Zapdos (Pokémon)

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Zapdos
サンダー Thunder
#145
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Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Electric Flying
Category
Electric Pokémon
Ability
Pressure
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#145
Johto
#236
Hoenn
#300
Sinnoh
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Regional Browser numbers
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
BodyUnknown.png
Footprint
 F145.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Undiscovered group 1 cycles*
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 216 Battle Exp.: 2161*

Zapdos (Japanese: サンダー Thunder) is an Electric/Flying-type Pokémon. It's found in the Kanto Region at abandoned power plant. Zapdos appeared in the movie The Power of One.

Biology

Physiology

Zapdos takes the form of a large bird with black and yellow plumage. Its spiky feathers make it look like its made of, or struck by lightning. Its tail feathers stick out in several directions, furthering this illusion. It has a large crest of feathers around its head, and distinctive black rings around its eyes. Its beak is very long and thin, and is the same orange color as its legs. In contrast to the bright colors of its body, it has gray-brown legs. While Zapdos is the smallest and lightest of the legendary birds, it is still a fairly large Pokémon.

Gender differences

Zapdos is a genderless species.

Special abilities

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

Behavior

Zapdos is one of the legendary birds of Kanto. They are poorly understood species, believed by many to be pure myth. They are always seen in conjunction with thunderstorms. It is believed 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 contributed to the lightning bolts it is said to shed when it flies.

Habitat

Zapdos is usually always seen during electrical storms, and appears to live in thunderclouds. One is said to live in an abandoned power plant in Kanto. It can be construed that it is attracted by the electricity of the plant. However they are extremely rare, possible one-of-a-kind.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

Zapdos made its first true appearance in The Power of One. Jirarudan wanted to capture the three Kanto Legendary Birds as well as Lugia.

The Thunderbird Pokémon made another appearance in As Clear As Crystal. When Team Rocket made an attempt to steal a crystal that gave a lake the ability to heal Electric-type Pokémon, they were side-tracked when Zapdos showed up and changed their objective to capture Zapdos instead.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When released from a Pokéball, Zapdos uses a powerful Thundershock that hits opponents several times to produce a substantial amount of damage.

Trophy information

Zapdos flaps its wings, and summer storms appear, throwing lightning every which way. It's said that you can hear this legendary Pokémon coming, as its wings make a very distinctive popping sound as it flies. In addition to electrical moves like the dreaded Thunder, it also wields a vicious move called Drill Peck.

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Zapdos is the first legendary Pokémon encountered in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. After it kidnaps Shiftry, the player must fight it at the top of Mt. Thunder. It is possible to recruit Zapdos by returning for another fight after the credits.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.
Blue
Yellow This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.
Stadium A legendary bird Pokémon that appears with a gigantic thunderstorm. It flies with the buzz and crack of electricity.
Generation II
Gold This legendary bird Pokémon cause savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.
Silver This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear only when a thundercloud parts into two halves.
Crystal Legendary bird Pokémon. They say lightning caused by the flapping of its wings causes summer storms.
Stadium 2 This legendary bird Pokémon cause savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.
Generation III
Ruby Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.
Sapphire Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.
Emerald Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. It gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.
FireRed One of the legendary bird Pokémon. While it is flying, it makes crackling and snapping sounds.
LeafGreen A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.
Generation IV
Diamond A Legendary Pokémon that is said to live inside thunder clouds. It can freely control thunder.
Pearl A Legendary Pokémon that is said to live inside thunder clouds. It can freely control thunder.
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Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
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Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
One Power Plant
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
One Power Plant
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
One Power Plant
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
One Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Pal Park
Platinum
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Mt. Thunder Peak (3F)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
90
150 - 197 290 - 384
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
125
117 - 194 229 - 383
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total:
580
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 125.

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

Note: If Zapdos is given the Black Steel Orb, the effectiveness of Ground-type attacks becomes 200.

Learnset

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By leveling up

Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV
Start Thundershock
Drill Peck
Peck
Thundershock
Peck
Thundershock
Peck
Thundershock
8       Thunder Wave
13   Thunder Wave Thunder Wave  
15       Detect
22       Pluck
25   Agility Agility  
29       Ancientpower
36       Charge
37   Detect Detect  
43       Agility
49   Drill Peck Drill Peck  
50       Discharge
51 Thunder      
55 Agility      
57       Roost
60 Light Screen      
61   Light Screen Charge  
64       Light Screen
71       Drill Peck
73   Thunder Light Screen  
78       Thunder
85     Thunder Rain Dance

By TM/HM

Number Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV
TM02 Razor Wind      
TM03   Curse    
TM04 Whirlwind      
TM05     Roar Roar
TM06 Toxic Toxic Toxic Toxic
TM07   Zap Cannon    
TM08   Rock Smash    
TM09 Take Down      
TM10 Double Edge Hidden Power Hidden Power Hidden Power
TM11   Sunny Day Sunny Day Sunny Day
TM13   Snore    
TM15 Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam Hyper Beam
TM16     Light Screen Light Screen
TM17   Protect Protect Protect
TM18   Rain Dance Rain Dance Rain Dance
TM20 Rage Endure    
TM21   Frustration Frustration Frustration
TM24 Thunderbolt   Thunderbolt Thunderbolt
TM25 Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder
TM27   Return Return Return
TM31 Mimic Mud Slap    
TM32 Double Team Double Team Double Team Double Team
TM33 Reflect      
TM34 Bide Swagger Shock Wave Shock Wave
TM35   Sleep Talk    
TM37   Sandstorm Sandstorm Sandstorm
TM39 Swift Swift    
TM40     Aerial Ace Aerial Ace
TM42     Facade Facade
TM43 Sky Attack Detect Secret Power Secret Power
TM44 Rest Rest Rest Rest
TM45 Thunder Wave      
TM47   Steel Wing Steel Wing Steel Wing
TM50 Substitute      
TM51       Roost
TM57       Charge Beam
TM58       Endure
TM68       Giga Impact
TM70       Flash
TM73       Thunder Wave
TM82       Sleep Talk
TM83       Natural Gift
TM87       Swagger
TM88       Pluck
TM89       U-turn
TM90       Substitute
HM02 Fly Fly Fly Fly
HM05 Flash Flash Flash Defog
HM06     Rock Smash Rock Smash

Special moves

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Zapdos knows Shadow Bolt, Shadow Rush, Shadow Shed and Shadow Sky as a Shadow Pokémon, and learns Baton Pass, Metal Sound and Extrasensory after being purified.

Side game data

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Evolution

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Trivia

Origin

Zapdos is based on the Native American legend of the thunderbird. The thunderbird was known for being the spirit of thunder, lightning, and rain in the form of a giant bird. The beating of the wings was said to create thunder.

Name origin

Zapdos's name is a combination of the word zap and the Spanish word for two, dos, indicating that it is the second in the series of Kanto legendary birds. Its Japanese name is simply Thunder.

In other languages

  • German: Zapdos
  • French: Electhor - A combination of electric and Thor, the Norse God of thunder.

External links

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