Pokémon Go: Best Moveset and Counters against legendary Pokémon Shadow Zapdos

Guide for the best counters against Shadow Zapdos during Battle Raids

Shadow Zapdos is a Tier 5 legendary Shadow Raid Boss in Pokémon Go. Shadow Raids allow players to fight against Shadow Pokémon and then also present them with a chance to catch them. It is a bird-type Pokémon with yellow feathers. Black rings encircle its eyes and it also has a long, thin, light orange beak. It also has spiky feathers on its wings and tail and has black feathers covering the back of its wings and the inside of its tail feathers. It is an immensely tough Pokémon to fight against so in this guide, we are going to talk about the best ways and counters using which one can have the highest chance of defeating Shadow Zapdos.

Shadow Zapdos in Pokémon Go

Shadow Zapdos is a dual-type Electric and Flying Pokémon with a maximum boss CP of 46418. It is vulnerable towards Ice and Rock type attacks. It is an incredibly difficult opponent to fight against so even high-level players with the absolute best counters are also recommended to go into the battle in groups of no less than four players and even more if possible.

Low-level players or those with not-so-ideal counters should go in groups of ten players or even more. As it is a Shadow Raid, carrying Shadow Shards and Purified Gems into the battle is necessary as there is no way players will be able to defeat Shadow Zapdos otherwise.

Shadow Zapdos Movesets

Pokémon Go Zapdos counters
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The best moves from the moveset of Shadow Zapdos are Thunder Shock and Drill Peck. Both of them have a combined DPS of 43.9 and it is also the best combination of moves that can be used in both Pokémon Gyms and PvP battles. Other decent attacks from its move pool include Charge Beam, Thunder, Zap Cannon and Thunderbolt amongst other good options.

Best counters against Shadow Zapdos in Pokémon Go

Here’s the list of the best counters that one can use against Shadow Zapdos in order to have the highest chances of winning against it.

Mega Pokémon Counters

  • Tyranitar (Mega): Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Aerodactyl (Mega): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Glalie (Mega): Frost Breath/Avalanche
  • Abomasnow (Mega): Powder Snow/Weather Ball
  • Gengar (Mega): Lick/Shadow Ball
  • Alakazam (Mega): Psycho Cut/Psychic
  • Blaziken (Mega): Fire Spin/Blast Burn
  • Latios (Mega): Dragon Breath/Psychic
  • Charizard (Mega Y): Fire Spin/Blast Burn
  • Swampert (Mega): Water Gun/Hydro Cannon

Shadow Pokémon Counters

  • Rhyperior (Shadow): Smack Down/Rock Wrecker
  • Mamoswine (Shadow): Powder Snow/Avalanche
  • Tyranitar (Shadow): Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Weavile (Shadow): Ice Shard/Avalanche
  • Mewtwo (Shadow): Psycho Cut/Ice Beam
  • Aggron (Shadow): Smack Down/Meteor Beam
  • Golem (Shadow): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Aerodactyl (Shadow): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Porygon-Z (Shadow): Lock-On/Blizzard
  • Omastar (Shadow): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Piloswine (Shadow): Ice Shard/Avalanche
  • Sudowoodo (Shadow): Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Garchomp (Shadow): Dragon Tail/Outrage
  • Articuno (Shadow): Frost Breath/Blizzard
  • Mr. Rime (Shadow): Ice Shard/Ice Punch
  • Salamence (Shadow): Dragon Tail/Draco Meteor

Non-Mega Pokémon Counters

  • Rampardos: Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior: Smack Down/Rock Wrecker
  • Tyrantrum: Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Darmanitan (Galarian Standard): Ice Fang/Avalanche
  • Mamoswine: Powder Snow/Avalanche
  • Terrakion: Smack Down/Rock Slide
  • Kyurem: Dragon Breath/Glaciate
  • Gigalith: Smack Down/Meteor Beam
  • Kyogre (Primal): Waterfall/Blizzard
  • Tyranitar: Smack Down/Stone Edge
  • Glaceon: Frost Breath/Avalanche
  • Aurorus: Rock Throw/Meteor Beam
  • Aggron: Smack Down/Meteor Beam
  • Weavile: Ice Shard/Avalanche
  • Mewtwo: Psycho Cut/Ice Beam
  • Lycanroc (Dusk): Rock Throw/Stone Edge
  • Landorus: Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Jynx: Frost Breath/Avalanche
  • Landorus (Incarnate): Rock Throw/Rock Slide
  • Nihilego: Poison Jab/Rock Slide
  • Golem: Rock Throw/Stone Edge
Pokémon Go Zapdos
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As a Shadow Raid, Shadow Zapdos will be even tougher to fight against than before so players should bring their absolute best counters with them into the battle along with as many friends as they can to form a team. They should also make it a necessity for everyone to carry Shadow Shards and Purified Gems as there’s no way they’ll be able to defeat Shadow Zapdos otherwise.

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