, weakness to Electric:


Slow to electric attacks, but can be better exploited with Rock Throw/Stone Edge Golem and Rock Throw or Stone Sliding Omastar (which has a very rare legacy moveset). Tyranitar Bite also works well for Zapdos. The problem? It doesn’t have an Super Effective quick move so you’ll actually do more DPS if your golem(s) are all Normal type here instead! If not… Your next best attacker is still duking it out against this strong foe—assuming that they too don’t already possess 6 Golem holding onto special rocks like Power Gemstones (+5 HP each).


Zapdos is a better Rock type than Exeggutor, Venusaur and Victreebel. These Pokemon are weak against Ice Beam which Zapdoos counters with its own power in return; even so though you still need to watch out for Rhydon’s powerful STONE EDGE attack that does double damage when used on these legendary birds! If decided between them both then go ahead keep your eyes peeled but there isn’t much difference other than being ableiga deal higher DPS rates from blastoise over any non-legendary rock pokemon
I hope this helps 🙂


Zapdos does very high damage to Lapras, but Counter/Dynamic Punch Machamp deals more DPS (slightly higher than Raikou as well). The problem here is that Zapdos are weak against Ice. There’s only a 1 in 6 chance you will face neutral water moves set: Water Gun or Hydro Pump – definitely not good news if your foe has one of these Pokemon on their team! They also have Super Effective ICE attacks which means even worse things when fighting with double types like ice+water ones can happen–zapdo might do okay…but choose wisely!!

Zapdos Best Moveset

The best moves for Zapdos are Thunder Shock and Drill Peck when attacking Pokémon in Gyms. This move combination has been proven to have the highest total DPS, making it a perfect fit for PVP battles or Gym fights!


  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Drill Peck: 103%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Thunderbolt: 102%
  • Charge Beam, Drill Peck: 100%
  • Charge Beam, Thunderbolt: 99%
  • Charge Beam, Zap Cannon: 99%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Zap Cannon: 98%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Return Purified: 90%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Thunder: 90%
  • Charge Beam, Thunder: 89%
  • Charge Beam, Return Purified: 85%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Ancient Power: 76%
  • Charge Beam, Ancient Power: 73%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Frustration Shadow: 48%
  • Charge Beam, Frustration Shadow: 42%


  • Charge Beam, Zap Cannon: 100%
  • Charge Beam, Drill Peck: 100%
  • Charge Beam, Thunderbolt: 97%
  • Charge Beam, Ancient Power: 83%
  • Charge Beam, Thunder: 82%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Drill Peck: 78%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Thunderbolt: 72%
  • Charge Beam, Return Purified: 65%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Ancient Power: 64%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Zap Cannon: 61%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Thunder: 51%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Return Purified: 49%
  • Charge Beam, Frustration Shadow: 33%
  • Thunder Shock Elite TM, Frustration Shadow: 27%

Combat Power as a Raid Boss

Tier 1 9283
Tier 2 16080
Tier 3 22740
Tier 4 35955
Tier 5 46418
Tier 5+ 56851

Zapdos Raid Counters

The challenge of raiding is finding the balance between DPS and Total Damage Output. No matter how fast your Pokemon are, they can’t survive long enough to win if their counterparts have a lower level or larger group size than you do! But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any benefit: A high-damage dealer will always be more valuable in large scale battles like these against multiple foes where death comes early on account for being squishy as does Defense vs Skillful players with games such tanking abilities upfront rather then letting loose when needed (or waiting until later).

In some cases, such as Gengar the high DPS attacker may be more valuable for Single Target (ST) damage than it is in large groups since many people contribute to collective damage and this doesn’t matter so much.

In extreme situations where an individual has very high single target attacks but low overall hit counts like on big bosses or when fighting with weak enemies that take too long-term of bouts with constant engagement from players at all times., then using them could prove advantageous over tanks who provide raid wide crowd control by taking up less space/resources even if they don’t deal anywhere near enough total hits needed alone.

Pokémon Quick move Main move Effective
Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Ice Fang Avalanche 100%
Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Ice Fang Ice Punch 87%
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 86%
Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Tackle Avalanche 82%
Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 82%
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 78%
Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Blizzard 77%
Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 76%
Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 76%
Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche 75%
Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 74%
Calyrex (Ice Rider) Confusion Avalanche 74%
Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw Rock Slide 74%
Glaceon Ice Shard Avalanche 73%
Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Ice Fang Overheat 73%
Weavile Snarl Avalanche 73%
Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Blizzard 73%
Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Punch 71%
Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw Stone Edge 71%
Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Tackle Ice Punch 70%
Jynx Frost Breath Avalanche 70%
Rampardos Smack Down Flamethrower 70%
Kyurem (Black) Shadow Claw Blizzard 69%
Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 69%
Stonjourner Rock Throw Rock Slide 69%
Rhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 69%
Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Beam 69%
Glaceon Ice Shard Ice Beam 68%
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam 68%
Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Confusion Shadow Ball 68%
Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Slide 67%
Mewtwo Confusion Ice Beam 67%
Weavile Feint Attack Avalanche 67%
Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Tackle Avalanche 67%
Rampardos Zen Headbutt Rock Slide 67%
Gigalith Smack Down Rock Slide 67%
Stonjourner Rock Throw Stone Edge 67%
Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Zap Cannon 67%
Regigigas Hidden Power Avalanche 67%
Rampardos Smack Down Outrage 66%
Gigalith Smack Down Stone Edge 65%
Frosmoth Powder Snow Ice Beam 65%
Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Zap Cannon 65%
Porygon-Z Lock-On Blizzard 65%
Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Confusion Psychic 65%
Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 65%
Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Stone Edge 64%
Golem (Alola Form) Rock Throw Stone Edge 64%
Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 64%
Glastrier Tackle Avalanche 64%
Tyranitar Smack Down Return 64%
Vanilluxe Frost Breath Blizzard 64%
Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Dark Pulse 63%
Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic 63%
Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Outrage 63%
Regigigas Zen Headbutt Avalanche 63%
Zacian (Crowned Sword) Snarl Play Rough 63%
Aerodactyl Rock Throw Ancient Power 62%
Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Dark Pulse 62%
Jynx Confusion Avalanche 62%
Jynx Frost Breath Ice Punch 61%
Zacian (Crowned Sword) Quick Attack Play Rough 61%
Beartic Powder Snow Ice Punch 61%
Rhyperior Smack Down Return 61%
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic 61%
Archeops Wing Attack Ancient Power 61%
Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Ancient Power 61%
Zacian (Crowned Sword) Fire Fang Play Rough 61%
Golem (Alola Form) Rock Throw Rock Blast 61%
Golem Rock Throw Rock Blast 61%
Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Rock Slide 61%
Terrakion Smack Down Close Combat 61%
Rhyperior Smack Down Skull Bash 60%
Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw Outrage 60%
Reshiram Fire Fang Stone Edge 60%
Landorus (Therian) Extrasensory Rock Slide 60%
Abomasnow Powder Snow Weather Ball 60%
Diancie Rock Throw Rock Slide 60%
Kyurem (Black) Shadow Claw Stone Edge 60%
Omastar Rock Throw Rock Blast 60%
Sneasel Ice Shard Avalanche 60%
Golem Rock Throw Ancient Power 60%
Kyurem (White) Steel Wing Blizzard 60%
Calyrex (Shadow Rider) Confusion Psyshock 59%
Cloyster Frost Breath Avalanche 59%
Rhyperior Smack Down Surf 59%
Terrakion Zen Headbutt Rock Slide 59%
Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Shadow Ball 59%
Darmanitan (Standard) Incinerate Rock Slide 59%