Best Zapdos Raid Counters in 2022

Pokemon Go Zapdos Raid

Last month, Niantic unveiled the Pokemon Go July 2022 Roadmap. In the roadmap, Niantic unveiled the Legendary and Mega raids taking place during July. The first raid of the month featured the first of the legendary trio, Articuno. Now, it is time for the second of the Legendary and Mega raids to begin. 

The Zapdos raid will be available from July 7th to July 14th, 2022. Keep an eye out, because you might encounter a shiny Zapdos if you beat the Legendary raid. Earlier today, we reshared with you the best Mega Charizard Y raid counters in Pokemon Go, now let’s discuss the best Zapdos raid counters.

Zapdos Raid Stats

  • Zapdos is an Electric, Flying-type Pokemon.
  • It is weak to Ice, (2X) Rock-type moves.
  • Zapdos’s Raid CP is 46,418
  • Zapdos’s Base HP is 207
  • Its Attack is 253 and Defense is 185
  • The Base catch CP is between 1930 to 2015
  • The Boosted Catch CP is between 2413 to 2519
  • It is Weather Boosted by Rainy, Cloudy, or Windy weather
  • Its fast moves can be Thunder Shock or Charge Beam
  • Its Charged moves can be Thunder, Thunderbolt, and Zap Cannon

Zapdos Raid Counters

Going into the Zapdos Raid, trainers will need Pokemon with a high defensive stat and type effective attacks. Overall, Zapdos is one of the hardest-hitting Legendary Raids to take on in Pokemon Go due to its move set. The raid can be easily completed by a team of 3 to 5 trainers; a team of 4 to 6 trainers can take it down and a team of 6 to 20 trainers can shred through it making a better completionist bonus.

Using Mega Pokemon such as Mega Aerodactyl or Mega Abomasnow will make the battle a lot easier for trainers’. Ultimately, you will want to use Rock or Ice-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Bug, Fighting, Flying, Grass, Ground, or Steel-type Pokemon.

Here are the best counters to overcoming the raid. Some of these recommendations can be substituted out for Pokemon with type advantage or a better move set.


  • Mega Aerodactyl – Rock Throw & Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down & Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down & Stone Edge
  • Ramparados – Smack Down & Rock Slide
  • Golem – Rock Throw & Stone Edge
  • Landorus – Rock Throw & Rock Slide


  • Mega Abomasnow – Powder Snow & Avalanche
  • Terrakion – Smack Down & Rock Slide
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow & Avalanche
  • Gigalith – Smack Down & Rock Slide
  • Omastar – Rock Throw & Rock Slide
  • Lunatone – Rock Throw & Rock Slide
  • Aggron – Smack Down & Stone Edge
  • Solrock – Rock Throw & Rock Slide
  • Weavile – Ice Shard & Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan – Ice Fang & Avalanche
  • Regirock – Rock Throw & Rock Slide
  • Reshiram – Fire Fang & Overheat
  • Excadril – Mud-Slap & Drill Run
  • Machamp – Bullet Punch & Rock Slide
  • Alolan Golem – Rock Throw & Stone Edge
  • Heatran – Fire Spin & Stone Edge
  • Metagross – Bullet Punch & Meteor Mash
  • Melmetal – Thunder Shock & Rock Slide
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut & Ice Beam
  • Golem – Rock Throw & Stone Edge
  • Glaceon – Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Archeops – Steel Wing & Ancient Power
  • Porygon-Z – Hidden Power & Blizzard
  • Jynx – Frost Breath & Avalanche

Remember Shadow Bonuses

Remember, Shadow versions of some of these Pokemon can be more efficient.

Let Us Know!

Will you grind out one last Mega Charizard X Raid or Articuno Raid? If not will you be hunting for a shiny Articuno or Mega Charizard Y? For additional Pokemon Go news or raid guides, check out our Pokemon Go section.

If you want to add me on Pokemon Go, my trainer code is 3979-2857-6892. If you want to be invited to a raid throughout July, follow me on Twitter at KillerKDemons.

Let us know if this information is helpful to you and look out for any raid invites from us in the future. Remember to follow the NicheGamer Twitter for a variety of Pop Culture news

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