Pokémon Go Zapdos – moveset, strengths, and weaknesses

Pokémon Go's Zapdos is an electrifying legendary that’s hard to catch, but not impossible. Utilize our guide to Zapdos’s strengths, weaknesses, and moveset.

Pokemon Go's Zapdos flying in front of a static background of a campsite

So, you want to catch Pokémon Go’s Zapdos? We’re not surprised. This Pokédex icon is part of the trio of legendary birds from the Kanto region – alongside Moltres and Articuno. Featured in our best flying Pokémon in Pokémon Go list for its impressive electric attacks and unrelenting thunder moves, Zapdos is highly sought after. But, with such an impressive resumé, it’s not an easy quest.

Before we turn our attention to the thunderclouds looming in the skies though, we’ve got more Pokémon knowledge to offer you. When you’re done here, head on over to our Pokédex, Pokémon Go promo codes list, and Pokémon Go Eevee evolution guide.

Right, onwards to our guide on all things Pokémon Go’s Zapdos.

How can I encounter Pokémon Go’s Zapdos?

If you’re after Pokémon Go’s Zapdos, you’re going to have to work for it. As one of the game’s legendaries, you don’t just stumble upon Zapdos in the wild. No, for Zapdos, you need to wait for it to appear in a five-star raid. Worth it to secure yourself Team Instinct’s mascot though.

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What is the Pokémon Go Zapdos’s raid schedule?

Pokémon Go’s Zapdos will appear in five-star raids from July 6, 2023, to July 13, 2023, alongside Articuno and Moltres. That’s one week to catch it before it goes back into rotation again. It will also be the focus of the spotlight raid hour on July 12, 2023, from 18:00 until 19:00 local time.

What are Pokémon Go Zapdos’s weaknesses?

As an electric- and flying Pokémon, Zapdos is very weak against two specific types. These are:

If you want to catch Zapdos, you may well want to consider the following Pokémon for your battle roster:

  • Galarian Darmanitan
  • Rampardos
  • Rhyperior
  • Terrakion
  • Mamoswine
  • Weavile
  • Glaceon
  • Gigalith

What are Pokémon Go Zapdos’s strengths?

It’s not a bad life for Zapdos being only weak to ice- and rock-types. So, unsurprisingly, Zapdos’s strengths are plenty.

Here’s what this thundercloud dweller is resistant to:

Pokemon Go's Zapdos flying next to the game's logo

What is Pokémon Go Zapdos’s moveset?

For Pokémon Go’s Zapdos, there are a variety of moves to choose from, and here’s what we’d suggest. When it comes to selecting a quick move, there’s one immediate recommendation we would make and that’s thunder shock offering better execution in battle than your other option, charge beam. It also has a good energy gain rate, which helps with unleashing those important charged attacks.

When it comes to charged moves, you’ll want to look at using either drill peck or zap cannon. Drill peck is great for taking advantage of Zapdos’s flying-type and zap cannon leans into those electric energy attacks.

So, there it is, everything we’ve got for you on securing yourself Pokémon Go’s Zapdos. Of course, preparing for battle is very important and if you use this guide alongside our flying Pokémon weakness and electric Pokémon weakness guides, you may well have yourself a triad of takedowns.