Zapdos Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Zapdos Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: July 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to July 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: November 26, 2021

Zapdos is an Electric- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region. This Pokémon has complete control over electricity. There are tales of Zapdos nesting in the dark depths of pitch-black thunderclouds. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Zapdos, how to catch Zapdos after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Electric Pokémon after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Zapdos Raid in Pokémon GO

As an Electric- and Flying-type Pokémon, Zapdos is vulnerable to Ice- and Rock-type attacks. When selecting Pokémon for your Zapdos Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Fast Attack and a Charged Attack of one of these types if you want to deal as much damage as possible. It’s not necessary to choose only Ice- or Rock-type Pokémon, but a Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

If you have multiple Pokémon that know Ice- or Rock-type attacks, choose the Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive at the conclusion of a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Zapdos as quickly as you can.

Suggested Ice-type Pokémon

  • Articuno (Ice/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Frost Breath (Ice), Ice Shard (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Blizzard (Ice), Ice Beam (Ice), Icy Wind (Ice)

  • Abomasnow / Mega Abomasnow (Grass/Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Powder Snow (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Blizzard (Ice), Weather Ball (Ice)

  • Weavile / Shadow Weavile (Dark/Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Ice Shard (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice)

  • Glaceon (Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Frost Breath (Ice), Ice Shard (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Ice Beam (Ice), Icy Wind (Ice)

  • Mamoswine / Shadow Mamoswine (Ice/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Powder Snow (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Avalanche (Ice), Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Galarian Darmanitan (Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Ice Fang (Ice)

    • Charged Attack: Avalanche (Ice), Ice Punch (Ice)

Suggested Rock-type Pokémon

  • Alolan Golem (Rock/Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Rock Throw (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Blast (Rock), Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Aerodactyl / Mega Aerodactyl (Rock/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Rock Throw (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Rock Slide (Rock)

  • Tyranitar / Shadow Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Rampardos (Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Slide (Rock)

  • Rhyperior (Ground/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Wrecker (Rock), Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Gigalith (Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Slide (Rock)

  • Terrakion (Rock/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Slide (Rock)

  • Nihilego (Rock/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Acid (Poison)

    • Charged Attack: Power Gem (Rock), Rock Slide (Rock)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a successful Zapdos raid, you’ll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Zapdos, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Zapdos more quickly.

In an encounter with Zapdos, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Zapdos isn’t going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you’re trying to catch it. Don’t waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it’s moving around. Watch Zapdos to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Zapdos. A Razz Berry will make it easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Zapdos, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Zapdos Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Zapdos easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Buddy Pokémon with a Buddy Level of Great Buddy or higher have the Catch Assist Perk. If a Pokémon—even a Legendary Pokémon—deflects a Poké Ball, your buddy might bounce it back for a second catch opportunity!

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Zapdos is tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.

What To Do with Zapdos Once You’ve Caught It

Zapdos’s Initial CP Range: 1,930–2,015

Zapdos’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,413–2,519

Available Fast Attacks: Charge Beam (Electric), Thunder Shock (Electric)

Available Charged Attacks: Ancient Power (Rock), Drill Peck (Flying), Thunder (Electric), Thunderbolt (Electric), Zap Cannon (Electric)

As an Electric- and Flying-type Pokémon, Zapdos has a type advantage against Water-, Grass-, Fighting-, Flying-, and Bug-type Pokémon and is resistant to Grass-, Fighting-, Ground-, Flying-, Bug-, and Steel-type attacks. Zapdos can make for a powerful addition to your Raid Battle lineups, especially when battling against Mega Blastoise, Mega Pidgeot, Mega Slowbro, Mega Gyarados, Articuno, Moltres, Lugia, and Mega Altaria. In the GO Battle League, the Electric Pokémon is most useful in the Master League, where its high max CP puts it at a considerable advantage against popular Pokémon like Gyarados, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, and Togekiss.

When choosing moves for Zapdos, the most important thing to keep in mind is that its Electric- and Flying-type attacks benefit from a same-type attack bonus. In terms of Zapdos’s Fast Attacks, Thunder Shock deals greater damage per second but requires an Elite Fast TM, while Charge Beam generates more energy per second and doesn’t require an Elite Fast TM.

If you’re aiming to bring Zapdos to the GO Battle League, you should increase its CP and teach it a second Charged Attack. The Flying-type Charged Attack Drill Peck charges up quickly and is extremely useful for baiting opponents into using their Protect Shields. Out of Zapdos’s Electric-type Charged Attacks, Thunderbolt costs the least amount of energy but deals the lowest amount of damage, whereas Zap Cannon deals a punishing amount of damage at a higher energy cost.

It’s also worth noting that in the GO Battle League, Shadow Zapdos is a menace—in the best way possible—because its low initial CP allows it to be used across the Great League, the Ultra League, and the Master League. You can’t catch Shadow Zapdos in Raid Battles, but if you’re lucky enough to have already caught one, this event is the perfect opportunity to earn more Zapdos Candy. Shadow Pokémon cost extra Candy and Stardust to power up, but it’s well worth the effort to strengthen Shadow Zapdos.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

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