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How to get Galarian Zapdos in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Tips for finding the speedy Fighting/Flying-type in Pokémon Sword and Shield to add it to your Pokédex in no time.

Galarian Zapdos in the Pokédex

The Crown Tundra is Pokémon Sword and Shield’s newest expansion, and it introduces new forms of the original legendary bird trio from Pokémon Red and Blue. Now, at long last, we can catch them. Galarian Zapdos is not an Electric/Flying-type, instead adopting the Fighting-type, a combo that’s weak to every other legendary bird.

We still reckon that Keldeo is a far more time-consuming Pokémon to get than any of the legendary birds, but Galarian Zapdos may be the best of the Galarian forms of the trio, thanks to a massive Attack stat. In fact, it’s one of the best Crown Tundra Pokémon. Take a look at our Pokémon type chart to see where they fit in.

Just the same as the other legendary birds, Galarian Zapdos can be a tricky one to catch, not least because it runs away from you as soon as it sees you in the Wild Area. But don’t worry, it’s actually not that hard to catch up to the Fighting/Flying-type Pokémon once you know how. We’ll help you chase down Galarian Zapdos, as well as give you the stats for this legendary bird.

How to catch Calarian Zapdos

To find Galarian Zapdos, you will first need to reach the giant tree Dyna Tree Hill, far to the south of the new region in The Crown Tundra. It’s very close to Ballimere Lake. After watching the cutscene where all the birds have a fight, they will all go their separate ways.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Galarian Zapdos: Galarian Zapdos is running away from the trainer, who is riding a bike, in the Wild Area. It has sweat marks above its head, which indicates that it's getting tired.

Galarian Zapdos heads to the regular Wild Area. You can find out how to catch Galarian Articuno and Galarian Moltres in our other guides, but here’s what you need to do to encounter the Fighting/Flying-type:

  • Take the Flying Taxi to the Meeting Point. This is the first part of the Wild Area that you reached in the main game.
  • Get on your bike and ride down the hill. Galarian Zapdos will begin to run away from you.
  • Eventually, Zapdos will begin to tire out as you keep chasing it. Use the boost to catch up to it and eventually, you’ll run into the legendary bird.
  • If you lose track of Galarian Zapdos, just fly back to Meeting Point and try again.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Galarian Zapdos: Encounter with Galarian Zapdos in a field. Trainer is using Dragapult.

This is quite a tough Pokémon if you’re underprepared, so make sure you have a Psychic-type to negate half of its moves. Galarian Articuno is the optimal counter if you have it. We also recommend a Pokémon that knows Stun Spore or Hypnosis.

Galarian Zapdos encounter stats

  • Level: 70
  • Ability: Defiant – Boosts the Attack stat sharply when a stat is lowered.
Move Type Category Power Accuracy Effect
Thunderous Kick Fighting Physical 90 100 This move lowers the target’s Defense stat.
Drill Peck Flying Physical 80 100 No additional effect.
Reversal Fighting Physical 100 This attack becomes more powerful the less HP the user has.
Focus Energy Normal Effect 100 Critical hits land more easily.

With that, you should now have Galarian Zapdos in Pokémon Sword and Shield. We found this to be the easiest one to fight out of the three, but it did take us a few tries to catch up to it in the first place. There are plenty of other guides for The Crown Tundra expansion here, such as the Regis and our one for nabbing Dynamax Adventures shinies, so do come back soon!