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Shadow Zapdos Pokemon Go guide: Weaknesses, counters & moveset

Published: 1/Jun/2021 13:58 Updated: 1/Jun/2021 14:00

by James Busby


Shadow Zapdos is returning to Pokemon Go for a limited-time event in June, giving players the opportunity to defeat Giovanni and catch the Legendary bird for themselves. Fortunately for you, we’ve got all the details you need to add Shadow Zapdos to your collection.

Pokemon Go’s new season, the Season of Discovery, is bringing back a variety of ultra-rare creatures for trainers to catch. Aside from the three Legendary titans (Regirock, Regice, Registeel), players can also duke it out against Team Rocket Leader Giovanni in order to free Shadow Zapdos from his clutches. 

However, if you want to add this powerful Electric/Flying-type to your team, then you’ll first need to best it in battle. Of course, doing so can be rather tricky if you don’t know Shadow Zapdos’ strengths and weaknesses. Whether you’re looking to catch this Pokemon for the first time or just looking to best Giovanni again, we’ve got you covered. 



How to catch Shadow Zapdos Pokemon Go

Shadow Zapdos Pokemon Go release date

Shadow Zapdos is available in Pokemon Go between June 1 to June 17, 2021. 

The Pokemon will be available once you have completed the Team Rocket Special Research and obtained the Super Rocket Radar. Once you have this item, simply equip the item to locate Giovanni and catch Shadow Zapdos.

Giovanni Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Shadow Zapdos is incredibly strong in Go.

Shadow Zapdos Moveset Pokemon Go

Shadow Zapdos is capable of learning seven moves. These range from Electric-type, Flying-type, Normal-type, and Rock-type. All of Shadow Zapdos’ potential moves are listed below:

  • Charge Beam
  • Thunder
  • Zap Cannon
  • Thunderbolt
  • Drill Peck
  • Ancient Power
  • Frustration

Shadow Zapdos Pokemon Go weaknesses

As an Electric/Flying-type, Shadow Zapdos has a few obvious weaknesses you will wish to exploit during the fight against Giovanni.

Pokemon with Ice, Rock, Bug, Fighting, Flying, Grass, Ground, and Steel will perform incredibly well against Shadow Zapdos. 


Shadow Zapdos Counters

Giovanni next to Shadow Moltres, Articuno, Zapdos.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Giovanni will return this June with Shadow Zapdos.

Shadow Zapdos also has a number of counters you should exploit in Pokemon Go:

  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow and Avalanche 
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down and Rock Rock Wrecker 
  • Mega Abomasnow – Powder Snow Weather Ball 
  • Rampardos – Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Galarian Standard Darmanitan – Ice Fang and Avalanche
  • Terrakion – Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Glaceon – Frost Breath and Avalanche 
  • Tyranitar – Rock and Dark 
  • Landorus – Rock Throw and Rock Slide 
  • Gigalith – Smack Down and Rock Slide

Shadow Zapdos CP Range

Shadow Zapdos has a max CP of 3987, 253 attack, 185 defense, and 207 stamina. The Legendary Pokemon’s stats are boosted by rainy and windy weather, which makes it even more lethal in the game.

So, there you have it: everything you need to know about Shadow Zapdos and how you can best defeat it. Make sure you check out our Pokemon Go page for all the latest information and guides.