Competitive Information for Zapdos [Gold/Silver]
Electric / Flying
Evolutions / Family:
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Zapdos? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Gold/Silver Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Gold/Silver generation metagame.
Zapdos is an awesome Electric and Flying-typed Pokemon. Zapdos is a common Pokemon to see in Generation 2. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Zapdos's only type-related weaknesses are Ice and Rock.
- Thunder / Thunderbolt
- Sleep Talk
Support Zapdos (Analytic)
Zapdos is a legendary Support. Remember before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Zapdos last longer regaining it's health every turn.
♦ Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
♦ Rest is a status move (Zapdos sleeps 2 turns and restores hp and status).
♦ Sleep Talk is a status move (Zapdos must be asleep. uses another known move).
♦ Whirlwind is a status move (forces the target to switch to a random ally).
Item: Life Orb
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Shock
- Thunder Wave
- Light Screen
Special Sweeper Zapdos (Retro)
Zapdos is a legendary Special Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the old days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Thunder Shock is a special STAB-boosted 40-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
♦ Detect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Zapdos this turn).
♦ Thunder Wave is a status move (paralyzes the target).
♦ Light Screen is a status move (for 5 turns, your Zapdos's party has doubled special defense).
Wondering what moves can Zapdos learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.
These are a list of several common move combinations Zapdos can perform in Gold/Silver. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.
Competitive GS Move and Ability Combos for Zapdos
- Moves: Rain dance + Thunder
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Moves with Priority: Detect, Endure, Protect
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