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Zapdos
サンダー Thunder
#145
145Zapdos
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Electric Flying
Species
Electric Pokémon
Abilities
Pressure Lightningrod
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#145
Johto
#241
Hoenn
#300
Regional Browser numbers
Oblivia
R-299
Height
5'03"
Imperial
1.6 m
Metric
Weight
116.0 lbs.
Imperial
52.6 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Body style
Body09
Footprint
 F145 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 81 cycles
(20655 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
3
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 216 Battle Exp.: 2161*

Zapdos (Japanese: サンダー Thunder) is a dual-type Electric/Flying legendary Pokémon.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Along with Articuno and Moltres, it is one of the three legendary birds of Kanto.

Biology

Physiology

Zapdos has the form of a large bird with black and yellow plumage. Its spiky feathers make it appear to be made of lightning. Its tail feathers stick out in several directions, furthering this illusion. A large crest of feathers decorates its head, and distinctive black rings encircle its eyes. Its beak is very long and thin. While Zapdos is the smallest and lightest of the legendary birds, it is still a large Pokémon.

Gender differences

Zapdos is a genderless species.

Special abilities

When Zapdos flaps its glittering wings, it releases electricity, potentially causing thunderstorms.

Behavior

Zapdos is one of the legendary birds of Kanto. It is a poorly understood species, believed by many to be pure myth. It is always seen in conjunction with thunderstorms, leading many to believe that it gathers energy from the electricity in the atmosphere. It is also reported to cause massive crackling and snapping sounds when it flies; these are attributed to the lightning bolts it is said to shed when airborne.

Habitat

Rare

Rare Pokémon

When Zapdos is sighted, which is not often, it is almost always during electrical storms. It appears to live in thunderclouds, but one is said to live in or near a power plant in Kanto. It may be attracted by the electricity the plant produces.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
One of the legendary bird Pokémon. While it is flying, it makes crackling and snapping sounds.
Generation II
Johto
This legendary bird Pokémon cause savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
One Power Plant
Generation II
Johto
None Trade

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
19/23 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
BW B2W2 Move Type Cat. Power Accuracy PP
00Start 00Start Peck Flying Physical 03535 100}}100% 35
00Start 00Start ThunderShock Electric Special 04040 100}}100% 30
088 088 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
1515 1515 Detect Fighting Status 0000 —}}—% 5
2222 2222 Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
2929 2929 AncientPower Rock Special 06060 100}}100% 5
3636 3636 Charge Electric Status 0000 —}}—% 20
4343 4343 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
5050 5050 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100}}100% 15
5757 5757 Roost Flying Status 0000 —}}—% 10
6464 6464 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
7171 7171 Drill Peck Flying Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
7878 7878 Thunder Electric Special 120120 070}}70% 10
8585 8585 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
N/AN/A 9292 Zap Cannon Electric Special 120120 050}}50% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Zapdos obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Zapdos
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Zapdos
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM05 Roar Normal Status 100% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90% 5
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status —% 30
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite TM18 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 95 100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM25 Thunder Electric Special 120 70% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status —% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 60 —% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 50 90% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite TM58 Sky Drop Flying Physical 60 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150 90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM70 Flash Normal Status 100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 70 100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM87 Swagger Normal Status 90% 15
Bag TM Flying Sprite TM88 Pluck Flying Physical 60 100% 20
Bag TM Bug Sprite TM89 U-turn Bug Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 90 100% 15
Bag TM Fighting Sprite TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 40 100% 15
Bag HM Flying Sprite HM02 Fly Flying Physical 90 95% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Zapdos
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Zapdos
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Zapdos in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Zapdos in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Zapdos
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Zapdos
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Heat Wave Fire Special 100 90% 10
B W B2 W2 Roost Flying Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Signal Beam Bug Special 75 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Sky Attack Flying Physical 140 90% 5
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Tailwind Flying Status —% 30
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Zapdos can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Zapdos cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Zapdos
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Zapdos
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Evolution

145
Does not evolve
Zapdos
 Electric  Flying 

Kanto: ArticunoZapdosMoltresMewtwoMew
Johto: RaikouEnteiSuicuneLugiaHo-OhCelebi
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