It is the first (and, to date, the only) Flying and Electric Pokémon combination type. It first appeared in Pokémon Red and Blue versions. It can be caught at the Abandoned Power Plant in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen versions. It is also noticably one of the three legendary bird Pokémon from Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen versions.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
When Zapdos makes its rare appearance out of a Poké Ball, uses Thunder Bolt as its attack. A current of electricity will surround Zapdos. Any character caught in the current of the electricity (other than the summoner) won't be about to move and will take 70-100% damage. A powerful effect indeed.
As a trophy
Zapdos features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the 100+ trophies that can be collected randomly during normal play, such as in the Trophy Lottery and throughout the various Single-player Regular Matches. It reads as follows:
- Zapdos flaps its wings, and summer storms appear, throwing lightning every which way. It's said that you can hear this legendary Pokémon coming, as its wings make a very distinctive popping sound as it flies. In addition to electrical moves like the dreaded Thunder, it also wields a vicious move called Drill Peck. (Pokémon Red & Blue 09/98)
In "Super Smash Bros. Brawl"
It should be noted that Zapdos does not appear as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Brawl, but the other two legendary birds do. The same concept goes for Raikou, meaning both Electric-type legendaries weren't included in the game.