Zapdos is an avian Pokémon with predominantly yellow plumage. Black rings encircle its eyes, and it has a long, thin, light orange beak. Its wings and tail are a mass of spiky feathers, with black feathers covering the back of its wings and inner tail feathers. A large crest of spiked feathers surrounds its head. Its thighs are a khaki color, and it has anisodactyl feet ending in talons.
When Zapdos flaps its glittering wings, it releases electricity that can potentially cause thunderstorms. It causes cause massive crackling and snapping sounds when it flies; these are attributed to the lightning bolts sheds when airborne. When stricken by lightning, it gains power.
Zapdos is the only member of its trio, appearing in Advance Frontier, which uses more than one move of the same type.
It is also the only one to use a non-damaging move.
This Zapdos is suspected to be different from the Zapdos commonly associated with Hora in that it is not Shiny. Unlike Articuno and Moltres, its species has no set roost in Hora, so this is difficult to confirm.