Pokemon Go Zapdos Raid Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses and Moveset

The legendary thunder bird is appearing again until July 14.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Kevin Knezevic
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You can encounter the legendary electric Pokemon Zapdos in raids again for a limited time.


Zapdos is leaving Pokemon Go  again very soon. The legendary thunder bird is appearing in gyms until Thursday, July 14, making this your last chance to get one for the foreseeable future. 

Before then, Pokemon Go will be hosting a Zapdos Raid Hour on July 13, with more Zapdos raids occurring from 6 to 7 p.m. local time. Not only is this a good opportunity to add the legendary Pokemon to your collection before it leaves the raid rotation, but you'll also have a chance to catch a shiny Zapdos if you're lucky.

Here are some tips to help you beat and catch Zapdos before it leaves Pokemon Go.

Zapdos Raid Hours

Zapdos is appearing in five-star raid battles from July 7 to July 14, giving you one week to catch it before it leaves the rotation again. 

Your best chance to encounter the legendary Pokemon will come on July 13, during Pokemon Go's weekly Raid Hour event. More Zapdos raids will take place at gyms from 6 to 7 p.m. local time that evening, giving you more opportunities to challenge the legendary Pokemon.

Zapdos weaknesses

Thanks to its electric/flying type combination, Zapdos is weak to only two types of Pokemon: rock and ice. The former will be especially effective against the legendary Pokemon if they're also part-ground, as they'll take reduced damage from Zapdos' electric-type attacks.

Best Zapdos counters

Here are some recommended Pokemon to use against Zapdos:


  • Golem: Rock Throw, Stone Edge
  • Tyranitar: Smack Down, Stone Edge
  • Regirock: Rock Throw, Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down, Rock Wrecker
  • Rampardos: Smack Down, Rock Slide
  • Terrakion: Smack Down, Rock Slide


  • Articuno: Frost Breath, Ice Beam
  • Mamoswine: Powder Snow, Avalanche
  • Weavile: Ice Shard, Avalanche
  • Glaceon: Frost Breath, Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan: Ice Fang, Avalanche
  • Avalugg: Ice Fang, Avalanche

Best moveset for Zapdos

Zapdos' best Fast Attack is Thunder Shock, but you have two good options when it comes to Charged Attack. Zap Cannon is a great choice if you want to take advantage of the Pokemon's electric typing, while Drill Peck charges up more quickly and lets Zapdos hit fighting, grass and bug Pokemon super-effectively.

Pokemon Go still has a handful of events lined up before July ends, including Starly Community Day and new Spotlight Hours. You can see everything going on this month in our July events roundup.