Pokemon X and Y: Where to catch Moltres, Articuno and Zapdos

I recently managed to finish Pokemon Pokemon X and Y (I was playing the Y version) and was disappointed to not a lot of stuff in the post-game. So while searching around I managed to run in Moltres who ran away before the battle started. After doing some research it seems that players will be able to catch Moltres, Articuno or Zapdos after defeating the Elite Four depending on the starter they chose at the start.

The bird you’re able to catch is of the opposite type to your starter; so choosing Froakie gets you Moltres, Chespin gets you Articuno and Fennekin will net you Zapdos. Naturally I chose Froakie so I ran into Moltres.

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So catching your playthrough’s Legendary Bird is to Roam around Kalos after finishing the game (beating the Elite Four) and hope to encounter them in battle. It won’t be a proper battle as per say since the bird will escape immediately after you send your first Pokemon in. Now after the first encounter you’re gonna have to go to the Pokedex and track the bird’s location, now you have to go to the location and try to find them. You can use Super Repels (not Max Repels since Super Repels are the most cost effective) and it won’t stop the encounter. You’ll have to encounter the bird around 10 times before they permanently move to Sea Spirit’s Den.

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To get to Sea Spirit’s Den you need to Coumarine City and take the monorail to the seaside. Now you need to head west to Router 12 and Surf across the water and keep going north until you reach an area called Azure Bay. Now we’re gonna go west a bit till the north area opens up, then surf northwards again while avoiding the rocks along the way. Eventually you’ll reach the cave and here is where you should save your game.

After ending the cave either Moltres, Articuno or Zapdos will sweep down and start the battle. All three birds are level 70 so make sure you’re properly prepared. Moltres’ move set includes Safeguard, Sunny Day, Air Slash and Heat Wave; Articuno’s move set includes – Reflect, Hail, Tailwind and Ice Beam while finally Zapdos’ move set includes Agility, Light Screen, Rain Dance and Discharge. I’d recommend using Dusk and Timer balls in this battle but the decision is up to you. Good luck!

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  • Benji Enter

    I feel like using the master ball to catch your legendary bird would be a better use of the master ball, and cut this process way shorter.

  • Amanda Whately

    Dang Zapdos keeps switching locations. Flying to nearby location causes it to flee to a new location, but walking to the location is hard because their are so many things to walk around. Walking in and out of cities doesn’t work like it did in previous games. What am I to do?

  • ivan

    its so hard to follow moltres it just keeps fledding

  • Dc1234

    What if you already caught moltres and you wanna catch zapdos since you have a fennekin? Can i get zapdos?

  • Wigglytuff

    Just a vague idea…But has anyone tried taking all three birds to the Sea Spirit’s Den? Just a thought, but suppose Lugia could appear if all three birds are brought to it. It IS the “Sea Spirit’s Den” after all.

    Sidenote; I need Zapdos and Articuno for dex entries.

  • Khimaira

    I think I wasn’t able to encounter Moltres with repel because of my lead pokemon which was Xerneas lvl 80 , when I switched the lead pokemon to my Talonflame lvl 67 I was able to encounter Moltres easily with Max repel, because repel prevents any pokemon below the lvl of the lead pokemon to appear , Moltres lvl 70

    • mitch

      Thank you so much, used 20+ max

      repels before switching to a lower level and finding Moltres in one step

  • Khimaira

    I was following Moltres for hours , with repels it seems i cant encounter him , this happened 3 times , it spawns right after i hit “No” when repel wears off on the next step… and with repel I roam the place he is in (checked pokedex) he never spawn and eventually he just move to another area

  • PokeTrainer

    I try to follow these tips,but there is a problem. After I track Articuno with the Pokedex, it tends to flee to another road. So what can I do?

    • Keep on following it, it’ll eventually escape to Sea Spirit’s Den.

    • Moose

      Every time you use fly, it will move far away, however if you just walk it won’t move as much, although it will still move it is easier to track… I caught Articuno!

      • Krazykandy

        Can we bike/skate or is it straight out walking?

        • 1

          I did it on a bike, its just as long as you don’t fly.