Zapdos Counters, Weakness & Best Moveset in Pokemon GO

In our Zapdos Counters, Weakness & Best Moveset in Pokemon GO guide, we’ll help you prepare for any battle against the electric legendary bird, especially if it’s appearing in Raids. We’ll give you a list of Pokemon that can deal a bunch of damage to Zapdos, as well as what its best moveset is and what its weaknesses are.

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Zapdos Counters, Weakness & Best Moveset in Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO Zapdos Counters

The best counters for Zapdos in Pokemon GO have to play to its weakness while being relatively resistant to its moveset. In the list below, we’ll give you ten Pokemon that should prove really effective against the electric legendary bird. Feel free to add any of your preferences in the comments below.

  • Mega Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Darmanitan (Galarian Zen or Standard) with Ice Fang and Avalanche
  • Mega Abomasnow with Powder Snow and Weather Ball
  • Mamoswine (Shadow or regular) with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Tyranitar (Shadow or regular) with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Weavile (Shadow or regular) with Ice Shard and Avalanche
  • Glaceon with Frost Breath and Avalanche

Zapdos Weakness & Best Moveset in Pokemon GO

So, we know what the best Zapdos counters in Pokemon GO are, but what about its weakness and best moveset? Well, it has more than one weakness, as you’ve probably figured out from the list. Specifically, as an Electric/Flying-type Pokemon, Zapdos does poorly against Ice and Rock attacks, taking 160% damage from them. On the flip side, Ground, Fighting, Grass, Steel, Bug and Flying attacks do only 63%, so avoid using those.

As for what the best Zapdos moveset, there are several combinations that work really well. One thing that we have to open with is that Thunder Shock (Electric, Elite TM) is the best Quick Attack Zapdos has, which is why you should try and catch it in these coming Raids. When it comes to Charged Attacks, Drill Peck (Flying), Thunderbolt (Electric) and Zap Cannon (Electric) are all viable choices. The other Quick Attack Zapdos can have is Charge Beam (Electric), and the other Charged Moves are Ancient Power (Rock), Thunder (Electric), Frustration (Normal, Shadow) and Return (Normal, Purified).

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