Zapdos doesn't evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form.
Zapdos is a large bird Pokemon, though it is the smallest legendary bird. Its plumage is mostly yellow with some black. Its feathers are spikey, represting lightning bolts. Zapdos' head and tail feathers point in all different directions. It has two thin legs with large-ish feet, each foot has three toes at the front and one at the back. Each toe has sharp talons. Zapdos has a long orange beak. It has small eyes with black around them.
Zapdos is genderless.
Zapdos appears at Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!
Zapdos can be found at the top of Mt. Thunder in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Zapdos appears on the seventh floor of Amp Plains, but a StonePlate or Mystery Part is required in Explorers of Time & Darkness; a Secret Slab or Enigma Part is required in Explorers of Sky. Zapdos is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on Floor 30 of Light Summit.
Zapdos is a Boss Pokémon in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, appearing on the top of Mt. Layuda.
Zapdos can be found at World Axle Factory B2 in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game.
Trading Card Game
Zapdos is listed as part of the Wizards Promos, the P Promo, a Nintendo Promo (EX Card) and the Pokémon Rumble Promo set. Zapdos is listed as a Rare Card in the Base, Fossil (2), Gym Challenge (Rocket's), Aquapolis, EX FireRed and Leaf Green (EX Card), EX Team Rocket Returns (Rocket's; EX Card), Majestic Dawn, Supreme Victors (2), Arceus and Next Destinies sets.
Zapdos rarely makes an appearance in the Anime. A ginormous mechanical Zapdos appeared in the episode The Island of Giant Pokémon, which was one of many such Pokémon to appear in that episode. A wild Zapdos had to have its energy restored with the help of several wild Electric-Type Pokemon and Ash's Pikachu in As Clear as Crystal. Zapdos also appeared in the episodes Doc Brock and Dealing with a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!
Zapdos is a part of the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. It can act as a great defensive check to certain threats such as Mega Pinsir, Talonflame, Mega Scizor, and Tornadus-T due to its access to reliable recovery in Roost, a great defensive typing that offers it numerous resistances, and well-rounded bulk. It can pressure offensive teams due to its decent offensive prowess, solid coverage, ability to spread paralysis, and its capability to stall with Roost. Unlike other Defog users, Zapdos can take out Bisharp with a Heat Wave, meaning that it is not as susceptible to allowing for Bisharp to take advantage with Defiant as Pokémon like Skarmory. Its best set is a physically defensive set as it checks troublesome threats like Mega Pinsir more easily while still being able to check Tornadus-T. However, a specially defensive set is usable as well which allows for Zapdos to check Pokémon like Keldeo much better. Zapdos's biggest flaw is its weakness to Stealth Rock, which is problematic for a defensive Pokémon and Defogger that is expected to get rid of entry hazards. Zapdos's bulk, while good, is not as high as other defensive Pokémon and leaves it able to be worn out by certain powerful threats. Thundurus and Thundurus-T both outclass Zapdos offensively, as they both have better offensive abilities and Nasty Plot to break through defensive cores, meaning that Zapdos is limited solely to defensive sets if it wants to thrive in OU.
Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
Generation III Exclusive Moves
Via Move Tutor
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM34: Shock Wave
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM47: Steel Wing
- TM58: Endure
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Defog (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Only)
By Move Tutor
Platinum, Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Related ThreadsDoes ZAPDOS learn thunder without you using a tm on it?? - last post by @ Aug 25, 2005
My team for Zapdos - last post by @ Sep 13, 2009
zapdos - last post by @ Jun 2, 2014
Wild Zapdos? - last post by @ Oct 16, 2013
Wild Zapdos encounter? - last post @ Jul 24, 2016