Zapdos, is the legendary bird of lighting, who is one of the three legendary birds in Kanto which is the first Pokemon generation. It's a large bird with black and yellow spiky feathers which makes it similar to thunder bolts. The spiky tail feathers stick out in different directions forming it to look like a circle. The large crest of it's head feathers are also spiky with black rings around it's eyes. It's orange beak is thin and is the longest out of the three birds, it's feet are the same color as well. Unlike the other birds, Zapdos doesn't have yellow feathers above it's feet but grey or brown. Even though Zapdos is the smallest out of the other birds, it's still a very large Pokemon. It also has a special ability like the rest of the birds; when it's spiky wings flap, it releases electricity, causing thunderstorms.

It's always seen with thunderstorms making people believe that it gathers energy from the electricity. It's reported to cause massive crackling and snapping sounds when it flies. Zapdos is always seen during thunder storms and appears as if the thunderclouds are it's habitat. Sometimes it's said to live in an abandoned power plant in Kanto. It can be assumed that it's attracted by the electrical power in the power plant.

Pokedex Information

Japanese Name: Sandaa
Gender: Genderless
PokÚdex: #145
Type: Electric and Flying
Species: Electric Pokemon
Height: 5'03"
Weight: 116.0 lbs
Evolution: None
Advantages: Water and Flying
Disadvantages: Electric, Grass, Ice, Ground, and Dragon

Episode Appearance

Here is the summary and a small row of screenshots that Zapdos appears in.

Season 5 - Episode 242: As Clear as Crystal
Ep 244: Thunder and the Crystal! Secret of the Lake!

After Pikachu is weakened by a run in with Team Rocket, a woman knows of a secret place to heal the electric mouse. Ash and the gang see some electric Pokemon walking the same decoration as they're going. They follow the woman to a lake which has a crystal capable of healing electric Pokemon. Ash puts Pikachu into the lake and it quickly heals. Team Rocket over hears about the legendary crystal and steals it. The electric Pokemon and Pikachu get mad at them and try to save the object by using their electric attacks on them but the evil team uses their latest machine to absorb their attacks! Then an angry figure appears in the sky and uses an electric attack to stop their electricity from being absorbed. A thunder storm appears and the legendary Pokemon, Zapdos appears from beneath the dark clouds and uses an electric attack the evil team, which ends up being absorbed by the machine as the lightning bird starts to get weak. With encouragement from the woman, the yellow bird strengths it's attack, which blasts off Team Rocket. Using too much of it's electricity, it falls to the ground. Being scared of the woman, it uses more of it's electricity and faints. The woman tells Ash and the gang that normally the machine wouldn't effect Zapdos. Brock guesses that the electric type Pokemon must have come to get healed by the legendary crystal which happens to be correct. With the crystal gone, the lake can no longer heal Zapdos or any other electric Pokemon. Ash and the gang go to retrieve the crystal from the evil team, which takes a while but they finally get the crystal back. Ash puts the object back into its place but it's not glowing, Pikachu and the electric Pokemon use their electric attacks to make the crystal glow again. They put Zapdos into the lake but the object stops glowing but the Pokemon use their attacks on the crystal and on Zapdos, which heals the electric bird as Zapdos then recharges the crystal with it's attack. Then the lightning bird leaves as the dark clouds start to drift away.