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Gyarados
Atrocious Pokémon
#028
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Type
Water Flying
Gyarados
Water Dark
Mega Gyarados
Water Nuclear
(Mega) Nuclear Gyarados
Ability
Intimidate
Hidden Ability
Moxie
Mega Ability
Mold Breaker
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg groups
Water 2 and Dragon
Hatch time
1280 steps*
Height
6.5 m 21'3.9"
m
Weight
235.0 kg 518.1 lbs
{{{weight2-kg}}} kg
Base experience yield
189
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
0
HP
2
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Mega
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Serpentine
Footprint
F028.png
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
Cry


Gyarados is a dual-type Water/Flying Pokémon.

It evolves from Magikarp starting at level 20. It can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados using the Gyaradosite.

Pokédex entry

Pokédex entry
It is an extremely vicious and violent POKEMON. When humans begin to fight, it will appear and burn everything to the ground with intensely hot flames.

Biology

Physiology

Gyarados is a serpentine Chinese dragon-like Pokémon. It is mostly blue, with a yellow underbelly and yellow spots along its body. It has a three-pointed, dark blue crest on its head and four white, dorsal fins. Its mouth is very large and gaping, bearing four canine teeth. It has one barbel on each side of its face. The barbels are white on a female and the same color as the main body on a male. Gyarados's tail fin is similar in structure to the crest on its head, except with a thin, white fin spread between the points.

Mega Gyarados is bulkier than its previous form. The fins on its face, its barbels, and its crest are now considerably longer. A large spike extends downward underneath its chin, and it now has a black underside. The yellow spots along its body are replaced by raised red scales that run down its side with a single red stripe below them. Two large white fins appear on its back, similar to those on its face. Most of the other fins along its back disappear, except for the one near the tail. Instead, it now has four white, pointed fins near is tail: two on its back and two on its underside.

Gender Differences

Male Gyarados have blue barbels, while females have white barbels. The same applies for Shiny/Nuclear/Shiny Nuclear Gyarados, except the males' barbels are red, black, and dark green, respectively. However, (Shiny) Mega Gyarados's barbels are white, regardless of gender. This also applies with (Shiny) Mega Nuclear Gyarados, but with the barbels being black for the regular Gyarados, and dark green for the Shiny.

Special Abilities

Its fangs can crush stones and its scales are harder than steel. It's extremely dangerous, since it's very vicious and violent. It appears when humans begin to fight and destroys everything and everyone around it with intensely hot flames.

Behavior

Gyarados is infamously known for its fierce temper and wanton destructive tendencies, and is attracted to violence. In addition, Gyarados is also notoriously difficult to tame even after it is captured by the Trainer, usually requiring an exceptional amount of work in taming it until it can obey its trainer.

Habitat

Gyarados usually lives in large bodies of water, such as lakes and even seas and oceans.

Game locations

Availability
None This Pokémon cannot be obtained.
Common
Uncommon Comet Cave (Super Rod), Victory Road (Super Rod & Surf)
Fossil
Rare (Route 7, Route 8, Bealbeach City, Route 9, Route 13 Super Rod)
Nuclear Plant Omicron (Nuclear; Surf, Super Rod)
Poké Radar
One Route 7 (Nuclear)

Held items

Held item(s)
None This Pokémon cannot be found holding an item.
Common
Uncommon
Rare
Always

Base stats

Gyarados

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 95
155 - 202 300 - 394
Attack: 125
117 - 194 229 - 383
Defense: 79
75 - 144 146 - 282
Sp.Atk: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Sp.Def: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Speed: 81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Total: 540   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Mega Gyarados

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 95
155 - 202 300 - 394
Attack: 155
144 - 227 283 - 449
Defense: 109
102 - 177 200 - 348
Sp.Atk: 70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Sp.Def: 130
121 - 200 238 - 394
Speed: 81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Total: 640   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Type effectiveness

Gyarados

Under normal battle conditions, this Pokémon is:
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Doubly resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Damaged normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Doubly weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None


Mega Gyarados

Under normal battle conditions, this Pokémon is:
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Doubly resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Damaged normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Doubly weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
Nuclear
None


Nuclear Form

Under normal battle conditions, this Pokémon is:
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Doubly resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Damaged normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None
Doubly weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Nuclear
None

Moves

By leveling up

By leveling up
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
1 Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
20 Bite Dark Physical 60 100% 25
23 Dragon Rage Dragon Special 100% 10
26 Leer Normal Status 100% 30
29 Twister Dragon Special 40 100% 20
32 Ice Fang Ice Physical 65 95% 15
35 Aqua Tail Water Physical 90 90% 10
38 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
41 Hydro Pump Water Special 110 80% 5
44 Dragon Dance Dragon Status —% 20
47 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Gyarados obtained at level 1
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados

Via a previous evolution

Via a prior evolution
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Magikarp Splash Normal Status —% 40
Magikarp Tackle Normal Physical 50 100% 35
Magikarp Flail Normal Physical Varies 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados

By TM/HM

By TM/HM
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TMWater.png TM03 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TMNormal.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TMPoison.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TMIce.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TMNormal.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TMDark.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TMIce.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TMIce.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TMNormal.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TMNormal.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TMWater.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TMNormal.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000Varies 100}}100% 20
TMElectric.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TMElectric.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TMGround.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TMNormal.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000Varies 100}}100% 20
TMNormal.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TMFire.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TMRock.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TMFire.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TMDark.png TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TMNormal.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TMPsychic.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TMNormal.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TMDark.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TMNormal.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TMRock.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TMElectric.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TMDark.png TM79 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TMNormal.png TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TMNormal.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
TMNormal.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TMDragon.png TM95 Caustic Breath Dragon Special 06060 100}}100% 10
TMWater.png TM96 Coral Break Water Special 08080 095}}95% 15
TMWater.png HM03 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TMNormal.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TMFighting.png HM06 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
TMWater.png HM07 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TMWater.png HM08 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados

By Tutoring

By Move Tutor
 Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Cost 
Bounce Flying Physical 85 85% 5 Red Shard4
Icy Wind Ice Special 55 95% 15 Blue Shard4
Iron Head Steel Physical 80 100% 15 Red Shard4
Outrage Dragon Physical 120 100% 10 Red Shard4
Snore Normal Special 50 100% 20 Blue Shard4
Spite Ghost Status 100% 10 Green Shard4 /PokémonDollar.png0
Uproar Normal Special 90 100% 10 Blue Shard4
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados

By breeding

By breeding
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Gyarados
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados

By Nuclear Form

By Nuclear Form
 Location   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Route 7
Nuclear Plant Omicron
Radioacid Nuclear Special 60 100% 15
Route 7
Nuclear Plant Omicron
Nuclear Waste Nuclear Status - 85% 10
  • These moves are only available by catching the Nuclear-type version of Gyarados.

Evolution

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Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 20
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First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 
Gyaradosite
Mega Evolution
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Mega evolution
Mega Gyarados
 Water  Dark 


Sprites

Front Back
GenderM.png 028.png 028b.png
Front shiny Back shiny
GenderM.png 028s.png 028sb.png


Mega Evolution

Front Back
GenderM.png 028 1.png 028b 1.png
Front shiny Back shiny
GenderM.png 028s 1.png 028sb 1.png


Nuclear Form

Front Back
GenderM.png 028 2.png 028b 2.png
Front shiny Back shiny
GenderM.png 028s 2.png 028sb 2.png


Mega-Evolved Nuclear Form

Front Back
GenderM.png 028 3.png 028b 3.png
Front shiny Back shiny
GenderM.png 028s 3.png 028sb 3.png


Trivia

  • Gyarados is one of three Nuclear Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, the others being Arbok and Baariette.

Design Origin

(from Bulbapedia:) It appears to be based on a sea dragon or sea serpent and chinese dragon. Gyarados is partially based on a legend about how carp that leapt over the Dragon Gate would become dragons. Several waterfalls and cataracts in China are believed to be the location of the Dragon Gate. This legend is an allegory of the drive and efforts needed to overcome obstacles (which can be tied to the fact that Gyarados' pre-evolution, Magikarp, could possibly take a lot of drive and effort to legitimately evolve into Gyarados).

Its Flying type may be a reference of koinobori, a carp-shaped wind sock traditionally flown to celebrate the Children's Day in Japan, formerly called Tango no Sekku (端午の節句).

Name origin

(from Bulbapedia:) Gyarados may derive from 虐殺 gyakusatsu (massacre/slaughter) or 逆境 gyakkyō (hardship/adversity)—both words relate to the creature's violent nature and the hardship it experienced before evolving. In addition, 逆 gyaku means "reverse" or "contrary", possibly referring to how Gyarados evolves from a pathetically weak Pokémon to one capable of destroying entire cities, and, in legend, how the carp goes against the flow of the waterfall in order to reach the top. It may also involve 嵐 arashi (storm) or 争い arasoi (conflict, referencing on how it appeared during wars). The last part may be from ドス dosu (onomatopoeia for the piercing of flesh, again owing to Gyarados' violent nature). Alternatively, dos (Spanish for two) may indicate that it is the second in its evolutionary line.

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