Zapdos, the last of the legendary bird trio, is finally available in Pokémon GO!

From now until August 14th you’ll be able to encounter and catch Zapdos via Legendary Raid battles. It’s only available for a short time, so be sure to get out there, find a group of trainers, and catch it while you can!

To help you defeat this legendary Electric/Flying-Type here are the top 5 best counters to help you conquer it in battle:


Rock Throw / Stone Edge


Bite / Stone Edge


Dragon Breath / Outrage


Mud Slap / Stone Edge


Frost Breath / Avalanche

And if you’re lucky enough to catch Zapdos, here’s a quick list of the top three movesets for it so you can use your Fast and Charged TMs to the fullest:

  • Charge Beam / Zap Cannon
  • Charge Beam / Thunderbolt
  • Charge Beam / Thunder

  • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

    Shit man… gotta run outside in the rain

    • Shit man…. get an umbrella

      • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

        Shit man… Its too late im all wet

        • Shit man… gotta catch em all

          • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

            Shit man… you realize before the comments load now this is what everyone will see.

        • Shit man… change into some dry clothes

          • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

            Shit man… Im a dog

  • EarthenWarrior

    Boring

    • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

      BUT THIS WEEKEND THIS PREMIERS

      • Butter Geek

        YYYYEEEEEEESSSSSS

      • Deerlia

        EEEEEEEEEEEEEE~

  • UnburdenedLegume

    Can confirm the existence of Alolan Mega Z-powered Johto starters in USUM

    • Sunny

      How? Which relative worked for Pokémon?

      • UnburdenedLegume

        A pen pal who’s friends with my 4th cousin’s girlfriend who knows the assistant security coordinator of the office manager’s husband at GameFreak

        • Sunny

          This is the most legit sounding source I have heard so far in the comments section.

    • Ultron

      Please no

  • Butter Geek

    Bulbapedia is messing up for me real hard

  • Butter Geek

    Here’s my regional form of everybody’s (I don’t really know why) favourite regional birb!

    Slavian Starly
    Psychic/Flying
    A long, long time ago near a nest with Starly eggs a small metorite crashed. It contained a radioactive crystal that mutated the hatchlings. They have cosmic powers.

    Evolves at level 14 into:

    Slavian Staravia
    Psychic/Flying
    They watch Stars, Slavian Staravia base their whole life cycles around their locations. Many astronomers have them as partners, as Staravias know as much about constellations as they do.

    Evolves at level 34 into:

    Slavian Staraptor
    Psychic/Flying
    They live alone on mountains and high buildings watching the Stars. If they won’t see the night sky for more than a week it’ll be drained of its energy. People said if they wanted Slavian Staraptor could fly to space and live there.

    • Butter Geek

      SIgnature Ability:
      Night Sky power
      Cosmos related moves have a 1.25 boost in power in the day and a 1.75 boost in power in night

    • Butter Geek

      Opinions?

    • I like the idea of a Radioactive bird that makes the sense of STARling

      • EarthenWarrior

        Don’t you go dumb on me too

        • Well the fact of Stars being represented by Psychic types

          It’s an odd idea, but a neat pun to use

          • EarthenWarrior

            BUT IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH STARS

          • Butter Geek

            Now it does. It’s based on a pun. And also, what do you think is the ethymology of the word “starling”?

          • EarthenWarrior

            Starling
            Etymology
            From Middle English starling, sterling, sterlinge, from Old English starlinc, stærlinc (“starling”), from stær (“starling”) + -linc, -ling (diminutive suffix). Cognate with Middle Dutch sterlinck (“starling”).

  • I’m getting a sudden urge to start a Sun and Moon comic series….

    • EarthenWarrior

      Like funny comic or serious?
      Would it be about you or an OC

      • Serious.

        And it would be about Moon, Lillie and Hau. Like the game plot bit with my own kinda spin on it (better character development, back story, etc)

  • EarthenWarrior

    Oh btw way Dusk Lycan already has lewds
    like i said people work fast…


  • Help me, I can’t stop myself from singing most of these songs.

  • EarthenWarrior
    • I mean I guess

      • EarthenWarrior

        they finally gave Midnight a tail that bugged me so much

        • OMG THATS WHY MIDNIGHT HAS ALWAYS BOTHERED ME HE NEEDS A TAIL

          • EarthenWarrior

            (I honestly can’t tell if your serious or not)
            but yeah i wish Lycanroc Night had a tail
            http://www.pokemon-sunmoon.com/media/uploads/sept_20_assets/lycanroc_midnight_form.png

          • no i am serious he needs a tail badly

          • EarthenWarrior

            i mean there was no reason to not give it a tail
            also if they were gonna fix something it would to make the arms a bit thicker and its body not so…..noodle like

          • Shady

            He disguised to look like a sheep

          • Are you trying to tell me that anyone would think Lycanrock looks remotely like a sheep?

          • EarthenWarrior

            he’s talking about an idiom

          • I know but still

          • Shady

            nope ………..he is tricky,he used that to tempt his prey

          • I don’t remember sheep being bipedal or red.

          • EarthenWarrior

            funny you should say i’ve been wanting to make this Wolf Sheep pokemon for a while
            it looks like a sheep but has a monstrous hidden maw that eats pokemon
            aka a wolf in sheep’s clothing

          • Shady

            Sometimes I feel ur the only one who understand me here.

          • EarthenWarrior

            Tis a blessing and a curse

          • Shady

            Hell yeah

          • EarthenWarrior

            Like it would be a pure dark pokemon
            it would normally look like a docile fluffy pokemon “like a cloven hoofed ball of fluff with a vague head shaped appendage sticking out, but it’s really just a gigantic fang filled maw that devours pokemon mercilessly but when onlookers are nearby it plays innocent

          • Shady

            Me too but at the same time I like them being add some darkness at the rock type ……I mean common Fire, Rock, Ground, Poison, Psychic, Bug and water some times all of them have a dark side so I don’t mind see some creepy of these

          • EarthenWarrior

            this is a totally unrelated pokemon

          • Shady

            There is a mythical creature has humanoid body shape with demon tail and kinda bat wing …..it turn to a stone when he sleep I mean this one what it’s called? https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/82/41/f9/8241f938ab27f907ba55dc10eb1cd8d7.jpg

          • EarthenWarrior

            dude Gargoyle that’s like easy

          • Shady

            Yeah that’s it …….I didn’t remember english names sometimes.

    • It’s alright

    • I would love this actually. I still hope Rock type for it though

    • She doesnt actually look like this most of the time tho

  • EarthenWarrior

    So i’ve lost track of time today and it’s already 7:30 (granted i’ve been stuck at the vet for 3 hours)
    So what are you turds doing?

    • cant decide if I want to play Splatoon, play Overwatch, draw, or develop this comic idea

      • EarthenWarrior

        do them all at the same time

        • I would if I could

          • EarthenWarrior

            well divide into four different Stars

          • wouldnt that also split my abilities so all 4 stars would suck at the thing theyre supposed to do?

          • EarthenWarrior

            huh good point, i was going for the whole divide your base personalities and you’re only a quarter as good but 100% devoted to it

          • hmmm… maybe, but even then two of them take technical gaming skill and the other two take creative skills.

          • EarthenWarrior

            well also you’d take a intelligence drop so yeah

  • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah
  • EarthenWarrior
    • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

      its a what?

      • EarthenWarrior

        a play on the idiom a Wolf in sheep’s clothing
        it’s a pokemon that looks like a harmless fluffy ball of fur, but it’s really just a gigantic fang filled mouth that attacks when alone
        that black horned thingy is basically the equivalent of a lure but instead of attracting prey its supposed to disguise itself

        • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

          stoolgusie? idk sounds like suprise im not cute but deadly

          • EarthenWarrior

            I wanted to research yokai to see if anyone of them matched this thing
            otherwise i need a word that means docile and dangerous

          • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

            Stoolie lol

    • Ultron

      Literally…

  • Seraph The Lava Lamp
    • tbf in reality the car wouldve probably hit soldier after being punched

      • Seraph The Lava Lamp

        XD but this worked apparently

  • Seraph The Lava Lamp

    Sup deweds

    • ayyy

      • Seraph The Lava Lamp

        Ayy
        Wanna come on OW?

        • Yeah! idk if we are close enough in rank to play comp tho. Lemme look online

          • Seraph The Lava Lamp

            Not comp , no worriez

          • well if we can do comp then I kinda want to but we can do quick play :0

          • Seraph The Lava Lamp

            Okeyy

    • EarthenWarrior

      *Throws a hatchet*

      • Seraph The Lava Lamp

        *catches it.. telprts behin yu*
        Nothin personnel kid

        • EarthenWarrior

          • Seraph The Lava Lamp

            This is magical

          • EarthenWarrior

    • I’m doin’ fiiine!

  • https://pyx-2.pretendyoure.xyz/zy/game.jsp#game=117
    Alright, I’m ready to blow my brains out, how ’bout you peeps? Password’s dusk999

  • Sunny

    So this has raised my hopes a little bit for USUM in terms of new Pokémon forms.
    https://twitter.com/PokeshopperVGC/status/894672536272875524

    • Sunny

      Wait it didn’t show the entire conversation. He is talking about how he is meeting with someone working on USUM merchandise.

      • EarthenWarrior

        well we’re bound to have some kinda info come Thursday

        • Sunny

          That is true. I am more focused on how many forms we are getting. From his wording there will definitely be more than just Lycanroc.

          • EarthenWarrior

            well my best bet is legend forms, i’m very much pro Tapu Animal forms (despite the fact they’ll most likely be a pain in my behind)

          • Sunny

            I’m hoping for more Ultra Beasts and/or Alola forms. The lore of the former is still quite mysterious by Pokémon standards.

          • EarthenWarrior

            as it pains me Alolan forms are very real threat, since they are technically forms they do not use a dex slot

        • Tick

          Why thursday?

          • Sunny

            I believe that there is a merchandise reveal on that day. Someone please correct me if I am wrong or if there is another reason.

          • Tick

            ah okay thanks

          • EarthenWarrior

            Because that’s when the episode debuting Dusk Lycanroc so it’s bound to happen, maybe not much but info nonetheless

  • Shady

    If u think about it …..Decidueye cover the head, Incineroar cover the upper body, Primarina cover the lower body that not a coincidence wat the hell is that mean??

    • Just a standard character design thing. It’s a principle of small medium and large and covering parts of the body do that well

      • Shady

        not that easy

        • Or maybe you’re just overthinking things.

        • Actually it is

          • Shady

            come on how’s that could be a coincidence…….actually u just want me to look wrong

  • Golden_Flygon

    So how’s everyone doing

  • Seraph The Lava Lamp

    Oh boi Uranium can be randomized

  • MenacingCascoon

    Ooooh. Zapdos the best bird to use in battle. Zapdos has honestly been my luckiest Legend. Both of my Zapdos have HP Ice and I didnt try for either. They also have very high Special Attack. Im so shocked. But I dont have GO! soooooo no Zapdos for me. Weird that they put MolTRES before ZapDOS

    • Luigi301

      lol thats actually funny but i mean ironically articuno was first since blue team won the failed pogo fest

  • UnburdenedLegume

    Found another USUM leak:

    -New Alolan forms, exclusive to gen 2
    -There is no Dawn form for Lycanroc but Dusk is very useful. has a new ability and secondary typing
    -Guzma is the Kahuna of Ula’Ula
    -Nanu is in the elite 4
    -Kahili is a trial captain
    -The starters share a new secret
    -Dream Park is real
    -Cosmog are a common Pokemon in Ultra Space, they are formed by crystals. When these crystals become corrupted or shattered, they turn into Necrozma
    -New forms for Ultra Beasts
    -Gyms are back, and the trial captains are its leaders

    • Seraph The Lava Lamp

      I’m fine with ALL of this… Like REALLY fine with this
      Like please for fucks sake I want this to be real

    • KᑌᑭᑭO

      No

      I want a dusk form :[

    • I hope this is the real deal type of leak

    • Butter Geek

      -No
      -No
      -Yes
      -No
      -(did you mean hau?)
      -No
      -wat?…
      -Meh
      -No
      -Yes

  • Sunny

    A new trailer has come out and is that a Jojo reference?!
    https://youtu.be/7KLn48m8i6Q

  • Deerlia

    Just a heads up to all Zelda Breath of the Wild players:
    Starting tomorrow, i think on the switch only, you can access a news channel that, after you update today, can offer you free items in game when you go through links on the news channel to open the game, neat little feature~

    • Oh dang

    • Daedardus

      Just when I needed that one minute level I Stealth elixer.

  • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah
    • EarthenWarrior

      *drools*

      • Didn’t Get Its Own Game Govnah

        isn’t it beautiful

        • EarthenWarrior

          it would’ve been perfect if the black hinges were green

  • Shady
    • Butter Geek

      They’d have to make a Mamoswine too and it’s not from gen 2

    • Deerlia

      This isn’t real… is it?

      • Butter Geek

        Nah. Look at my comment to see why

    • KᑌᑭᑭO

      One of the few leaks I want to be real

      • Butter Geek

        Why?

        • KᑌᑭᑭO

          What do you mean why? It’s funny af

          • Butter Geek

            From all the leaks, the impossible pineapple is your fav?

          • KᑌᑭᑭO

            I didn’t say it’s my fav, but I still like it :p

    • UnburdenedLegume

      Mamoswine ain’t gen 2

  • Ithsme?

    NWC is coming back! . . . in the middle of October?

    While this is awesome and it means we’ll probably get a direct or something around then, why would they do it now instead of E3 or Gamescom?

    • Ithsme?

      Qualifying game is MK7? Why not Deluxe, which you’d think they’d want to promote?

  • ShinyXatu

    Oh my GOD guys, I NEED that Metroid New 3DS XL. I’m going to replace my plain black one with it. That came so far out of left field.

  • UnburdenedLegume
    • Butter Geek

      Real?

      • UnburdenedLegume

        Idk but it looks like its using a Fire move in the bottom right of the page. Lmao Fire/Rock is an awful type combination ngl

        • Sunny

          Does it match the animation of any known fire-type move? It could be a new move entirely. Kind of like how Lycanroc-Midday got Accelrock.

          • UnburdenedLegume

            Honestly I personally haven’t given much thought to a potential Dawn form (or whatever you wanna call it) myself. I’m extremely hyped for the upcoming Anime episodes rn due to Ash’s Rockruff evolving lol

          • Sunny

            Look at my comment above that I just posted. I was wrong about my speculation.

    • ShinyXatu

      I don’t know if they needed a whole two-page spread dedicated to a single Lycanroc form. I have no idea what Game Freak is thinking anymore.

      • Butter Geek

        It could be fake

      • Sunny

        This honestly seems to be something that Gamefreak would do. I am leaning towards that these leaks are real. It doesn’t scream fan service at all and instead screams minimal marketing, which is the stage that Gamefreak is still at for now.

    • KᑌᑭᑭO

      Idk if it’s fake because the guy also leaked images unrelated to pokemon as well

    • MenacingCascoon

      Wow Two Pages showing off Lycanroc. There better be something explaining it.

    • Daedardus

      Reading the Japanese it says the following:

      Lol, you thought we would reveal more?

      • MenacingCascoon

        Yes. Yes I did think you would reveal more

      • Sunny

        I thought that you would use at least 4 pages to cover the new Lycanroc form. Shame on you for only using two pages!

  • Butter Geek

    6th of my new Slavian Form

    Slavian Kricketune
    Bug/Flying
    At night they fly through the air singing their song. They attack by making their song louder to the point of making their enemies deaf. People said that they can fly as long as they are making music.

    Signature ability:
    Flying Musician
    Sound related moves are Flying type moves when Slavian Kricketune use them

    • Butter Geek

      Opinions?

  • Sunny

    Well Joe just put the image up on Serebii, so there is like a 95% of the recently leaked Coro Coro image being real. Supposedly it gets both Accelrock and Counter and its ability is Tough Claws. There is now word on its typing but I am airing on a pure Rock type.

    • Sunny

      I meant “no word”.

    • Butter Geek

      Rock/Fighting PLEASE
      Rock/Dark for Dawny

      • Sunny

        From the way it looks like, I don’t think there is going to be a Dawn form. It was just given the signature moves of the other two forms. What would they do to differentiate from the other three Lycanroc forms.

        • Butter Geek

          It could have same/simmilar movesets and abilities, but a diffrent look and typing

    • UnburdenedLegume

      Its Rock/Fire

      • Butter Geek

        Really?

        • Butter Geek

          Source?

          • UnburdenedLegume

            Speculation at this point, but in the bottom right corner of the page it seems to be using a Fire move.

          • Butter Geek

            You don’t have to be a fire type for that

          • Sunny

            Couldn’t that move be Howl? I haven’t seen the animation for that move in a while in SM so I am not sure.

    • KᑌᑭᑭO

      Ngl I’m Ok with rock type but they should give it a different typing so it doesn’t feel more like a Midday form clone than it already is

  • UnburdenedLegume

    Serebii states that there will be a special Rockruff distribution for USUM starting at November 17th. I guess that this is the only way to get Dusk form smh

    • UnburdenedLegume

      Additional details: The special Rockruff will hold a Lycanroc Z-Crystal

    • Butter Geek

      I’m getting it if they won’t show anything better

    • Sunny

      That guess is still a guess. We aren’t certain as to what the special way is to evolve a Rockruff into its Dusk form. Although that is a good assertion since they already got Night and Day covered.

  • Sunny

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