Gyarados Pokémon

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Gyarados is a Water/Flying dual-type Pokémon that debuted in Generation I. Starting at level 20, it evolves from Magikarp. Using Gyaradosite, Gyarados can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados. Gyarados first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue, as well as their sequels, and has since appeared in a variety of merchandise, spin-off titles, and illustrated and printed versions of the franchise.

Gyrados pokemon

Gyarados, also known as the Atrocious Pokémon due to its ferocious temper and reputation for wreaking havoc, to the point that if it has worked itself into a rage, it will not stop before everything around it has been destroyed.

About Gyarados

First appearance in animeOriginal Series
First appearance in gameRed and Blue
Region Kanto
Evolution Magikarp → Gyarados → Mega Gyarados (using Gyaradosite)
Pokedex Entry130

Gyarados Base stats


Appearance of Gyrados

Gyarados is a snake-like Pokémon with a long body coated in scales that slightly overlap. It has a band of yellow spots on each side and while being predominantly blue with a yellow underbelly. It has a big, gaping mouth with four pointed teeth and yellow lips. On either side of its face, it has a narrow white fin. The arrangement of Gyarados' tail fin is identical to the crest on its head, with the exception of a small, white fin stretched between the ends. Lastly, it has four white, spiky dorsal fins, a three-pointed dark blue crest on its back, and tiny red eyes.

Appearance of Gyrados

Behavior of Gyrados

Evolution triggers a change in the brain structure, which is considered to be the source of Gyarados’ violent behavior. Its fangs are capable of crushing rock, and its scales are as tough as steel. Gyarados is feared for its ferocious temper and destructive nature emerging at times of conflict and devastates the area around it, with its outbursts known to last up to a month at a time. Lastly, Gyarados can be found in both freshwater and saltwater, while being seldom seen in the wild.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Gyarados is an impressively strong Pokemon, as it has high attack and a very large move pool to make use of. It's a highly recommended choice in PvP. While it is not a legendary Pokémon, it's considerably strong. Regardless, catching Magikarp is easier than other legendries, making Gyarados a little easier to power up. Since Gyarados is a hybrid Flying/Water-type Pokemon it is strong against Fighting, Bug, Fire, Steel, water Pokémon but weak against Electric, and Rock Pokémon.

Gyrados Evolution

Mega Gyarados:

Mega Gyarados

After Gyrados Evolving into Mega Gyarados, it grows bulkier. The fins on its cheeks grow longer and yellow. Its crest also grows in size and gets darker. Mega Gyarados has a black underside with a red line along the sides, and a long spike stretches downward under its jaw. Although its brain has a strong destructive nature, it can follow the instructions of a Trainer it trusts.

Mega Gyarados' yellow spots are replaced by elevated red scales that propel it through the sea. On its tail, it has two wide yellowfins with blue spines and near the tail, Mega Gyarados has four yellowish, spiky fins: two on the back and two on the underside. The majority of the other fins on its back disappear, leaving two sets of blue spikes in their absence Mega Gyarados is one of the tallest Dark-type tied with Hoopa Unbound.

Red Gyarados

Red Gyarados

Red Gyarados refers to a Shiny Gyarados that is red rather than its normal blue color. This is attributed to the Magikarp's forced evolution. The Red Gyarados grows without having enough time to shift its scale color to blue, resulting in red scales similar to those of the Magikarp. Unlike most Shiny Pokémon, the red Gyarados is canon since it appears in the Generation II games and their remakes. The Lake of Rage in Generations II or IV is the easiest and most common place to find red Gyarados. Any Shiny Gyarados encountered would be red, regardless of whether it evolved from a gold Magikarp or was found by a 1/8192 chance.

Best Moveset

As mentioned earlier It's a highly recommended choice in PvP, with a high attack and a very large move pool to make use of. Its best moves are as follows: Hurricane attacks by wrapping its opponent in a fierce wind that flies up into the sky. An added advantage is the underlying possibility of confusing the opponent such that it hurts itself upon executing an attack. With a power of 120, it is a considerably useful attack in battle. A Hydro Pump is essentially a huge volume of water launched under great pressure to blast the target.

Then comes Aqua Tail which causes Gyarados to swing its tail as if it were a vicious wave in a raging storm. Lastly, the Whirlpool traps the opponent inside a violent, swirling vortex that lasts for four to five turns. It inflicts 1/18 of the target's maximum HP as the damage for four to five turns upon use, in addition to the damage dealt when it is used.

HurricaneHydro Pump
Aqua Tail Whirlpool

How to catch Gyarados in Pokémon Go?

Gyarados can't be obtained from any Pokémon Eggs, so you'll have to evolve a Magikarp to get one. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds as you'll need 400 Magikarp Candy to evolve your Magikarp in Pokemon Go. Evolving Magikarp in Pokémon Go can become a much more daunting task for those who don’t have a consistent Magikarp spawn nearby. If you can’t catch enough Magikarp, try hatching Magikarp from 2km Eggs. Once you have enough Magikarp Candy, evolve your highest CP Magikarp to ensure the resulting Gyarados are as strong as possible.


  1. Despite its dragon-like appearance, it isn't Dragon-type, yet it can learn Dragon-type moves such as Dragon Rage and Dragon Breath and it is used by many Dragon Trainers.
  2. Mega Gyarados has the highest base Attack stat of all Water-type Pokémon.
  3. Mega Gyarados is tied with Hoopa Unbound and Umbreon for the highest base Special Defense of all Dark-type Pokémon.
  4. In Generations II and IV, Gyarados is the first of only two Shiny Pokémon to be integrated into a game's plot.
  5. Gyarados and its pre-evolution Magikarp have a unique egg group combo.
  6. Gyarados has the greatest increase of its base stat total of any Pokémon compared to its pre-evolution.


Q. Was Gyarados ever a dragon type?

No, Gyarados has always been a Water/Flying-type in its basic form, but as it mega evolves, it can become a Water/Dark-type periodically.

Q. Can Gyarados fly?

As far as the act of flying goes, Gyarados can hover off the ground, but cannot soar high into the air like a bird, nor can it learn the move “Fly,” nor does it have the ability to Levitate. Simply put Gyarados can’t fly despite being a Flying-type Pokemon and possessing similar traits.

Q. Can Gyarados learn Dragon Rage?

In its entire arsenal, only two moves are of the “Dragon-type”: Twister (unlocks at level 1), and Dragon Dance (unlocks at level 36). It is worth mentioning that Gyarados isn’t a Dragon-type Pokemon which is likely the reason behind lacking Dragon Rage and other moves.

Q. What does Gyarados evolve into?

Gyarados can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados using the Gyaradosi te.