Pokemon Go players will soon have another chance to capture Zapdos. As a reward for meeting the Global Challenges goal during Pokemon Go Fest last weekend, the Legendary bird will return to the game this Saturday, July 21, but it won’t be available for long.
For a three-hour window of time, players will be able to encounter Zapdos again as a Raid Battle at Gyms. As with other Raid Bosses, you will first need to team up with other players in-person to battle the Legendary Pokemon; if you manage to defeat it, you’ll then earn an opportunity to capture it.
As an Electric- and Flying-type, Zapdos is vulnerable to Rock-type Pokemon such as Golem and Tyranitar. Each Zapdos that is captured during the special event this weekend will know the Thunder Shock attack. Players will also be able to receive up to five free Raid Passes by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms. These passes are required to participate in Raid Battles.
Zapdos will be available at different times depending upon which part of the world you live in. You can find the hours the Legendary Pokemon will appear in each region below. Niantic teases that players may also have a chance of encountering a rare Shiny Zapdos during the event hours.
North America, South America, and Greenland
- 11 AM – 2 PM PT
- 2 PM – 5 PM ET
Europe, Africa, Middle East, and India
- 10 AM – 1 PM BST
- 12 PM – 3 PM JST
The final stop of the Pokemon Go Summer Tour is the Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan, which takes place from August 29 to September 2. Even if you can’t attend the event in person, players around the world will be able to participate in Global Challenges and help unlock in-game bonuses and rewards.
Players also have the next Pokemon Go Community Day to look forward to. Unlike previous events, August’s Community Day will take place on two days, August 11 and 12, and it’ll feature the popular Pokemon Eevee. Beyond that, Niantic has dropped the first hints that Gen 4 Pokemon may soon be on their way to Pokemon Go.