Pokemon Go: Zapdos Raids Now Available

Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go have been promised from the get go. Its first trailer showed a hypothetical event featuring a massive battle against Mewtwo. This page includes a schedule of Legendary Pokemon Raids, the best way to take them down, and a List of Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

Click on the Pokemon’s name to see the best way to defeat them! 

Lugia July 22, 2017 – ? 
Articuno July 22, 2017 – July 31, 2017
Moltres July 31, 2017 – August 7, 2017
Zapdos August 7, 2017 – August 14, 2017

Raid Eggs are currently not in effect. It is unclear whether this is temporary while Niantic fixes bugs, or a permanent change. For now, Raids will start with no countdown or warning. 

Niantic finally confirmed the arrival of Legendary Pokemon days before the first Live Event, Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago July 22, 2017.

Legendary Pokemon are only obtainable by defeating Legendary Pokemon Raids. Once defeated, Trainers will have a chance to capture the rare and powerful Pokemon much how they would a normal Raid Boss.

  • You’ll know a soon-to-begin Raid will feature a Legendary Pokemon if the Raid Egg is dark blue
  • You will want the full 20 players if you want to make easy work of Legendary Pokemon.
  • Fewer can defeat them, at the very least six, but you need high-leveled Pokemon well-suited for the task. 
  • Legendary Pokemon cannot defend Gyms, but they can battle enemy Gyms and Raid Bosses. 
  • Base Capture Rate for Legendary Pokemon is only 3%.
  • Legendary Pokemon Buddy Distance is 20km per 1 candy. 

Because Legendary Pokemon are so difficult to take down, you can find recommended counters to strategically up your chance of defeating them. However, if none of your counters are high CP (1,500+ at the very least, preferably 2000+) you may as well just use your highest CP Pokemon. 

Because Legendary Pokemon have such a low capture rate at only 3%–Lugia only 2%– you’ll want to save your Golden Razz Berries and practice your Curve Balls to maximize your chance at catching a Legendary Pokemon. See the chart below made by Reddit user Epimetheos for a visualization of just how much the extra effort helps. 

Medals awarded for catching certain Types of Pokemon, for example Bird Keeper for Flying-type Pokemon, will increase catch rate as well. To earn the Gold Medal, catch 200 of a specific Type of Pokemon. 

Once in the process of catching the Legendary Pokemon: 

  • Use a Golden Razz Berry for each attempt.
  • Use a Curve Ball if you’re confident in your accuracy.
  • Only throw a  Premier Ball right after the Pokemon has attacked, so you can try to ensure your throw won’t be interrupted.
  • Wait for the Pokemon to re-center if it has moved to an awkward spot. 

Zapdos began appearing on August 7, 2017, and will remain until August 14. It is speculated that Ho-Oh will appear once Zapdos is removed from Raids.

Zapdos, as an Electric- and Flying-type Pokemon, is weak to the following types:

These will do 1.4x the usual damage. Unlike the other two Legendary Birds, Zapdos does not have a dual weakness. Additionally, many Pokemon that know Ice-type attacks are weak to Electric-type moves, like the Water- and Ice-type Lapras, or aren’t generally very strong, like Jynx. Remember that Flying-type Pokemon will take Super Effective damage from Zapdos we well.

Golem, a Ground- and Rock-type, will resist Zapdos’ Electric-type attacks and dish out extra damage with Rock-type moves. Just make sure the Golem has Rock-type moves, as although Ground-type attacks are usually Super Effective against Electric-type Pokemon, Zapdos’ Flying-type neutralizes the buff.

Tyranitar, though it isn’t resistant to Zapdos, can still dish out a great deal of damage if its Charge Attack is Stone Edge. Piloswine will resist Zapdos and deal Super Effective damage with its Charge Attack Avalanche, but can’t learn an Ice-type Fast Attack. Rhydon will resist Zapdos’ attacks, but can’t learn any Rock-type moves. 

Dragonite’s Dragon-typing allows it to sustain only neutral damage from Electric-type attacks, and though it can’t deal Super Effective damage, it’s still a generally strong contender in raids. 

Possible Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Charge Beam Electric 8
Possible Charge Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Zap Cannon Electric 140 2
Thunderbolt Electric 80 3
Thunder Electric 100 3

Moltres began appearing in Raids on July 31, 2017, and will remained until August 7.

Moltres, as a Fire- and Flying-type Pokemon, is weak to the following types:

  • Electric
  • Water

Each of these will do 1.4x the usual damage.

Rock-type moves will do 1.96x the damage.

Golem with two Rock-type attacks is the best counter to Moltres, as it’s resistant to all of Moltres’ attacks and will deal 1.96x damage. Compared to Omastar, it’s easier to obtain and has a higher attack power.

Omastar with Rock-type moves is a fantastic counter to Moltres as well though. Like Golem, it’s resistant to Moltres’ attacks, and if it has Rock-type moves, will do 1.96x damage as well. Even if your Omastar has Water-type moves, it will still do extra damage.

Strong Water-type Pokemon with decent defense like Gyarados, Vaporeon, and Kingdra, if it has Water-type moves, will do well against Moltres. Tyranitar, though it doesn’t have access to two moves that are super-effective, will do well along with other favorites like Dragonite.

Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Fire Spin Fire 14
Charge Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Fire Blast Fire 140 3
Heat Wave Fire 95 2
Overheat Fire 160 2

Lugia first appeared in Raids July 22, 2017, at the conclusion of Pokemon Go Fest. It is unclear how long it will be available. Lugia is especially tough to take down. Plan on having 20 trainers, or at least 8 of very well-prepare, high-level players.

Lugia, as a Psychic- and Flying-type Pokemon, is weak to the following types: 

  • Dark
  • Rock
  • Ice
  • Ghost
  • Electric

Each of these will do 1.4x the usual damage. 

Lugia is able to attack with Psychic, Flying, Dragon, and Water-type moves.

Tyranitar would be a good offensive Pokemon to take Lugia on, but you must be especially wary of its Hydro Pump charged attack and plan on manually dodging those, or your Tyranitar may be one-shot. 

Jolteon, with Electric-type moves, and Omastar, with Rock-type moves, will also be good choices. Gengar has super-effective Ghost-type attacks, but is weak to Lugia’s Psychic-type attacks. 

Possible Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Extrasensory Psychic 12
Dragon Tail Dragon 15
Possible Charge Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Sky Attack Flying 70 3
Hydro Pump Water 130 1
Futuresight Psychic 120 1

Articuno first appeared in Raids July 22, 2017, at the conclusion of Pokemon Go Fest, and will only be available in its first run until July 31, 2018. 

Articuno, as an Ice- and Flying-type Pokemon, is weak to the following types: 

  • Electric
  • Fire
  • Steel

Each of these will do 1.4x the usual damage. 

Rock-type attacks will do 1.96x the damage, being undoubtedly the best type to attack Articuno with. 

Articuno only attacks with Ice-type moves, giving Omastar a fantastic advantage against the legendary bird if it has Rock-type attacks. The Rock- and Water-type Fossil Pokemon Omastar does 1.96x the damage with its Rock-type moves, and is resistant to Articuno’s Ice-type attacks. 

Houndoom is also resistant to Articuno, and will do super-effective damage with its Fire-type attacks. Tyranitar is also a good choice, taking neutral damage but dishing out super-effective Rock-type attacks. 

Other plain Fire-type Pokemon, like Typhlosion and Flareon, are also good choices. 

Possible Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Frost Breath Ice 10
Possible Charge Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Ice Beam Ice 90 3
Icy Wind Ice 60 2
Blizzard Ice 130 3

So far, a handful of Legendary Pokemon have appeared in trailers, but some have yet to be mentioned. We will update this list as Legendary Pokemon become available. 

All of these Legendary Pokemon have appeared in trailers or have otherwise been mentioned in other official materials produced by Niantic.  So far, Lugia and Articuno have been officially available to capture at the conclusion of Pokemon Go Fest. 

These Legendary Pokemon have been noticeably absent from trailers. These include the mythical Pokemon Mew and Celebii, both of which were incredibly difficult to procure in the main Pokemon games. The only way to find Celebii and Mew in the original Pokemon games are through special events.

Mew Celebii

The three legendary dogs from Gen 2, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, are found very rarely wandering the world in the original Pokemon games. Will they have a similar mechanic in Pokemon Go, instead of appearing in Raids? 


Raikou Entei

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