Zapdos

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Zapdos
サンダー (Thunder, Sandā)
Zapdos FRLG artwork.png
Artwork for Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions
General information
First appearance Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (1996)
Pokédex no. #145
Generation Generation I
Evolves from N/A
Evolves into N/A
Pronunciation
Biological details
Category Electric Pokémon
Type Electric/Flying
Height 5'03" (1.6m)
Weight 116.0 lbs. (52.6 kg)
Abilities Pressure,
Lightning Rod (Hidden Ability)
Pokédex color Yellow
Gender ratio Genderless
Egg group N/A
Base statistics
HP Attack Defense
90 90 85
Special attack Special defense Speed
125 90 100
Total
580
Type effectiveness
Normal Fire Fighting Water Flying Grass
1x 1x 1/2x 1/2x 1/2x
Poison Electric Ground Psychic Rock Ice
1x 1x 0x 1x 2x 2x
Bug Dragon Ghost Dark Steel Fairy
1/2x 1x 1x 1x 1/2x 1x
Pokédex navigation
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Zapdos is an Electric/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon who debuted in Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (released as Pokémon Red and Blue Versions internationally). It is one of the three Legendary Birds along with Moltres and Articuno. Zapdos is based on the thunderbird of Native American folklore.[1] In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Zapdos has a Galarian form that is a Fighting/Flying-type. Zapdos's name is a combination of the words "zap," owing to it being an Electric-type, and "dos," the Spanish word for "two," in that it is the second of the Legendary Birds. In some spinoff titles, Zapdos is encountered as a boss.

Game history[edit]

Pokémon series[edit]

The wild Zapdos of the Power Plant is encountered in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions

In Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, and the Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions remakes, a level 50 Zapdos can be found in the Power Plant.

In Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions and Pokémon Crystal Version, Zapdos does not appear in the Power Plant because the location is no longer abandoned, so the only way of obtaining one is by trading it from Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow Versions. By doing so, Zapdos holds a Brightpowder item when traded over. In the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions remakes, a single Zapdos can be encountered on Route 10, but only if the player character has returned the Machine Part into the Power Plant.

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions and Pokémon Emerald Version, a Zapdos can only be obtained by trading it from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions. Similarly, in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, a Zapdos can only be obtained via Pal Park by migrating it from one of the Generation III titles.

In Pokémon Platinum Version, a level 60 Zapdos, along with a Moltres and an Articuno of the same level, begin to roam around the Sinnoh region after the player character has obtained the National Pokédex and talked to Professor Oak in Eterna City.

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Pokémon Snap[edit]

In Pokémon Snap, a Zapdos is encountered in the Tunnel Course, but it starts off inside of an egg. To make the egg hatch, the player must use apples to lure a Pikachu over to it and then play the Poké Flute so that Pikachu discharges electricity upon the egg, causing it to hatch. Upon hatching, Zapdos activates the power plant machinery, restoring power to the area.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness[edit]

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, a Zapdos is one of the six Shadow Pokémon that can be snagged from Greevil in Citadark Isle.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series[edit]

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, Zapdos can be found at the top of Mt. Thunder.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, Zapdos is encountered on the seventh floor of Amp Plains, but a Mystery Part or Secret Slab is required to access it. It only appears once Marine Resort has been unlocked.

Of the three Pokémon Fushigi no Danjon Bōken-dan Shirīzu games, Zapdos only appears in Pokémon Fushigi no Danjon Mezase! Hikari no Bōken-dan, where it is encountered on the 30th floor of Light Summit.

Pokémon Rumble series[edit]

In Pokémon Rumble, Zapdos is fought in Eternal Tower as the boss of Rank S.

In Pokémon Rumble Blast, Zapdos can be found at World Axle Factory once the game has been completed.

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs[edit]

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Zapdos is encountered on the top of Mt. Layuda where it is fought as a boss.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Zapdos in Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Zapdos is a Poké Ball Pokémon. Upon being released, Zapdos attacks by using Thunder Shock, in which it discharges sparks around it, dealing weak damage and knockback to nearby opponents. It is possible for the opponents to get stuck within the sparks, causing them to take more damage. There is also a trophy of Zapdos.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Zapdos occasionally appears in the background of the Prism Tower stage. In the latter game, it also appears as a spirit.

General information[edit]

Characteristics[edit]

Zapdos has a yellow body featuring a thick pair of yellow wings and a second pair of thinner, jet-black wings behind it. Zapdos's spiked feathers reflect how it is capable of manipulating electricity. Zapdos's beak is long, sharp, and orange. It has light-colored feet with four toes, three on top and one on the bottom. Each of Zapdos's toes have a talon on them, and the bottom one points backward.

Zapdos lives within the thunderclouds, where it gains power when struck by lightning. Zapdos can drop enormous lightning bolts while airborne, and its wings make crackling and snapping sounds as it flies.

Profiles[edit]

Pokédex entries[edit]

Game(s) Description
Pokémon Red and Blue Versions
Pokémon LeafGreen Version
Pokémon X
A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.
Pokémon Yellow Version This legendary bird POKéMON is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.
Pokémon Gold Version
Pokémon HeartGold Version
This legendary bird Pokémon causes savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.
Pokémon Silver Version
Pokémon SoulSilver Version
This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear only when a thundercloud parts into two halves.
Pokémon Crystal Version Legendary bird POKéMON. They say lightning caused by the flapping of its wings causes summer storms.
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha 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.
Pokémon Emerald Version 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.
Pokémon FireRed Version One of the legendary bird POKéMON. While it is flying, it makes crackling and snapping sounds.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions
Pokémon Platinum Version
Pokémon Black and White Versions
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Versions
Pokémon Y
A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Zapdos SSBM Trophy Zapdos.png Pokémon Red & Blue
09/98
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 trophy[edit]

Name Image Category Description
Zapdos SSB3DS Trophy Zapdos.png Stage Flag of USA.png 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.
Flag of Europe.png 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.

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Zapdos.

Reference[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Lucas (February 4, 2014). "17 Pokemon based on real-world mythology". GamesRadar.
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