How to Beat Zubat

If you are looking for the best ways to defeat Zubat in Pokemon Go, you've come to the right place! This guide will teach you how to successfully win battles against Zubat by exploiting its Type weakness(es).

In addition, it is equally as important to choose the optimal Pokemon and Movesets to take advantage of those weaknesses. This will allow you to to deal maximum damage during battle and defeat Zubat quickly and easily.
How to Beat Zubat
To defeat Zubat in Pokemon Go you must take advantage of its Type Weakness(es). Being a Poison/Flying Type, Zubat is vulnerable against Electric, Rock, Ice and Psychic Type Moves.

This guide lists the best Pokemon and best Movesets you should use in order to defeat Zubat as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Before we get into the details of this guide, please see below. The following is a simple step by step guide/checklist on how to defeat Zubat. If you would like more information surrounding terminology, specific Pokemon, Movesets, DPS, etc. feel free to check out the rest of this guide.
5 Simple Tips to Defeat Zubat
Tip #1. CP (Combat Power) Advantage
Choose Pokemon with equal or higher CP than that of the Zubat you are battling. If your CP advantage is high enough, the next steps will not be as important in battle. Zubat can have up to a maximum of 569 CP.
Tip #2. Use Move Types Zubat is Weak Against
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Zubat will allow you to deal more damage during battle. Zubat is weak against the following Types:

Tip #3. Use Pokemon & Moves of the Same Type for Additional Damage
For example, Bulbasaur using a Grass Move, Charmander using a Fire Move or Squirtle using a Water Move will deal 25% more damage simply because the Pokemon is the same Type as the Move it is using. You can find out more about damage mechanics at the end of this page.
Tip #4. Choose the Best Type(s) of Pokemon
Dealing additional damage, while taking reduced damage is important in defeating Zubat. Avoid using Types of Pokemon Zubat Moves are Super Effective against, instead try to use Types of Pokemon of which Zubat Moves are Not Very Effective against.
MoveXZubat Moves are Super Effective Against

Quick Attack
Air Cutter

Poison Fang

Sludge Bomb

MoveZubat Moves Not Very Effective Against

Quick Attack

Air Cutter

Poison Fang

Sludge Bomb

Tip #5. Use High DPS Movesets for Max Damage
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Zubat and the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) of your own Pokemon will allow you to deal a great amount of damage during battle. Zubat will go down quickly if the optimal Pokemon & Movesets are used.

You can learn more about high damage Movesets at the end of this guide: Section IV. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Zubat in battle.
Thank you for reading. If you would like further or more detailed information on how to defeat Zubat please continue reading the rest of this guide. If you have questions, comments, or tips of your own, feel free to leave a message in the comment section at the end of this guide!
I. Zubat Type Weaknesses
To defeat Zubat you must first learn its Type weaknesses. Using specific Types of Moves that Zubat is weak against will result in those Moves dealing Super Effective damage (25% damage bonus). 
Zubat is a Poison/Flying Type Pokemon, which means it is weak against the following Move Type(s) and will be vulnerable to the following damage multipliers:
II. Utilizing Benefit of Super Effective Moves
Next we must identify Moves of the above Types. This is important as Moves that are Super Effective deal 25% additional damage. If a Pokemon has a double weakness, the Move will deal 56% additional damage.
In order to defeat Zubat you will want to choose a Pokemon with Move Types Zubat is vulnerable against. The moves of these types are shown below:
Move NameFast/
DischargeCharge Electric352.50-3314.00
SparkFast Electric70.70410.00
ThunderCharge Electric1004.30-10023.26
Thunder PunchCharge Electric402.40-3316.67
Thunder ShockFast Electric50.6078.33
ThunderboltCharge Electric552.70-5020.37
Move NameFast/
Ancient PowerCharge Rock353.60-259.72
Power GemCharge Rock402.90-3313.79
Rock SlideCharge Rock503.20-3315.63
Rock ThrowFast Rock121.3678.82
Rock TombCharge Rock303.40-258.82
Stone EdgeCharge Rock803.10-10025.81
Move NameFast/
BlizzardCharge Ice1003.90-10025.64
Frost BreathFast Ice90.81711.11
Ice BeamCharge Ice653.65-5017.81
Ice PunchCharge Ice453.50-3312.86
Ice ShardFast Ice151.40710.71
Icy WindCharge Ice253.80-206.58
Move NameFast/
ConfusionFast Psychic151.5179.93
PsybeamCharge Psychic403.80-2510.53
PsychicCharge Psychic552.80-5019.64
Psycho CutFast Psychic70.57712.28
PsyshockCharge Psychic402.70-3314.81
Zen HeadbuttFast Psychic121.05411.43
III. Pokemon Weakness(es) vs. Zubat
Before we go any further, please take a minute to consider the following. Most of this guide is focused on dealing high amounts of damage in a short period of time, in order to beat Zubat as quickly as possible.

However, it is important to note that defensive Type weaknesses play an important role in Pokemon Go battles as well.
First off, Zubat can deal a great amount of damage using Bite and Sludge Bomb. This is especially true if you are using Pokemon that are weak against these Move Type(s). The damage per second and ranking of this moveset is shown below.
High DPS Moveset for Zubat:
Move:BiteSludge Bomb
Move Type:DarkPoison
Category:Fast Charge 
Rank (DPS):#34#46
DPS (w/ STAB):12.026.4
Rank (w/ STAB):#34#17
Zubat is capable of using the following Moves:
Zubat Fast Moves:Zubat Charge Moves:
BiteQuick AttackAir CutterPoison FangSludge Bomb


Sec:0.5 sec1.33 secSec:3.3 sec2.4 sec2.6 sec
While Bite and Sludge Bomb is a strong Moveset, most of Zubat's Moves will deal additional damage if used against certain Types of Pokemon as they will take increased damage from Zubat. Depending on the particular Moveset of the Zubat you are battling against, you will want to try and avoid using Pokemon of the following Types.
MoveXZubat Moves are Super Effective Against

Quick Attack
Air Cutter

Poison Fang

Sludge Bomb

On the other hand, there are certain Types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that will take less damage from the Moves of Zubat. Therefore, to survive longer during Gym battles you will want to try and use Pokemon of the below Types when battling against Zubat.
MoveZubat Moves are Not Very Effective Against

Quick Attack

Air Cutter

Poison Fang

Sludge Bomb

It is important to note that this is not the only factor in choosing the optimal Pokemon to defeat Zubat. If you have a Pokemon with much higher CP and a high damage Moveset vs. Zubat you will obviously want to use that Pokemon. You will be able to win the battle quickly before your opponent has even had a chance to deal much damage.

However, if you are using a Pokemon with average CP and an average moveset, choosing the right Type of Pokemon becomes much more important.
IV. Benefits of Type Weakness & STAB Damage
Getting back to the offensive side of battling, the next step is to identify which Pokemon have the capability of using Super Effective Moves against Zubat.

Furthermore, we must identify Pokemon that are the same Type as the Moves they are using. This will result in an added 25% additional damage bonus, commonly referred to as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).
If you are new to Pokemon Go or to the damage mechanics in general, be sure to review the chart below before making your way to Section V. (Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Zubat). It explains how Pokemon Go DB determines the best damage Moveset/Pokemon to beat Zubat.
The following chart explains the terms used in this guide:
Battle Mechanics Terminology (Quick Reference Guide)
DPSDPS stands for Damage per Second. The DPS of each Move is calculated by taking the Power of a Move and dividing it by the time (seconds) it takes to actually perform the move (also known as a cooldown). 
STABSTAB stands for Same Type Attack Bonus. When a Pokemon uses a Move that is the same Type as itself that Move will deal additional bonus damage. For example, if a Poison Type Pokemon uses a Poison Type Move it will deal 25% more damage.
Best Fast MoveThe Best Fast Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Fast Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of two possible Fast Moves.
Best Charge MoveThe Best Charge Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Charge Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of three possible Charge Moves. 
Best Fast Move DPS vs. ZubatBest Fast Move DPS vs. Zubat is calculated by taking the Best Fast Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Zubat has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Zubat has a double weakness to that Type.
Best Charge Move DPS vs. ZubatBest Charge Move DPS vs. Zubat is calculated by taking the Best Charge Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Zubat has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Zubat has a double weakness to that Type.
Average DPSAverage DPS is simply the average of the Best Fast Move DPS vs. Zubat and the Best Charge Move DPS vs. Zubat. The chart is then sorted by highest Average DPS to lowest.
V. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Zubat in battle.
The following chart lists the top Pokemon/Moveset against Zubat. The list is sorted by highest Average Damage per Second to lowest. Type Effectiveness and STAB play a big role in increasing the damage that is done to Zubat. If you follow every step in this guide, you will have a much easier time defeating Zubat. Good Luck!
Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Zubat
PicNameBest Fast MoveBest Charge MoveFast Move TypeCharge Move TypeBest Fast Move DPS vs. ZubatBest Charge Move DPS vs. ZubatAverage DPS

DewgongFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7

CloysterFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7

LaprasFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7

ArticunoFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7

GravelerMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.940.327.1

GolemMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.940.327.1

RhydonMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.940.327.1

OnixRock ThrowStone EdgeRockRock13.840.327.1


KabutopsMud ShotStone EdgeGroundRock10.940.325.6

AlakazamPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic19.230.724.9

MewtwoPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic19.230.724.9

MankeyScratchCross ChopNormalFighting12.037.524.8

PikachuThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

ElectabuzzThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

JolteonThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

ZapdosThunder ShockThunderElectricElectric13.036.324.7

HypnoZen HeadbuttPsychicPsychicPsychic17.930.724.3

ExeggutorZen HeadbuttPsychicPsychicPsychic17.930.724.3

Mr. MimeZen HeadbuttPsychicPsychicPsychic17.930.724.3

JigglypuffPoundBody SlamNormalNormal16.232.124.1

PrimeapeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MachopLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MachokeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0




MeowthScratchBody SlamNormalNormal15.032.123.5

SeadraWater GunBlizzardWaterIce15.032.123.5

MachampKarate ChopCross ChopFightingFighting9.437.523.4

NidoqueenPoison JabStone EdgePoisonRock14.332.323.3

TentacruelPoison JabBlizzardPoisonIce14.332.123.2

SnorlaxZen HeadbuttBody SlamPsychicNormal14.332.123.2

PidgeotWing AttackHurricaneFlyingFlying15.031.323.1





WigglytuffPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1

ChanseyPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1

DugtrioMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1

StarmieWater GunPsychicWaterPsychic15.030.722.8

RattataTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8

EeveeTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8

HitmonleeRock SmashStone EdgeFightingRock13.332.322.8

CharizardWing AttackFire BlastFlyingFire15.030.522.7

ArcanineFire FangFire BlastFireFire14.930.522.7


PsyduckWater GunCross ChopWaterFighting15.030.022.5

IvysaurVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4

BellsproutVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4

TangelaVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4

WartortleWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

BlastoiseWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

GolduckWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

VaporeonWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

OmastarWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

ParasectBug BiteSolar BeamBugGrass13.930.622.3

LickitungZen HeadbuttHyper BeamPsychicNormal14.330.022.1

WeepinbellRazor LeafPower WhipGrassGrass12.931.322.1

VenusaurVine WhipSolar BeamGrassGrass13.530.622.0

NidokingPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.329.822.0

MarowakMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8

VileplumeRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass12.930.621.8

VictreebelRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass12.930.621.8

SandslashMud ShotEarthquakeGroundGround13.629.821.7

PoliwrathBubbleHydro PumpWaterWater13.629.621.6

NinetalesEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

PonytaEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

RapidashEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

MagmarEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

FlareonEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

MoltresEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

DragoniteDragon BreathDragon ClawDragonDragon15.027.321.2

RaticateBiteHyper BeamDarkNormal12.030.021.0

GyaradosBiteHydro PumpDarkWater12.029.620.8

MukPoison JabGunk ShotPoisonPoison14.327.120.7

AbraZen HeadbuttPsyshockPsychicPsychic17.923.120.5

HaunterShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5

GengarShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5

BeedrillPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

NidorinoPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

GrimerPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

JynxFrost BreathPsyshockIcePsychic17.423.120.3

ClefairyZen HeadbuttMoonblastPsychicFairy14.325.920.1

ClefableZen HeadbuttMoonblastPsychicFairy14.325.920.1

EkansPoison StingGunk ShotPoisonPoison12.927.120.0

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