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Pokemon GO: Zapdos Raid Guide – Counters & Weaknesses

Zapdos is back in Pokemon GO! Read on to know the best types to use as well as its stats and moves after capture!

Zapdos is back in raids this July alongside the other legendary birds and Dialga. It comes right after Articuno’s turn in the raids, with players being able to catch this electric bird from July 7 – July 14.

Moltres will follow after this Pokemon’s raid window is closed. Players will also have the chance to capture Mega Charizard Y at the same time!

See the full Pokemon GO July raid schedule here!


Best Counters To Zapdos in Pokemon GO

Zapdos Type Weakness

As an Electric/Flying type Pokemon, there are only 2 move types that are super effective against this raid boss. These are:

  • Rock
  • Ice

Moves using either of these types will deal 160% damage!

However, Zapdos has plenty of types it is resistant to. Players should avoid using the following types in this raid:

  • Ground
  • Fighting
  • Flying
  • Bug
  • Steel
  • Grass

Moves of the above types will only deal 63% damage, making it much harder to beat this raid.

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Best Pokemon To Use In Zapdos Raids

Below we’ve prepared a list of the top 5 Pokemon we recommend bringing to this raid. This is due to their access to moves that are super effective against the boss.

  • Darmanitan (Galarian)
  • Weavile
  • Glaceon
  • Rampardos
  • Aerodactyl

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Stats And Moves

When caught Zapdos has the potential to be shiny as well as the following stats:

  • Defense: 185
  • Stamina: 207
  • Attack: 253

With such a high attack this is certainly a Pokemon you want to add to your team!

Furthermore, Zapdos has access to the following moves!

Fast Moves

  • Charge Beam (Electric)*
  • Thunder Shock (Electric – can be taught through the use of an Elite TM)*

Charged Moves

  • Drill Peck (Flying)*
  • Ancient Power (Rock)
  • Thunder (Electric)*
  • Thunderbolt (Electric)*
  • Zap Cannon (Electric)*

Moves marked with * will benefit from the 20% attack bonus due to STAB (same type attack bonus)

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But Zapdos isn’t the most exciting recent Pokemon news – a new datamine revealed there will be over 50 more Pokemon coming soon!

Although, the legendary birds reappearing in raids is right amidst players begging Niantic to put legendaries back in Research Breakthroughs

Alongside that, players are also calling the new Weekly Event Box worthless! Hopefully, when new Hisuian forms are added to the game Niantic will also fix many players’ concerns.

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