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Tyranitar @ Assault Vest
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch / Rock Tomb / Pursuit / Superpower

Tyranitar can take any hit from Zapdos and 2HKO it. Earthquake is useful for a Roosting Zapdos.

252+ Atk Tyranitar Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 152-182 (77.1 - 92.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery
252+ Atk Tyranitar Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 102-122 (51.7 - 61.9%)
252+ Atk Tyranitar Rock Tomb vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 92-110 (46.7 - 55.8%) -- 98.4% chance to 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery
252+ SpA Zapdos Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Tyranitar in Sand: 37-45 (17.8 - 21.7%) -- possible 5HKO
 
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Marowak-Alola @ Thick Club
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 HP / 180 Atk / 4 Def / 68 SpD / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Flare Blitz
- Shadow Bone
- Perish Song
- Stealth Rock

Thanks to lightning rod, Marowak hard walls every Zapdos set. Perish Song is used to beat Toxic in a 1v1 scenario. The EV spread comes from VGC
Calcs:

252+ SpA Tapu Lele Psychic vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Marowak-Alola in Psychic Terrain: 141-166 (84.4 - 99.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Blaziken-Mega Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Marowak-Alola: 136-160 (81.4 - 95.8%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
0 SpA Zapdos Heat Wave vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Marowak-Alola: 24-28 (14.3 - 16.7%) -- possible 6HKO
180+ Atk Thick Club Marowak-Alola Flare Blitz vs. 248 HP / 240+ Def Zapdos: 124-147 (63.2 - 75%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Leftovers recovery
0 SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 68 SpD Marowak-Alola: 15-18 (8.9 - 10.7%) -- possibly the worst move ever
180+ Atk Thick Club Marowak-Alola Shadow Bone vs. 0 HP / 4 Def Blaziken-Mega: 127-151 (81.9 - 97.4%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

Hippowdon @ Sitrus Berry
Ability: Sand Stream
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
Careful Nature
- Earthquake
- Yawn
- Slack Off
- Ice Fang / Rock Tomb

Hippowdon's McDonald's addiction grants it the thickness it needs to take anything from Zapdos bar Toxic.

4 SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Hippowdon: 50-60 (23.2 - 27.9%) -- possible 5HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
252+ SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 252+ SpD Hippowdon: 66-78 (30.6 - 36.2%) -- 99.5% chance to 4HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery

Yawn gives Hippowdon an excellent way of threatening out Zapdos, potentially putting it to sleep, giving the Hippo time to heal with Slack Off or chip with Ice Fang. Ice Fang and Earthquake give Hippowdon ways of threatening two of Zapdos's most popular partners, Landorus-T and Mega Blaziken respectively. Rock Tomb can still be used to reduce opposing Pokémon's Speed if desired while still doing some damage to Zapdos without making contact, ignoring Rocky Helmet damage.

Gastrodon @ Leftovers
Ability: Storm Drain
Level: 50
EVs: 244 HP / 252 Def / 12 SpD
Bold Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Infestation
- Toxic
- Recover
- Scald

Big Slug cares about exactly zero of Zapdos' attacks (outside of Toxic) and this set ensures that Toxic-spewing Zapdos go down with you! Infestation traps all Zapdos without U-turn and enables you to get a Toxic off on static birb followed by Scalds to weaken it. Even if Zapdos escapes the slug's Infestation, it will be too weakened to effectively check sweepers like Mega Mence!

For non-Toxic Zapdos, Gastrodon forces them to switch every time and enables you to trap your opponent's next Pokémon, guaranteeing that you get switch initiative on the next turn/allowing you to Toxic another fat mon.

Pointless Calcs:
252+ SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 244 HP / 12 SpD Gastrodon: 43-51 (19.8 - 23.5%) -- possible 6HKO after Leftovers recovery


Xurkitree @ Psychium Z / Electrium Z
Ability: Beast Boost
Level: 50
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Thunderbolt
- Tail Glow
- Hypnosis / Energy Ball
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Xurkitree resists Zapdos' Electric STAB, and can take two Heat Waves. You can then proceed to use it as setup bait. Shuca Berry and Air Balloon are two other item options to surprise Ground-types such as Landorus-T and Hippowdon. A bulkier spread can also be used as well, given Xurkitree's titanic Special Attack stat, not to mention Tail Glow.

0 SpA Zapdos Heat Wave vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Xurkitree: 57-68 (35.8 - 42.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO

0 SpA Zapdos Thunderbolt vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Xurkitree: 41-48 (25.7 - 30.1%) -- guaranteed 4HKO


252 SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Zapdos: 105-124 (53.5 - 63.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO

+3 252 SpA Xurkitree Thunderbolt vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Zapdos: 259-306 (132.1 - 156.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO

252 SpA Xurkitree Gigavolt Havoc (175 BP) vs. 248 HP / 0 SpD Zapdos: 202-238 (103 - 121.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO
I wanted to nom Tyranitar but it is just bait for Zapdos to catch it with Volt Switch on the switch and go to its buttbuddy Blaziken, so here is this instead:


Swampert @ Lum Berry (best item for Zapdos matchup) / Leftovers / Sitrus Berry / Rindo Berry (with Mirror Coat)
Ability: Torrent
Level: 50
EVs: 252 HP / 140 Def / 116 SpD
Calm Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Toxic
- Stealth Rock
- Scald
- Ice Beam / Rest / Yawn / Roar / Mirror Coat (With Rindo Berry)

Swampert completely walls Zapdos and switches into it for free. It is also an excellent Stealth Rocker, allowing it to provide great support to your team! Switch in on Zapdos, set up Stealth Rock to cripple it, Toxic it to cripple it even more. Lum Berry is the preferred anti-Zapdos item as it cures poison upon switch in and can also be used with Rest if you are truly worried about Zapdos. Sitrus is nice for general recovery if you are less worried about Zapdos. Lefties can be used to combo with Yawn. EVs allow you to live a Grass Knot from LO Koko from full health 100% of the time. Rindo Berry can be used with Mirror Coat to lure Charizard Y if you want, in which case you should modify the EV spread to your liking as Koko's Grass Knot will be a nonissue.

Calcs:
252+ SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 116+ SpD Swampert: 33-39 (15.9 - 18.8%) -- possible 6HKO
0 SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 252 HP / 116+ SpD Swampert: 24-29 (11.5 - 14%) -- possible 8HKO
0 SpA Zapdos Heat Wave vs. 252 HP / 116+ SpD Swampert: 19-23 (9.1 - 11.1%) -- possible 9HKO

Mamoswine @ Life Orb
Ability: Thick Fat
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Icicle Spear
- Ice Shard
- Earthquake
- Rock Tomb / Superpower / Knock Off / Stealth Rock / Fissure

thicc boi does not care about anything Zapdos can do to it, outside of maybe a Heat Wave burn. Icicle Spear shreds Zapdos pretty efficiently, and fast variants can't Roost on Mamo thanks to Earthquake. Not much to say here, this is one of the definitive offensive counters to Zapdos.

clacs
252+ SpA Zapdos Heat Wave vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Thick Fat Mamoswine: 88-104 (47.5 - 56.2%) -- 76.6% chance to 2HKO
this is the most damage wallbird is capable of doing with an offensive set, but then this:
252 Atk Life Orb Mamoswine Icicle Spear (3 hits) vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Zapdos: 195-243 (117.4 - 146.3%)
two hits puts it well in shard range.

252 Atk Life Orb Mamoswine Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Roosting Zapdos: 179-213 (90.8 - 108.1%)
252 Atk Life Orb Mamoswine Icicle Spear (2 hits) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 94-114 (47.7 - 57.8%)
252 Atk Life Orb Mamoswine Icicle Spear (4 hits) vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 188-228 (95.4 - 115.7%)

252+ SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Thick Fat Mamoswine: 28-33 (15.1 - 17.8%)

Landorus-Therian (M) @ Earth plate / Life orb / Yache berry
Ability: Intimidate
Level: 50
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant / Jolly Nature
- Earthquake
- Gravity / Smack Down
- filler
- Swords Dance

Might as well copy the set I posted in Lure That Threat, since it works on a lot of flying types / floating mons besides Celesteela. It is worth noting that HP Ice is a clean OHKO on this set from offensive zapdos, so the yache berry is quite helpful here. Note that adamant lando does like 90% max to full physdef sets without a boosting item, so smack down chip is vital in those situations.

calcs
252+ Atk Earth Plate Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 198-234 (100.5 - 118.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
252 Atk Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 150-176 (76.1 - 89.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
252 Atk Landorus-T Smack Down vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 50-60 (25.3 - 30.4%) -- guaranteed 5HKO after Sitrus Berry recovery
4 SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-T: 136-160 (82.4 - 96.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Zapdos Hidden Power Ice vs. 4 HP / 0 SpD Landorus-T: 180-212 (109 - 128.4%) -- guaranteed OHKO

Tyranitar @ Assault Vest
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Stone Edge
- Crunch
- Earthquake
- Ice Punch / Rock Tomb / Pursuit / Superpower

Tyranitar can take any hit from Zapdos and 2HKO it. Earthquake is useful for a Roosting Zapdos.

252+ Atk Tyranitar Stone Edge vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 152-182 (77.1 - 92.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery
252+ Atk Tyranitar Earthquake vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 102-122 (51.7 - 61.9%)
252+ Atk Tyranitar Rock Tomb vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Zapdos: 92-110 (46.7 - 55.8%) -- 98.4% chance to 2HKO after sandstorm damage and Sitrus Berry recovery
252+ SpA Zapdos Thunderbolt vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Tyranitar in Sand: 37-45 (17.8 - 21.7%) -- possible 5HKO
 

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Vif-Argent's Tyranitar because AV Tar can freely switch in on zappy birb and force it out/1v1 it easily and is also a pretty solid choice when looking to add a special wall with some offensive presence to a team.
 

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