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Ranked PvP Viability Rankings (Last updated 7-17-2019)


Oct 22, 2016
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Changelog (7/17/19):

zapdos a -> a+

It's become clear that Zapdos is one of the strongest Pokemon in the current metagame. It has the ability to reliably Defog against common hazard setters like Excadrill, Ferrothorn, and Garchomp, while presenting a strong offensive threat with Electric / Fire / Ice coverage, all while customizing its EV spreads to handle specific Pokemon for its team. Zapdos is not a flashy Pokemon - it does not sweep entire teams or wall six Pokemon to oblivion, but it will always find a way to contribute, whether as a soft check to half the metagame on (semi)stall, a reliable pivot on offensive teams, or both, depending on the matchup, for balance.

Zapdos @ Leftovers
Bold Nature
Ability: Pressure
EVs: 248 HP / 240 Def / 20 Spe
- Discharge
- Heat Wave
- Defog / Hidden Power Ice
- Roost

Zapdos @ Life Orb
Timid Nature
Ability: Static
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
- Thunderbolt / Volt Switch
- Heat Wave
- Hidden Power Ice
- Roost / Volt Switch