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Zapdos Trio Raid Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
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Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK211.72 DEF160.37
CP Range
Lvl 20 1930 - 2015 Lvl 25 2413 - 2519

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Rain, Windy, Partly Cloudy Snow, Partly Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Thunder Easy
Thunderbolt Challenging
Zap Cannon Intermediate
Drill Peck Intermediate
Ancient Power Intermediate

Overview

The second of the Legendary Birds of Kanto, and the third member to be released in Pokemon Go. The Team Instinct mascot packs a punch and is only weak to Rock and Ice, and while its moveset has been expanded since its initial release, it hasn't helped out with its raid counters extremely easily. Several counters can wall the majority of its movesets and deal outstanding damage. This guide will focus on the trio due to its general accessibility, but a duo is definitely possible with select counters, especially with the right weather.

Approach

Team composition

  • Front load your glass cannons like Rampardos and Shadow Weavile for maximum damage

  • Rock Wrecker Rhyperior is the top counter in terms of overall performance, though Mamoswine isn't that far behins.

  • Rock Types tend to have the strongest overall performance in this raid, though many Ice Types are also great for filling out a team

  • The old classics like Golem are still viable, though they've been outclassed  in general.

  • No currently released Mega Evolutions are recommended for this raid.

Dodging strategy

  • Dodging is recommended with glassy counters, tankier counters like Rhyperior generally don't need to bother.

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters Viable at Lv.30
ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Zapdos

  • Has the DPS needed to duo in neutral weather, but needs TDO support. Especially true at lower levels.

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration

  • Frail, appreciates dodging

  • Weak to Ancient Power

Rampardos Rampardos
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Pros:

  • Highest DPS of all non-shadow counters. Has the DPS needed to duo in neutral weather, but needs TDO support. Especially true at lower levels.

  • Decent availability due to being featured in several events

  • Resists Drill Peck

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
ShadowTyranitar Shadow Tyranitar
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Pros: 

  • Great mix of DPS/TDO
  • Duo-viable DPS and TDO, may require some dodging
  • Resists Drill Peck

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration
  • Best moveset is Elite
Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Fantastic overall counter, offers a great mix of average DPS and TDO
  • Double resists Electric Type movesets
  • Great overall accessibility. Species has been featured in multiple events, its own Community Day, and is a common spawn in many areas
  • Duo-viable DPS and TDO, may require some dodging
Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Top TDO option with outstanding DPS to back it up

  • TDO can help make a duo viable by avoiding relobbies, but requires DPS support as its DPS is just slightly out of duo range.

  • Resists Zapdos' entire moveset, double resists Electric Type movesets

  • Great overall accessibility. Species has been featured in multiple events, its own Community Day, is a common spawn in many areas, and has been available since day 1

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite

Counters viable at Lv.35
Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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Pros:

  • High general viability, can be used in many raids

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain

  • Limited release, only available to players that joined Go Fest 2020

  • Duo-viable DPS, but frail and may require dodging

Terrakion Terrakion
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Pros:

  • Duo-viable DPS, but may require some dodging

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain

Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • Highly accessible option; species has been featured in multiple events, its own Community Day, and has been in the raid system since the system's inception

  • Resists Drill Peck

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite

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Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain

Gigalith Gigalith
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Pros:

  • Resists Drill Peck
Landorus (Incarnate Forme) Landorus (Incarnate Forme)
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan
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Pros:

  • Very high DPS option

Cons:

  • Currently considered a rare species
  • Frail species, appreciates dodging
  • Weak to Ancient Power
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Cons:

  • Weak to Ancient Power
ShadowOmastar Shadow Omastar
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Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration
  • Weak to Electric Type movesets
  • Best moveset is double legacy
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Pros:

  • Very attainable species, generally common and can be found in the wild at lv.35

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
  • Weak to Ancient Power
Shadow Porygon-Z Shadow Porygon-Z
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Pros:

Cons:

  • Requires Hidden Power Rock or Ice to be viable outside of the strategy linked above.
Counters Viable at Lv.40
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Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
  • Weak to Ancient Power
Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Extremely bulky in select raids due to triple resistance to Electric Type movesets
  • Resists Ancient Power

Cons:

  • DPS is quite low in this raid, not viable for the Trio without DPS support
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Pros:

  • The old-school bird slayer. Many older players have one or more raised.
  • Double-resists Electric Type movesets, resists Ancient Power and Drill Peck

Cons:

  • DPS is low for the trio, requires DPS support

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