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Zapdos LV.40
サンダー Thunder
Fossil print
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Zapdos
Type Lightning
HP 80
retreat cost
English expansion Fossil
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 15/62
Japanese expansion Mystery of the Fossils
Japanese rarity Rare Holo
Expansion Fossil
Rarity Rare
English card no. 30/62
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Card GB set Mystery
Card GB ID C27
Card GB 2 set Sky Flying Pokémon
Card GB 2 ID F27
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Zapdos.

Zapdos (Japanese: サンダー Thunder) is a Lightning-type Basic Pokémon card. It was first released as part of the Fossil expansion.


Card text

LightningLightningLightningLightning Thunderstorm
For each of your opponent's Benched Pokémon, flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 damage to that Pokémon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.) Then, Zapdos does 10 damage times the number of tails to itself.

Pokédex data

Zapdos - Electric Pokémon
No. Height Weight
145 5'3" (1.6 m) 116 lbs. (52.6 kg)
Pokédex entry
A legendary thunderbird Pokémon whose anger is said to cause storms. Some say it has lived above the clouds for thousands of years.

Release Information

This card was included in the Fossil expansion as both a Star Holofoil and Non Holofoil card, first released in the Japanese Mystery of the Fossils as a Cosmos Holofoil card. In Japan, it was reprinted with different artwork by Ken Sugimori, available as a prize at the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament. Those who were not in the main event could still battle each other, earning stamps for every battle they participated in. Those who completed their stamp booklet were awarded either a Zapdos, Articuno, or Moltres phone card at random in a sealed envelope. An alternate Cosmos Holofoil print was included in the English Thunderstorm Theme Deck. This print changes the final copyright from ©1999 Wizards to ©1999-2000 Wizards.



  • The Phone card promo is slightly longer than a normal trading card, as the print had to adopt the same dimensions as a regular Japanese phone card. That print utilizes the same stock Sugimori artwork of Zapdos that was later used on the Zapdos Legendary Card from Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  • All prints of the English Holofoil Zapdos contain an error where they lack Holofoil where the Evolutionary Box for Stage 1 Pokémon and Stage 2 Pokémon normally is.


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