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From Bulbapedia.
Zapdos's official artwork from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
Games Melee
SSB4 (3DS)
Move ThunderShock
Rarity Rare
Article on Bulbapedia Zapdos (Pokémon)

Zapdos (サンダー, Thunder) is a creature from the Pokémon media franchise.


Zapdos's official artwork from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Zapdos is an Electric/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation I and is categorized within the Pokédex at #145 as the "Electric Pokémon". Along with Articuno and Moltres, Zapdos is part of a trio commonly referred to as the legendary birds.

Thunder Shock (formatted as "ThunderShock" prior to Generation VI) is a special Electric-type attack with 40 base power and 100% accuracy. It is part of Zapdos's starting moveset in every game.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Zapdos in Melee.

When Zapdos makes its rare appearance out of Poké Balls, it uses ThunderShock as its attack. Zapdos will discharge electricity and sparks will surround it. Any character besides the summoner that is caught in the discharge will not be able to move (but can SDI out of the electricity, as they can upon being caught in a Smart Bomb's blast radius in Brawl) and will take a lot of damage (up to 81% damage if caught by the attack at its start). The attack happens very quickly.


Zapdos is featured as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the trophies that can be collected randomly in the Trophy Lottery, though it only appears once all characters have been unlocked.

Zapdos trophy in Melee.
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.
  • Pokémon Red & Blue, 09/98

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Zapdos in Prism Tower.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Zapdos makes occasional appearances as a background character in the Prism Tower stage. However, it is fairly rare. It flies in from the top of the screen, and quickly arcs back around and leaves the screen again.


Zapdos's trophy in for 3DS.
Ntsc 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.
Pal 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.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Ultimate, Zapdos once again cameos on the Prism Tower stage.


Zapdos also appears alongside Articuno and Moltres as a primary spirit.

Zapdos uses an orange Lucas puppet fighter, and is fought on the Find Mii stage's Battlefield form. He is fought along with the cyan and red Lucas puppet fighters representing Articuno and Moltres respectively. During the battle, the Lucas puppet fighters will reflect projectiles, referencing the Legendary birds' defensive abilities. The orange Lucas puppet fighter also frequently uses PK Thunder, referencing Zapdos' Electric type.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Articuno, Zapdos, & Moltres.png
Articuno, Zapdos, & Moltres
★★★★ 3 4007 10019 2384 5961 1623 4058 No Effect Pokémon Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese サンダー, Thunder
UK English Zapdos
France French Électhor
Germany German Zapdos
Spain Spanish Zapdos
Italy Italian Zapdos
China Chinese (Simplified) 闪电鸟
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 閃電鳥
South Korea Korean 썬더, Sunder
Netherlands Dutch Zapdos
Russia Russian Запдос