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Gyarados (Pokémon)

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Magikarp #129: Magikarp
Pokémon
#131: Lapras Lapras
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Gyarados (disambiguation).
Gyarados
Atrocious Pokémon
ギャラドス
Gyarados
#130
Gyarados
Gyarados
Mega Gyarados
Mega Gyarados

Gyarados

Gyarados

Gyarados
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Types
Water Flying
Gyarados
Water Dark
Mega Gyarados
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Intimidate
Gyarados
Cacophony
Cacophony
Moxie
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability
Mold Breaker
Mega Gyarados

Mega Gyarados Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 2 and Dragon
Hatch time
1530 - 1784 steps
Height
21'04" 6.5 m
Gyarados
21'04" 6.5 m
Mega Gyarados
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
518.1 lbs. 235.0 kg
Gyarados
672.4 lbs. 305.0 kg
Mega Gyarados
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
Gyaradosite {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#130
Kanto
#077
Johto
#053
Hoenn
#024
Sinnoh

Unova
Central
#050
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-125
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
214
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
189
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
0
HP
2
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body02.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F130.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
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Gyarados (Japanese: ギャラドス 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.

Biology

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 fins down its back. 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.

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 run 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.

Its fangs can crush stones and its scales are harder than steel. 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. Gyarados usually lives in large bodies of water, such as lakes and ponds or even seas and oceans.

In the anime

Gyarados in the anime
Red Gyarados in the anime

Major appearances

Misty's Gyarados

Misty obtained a Gyarados after passing the PIA test in Cerulean Blues. Prior to the test, Misty was terrified of Gyarados, but in order to pass the test, she had to overcome her fear of it. In the end, she calmed and kept the Gyarados.

Red Gyarados

Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution and Rage Of Innocence focused on a red Gyarados. It was on a destructive rampage until Lance captured it. This Gyarados appeared again in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends to stop the feuding of Groudon and Kyogre.

Other

A Gyarados appeared in Pokémon Shipwreck. James was frustrated with his Magikarp and kicked it into the water. That Magikarp evolved into a Gyarados. It reappeared in a flashback in the following episode.

Groups of Gyarados were seen from within a submarine disguised as or styled after a Gyarados by Jessie, James, and Meowth in The Pi-Kahuna shortly before the onset of a massive, annual tidal wave celebrated by local surfers who were apparently not aware of the annual migration. According to James, the Gyarados gathered each year in this location to lay their eggs.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Gyarados owned by Fergus was one of the Pokémon that were captured and cloned by Mewtwo. Fergus attacked Mewtwo with Gyarados's Hyper Beam, but Mewtwo turned the attack back on it, knocking the Gyarados out. The Gyarados clone is seen again in Mewtwo Returns. Before Mewtwo appeared, Ash commented that he had heard that Gyarados were hard to train.

Two Gyarados appeared in The Joy of Water Pokémon. One was an inhabitant of Lake Lucid, while the other one was being treated by Nurse Joy for neck problems.

Trinity used a Gyarados in her battle against Misty in the Whirl Cup in The Perfect Match!. It reappeared in a flashback in Espeon, Not Included.

Clair's Gyarados debuted alongside her in Beauty is Skin Deep. It was later used in her battle against Ash in Better Eight Than Never.

A Gyarados appeared in Sandshrew's Locker!.

Another Gyarados was used in A Crasher Course in Power!, under the ownership of Crasher Wake.

Another Gyarados appeared in SS027.

A Gyarados that can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados debuted in Mega Evolution Special I, battling a Mega Abomasnow.

Minor appearances

Gyarados debuted in a cameo appearance in Pokémon - I Choose You!. It was swimming by in a river that Ash had jumped into to avoid being chased by a flock of Spearow.

Gyarados also appeared in the banned episode EP035.

A Gyarados appeared in Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, as part of the cast for the movie "Pokémon in Love".

A Gyarados appeared in Poké Ball Peril.

Nurse Joy had befriended a giant Magikarp that later evolved into Gyarados in The Joy of Pokémon. Despite Magikarp being giant, it was regular-sized as a Gyarados.

Multiple Gyarados also appeared in The Power of One and Pokémon Heroes.

The Magikarp that Dr. Quackenpoker had been observing evolved into Gyarados in The Wacky Watcher!.

A Gyarados was seen in a fantasy in The Rivalry Revival.

A Gyarados appeared in A Better Pill to Swallow as part of Brock's fantasy.

A Gyarados made a brief appearance in Houndoom's Special Delivery where it splashed away Houndoom and Misty's Togepi.

A Gyarados also appeared in Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

A Gyarados appeared in Dueling Heroes.

Lance also owns a normal Gyarados, but not much is known about this one as its only appearance was in Marina's fantasy in The Legend of Thunder!.

A Gyarados was one of the Pokémon living in Lake Slowpoke in Enlighten Up!.

A Gyarados appeared in Gary's explanation in Johto Photo Finish.

Lola owns a Gyarados as seen in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!.

Four Gyarados appeared in The Search for the Legend where they were driven away by Silver's Salamence.

A Gyarados made a brief cameo as a thief in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness.

A Gyarados appeared in Talking a Good Game! where Salon Maiden Anabel helped its problem.

A Gyarados is used by one of the students of Pokémon Summer Academy in the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!.

A Gyarados blasted Team Rocket away in Strategy Begins at Home!.

Another Gyarados makes an appearance at the beginning of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

A Gyarados appeared in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!.

A Gyarados appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP016 Gyarados Ash's Pokédex Gyarados. This Pokémon has a vicious temperament, so use extreme caution. Its fangs can crush stones and its scales are harder than steel.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Gyarados in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Misty's Gyarados

Misty owns a Gyarados in the The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga.

Gary has a Gyarados which was sent out with his other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Gyara
Main article: Red Gyarados

Gyarados debuts in the Red, Green & Blue chapter in its own round, Gyarados Splashes In!. Here, an enraged one attacks its own Trainer, Misty, but is recaught by Red, who supposedly returns it to her. The drastic change in attitude of the Pokémon was the result of a Team Rocket experiment as is shown in Raging Rhydon.

Later on, Misty traded this Gyarados to Red in exchange for Red's Krabby which he names Gyara.

Gyarados is later seen with Lance, using its BubbleBeam to shield him from the lava of Mt. Cerise.

A Red Gyarados was seen in the Lake of Rage three years later, but it was caught by Silver. It had the ability to control the other Gyarados in the lake.

When Red borrows Blue's Charizard to travel to Mt. Silver, he temporarily trades his Gyarados to Blue. It later appears as one of Blue's Pokémon in Entranced by Entei, used against Entei, and later part of his revealed team during the Gym Leader faceoff. Prior to the FireRed and LeafGreen saga, Blue returns Gyarados to Red.

A Gyarados was one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest in The Last Battle XIII.

Crasher Wake also has a Gyarados which was very briefly seen during his presentation, where he was riding on it in A Skuffle with Skorupi.

Lysandre's Gyarados appears in PAXY04.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Shū has a Gyarados in the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Black owns a Gyarados in The Golden Boys manga.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

Rald has a Gyarados as seen in Battle Between Student and Master!.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Crasher Wake has a Gyarados which was used against Hareta in a Gym battle.

Cyrus sent out his Gyarados after his Weavile suffered tons of damage from Piplup's surprise attack.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Lance owns a Gyarados as seen in Space Havoc!!.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS006 The evolved form of Magikarp. Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage. Can fire a Hyper Beam from its mouth.

In the TCG

Main article: Gyarados (TCG)

Red Gyarados have appeared three times in the TCG, once in Neo Revelation as Shining Gyarados, once in EX Holon Phantoms as Gyarados Star δ, and in HeartGold & SoulSilver as Gyarados. The most recent appearance in HeartGold & SoulSilver most likely commemorates Red Gyarados's initial appearance as a significant part of the storyline in Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Gyarados only appears as a trophy.

Trophy Information

"An Atrocious Pokémon rarely seen in the wild. When it does appear, it's usually running rampant in a destructive rage--behavior that has the unfortunate side effect of leaving whole cities in ruin. It is said that when humans begin a conflict, Gyarados incinerates the towns of both warring parties. There are records of a Gyarados rampage lasting as long as a month. Its pre-evolution form is Magikarp."

Game data

In Diamond and Pearl a red Gyarados is featured on the TV on a program called "Search for the Red Gyarados." It is this that inspires Lucas or Dawn and their rival to go to Lake Verity, to see if there is a rare Pokémon dwelling in it.

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.
Blue
Yellow Brutally vicious and enormously destructive. Known for totally destroying cities in ancient times.
Stadium Extremely vicious and horribly brutal. Has enough destructive power to totally annihilate even a major city.
Generation II
Gold They say that during past wars, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake.
Silver Once it appears, it goes on a rampage. It remains enraged until it demolishes everything around it.
Crystal It appears whenever there is world conflict, burning down any place it travels through.
Stadium 2 They say that during the past wars, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake.
Generation III
Ruby When Magikarp evolves into Gyarados, its brain cells undergo a structural transformation. It is said that this transformation is to blame for this Pokémon's wildly violent nature.
Sapphire Once Gyarados goes on a rampage, its ferociously violent blood doesn't calm until it has burned everything down. There are records of this Pokémon's rampages lasting a whole month.
Emerald It is an extremely vicious and violent Pokémon. When humans begin to fight, it will appear and burn everything to the ground with intensely hot flames.
FireRed It has an extremely aggressive nature. The Hyper Beam it shoots from its mouth totally incinerates all targets.
LeafGreen Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.
Generation IV
Diamond Once it appears, its rage never settles until it has razed the fields and mountains around it.
Pearl In ancient literature, there is a record of a Gyarados that razed a village when violence flared.
Platinum Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
HeartGold They say that during past wars, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake.
SoulSilver Once it appears, it goes on a rampage. It remains enraged until it demolishes everything around it.
Generation V
Black Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
White
Black 2 Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
White 2
Generation VI
X In ancient literature, there is a record of a Gyarados that razed a village when violence flared.
Y Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Evolve Magikarp
Blue (Japan)
Evolve Magikarp
Yellow
Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
Generation II
Gold Silver
Lake of Rage (Surfing)
Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Red Gyarados
Crystal
Lake of Rage (Surfing)
Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Red Gyarados
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Sootopolis City (Super Rod)
Emerald
Sootopolis City (Super Rod)
FireRed LeafGreen
Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Treasure Beach, Kindle Road, Cape Brink, Bond Bridge, Five Isle Meadow, Ruin Valley, Water Path, Water Labyrinth, Resort Gorgeous, Memorial Pillar, Green Path, Outcast Island, Tanoby Ruins, Pallet Town, Cerulean City, Viridian City, Fuchsia City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, One Island, Four Island, Five Island, Seafoam Islands, Trainer Tower, Cerulean Cave, Berry Forest, Icefall Cave (Super Rod)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Great Marsh (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Routes 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate, Resort Area (Super Rod)
Platinum
Great Marsh (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Routes 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate (Super Rod)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Lake of Rage (Surfing)
Mt. Silver*, Cerulean Cave, Seafoam Islands* (Super Rod)
Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Good Rod and Super Rod)
Red Gyarados*
Pal Park
Pond
Generation V
Black White
Evolve Magikarp
Black 2 White 2
Nature Preserve (Fishing in rippling water)
Generation VI
X Y
Routes 3 and 22, Parfum Palace (Super Rod)
Friend Safari (Water)

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Valley
Pokémon Pinball Evolve Magikarp
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve Magikarp
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Submarine
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve Magikarp
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Bottomless Sea (B1F-B49F)
Miracle Sea (Deep B5F)
Pokémon Ranger Olive Jungle (during mission)
Safra Sea
Pokémon Rumble Bright Beach Normal Mode S
Pokémon Rumble Blast Lake: World Axle - B2F
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Beach Zone
Pokémon Conquest Fontaine
Avia

In events

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
XY Pokémon Center Battle Championship Gyarados All Japan 50 May 10 to 18, 2014;
June 23 to July 6, 2014

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Events* Gyaradosite Gyaradosite (100%)

Stats

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.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 100.


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.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
1/2
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
15/19 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Gyarados
Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
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
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
None
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
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
None
Notes:
Mega Gyarados
Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
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
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
None
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
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
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
2020 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2323 Dragon Rage Dragon Special 0000 100100% 10
2626 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
2929 Twister Dragon Special 04040 100100% 20
3232 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 09595% 15
3535 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
3838 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —% 5
4141 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
4444 Dragon Dance Dragon Status 0000 —% 20
4747 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 09090% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Gyarados obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by a Mega Evolution of Gyarados
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM41 Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM55 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM59 Incinerate Fire Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Dragon Sprite.png TM82 Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 06060 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM97 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM03 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM05 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}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
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Gyarados in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Gyarados in that game.
  • 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
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Gyarados can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Gyarados cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • 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
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
129 Splash Normal Status —% 40
129 Tackle Normal Physical 50 100% 35
129 Flail Normal Physical 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
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin130.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS130.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani130.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP130.png Body size: 4
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Waterfall Lake
Phrases
51%-100% HP Don't make me angry. I can ruin the world!
26%-50% HP Do something. My HP is down to about half.
1%-25% HP I've had it... I couldn't rampage if I wanted to...
Level up I leveled up! My Hyper Beam's been boosted, too!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up! My Hyper Beam's been boosted, too!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP130.png Body size: 4
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Water  Poké Assist: Water PA.png
( Water )
Field move: None
Loops: 11 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
Gyarados is a brutal Pokémon that can spit a huge jet of water from its mouth.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW130.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Gyarados is the Attraction Chief of Gyarados's Aqua Dash in the Beach Zone. After he got too cocky, he said he wanted to become the Zone Keeper.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PCP130.png HP: ★★★★ Move: Aqua Tail
Attack: ★★★★ Ability 1: Intimidate
Defense: ★★★★ Ability 2: Frighten
Speed: ★★★ Ability 3: Tenacity
Evolves from Magikarp when its Attack is 16 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Nobuchika and Takeyoshi

Evolution

129Magikarp.png
Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 20
130Gyarados.png
First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 130.png Spr 1y 130.png Spr 1g 130.png Spr b g1 130.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 130.png Spr 2s 130.png Spr 2c 130.gif Spr b 2g 130.png
Spr 2g 130 s.png Spr 2s 130 s.png Spr 2c 130 s.gif Spr b 2g 130 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 130.png Spr 3e 130.gif Spr 3f 130.png Spr b 3r 130.png
Spr 3r 130 s.png Spr 3e 130 s.gif Spr 3f 130 s.png Spr b 3r 130 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 130 m.png Spr 4p 130 m.png Spr 4h 130 m.png Spr b 4d 130 m.png
Spr 4d 130 f.png Spr 4p 130 f.png Spr 4h 130 f.png Spr b 4d 130 f.png
Spr 4d 130 m s.png Spr 4p 130 m s.png Spr 4h 130 m s.png Spr b 4d 130 m s.png
Spr 4d 130 f s.png Spr 4p 130 f s.png Spr 4h 130 f s.png Spr b 4d 130 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 130 m.png Spr 5b 130 m.png Spr b 5b 130 m.png
Spr 5b 130 f.png Spr 5b 130 f.png Spr b 5b 130 f.png
Spr 5b 130 m s.png Spr 5b 130 m s.png Spr b 5b 130 m s.png
Spr 5b 130 f s.png Spr 5b 130 f s.png Spr b 5b 130 f s.png
Gyarados For other sprites and images, please see Gyarados images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Gyarados with its mouth closed and violet eyes

Origin

It appears to be based on a sea dragon or sea serpent. 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 is referenced by Pokémon Snap, as the player needs to get a Magikarp into a waterfall to evolve it into Gyarados. 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

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.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ギャラドス Gyarados From 虐殺 gyakusatsu, 逆境 gyakkyō, gyaku, arashi, 争い arasoi, ドス dosu and dos.
France Flag.png French Léviator A corruption of Leviathan
Spain Flag.png Spanish Gyarados Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Garados Similar to English/Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Gyarados Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 갸라도스 Gyaradoseu Transliteration of Japanese name


Related articles

External links

Notes


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