Gyarados, The Atrocious Pokémon. In ancient literature, there is a record of a Gyarados that razed a village when violence flared. Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage. They say that during past strife, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake. Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.


Gyarados has always been one of my favourite Pokémon. Back in the day, I thought it was one of the strongest ones and continued to use it despite all odds. After all, this awesome sea serpent evolved from the Magikarp I bought at Mt. Moon. How awesome is that? It has some amazing strength and since the Physical/Special split in Generation IV, it has a decent movepool to back up its stats for a change. X & Y hasn't really done much for Gyarados, aside from its Mega Evolution which we'll get into later, so it remains mostly the same as in past generations.
- Its Attack stat is really decent, coupled with STAB Waterfall and it can cause some serious damage.
- Its physical movepool is quite considerable.
- It has fantastic coverage

- Despite its Special Defense, most Electric-type moves would completely destroy Gyarados.
- Its physical Defense leaves something to be desired
- It is slower than most things that can deal some serious damage
- Its Flying-type movepool is somewhat subpar


Intimidate: Upon entering battle, the opponent’s Attack lowers one stage. This can be very handy considering Defense is Gyarados' worst stat, so it could mean that Gyarados could survive more hits
Hidden Ability (Available):
Moxie: Attack is raised by one stage when the Pokémon knocks out another Pokémon. If you're sweeping, then this makes Gyarados an even more powerful beast.


Dancing In The New Year

- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Stone Edge / Earthquake
- Bounce / Return
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Moxie
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Speed / 4 Def
Adamant Nature

This is your classic standard Dragon Dance set for Gyarados. If you use Dragon Dance, you will boost Gyarados' Attack to a really high level, give it significant Speed so it can outspeed more things and just generally push forward. With that boost, Gyarados should be able to take out many Pokémon with ease, and with Moxie its Attack will continue to increase. Waterfall is Gyarados' best physical Water-type move. It can do significant damage, has a chance of flinching and, if in the rain, can nearly guarantee OHKOs of many Pokémon. Bounce is, unfortunately, Gyarados' only Flying-type move. Unfortunately, it gives the opponent time to protect and is not possible in the Kalos-native fold. As such, you may want to go with an alternative like Return. It lacks Flying-type STAB but makes it up in being just a generally overly powerful move. Stone Edge and Earthquake both give alternate coverage, with Earthquake being able to take out the Electric-type Pokémon that Gyarados dreads to see.

The Serpent's Choice

- Waterfall
- Double-Edge / Return
- Stone Edge / Ice Fang
- Earthquake
Item Attached: Choice Band
Ability: Intimidate
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 84 HP / 172 Speed
Adamant Nature

In various instance, you will want Gyarados to, instead of having set up to sweep, become a standard Choice Band Pokémon. The moves work in a similar manner to before with Waterfall being the Water-type STAB, Stone Edge, Ice Fang and Earthquake providing coverage and Double-Edge giving Gyarados the sort of raw power you can only dream of, but requires it to come from Generation III. If you don't have one that far back, go with Return.

Other Options

Aqua Tail, Iron Head, Iron Tail, Outrage, Substitute and Choice Scarf.
Aqua Tail can provide a decent alternative to Waterfall, but has lower accuracy so is quite a risk.
Iron Head is a decent physical Steel move that many won't expect, and has the chance of flinching.
Iron Tail is another move with decent power, but its low accuracy could cost you a match
Outrage can be good with Gyarados' Attack stat, but after it runs, with confusion, it could be deadly to yourself
Substitute can help you make Gyarados last longer and rely on its bulk so you can destroy.
Choice Scarf can outpace a few things but, with the loss of power, it may not be worth it.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Immune to Earthquake, can dish out Earthquakes, offers Intimidate support, can Dragon Dance once to outspeed all relevant threats AND can Mega Evolve? Gyarados is nothing short of fantastic.
I prefer to run Jolly with 196 Speed, to outrun Timid Max Speed Mega Manectric after one Dragon Dance. If you're very consistent with getting Tailwind up, it's possible to go Adamant with merely 20 EVs (12 if Lv. 50) in Speed to accomplish the same goal, but without Dragon Dancing.
Gyarados generally has the upper hand on the weather starters. In Sand it threatens Tyranitar with Intimidate, Earthquake, and Waterfall. In Sun, it threatens Mega Charizard Y with Stone Edge, something Wide Guard can't block. The rain only provides Gyarados's Waterfall more power and Stone Edge/Iron Head will put Abomasnow on the defensive without being able to do much back.

Countering Gyarados

Basically, Electric-type moves. From any powerful Pokémon, such as Thundurus, Galvantula, Porygon2, Porygon-Z or anyone it will be able to severely damage Gyarados. If it's after a Stealth Rock, then it's almost guaranteed to be knocked out. Ferrothorn is also an amazing counter to Gyarados. It has the ability to resist practically every move Gyarados can throw at it, and has enough moves to do serious damage. It can also set up Stealth Rocks which will cause it grief. Other than those obvious choices, you'll want to go with something physical. Gyarados cannot take many physical hits, and if you're against a Moxie Gyarados, then you won't be hindered by it at all.

Mega Corner


When Gyarados first came out, everyone wanted it to be a Dragon-type. People were continually asking why it wasn't one. So, when it was revealed that it had a Mega Evolution, people started rejoicing. After all, Charizard just gained the Dragon-type so it made sense that Gyarados would too, right? Wrong. While Mega Gyarados drops its Flying-type, which was really more of a hindrance to it than a boost, and gains the Dark-type, which is almost equally as useless. However, the Mega Evolution gives it significant boosts. Its Defense is now acceptable, its Special Defense is very decent and its Attack is bordering on ridiculous. However, due to the Mega Stone taking the item slot, it cannot be boosted so still falls short of a Choice Band Gyarados when it comes to raw power.
- It has now got significant bulk due to its increase defences.
- It now longer has a 4x weakness to any type.
- Its Attack power is ridiculously high - Its type change has caused it to gain a variety of resistances.

- Its type change doesn't really have any benefits within its movepool; it still doesn't have Crunch, only Bite and Payback
- The boost to its Special Attack means the Special movepool is still useless.
- It has gained the following weaknesses: Grass, Fairy, Fighting, Bug while only losing Rock.


Mold Breaker: The Pokémon's moves are not affected by foe’s abilities during battle. This ability is rather decent as it makes Levitate and Sturdy utterly useless against it.


A Darkened Blimp

- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge / Return / Ice Fang
Item Attached: Gyaradosite
Ability: Mold Breaker (Intimidate on Gyarados)
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Speed / 4 Def
Adamant Nature

This set is essentially the same as you'd run on a normal Gyarados. Dragon Dance increases its Speed so it can outspeed more Pokémon, and it makes Gyarados' Attack even more evil. Waterfall remains powerful with STAB and the possibility of flinching. Earthquake is a good choice on this variant of Gyarados, because it can completely bypass Levitate and thus do easy damage to any Rotom that tries to wall it, and Stone Edge & Return are both powerful moves that can give it decent coverage.

A Sleeping Dragon

- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
Item Attached: Gyaradosite
Ability: Mold Breaker (Intimidate on Gyarados)
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 Speed
Adamant Nature

This set could be seen rather gimmicky, but upon testing it out, it works surprisingly well thanks to Mega Gyarados' bulk. Waterfall is the only damaging move that Mega Gyarados has, but that is really all it needs. Dragon Dance will set it up in Attack & Speed. Rest will recover any damage done to it and Sleep Talk is used for when it's asleep. Sleep Talk will randomly select one of the other moves to use. While it has a chance of selecting Rest, which will make it fail, it can select Waterfall to do damage or Dragon Dance to make it even more brutal. Many teams have been decimated by this set.

Other Options

Aqua Tail, Bite, Iron Head, Iron Tail, Payback Outrage.
Aqua Tail can provide a decent alternative to Waterfall, but has lower accuracy so is quite a risk.
Bite is a standard move, which is a little weak but does gain STAB
Iron Head is a decent physical Steel move that many won't expect, and has the chance of flinching.
Iron Tail is another move with decent power, but its low accuracy could cost you a match
Outrage can be good with Gyarados' Attack stat, but after it runs, with confusion, it could be deadly to yourself
Payback can be used if you know you're against a faster opponent. That way it gives decent damage with STAB, but it's rather situational.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Mega Evolving only adds to what Gyarados can do in doubles. +1 Mold Breaking Earthquakes from base 155 Attack will Turboblaze through unsuspecting teams. Gengar? Beyond dead. While Sassy 252 HP/0 Def Bronzong is on the higher end of being 2KOed from full health.
+1 Mega Gyarados will even Terravolt in Rotom-W. Not even Bold 252 HP/252 Def Rotom-W escapes a 2KO with Leftovers. Anything less than that will take considerably more damage.
The best partners for Gyarados are ones that don't mind taking Earthquakes and can provide an opportunity for it to get that vital Dragon Dance in. Aerodactyl comes to mind with its high speed, access to Wide Guard to block off Rock Slides and Discharges, Taunt to stop Will-o-wisps and Spores, and access to Rock Slide to provide a Pseudo Quake-Edge combo that will put some serious offensive pressure on the opponent.
Amoongus can Rage Powder to redirect attacks toward itself and can provide more set up opportunities with Spore.
Clefable and Togekiss both learn Follow Me and Safeguard to redirect attacks and negate incoming status moves altogether.
Be wary in Mega Evolving though, despite taking less damage from Electric attacks and removing your Rock Weakness, you'll be giving up a Ground Immunity for a Psychic Immunity and gaining weaknesses in Fairy, Grass, Fighting and Bug. Also, Mega Gyarados's most reliable physical STAB Dark move is Bite. Ouch.

Countering Mega Gyarados

Mega Gyarados has a fair few more counters than normal Gyarados. Like before, Ferrothorn is your best bet at walling it, and thanks to it losing the Flying-type, moves like Power Whip are now Super Effective on it. Anything that can resist its attacks will be good though, but due to the increase in weaknesses, Pokémon like Mega Lucario, Mega Mawile, Mega Heracross etc. can do serious damage, even in their non Mega Evolved forms. The problem is just when the Gyarados user will Mega Evolve. Stealth Rock beforehand would deal decent damage to Gyarados before it Mega Evolves, so don't forget to set it up!

Locations in Games

Sootopolis City

Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21 22, 23 & 25, Cerulean City, Cinnabar Island, Four Island, Fuchsia City, Lavender Town, One Island, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Berry Forest, Bond Bridge, Cape Brink, Cerulean Cave Floor 1 & Basement 1, Five Isle Meadow, Green Path, Icefall Cave Floor 1, Kindle Road, Memorial Pillar, Outcast Island, Resort Gorgeous, Ruin Valley, Safari Zone Areas 1, 2, 3 & Center, Seafoam Island Basements 3 & 4, S.S. Anne, Tanoby Ruins, Trainer Tower, Treasure Beach, Water Labyrinth, Water Path

Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen

Routes 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223 ,224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, Twinleaf Town, Lake Verity, Oreburgh Gate, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Fuego Ironworks, Eterna City, Mt. Coronet, Lake Valor, Pastoria City, Great Marsh, Celestic Town, Canalave City, Iron Island, Lake Acuity, Sunyshore City, Victory Road, Pokémon League, Resort Area, Sendoff Spring

Mt. Silver, Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City, Cerulean Cave, Seafoam Islands

Evolve Magikarp

Black 2/White 2:
Nature Preserve

Route 3, Route 22, Friend Safari

Animé Appearences

Gyarados has made a few appearances in the anime, most notably it appears when it's raging. However, notable owners are James, Clair and Lance

# -English Episode Name- -Jp. Episode Name- Pics
1 Pokémon! I Choose You! Pokémon! I Choose You Pics
16 Pokémon Shipwreck Pokémon Adrift Pics
17 The Island of Giant Pokémon Island of Enormous Pokémon!?! Pics
35 Not Aired The Legend of Dratini Pics
69 The Pi-Kahuna Legend of the Surfing Pikachu Pics
M1 Mewtwo Strikes Back Mewtwo's Counterattack Pics
71 Lights, Camera, Quacktion! Pokémon: The Movie Pics
85 Pokeball Peril Southern Pokémon & The GS Ball Pics
94 The Joy of Pokémon Nurse Joy Sailing! Raging Waves! Pics
M2 The Power of One Revelation Lugia Pics
P2 Pikachu's Rescue Adventure Pikachu's Exploration Party Pics
111 The Wacky Watcher Magikarp! The True Secret! Pics
P3 Pikachu & Pichu Pichu & Pikachu Pics
C4 Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Delibird's Dilemma Delibird's Present! Pics
Pikachu's Winter Vacation: Snorlax Snowmen White Story! Pics
S2 Mewtwo Returns Mewtwo! I am Here Pics
182 Howl Of The Houndoom Houndoom and Togepi!  
M4 Celebi: Voice of the Forest Celebi: A Timeless Encounter Pics
208 The Joy of Water Pokemon Nurse Joy That Hates Water Pokémon! Misty's Wrath Pics
218 Dueling Heroes Whirlpool Cup! Great Battle in the Water Colosseum! Pics
219 The Perfect Match Ash Vs. Misty! Whirlpool Cup Final Battle! Pics
237 Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution Lance and the Red Gyarados! Lake Of Rage!! Pics
238 Rage Of Innocence Rage of the Red Gyarados! Pics
246 Enlighten Up! Slowpoke's Knowledge! Ash's Knowledge! Pics
253 Beauty is Skin Deep Clair & Dratini! Pics
256 Better Eight Than Never Blackthorn City Gym! The Final Badge! Pics
M5 Heroes - Latios & Latias The Guardian Gods of Altomare - Latias and Latios Pics
274 Johto Photo Finish To the End of the Full Battle! Each One's Way!! Pics
C5 A Family That Battles Together, Stays Together!! Brock! Save Pewter Gym! Pics
C6 Cerulean Blue Revenge Match at Cerulean Gym! Pics
C11 A Date With Delcatty The Seriousness of Misty's Match! Risking A Life!? Pics
321 A Togepi Mirage! Towards The Mirage! Togepi's Paradise!! Pics
347 A Six Pack Attack! Prof. Oak & Prof. Birch! Secret Base Battle!! Pics
C18 The Search For A Legend Galloping Sky Legend - Richie & Moltres!! Pics
373 Gaining Groudon Groudon VS Kyogre! (Part One) Pics
374 The Scuffle of Legends Groudon VS Kyogre! (Part Two) Pics
S20 The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon Pics
446 Talking A Good Game Salon Maiden Anabel Enters! Pics
453 Grating Spaces Brock & Ash! Defend Pewter Gym in Tag Battle! Pics
501 All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go! It's Love! Pokémon Transformation Convention!! Pics
S22 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Time & Darkness Expedition Pics
515 Sandshrew's Locker Mira, Abra & The Bottom of the Water! Pics
542 Pika and Goliath Pikachu! Raichu! The Road to Evolution! Pics
551 A Crasher Course in Power Pastoria Gym! VS Crasher Wake! Pics
559 One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! The Final Showdown! Pokémon Triathlon! Pics
S23 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Sky Expedition Pics
606 Strategy Begins At Home Dawn VS Mom! Showdown Between Parent & Child!! Pics
646 For The Love Of Meowth Goodbye Team Rocket! Meowth's Love! Pics
M13 Zoroark - Master of Illusions Phantom Champion Zoroark Pics
802 Best Wishes Until We Meet Again! Best Wishes! Until The Day We Meet Again!! Pics
S33 TBC Cilan and Brock! Gyarados' Outrage!! Pics
804 Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! We've Come to Kalos Region! Dreams and Adventures Begin! Pics
S35 Pokémon Mega Evolution Special I Strongest Mega Evolution ~Act 1~ Pics
936 Coming Apart at the Dreams! The Shocking Zygarde VS Zygarde! The Breaking World!! Pics
937 The Right Hero for the Right Job! Attack on Lumiose Gym! The Clembot Forever!! Pics
938 Rocking Kalos Defenses! The Megalith Advances! A Fight to Protect Kalos!! Pics
971 Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper The Fierce Pokébase Match! Aim for a Home Run to Turn the Tide!! Pics
976 Big Sky, Small Fry! Little Wishiwashi Isn't Lacking, It's the Lord of the Lake! Pics
M20 Pokémon I Choose You! Pokémon I Choose You! Pics
985 Alola, Kanto An Alola! in Kanto! Brock & Misty! Pics
986 When Regions Collide Gym Battle! Z-Move VS Mega Evolution!! Pics
1045 Alola, Alola! An Alola! in Alola! Brock and Misty! Pics
1056 This Magik Moment! A New Show?! The Tiny Melody of Magikarp Pics
1060 Drawn with the Wind! Shaymin, Meltan and Sandy! Lost Explorers!! Pics
1072 Battle Royal 151 Brawl! Battle Royal 151!! Pics
1073 Battling Besties! Mallow & Lana! A Fully Powered Battle of Friendship!! Pics
1081 Final Rivals! The Finals! The Ultimate Rival Showdown!! Pics
1092 Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! Ivysaur is Quite Mysterious, Don't You Think So? Pics
1101 Flash of the Titans Dynamax Battle! Leon, The Greatest of Them All!! Pics
1102 The Climb to Be the Very Best! Ash VS Leon! The Path to Power!! Pics
1135 Getting More Than You Battled For! Battling & Getting! Mewtwo Comes Back Pics
1140 Trials of a Budding Master! The Great Farfetch'd Trial! Pics
1149 Beyond Chivalry... Aiming to be a Leek Master! Aim to Become Leek Master! Stay With Me, Chivalry!! Pics
1166 Excitement from the Ultra-Shocking Start! A Super-Electromagnetic Hyper Class Battle! Pics
1173 An Adventure of Mega Proportions! The Lucarionite! Adventure on Mega Island!! Pics
1188 Battling Turned Up to Eleven! Marnie from Spikemuth Pics
1203 TBC Fire Training Battle! Ash VS Paul!! Pics
1205 TBC Champions' Pride! Lance VS Diantha!! Pics
1206 TBC VS Cynthia! Iris' Road to Dragon Master Pics
1210 TBC The Climax Begins: Ash's Masters Tournament Experience Pics
1216 TBC Goh and Cinderace! The Place Where It All Began!! Pics
1217 TBC Climax! The Night Before the Decisive Match: Ash VS Leon!! Pics
1221 TBC The Finals IV: Partner Pics