Competitive Information for Zapdos [Gold/Silver]

Competitive Pokemon Gold/Silver Movesets and Strategies for Zapdos zapdos
Base Stats for Zapdos

Electric / Flying


Evolutions / Family:
Zapdos

Weakness Chart for Electric/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
2x
  
  
  
2x
0.5x
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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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.


Common team mates for Zapdos in Pokemon Gold/Silver:

CloysterGolemMachampSteelixJynxMarowakRhydonScizorVenusaurLaprasHoundoomPiloswine


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.


Species: Zapdos
Item: Leftovers
Moveset:
- Thunder / Thunderbolt
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Whirlwind

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.

Thunder is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze. can't miss in rain).
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).




Species: Zapdos
Item: Life Orb
Moveset:
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Shock
- Detect
- 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.

Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
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).



Movepool


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.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Thunder
120
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunder Shock
40
100%
30
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunderbolt
95
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Zap Cannon
100
50%
5
100% chance to paralyze the target.
Bide
--
100%
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Drill Peck
80
100%
20
No additional effect.
Fly
70
95%
15
Flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Peck
35
100%
35
No additional effect.
Rage
20
100%
20
Next Rage increases in damage if hit during use.
Razor Wind
80
75%
10
Charges, then hits target turn 2. High crit ratio.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Steel Wing
70
90%
25
10% chance to raise the user's Defense by 1.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Detect
--
--
5
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
70%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, the user's party has doubled Sp. Def.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, the user's party has doubled Def.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Thunder Wave
--
100%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


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

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