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How to catch Gyarados in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Gyarados is a powerful Pokémon with strong stats and a versatile moveset that make it a common addition to many competitive and casual players’ teams. It was introduced in Pokémon Red and Green, and has featured in many Pokémon TV shows, movies, and games. Gyarados has a place on the teams of many gym leaders and even some Elite Four champions in previous generations! This extremely strong Pokémon also happens to evolve from one of the weakest Pokémon of all: Magikarp.

 

Who’s that Pokémon? Gyarados Facts


  1. Gyarados is a fearsome sea serpent Pokémon known for its strength.
  2. Gyarados’s Water and Flying typing gives it good defense against Fire, Water, Ice, Fighting, Bug, and Steel type attacks, and immunity to Ground type attacks. However, Gyarados is weak to Rock and Electric type attacks.
  3. Gyarados’s stats make it a durable physical attacker, with high Attack and HP stats, and a solid Special Defense stat.
  4. Gyarados’s shiny form takes on a red appearance.
  5. In some generations of Pokémon, Gyarados of different genders have slightly different appearances. Female Gyarados have white whiskers, while male Gyarados have blue whiskers.
  6. Gyarados’s National Pokédex number is 130.


Gyarados Facts


Can you catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield?


Gyarados can be caught in the wild in many places throughout the Galar region, or it can be evolved from Magikarp. Gyarados can be caught in both Pokémon Sword and Shield.


Where to catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield:


  1. Overworld
  2. Route 2
  3. The Wild Area
  4. Axew’s Eye
  5. Bridge Field
  6. Dusty Bowl
  7. East Lake Axewell
  8. Giant’s Cap
  9. Giant’s Mirror
  10. Giant’s Seat
  11. Lake of Outrage
  12. West Lake Axewell
  13. Wild Area Max Raid Battles:
  14. Bridge Field
  15. Dusty Bowl
  16. East Lake Axewell
  17. Giant’s Cap
  18. Lake of Outrage
  19. South Lake Miloch
  20. West Lake Axewell
  21. Isle of Armor
  22. Challenge Beach
  23. Loop Lagoon
  24. Workout Sea
  25. Stepping-Stone Sea
  26. Insular Sea
  27. Honeycalm Sea
  28. Honeycalm Island
  29. Isle of Armor Max Raid Battles
  30. Soothing Wetlands
  31. Forest of Focus
  32. Challenge Beach
  33. Loop Lagoon
  34. Workout Sea
  35. Stepping-Stone Sea
  36. Honeycalm Sea
  37. Crown Tundra
  38. Giant’s Bed
  39. Snowslide Slope
  40. Giant’s Foot
  41. Frigid Sea
  42. Ballimere Lake
  43. Crown Tundra Max Raid Battles
  44. Giant’s Bed
  45. Giant’s Foot
  46. Frigid Sea
  47. Ballimere Lake


Where to catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield


What are the requirements to catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield?


In order to catch Gyarados, you must be able to travel across the surface of the many lakes and rivers in the Galar region. Since Pokémon Sword and Shield don’t allow you to Surf on the overworld, you must use the upgraded Rotom Bike to travel across water. You first receive the Rotom Bike on Route 5, and later, the man who gives you the bike will upgrade it for you once you reach Route 9, south of Circhester.


You first receive the Rotom Bike on Route 5, and later, the man who gives you the bike will upgrade it for you once you reach Route 9, south of Circhester.


How to catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield: Step-by-step guide


Read over the following guide to find the easiest way to catch a Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield:


  1. After you receive the upgraded Rotom Bike on Route 9, travel to the Wedgehurst Pokémon Center. If you don’t have any PokéBalls, visit the Pokémon Center to buy a few!


After you receive the upgraded Rotom Bike on Route 9, travel to the Wedgehurst Pokémon Center. If you don’t have any PokéBalls, visit the Pokémon Center to buy a few


  1. Head out the northeast exit of Wedgehurst to Route 2.


Head out the northeast exit of Wedgehurst to Route 2.


  1. Continue past the grassy areas down to Professor Magnolia’s House.


Continue past the grassy areas down to Professor Magnolia’s House.


  1. While in front of Professor Magnolia’s House, activate your upgraded Rotom Bike (from Route 9) and enter the water via the small dirt ramp to the left, just south of the bench.


While in front of Professor Magnolia’s House, activate your upgraded Rotom Bike (from Route 9) and enter the water via the small dirt ramp to the left, just south of the bench.


  1. Travel out onto the water and look for Gyarados. Its massive body will be easy to see on the water.


Travel out onto the water and look for Gyarados. Its massive body will be easy to see on the water.


  1. Enter battle with Gyarados. Carefully battle Gyarados to reduce its health and make it easier to catch. You can try inflicting a Status Effect like Paralysis or Sleep to make it even easier to catch. 


Enter battle with Gyarados. Carefully battle Gyarados to reduce its health and make it easier to catch. You can try inflicting a Status Effect like Paralysis or Sleep to make it even easier to catch. 


  1. Once Gyarados is at low health, throw your PokéBall! If it manages to break free, just keep trying until you finally add Gyarados to your Pokédex!


Once Gyarados is at low health, throw your PokéBall! If it manages to break free, just keep trying until you finally add Gyarados to your Pokédex!


Quick Version: How to catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield


To easily catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield, visit Route 2 and search the lake with your Rotom Bike. You’ll eventually find Gyarados swimming in the water.


To easily catch Gyarados in Pokémon Sword and Shield, visit Route 2 and search the lake with your Rotom Bike. You’ll eventually find Gyarados swimming in the water.


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Gyarados: Moveset by Level


LevelAttack NameTypeCategoryPower
0BiteDarkPhysical60
--The target is bitten with viciously sharp fangs. This may also make the target flinch.

0FlailNormalPhysicalVariable
--The user flails about aimlessly to attack. The less HP the user has, the greater the move's power.

0SplashNormalStatus0
--The user just flops and splashes around to no effect at all...

0TackleNormalPhysical40
--A physical attack in which the user charges and slams into the target with its whole body.

0LeerNormalStatus0
--The user gives opposing Pokémon an intimidating leer that lowers the Defense stat.

0TwisterDragonSpecial40
--The user whips up a vicious tornado to tear at opposing Pokémon. This may also make them flinch.

4WhirlpoolWaterSpecial35
--The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.

8Ice FangIcePhysical65
--The user bites with cold-infused fangs. This may also make the target flinch or leave it frozen.

12BrineWaterSpecial65
--If the target's HP is half or less, this attack will hit with double the power.

16Scary FaceNormalStatus0
--The user frightens the target with a scary face to harshly lower its Speed stat.

21WaterfallWaterPhysical80
--The user charges at the target and may make it flinch.

24CrunchDarkPhysical80
--The user crunches up the target with sharp fangs. This may also lower the target's Defense stat.

28Rain DanceWaterStatus0
--The user summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns, powering up Water-type moves. It lowers the power of Fire-type moves.

32Aqua TailWaterPhysical90
--The user attacks by swinging its tail as if it were a vicious wave in a raging storm.

36Dragon DanceDragonStatus0
--The user vigorously performs a mystic, powerful dance that raises its Attack and Speed stats.

40Hydro PumpWaterSpecial110
--The target is blasted by a huge volume of water launched under great pressure.

44HurricaneFlyingSpecial110
--The user attacks by wrapping its opponent in a fierce wind that flies up into the sky. This may also confuse the target.

48ThrashNormalPhysical120
--The user rampages and attacks for two to three turns. The user then becomes confused.

52Hyper BeamNormalSpecial150
--The target is attacked with a powerful beam. The user can't move on the next turn.

Gyarados: Pre-evolutions and Evolutions


Gyarados has one pre-evolution: Magikarp.


  1. To acquire Gyarados’s pre-evolution Magikarp, breed Gyarados at the Pokémon Daycare in the Wild Area, and then travel with the egg in your party until it hatches. You can also find Magikarp by surfing or fishing in various areas on the overworld, or in certain Max Raid Battles. Train Magikarp to level 20 to make it evolve into Gyarados.


Additional Details About Gyarados


  1. In Red/Blue/Yellow Version, players can get early access to Gyarados by talking to a shady salesman in the Pokémon Center by Mt. Moon. The player can spend 500 PokéDollars to receive a level 5 Magikarp that knows only the move Splash. Many players were shocked that someone sold them such a weak Pokémon, then even more shocked when it evolved into Gyarados. The only other way to obtain Magikarp or Gyarados is by fishing.


  1. In Gold/Silver/Crystal the player is guaranteed to battle a Shiny (Red) Gyarados after a sequence involving Team Rocket at the Lake of Rage. To date, this is the only guaranteed shiny Pokémon players encounter in the story of a Pokémon game.


  1. Gyarados is well known for evolving from one of the weakest Pokemon in the game into one of the strongest. In fact, Gyarados has the highest base Attack stat of all water Pokemon. 


Final Words


Gyarados is rather easy to find on the overworld, and this Water type physical attacker makes a great addition to many well-rounded teams. Get out there and catch one of the original “cool” Pokémon today!


Let’s Go Gyarados!


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