Competitive Information for Zapdos [Red/Blue]

Competitive Pokemon Red/Blue Movesets and Strategies for Zapdos zapdos
Base Stats for Zapdos

Electric / Flying


Evolutions / Family:
Zapdos

Weakness Chart for Electric/Flying-type:
Bug
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Water
0x
2x
  
  
  
2x
  
  
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 Red/Blue 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 Red/Blue generation metagame.


Common team mates for Zapdos in Pokemon Red/Blue:

TaurosChanseySnorlaxExeggutorVictreebel


Zapdos is a marvelous Electric and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's pretty usual to find yourself dealing with Zapdos when battling in the 1st generation meta. There were no known abilities or equippable items back in the Red/Blue Pokemon games. Zapdos's only type-related weaknesses are Ice and Rock.


Species: Zapdos
Moveset:
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Shock
- Thunder Wave
- Light Screen
- Toxic

Special Sweeper Zapdos (Retro)

Zapdos is a legendary Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. From the original 151, few Pokemon could compare to Zapdos at the start of the Pokemon metagame. Back before 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).
Thunder Wave is a status move (paralyzes the target).
Light Screen is a status move (while active, Zapdos's special is 2x when damaged).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).



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
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunder Shock
40
100%
30
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunderbolt
95
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Double-Edge
100
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.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
Can't move next turn if target or sub is not KOed.
Rage
20
100%
20
Lasts forever. Raises user's Attack by 1 when hit.
Razor Wind
80
75%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Sky Attack
140
90%
5
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Swift
60
--
20
Never misses, even against Dig and Fly.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Flash
--
70%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Light Screen
--
--
30
While active, user's Special is 2x when damaged.
Mimic
--
--
10
Random move known by the target replaces this.
Reflect
--
--
20
While active, the user's Defense is doubled.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a Substitute.
Thunder Wave
--
100%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
85%
20
No competitive use.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Zapdos can perform in Red/Blue. 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 RB Move and Ability Combos for Zapdos

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