Zapdos is an Electric, Flying-type Legendary Pokémon from the Kanto region. It does not evolve into or from any other Pokémon. Along with Articuno and Moltres, it is a member of the Legendary Birds.

Zapdos is the mascot Pokémon of Team Instinct.

Pokédex description

Electric Pokémon
Zapdos is a Legendary Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.
- Zapdos's cry

Possible attacks

Fast attacks

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8 (7)

Charged attacks

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70 (20)
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65 (28)
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100 (42)
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80 (32)
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140 (38)

Attack availability

Evolution family

Zapdos is part of a one-member family.

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#145 Zapdos
#145 Zapdos


Method Maximum CP Details
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Raid Battles

(weather boosted)
Tier 5 CP 46,418

2021 Feb 20 - Mar 1[1]
2020 Sep 25 - Oct 2[2]
Ultra Bonus Event 2018: Sep 13 - 20[3]
2017 Aug 7 - 31[4][5]
Special Raid Challenge:
2021 Feb 28[6]
2018 Jul 21[7]

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Research tasks
1,511 Special Research/Timed Research:
GO Fest 2020: Rocket Straight to Victory - 3rd part: Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra (Shadow)
Research Breakthrough:
2019 Nov - Dec
2018 Dec - 2019 Feb
2018 May
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GO Battle League
2,015 Obtainable starting from rank:
20 (2021 Feb 20 - Mar 1)



  • Zapdos was originally planned to learn Discharge, but it was removed before Zapdos was released.
  • The Zapdos raids in September 2020 were pushed early by few hours.[8]


  1. Feel the love with Pokémon GO’s February events!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2021-02-02.
  2. Different Legendary Raid Bosses each week, Victini Special Research, and more in September!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-08-27.
  3. Professor Willow’s Global Research Challenge Ends with a Power-Packed Ultra Bonus Event!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-09-14.
  4. PokemonGoApp. (2017, August 7). The Legendary Pokémon Zapdos has been spotted in Pokémon GO!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-01-31.
  5. PokemonGoApp. (2017, August 14). Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia have been spotted in Raid Battles around the world until August 31!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-01-31.
  6. Close out the Pokémon Day weekend with a Kanto-themed Raid Day!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2021-02-18.
  7. Unlock Zapdos Day during Professor Willow’s Global Challenge!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-07-27.
  8. Zapdos and Articuno together?. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2020-09-25.

External links

  • Zapdos page, on the official Pokédex website
  • Zapdos article, on the Bulbapedia
  • Zapdos article, on the Pokémon Wiki
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