Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
Zapdos
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK211.72 DEF160.37
CP Range
Lvl 20 1930 - 2015 Lvl 25 2413 - 2519

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Rain Snow, Windy, Partly Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Thunder Easy
Thunderbolt Challenging
Zap Cannon Intermediate

Overview

With weaknesses only to Rock and Ice, Smack Down Tyranitar once again leads the pack in laying the hurt on this legendary bird. Former staples in this raid such as Golem and Piloswine aren’t useless, however. They are still viable by themselves in the trio, and their doubled resistances to Electric can sometimes make them a preferred pick over a 5th or 6th Tyranitar.

Like Articuno, Zapdos can be beaten with 2 in partly cloudy weather with teams of Smack Down Tyranitar. Zapdos is the harder of the two, and a high friendship level can make a big difference.

Approach

Team composition

  • Smack Down Tyranitar is supreme; ideal at level 30, even with bad IVs

  • Golem is the best counter that’s not event limited, legacy, or legendary

  • Anchoring a Tyranitar team with 1-2 Golem can help prevent a re-entry

Dodging strategy

  • In the 180 s raid timer scenario, optimal lineups don’t have to re-enter

  • Dodging is unnecessary, but it may benefit teams featuring 6 Tyranitar

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 25
ALSO viable for 2-man in partly cloudy weather at level 40
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Zapdos, with great durability to boot

  • Many players have one, as it featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Needs Smack Down to excel; some trainers may lack one

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 30
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Pros:

  • The best pick of all currently obtainable Zapdos counters

  • Highly accessible as prior raid boss and previous events

aGo Alolan Golem
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Cons:

  • Less electric resistance compared with Kantonian Golem

  • Not very accessible, is currently hatched from 7 km eggs

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • Does excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 35
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Pros:

  • Does excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

Dragonite Dragonite
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Pros:

  • Has excellent neutral DPS, useful in numerous matchups

  • Many players have one, as it featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Low candy access for those who missed Community Day

Piloswine Piloswine
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Pros:

  • Average bulk is augmented by double Electric resistance

  • Obtainable at a high level in locations with clear weather

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Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Salamence Salamence
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Pros:

  • Has excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

Cons:

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

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Cons:

  • Burns through Revives; can struggle vs. Zap Cannon sets

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