Zapdos (サンダー sandaa, "thunder") is a playable guest character. It is the only non-SHMUP character in the game, being from Nintendo's Pokémon media franchise. It is custom-sprited by Gun6 and Herr Schatten.
When Alluro was active in M.U.G.E.N (a fighting game engine for the PC) as username JudgeSpear, he called himself "the Zapdos of MUGEN". When he began work on Xeno Fighters R, Gun6, whom Alluro had known from M.U.G.E.N.'s community, contributed sprites for Zapdos, and later Articuno and Moltres.
Zapdos is a powerful, but slow, character. It fires only straight ahead, leaving it very vulnerable to the sides. It behaves like a Raiden Fighters stock ship, using either the Missile or Laser subweapon at any one time. However, it needs only four powerups to reach maximum power.
Thunderbolt: Zapdos fires powerful bolts of lightning forward. This weapon has a slow rate of fire due to its high damage.
Ancient Power: Zapdos summons rotating rings of rocks straight ahead towards enemies. The rings slowly accelerate from a stop, allowing it to be used to attack in multiple locations at once.
Sky Attack: Zapdos conjures up a plasma copy of itself and shoots it forward. Zapdos is immobile for a moment after it does this attack, and this Bomber attack has a 5-second cooldown time. Using this attack on top of a boss can deal massive damage. Sky Attack is similar in function to the Samurai Sword special attack from the Strikers 1945 series.
Standard Raiden F (with Articuno and Moltres): Zapdos summons Articuno and Moltres, flanking Zapdos at either side as a Slaves. Which Legendary Bird Zapdos gets is random (i.e. if Moltres appears first, then Articuno appears second, and vice versa). They behave just like normal Slaves, including assuming special Raiden Fighters formations.
Clear Stage EX-5 (Classified)
- When Zapdos loses a life and explodes, a pokemon stiled infobox appears saying: " Zapdos used Explosion! It's not very effective."
- It's weaponry is based on moves from the pokemon games.
|Original ships||Amada Vipros ● Phyxius ● Zaiva ● Xelcor|
|Seibu Kaihatsu cameos||Raiden mk-II ● Judge Spear ● Raiden mk-IIβ ● Blue Javelin|
|Other cameos||Vic Viper ● Castor ● Pollux ● Miria ● Miyamoto ● Zapdos ● P-38 ● X-36 Warlord|