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Pokemon Go Zapdos counters: Weaknesses, moveset, and how to beat Zapdos

Pokemon Go Zapdos counters
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Picking the best Pokemon Go Zapdos counters isn't going to be too hard for a giant bird made out of electricity. As an Electric/Flying-type Pokemon, Ground and Rock-type options are obviously the best direction to go in with Pokemon Go. However, there are some surprises to be found. Plus, if you don't have a big raid party you really want to make sure you've got the best Zapdos counters you can possibly take into battle. So if you're ready to take them on, here are all of the top Pokemon Go Zapdos counters, along with its weaknesses and moveset.

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Pokemon Go Zapdos moveset

Pokemon Go Zapdos counters

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Zapdos Key Info

Type: Electric/Flying
Weaknesses: Ice/Rock
Resistances: Ground/Fighting/Steel/Grass/Bug/Flying
Boosted Weather: Windy/Rainy
100% IVs: 2015 CP (L20) / 2519 CP (L25)

Zapdos is a joint Electric/Flying-type, so as a result, its raid moveset is almost entirely Electric-type focused. It does have a vast array of resistances though; you want to avoid using Ground, Fighting, Steel, Grass, Bug, or Flying-type moves, because Zapdos will laugh them off.

Below are all of Zapdos' possible moves, along with the best typing you should use to resist them. For the most part, Ground, Grass, Electric, and Dragon-type Pokemon will resist all of its Electric-type moves.

Pokemon Go Zapdos moveset
Fast MovesCharged Moves
Charge Beam (Ground, Grass, Electric, Dragon)Drill Peck (Rock, Steel, Electric)
Ancient Power (Fighting, Ground, Steel)
Thunder (Ground, Grass, Electric, Dragon)
Thunderbolt (Ground, Grass, Electric, Dragon)
Zap Cannon (Ground, Grass, Electric, Dragon)

Pokemon Go Zapdos counters

Pokemon Go Zapdos counters

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Here are the ten best Pokemon Go Zapdos counters to use in raids, along with the best moveset for those Pokemon to take it down. Ice and Rock-type moves are mainly the way forward here.

Best Pokemon Go Zapdos counters
PokemonFast MoveCharged Move
Galarian DarmanitanIce FangAvalanche
RampardosSmack DownRock Slide
RhyperiorSmack DownRock Wrecker
MamoswinePowder SnowAvalanche
TyranitarSmack DownStone Edge
GolemRock ThrowStone Edge
TerrakionSmack DownRock Slide
MewtwoPsycho CutIce Beam
GigalithSmack DownRock Slide
WeavileIce ShardAvalanche

How to get shiny Zapdos in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go shiny Zapdos

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Unfortunately, shiny Zapdos doesn't look that different from standard Zapdos in Pokemon Go. To the point where when Zapdos was originally released, Niantic accidentally gave it the shiny sprite instead of the standard one! That has since been fixed, but shiny Zapdos only looks slightly different. Nevertheless, it's another one to catch for the shiny collection. If you do have an encounter with a shiny Zapdos, remember it has a 100% catch rate after a raid, like all shiny legendaries!

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Ford James

One of the resident guide writers around these parts, give me a game and I will write every "how to" I possibly can or die trying. When I'm not knee-deep in a game to write guides on, you'll find me hurtling round the track in F1, flinging balls on my phone in Pokemon Go, pretending to know what I'm doing in Football Manager, or clicking on heads in Valorant.