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Zapdos (Pokémon)

Articuno #144: Articuno
Pokémon
#146: Moltres Moltres
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Zapdos (disambiguation).
Zapdos
Electric Pokémon
サンダー
Thunder
#145
Zapdos

Zapdos

Zapdos

Zapdos
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Electric Flying
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Pressure Cacophony
Cacophony
Static
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Zapdos

Mega Zapdos Y
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
3 (0.4%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
20655 - 20909 steps
Height
5'03" 1.6 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
116.0 lbs. 52.6 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#145
Kanto
#241
Johto
#300
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Coastal
#152
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia
R-299
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
216
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
261
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
3
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body09.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F145.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Yellow
Base friendship
35
External Links

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

Zapdos is an avian Pokémon with predominantly yellow plumage. Black rings encircle its eyes, and it has a long, thin, light orange beak. Its wings and tail are a mass of spiky feathers, with black feathers covering the back of its wings and inner tail feathers. A large crest of spiked feathers surrounds its head. Its thighs are a khaki color, and it has anisodactyl feet ending in talons.

When Zapdos flaps its glittering wings, it releases electricity that can potentially cause thunderstorms. It produces massive crackling and snapping sounds when it flies; these are attributed to the lightning bolts sheds when airborne. When stricken by lightning, it gains power. Zapdos reportedly appears only during thunderstorms, and is said to live among thunderclouds. However, it is rarely seen.

In the anime

Zapdos in the anime

Major appearances

Zapdos (M02)

Zapdos made its first true appearance in The Power of One. Lawrence III wanted to capture the three Legendary birds as well as their master Lugia.

Other

The Electric Pokémon made its anime debut 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 they changed their objective to capture Zapdos instead.

The Mirage Master briefly wielded the power of a mirage Zapdos in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.

Minor appearances

A rough image of Zapdos was first seen etched in a stone hanging in the Viridian Pokémon Center in Pokémon Emergency.

The first time Zapdos was seen was in Island of the Giant Pokémon. However, it wasn't a real Zapdos, just a machine.

A Zapdos appeared in An EGG-sighting Adventure! as part of Team Rocket's fantasy.

A Zapdos made an appearance in the credits of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. Jackie had captured it with a Capture Styler and flew away on it.

A Zapdos made a cameo appearance in Doc Brock!. This may have been taken from Pokémon Platinum, where in this version, there is a Zapdos roaming Sinnoh. Presumably the same Zapdos made a cameo in a flashback in Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!, and both of Narissa's Ditto transformed into it.

A Zapdos made a cameo in the intro of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, The Rise of Darkrai and Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP242 Zapdos Ash's Pokédex Zapdos, the Electric Pokémon. Zapdos has both electric and flying elements and the flappage of its wings can create lightning.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Zapdos in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Having captured this Legendary bird in the abandoned Power Plant in Holy Moltres as in the games, Lt. Surge appears with Zapdos in his team during the events of Volume 3, using it as a never-ending power source for his Electric types, allowing them to continually shock Red at full force, a strategy that turns against him when Red uses Saur's Razor Leaf to cut the supply cords and his insulating underwear with them. After having been merged with Articuno and Moltres into an undiscovered Pokémon, the three Pallet Town Trainers are able to defeat the combined monster, so it leaves his team, and Team Rocket afterwards to go back to the wild.

Green later captures Zapdos before the Gold, Silver, & Crystal chapter and uses it against Will and Karen, having caught it and its Legendary bird companions on her personal training journey to overcome her fear of birds. During this battle, it is lent to Blue when things get rough. Once returned, it is put back in its Poké Ball and isn't seen again, meaning it has either been deposited into her box or released.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Zapdos debuted in Regain the Deserted Power Plant!.

Two other Zapdos appeared in Get Lugia! and PMDP11, respectively.

In the TCG

Main article: Zapdos (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When released from a Poké Ball, Zapdos uses a powerful Thunder Shock 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.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Zapdos appear in the background of the Prism Tower stage in the 3DS version of the game.

Trophy information

NA: Gazing up at dark storm clouds gathering in the sky, many children must have once wondered if the Pokémon they saw in the second Pokémon movie was in the clouds. An innocent and childish dream, perhaps... but even today as adults, the sound of thunder might just bring back memories of this Legendary bird Pokémon.

PAL: Gazing up at dark storm clouds gathering in the sky, many children must once have wondered if the Pokémon they just saw in the latest movie was lurking somewhere in their depths. An innocent and childish dream, perhaps...but even today as adults, the sound of thunder might just bring back memories of this Legendary Bird Pokémon.

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 thunder storm. It flies with the buzz and crack of electricity.
Generation II
Gold This legendary bird Pokémon causes 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
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
Platinum A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.
HeartGold This legendary bird Pokémon cause savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.
SoulSilver This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear only when a thundercloud parts into two halves.
Generation V
Black A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.
White
Black 2 A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.
White 2
Generation VI
X A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.
Y A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Power Plant (Only one)
Blue (Japan)
Power Plant (Only one)
Yellow
Power Plant (Only one)
Generation II
Gold Silver
Time Capsule, Event
Crystal
Time Capsule, Event
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Power Plant (Only one)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Roaming Sinnoh (Only one)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Route 10 (Only one) (16 Badges required)
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Roaming Kalos*
Sea Spirit's Den* (Only one) (if the player chose Fennekin)

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Tunnel
Pokémon Pinball Lavender Town
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Mt. Thunder Peak (3F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Amp Plains (7F)*
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Layuda Island
Pokémon Rumble Eternal Tower Normal Mode S
Pokémon Rumble Blast Factory: World Axle - B2F (post ending)

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Zapdos English United States 50Shiny November 30 to December 20, 2001;
February 15 to 21, 2002
RSEFRLG Journey Across America Zapdos English United States 70 February 25 to July 23, 2006
RSEFRLG Party of the Decade Zapdos English United States 70 August 8, 2006

Held Items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* BrightPowder BrightPowder (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

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


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 VI, 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
Fairy
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
Fairy
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
Fairy
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
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Roost Flying Status 0000 —% 10
00Start Zap Cannon Electric Special 120120 05050% 5
00Start Drill Peck Flying Physical 08080 100100% 20
00Start Peck Flying Physical 03535 100100% 35
00Start Thunder Shock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
088 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100100% 20
1515 Detect Fighting Status 0000 —% 5
2222 Pluck Flying Physical 06060 100100% 20
2929 Ancient Power Rock Special 06060 100100% 5
3636 Charge Electric Status 0000 —% 20
4343 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
5050 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
5757 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —% 5
6464 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
7171 Drill Peck Flying Physical 08080 100100% 20
7878 Thunder Electric Special 110110 07070% 10
8585 Roost Flying Status 0000 —% 10
9292 Zap Cannon Electric Special 120120 05050% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Zapdos obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • 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 VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM19 Roost Flying Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Steel Sprite.png TM51 Steel Wing Steel Physical 07070 090}}90% 25
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM58 Sky Drop Flying Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Bug Sprite.png TM89 U-turn Bug Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Flying Sprite.png HM02 Fly Flying Physical 09090 095}}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 VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Parent   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 VI
  • 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 VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white 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

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin145.png Pin145.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani145.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP145.png Body size: 4
Recruit rate: 30%
Friend Area: Legendary Island
Phrases
51%-100% HP I represent the power of lightning!
26%-50% HP I am troubled... My health is down by half already...
1%-25% HP I fear the worst... Even my thunderbolts grow weak...
Level up I've leveled! My lightning grows more powerful!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I've leveled! My lightning grows more powerful!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP145.png Body size: 2
Recruit rate: 10%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Electric  Electric Assist.png
( Electric )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It creates thunderbolts in the air and discharges electricity.
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

145Zapdos.png
Unevolved
Zapdos
 Electric  Flying 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 145.png Spr b g1 145.png Spr 1y 145.png Spr b g1 145.png Spr 1g 145.png Spr b g1 145.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 145.png Spr b 2g 145.png Spr 2s 145.png Spr b 2g 145.png Spr 2c 145.gif Spr b 2c 145.png
Spr 2g 145 s.png Spr b 2g 145 s.png Spr 2s 145 s.png Spr b 2g 145 s.png Spr 2c 145 s.gif Spr b 2g 145 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 145.png Spr b 3r 145.png Spr 3e 145.gif Spr b 3r 145.png Spr 3f 145.png Spr b 3f 145.png
Spr 3r 145 s.png Spr b 3r 145 s.png Spr 3e 145 s.gif Spr b 3r 145 s.png Spr 3f 145 s.png Spr b 3r 145 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 145.png Spr b 4d 145.png Spr 4d 145.png Spr b 4d 145.png Spr 4h 145.png Spr b 4d 145.png
Spr 4d 145 s.png Spr b 4d 145 s.png Spr 4d 145 s.png Spr b 4d 145 s.png Spr 4h 145 s.png Spr b 4d 145 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 145.png Spr b 5b 145.png Spr 5b 145.png Spr b 5b 145.png
Spr 5b 145 s.png Spr b 5b 145 s.png Spr 5b 145 s.png Spr b 5b 145 s.png
Front Back Front Back
145MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Zapdos images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Of all Legendary Pokémon with fixed in-game locations, Zapdos can be obtained with the fewest number of Badges: 3. In the Generation I games and their remakes, the player can catch Zapdos with only the Boulder Badge, Cascade Badge, and Soul Badge.
  • Zapdos shares its species name with Elekid and Electabuzz. They are all known as the Electric Pokémon.
  • Zapdos and Jolteon's Japanese names are almost exactly the same as each other's, with a final s being the only difference.
  • Zapdos possesses a type advantage over all other members of its trio, as well as its trio master, Lugia.
  • In the anime episode The Bridge Bike Gang, Chopper's bike was decorated to look like a Zapdos.
  • In Generation V, Zapdos has Lightningrod instead of Static as its Hidden Ability. However, it cannot be obtained with its Hidden Ability in these games.

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. It may also have been based on the Lightning Bird, a bird created from wherever lightning hits the earth. It may also have been based on the Impundulu, a bird of witchcraft said to summon thunder and lightning with its wings and talons.

Name origin

Zapdos is a combination of zap and dos (Spanish for two, indicating that it is the second in the series of Kanto Legendary birds).

Thunder is literally thunder.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese サンダー Thunder From thunder
France Flag.png French Électhor A combination of électrique and Thor, the Norse god of thunder
Spain Flag.png Spanish Zapdos Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Zapdos Same as English name
Italy Flag.png Italian Zapdos Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 썬더 Sseondeo Transliteration of Japanese name


External links

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Notes

Kanto: ArticunoZapdosMoltresMewtwoMew
Johto: RaikouEnteiSuicuneLugiaHo-OhCelebi
Hoenn: RegirockRegiceRegisteelLatiasLatios
KyogreGroudonRayquazaJirachiDeoxys
Sinnoh: UxieMespritAzelfDialgaPalkiaHeatranRegigigas
GiratinaCresseliaPhione*ManaphyDarkraiShayminArceus
Unova: VictiniCobalionTerrakionVirizionTornadusThundurus
ReshiramZekromLandorusKyuremKeldeoMeloettaGenesect
Kalos: XerneasYveltalZygardeDiancie
Super Smash Bros. series
Games: Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
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Stages: Saffron CityPokémon StadiumPoké FloatsPokémon Stadium 2Spear Pillar
Prism TowerUnova Pokémon LeagueKalos Pokémon League
Poké Ball: AbomasnowArceusArticunoBeedrillBellossomBlastoiseBonslyCelebiChansey
CharizardChespinChikoritaClefairyCyndaquilDarkraiDedenneDeoxysElectrode
EnteiEeveeFennekinFletchlingGardevoirGenesectGiratinaGogoatGoldeenGroudon
GulpinHitmonleeHo-OhInkayJirachiKeldeoKoffingKyogreKyuremLatias and Latios
LugiaManaphyMarillMeloettaMeowthMewMetagrossMoltresMunchlaxOnix
OshawottPalkiaPiplupPorygon2RaikouScizorSnivySnorlaxSpewpaStaryu
StarmieSuicuneSwirlixTogepiTorchicUnownVenusaurVictini
WeavileWeezingWobbuffetXerneasZapdosZoroark
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#146: Moltres Moltres


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Last modified on 31 October 2014, at 22:42