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"Pokémon Let's Go": How to Find and Catch Zapdos

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Sigbog is an avid gamer whose passion for Pokémon was reignited by "Pokémon Go" and now "Pokémon: Let's Go" in turn.

Guide to Finding and Catching Zapdos


The Legendary Bird Zapdos

The legendary bird Zapdos is arguably one of the most iconic first generation Pokémon. A powerful Flying and Electric type, Zapdos is a great addition to your lineup. In Pokémon Let's Go, as in the previous games, you must find and battle it in order to have a chance at catching it. This guide will show you how to find the Power Plant where Zapdos resides, battle it, and catch it.

Where to Find Zapdos

NOTE: You must have unlocked "Sea Skim" in order to get to Zapdos!

In order to find Zapdos, you'll need to make your way over to the Power Plant. The Power Plant can be found on Route 10.

  • Go to Cerulean City.
  • Go east onto Route 9.
  • When you first get to the area with the entrance to the Rock Tunnel, there is a small strip of water starting in the north and wrapping around down south.
  • Use Sea Skim to get on the water.
  • Follow it south (it's a short trip) and you'll find the Power Plant.

The Power Plant is a dungeon like many others, but it's actually fairly easy. There are no dead ends or confusing puzzles. You simply need to make your way through the Power Plant and after a handful of minutes you'll have found the end of it where you'll see Zapdos. It is worth noting that some useful stuff spawns here. Also, as in the original games, Electrodes sit around the Power Plant looking like items to pick up. If it's white on top, it's an Electrode! You'll have to battle it but then you do get a chance to catch it if you want one.


Battling Zapdos

You'll have to fight Zapdos before having the chance to catch him, and you'll be on a five-minute time limit. An easy way to take him down is simply to use Toxic on him and wait it out. If not, you'll need to build a proper team to fight him as he will be level 50, making him a fairly threatening foe.

Zapdos is a Flying and Electric type, so you'll want to use Pokémon that are Rock, Ground, and Ice. A few good counters are:

  • Rhydon
  • Golem
  • Lapras

Zapdos does not use Recover or otherwise have any healing like other time limited bosses so you should be able to take him out as long as you're at least somewhat prepared for a level 50 fight.


Fighting Zapdos


Catching Zapdos

Zapdos is very difficult to catch, and can run away from you. So long as you saved before the fight, you can always re-load the game and try again if he does run away. To do so, you'll have to force close the game by going back to the Switch home and closing the app.

To actually catch him, you'll likely need a lot of Pokeballs; the higher the quality, the better. Berries will help as well. He will be a red ring for you and can easily soak up 20+ Pokeballs.

I recommend going into co-op by detaching the Joycons and shaking the secondary one to open two-player mode. This will increase your chance of catching by throwing two Pokeballs at once. With enough Pokeballs and patience, you will get Zapdos. I personally had it run away on me the first time but did catch it the second time around.

Be Careful! He CAN Run Away!


Catching Zapdos in the Wild

After catching Zapdos and beating the Elite Four, you'll be able to encounter Zapdos again in the wild. You'll need to be on a flying Pokemon in order to encounter it, and they're incredibly rare spawns, but it is possible.


E on August 14, 2020:

Ik nobody will believe me I litally caught 2 in the wild

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on December 31, 2018:

This is a great guide on how to capture Zapdos. I always thought the legendary birds were really cool.