Red Gyarados

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Red Gyarados
あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados
Poké Ball
Lance Red Gyarados.png
The Red Gyarados in the anime
Debuts in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Caught at Lake of Rage
Evolves in Prior to Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Gender Unknown*
Ability Intimidate*
Current location With Lance (anime)
With Silver (Pokémon Adventures manga)
Magikarp Gyarados
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Magikarp.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Magikarp Not heard
As Gyarados Unshō Ishizuka

Red Gyarados (Japanese: あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados) is a term used to refer to a Gyarados that is Shiny, which is red rather than its usual blue. According to the anime, this is due to the forced evolution; the Magikarp it evolves from retains its red color, having no time to change its scale color to blue. Unlike other Shiny Pokémon, the red Gyarados's existence is canon in that it is encountered as part of an event in the Generation II games and their remakes.

In the games

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Encountering the Red Gyarados in HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, the red Gyarados is found in the Lake of Rage. The player has one chance to catch it and the incident triggers the battle against Team Rocket in the Team Rocket HQ in Mahogany Town. When captured or defeated, the red Gyarados drops a Red Scale. While this is the only chance to catch the Red Gyarados in the original games, it will respawn in the remakes after the player defeats Lance and the Elite Four, should the player fail to capture it.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, in the Rocket Warehouse located on Chrono Island, one of the computers displays information about induced evolution using electromagnetic waves, hinting at what occurs to other Gyarados in Generation II's Lake of Rage.

Sightings of a red Gyarados were national news. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl begins with a news report broadcast in Twinleaf Town of Sinnoh, according to which the Red Gyarados had eluded detection by a research crew; it is unknown to which point in time this corresponds in the Johto-based games. Also, in Pokémon Platinum, a cameraman in the Battle Zone comments he filmed it, and claims it was 'award winning'. The player accompanies his/her best friend to Lake Verity in hopes of seeing a similar Pokémon.

While the easiest and most common way to obtain a red Gyarados is at the Lake of Rage in Generations II or IV, any Shiny Gyarados will be red, no matter how it is encountered, through evolution of a gold Magikarp or by encountering it with the normal 1/8192 odds. This is the only possible way to get a red Gyarados outside of the Johto-based games without trading.

Starting moves and sprites

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Water Flying
Held item:
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Dragon Rage
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Water Flying
Held item:
Gyarados/ Lv.30ShinyIVStar.png
Dark Physical
Dragon Rage
Dragon Special
Normal Status
Dragon Special
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Red Gyarados
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Red Gyarados sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the anime


Original series

As a Magikarp

The red Gyarados's first appearance was in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution where it leaped out of the Lake of Rage and fired a Hydro Pump at Ash and his friends. However, the attack did not hit them. Later, during a Team Rocket plot, Tyson assigned Jessie, James and Meowth to capture the red Gyarados. They successfully found the Gyarados and lured it to the surface where the other Team Rocket members caught it in a net. Ash and the group came by and unsuccessfully stopped Team Rocket from getting away with Gyarados, and they too got captured by Team Rocket. Professor Sebastian explained to them that the red Gyarados was forcibly evolved from a normal-colored Magikarp. Since it didn't have time to officially complete the evolution, the coloration of the Pokémon ended up staying red instead of turning blue.

During Rage of Innocence, after Team Rocket's success in catching the red Gyarados, they decided to do some research on it. Meanwhile, Lance found out that the Evolution Inducement Ray was the cause of all the unevolved Pokémon growing tired. He then destroyed its source with the help of his Dragonite's Hyper Beam. After the machine was destroyed, all of the side effects it caused disappeared. No longer affected by the ray, the red Gyarados began to go on a rampage. It then escaped from the helicopters Team Rocket was carrying it in and dove into the water below. The red Gyarados continued its rampage, destroying everything in sight with Hyper Beam. Ash tried to stop it from going berserk, but it had no effect, making Gyarados retaliate with Hydro Pump. The Team Rocket grunts tried catching it with another net. This time, Ash sent out Bayleef to cut the net with Razor Leaf. Just when the grunts were defeated, the Team Rocket trio arrived and shot a different net at the red Gyarados. Gyarados broke free from the net and went on another rampage, moving towards the river in Mahogany Town. Pryce stopped the Atrocious Pokémon from going any further by having his Dewgong use Ice Beam on the river. Lance, after defeating Tyson, battled the red Gyarados with his Dragonite in order for it to calm down. Lance successfully did so and caught the red Gyarados.

The Red Gyarados reappeared in a flashback in Beauty is Skin Deep when Ash and his friends told Clair about what happened in Mahogany Town.

Advanced Generation series

The red Gyarados did not appear again until the Advanced Generation series in The Scuffle of Legends where May, Max and Brock rode on it when Ash was captured by Team Magma. During Gaining Groudon, it ended up helping them out during the fight between Kyogre and Groudon.

Lance's Gyarados appeared in Marina's scrapbook and fantasy, along with its Trainer and his Dragonite. However, instead of red, the color of the Pokémon in The Legend of Thunder! was the regular blue. This may have been because the original airing of Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution in Japan was after The Legend of Thunder! already had aired. This may also mean that Lance also possesses another, normally-colored Gyarados.

Moves used

Lance Gyarados Hyper Beam.png
Using Hyper Beam
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Hyper Beam Rage of Innocence
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Red Gyarados and Silver in HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

This red Gyarados was shown to be the leader of a group of Gyarados. When Team Rocket used the Goldenrod City Radio Tower to disturb Pokémon with their evolution-inducing waves, these Gyarados went crazy. At the end he was caught by Silver with Gold's aid. After a battle with the Masked Man where even his Hyper Beam attack was futile, this Gyarados was frozen and remained at the bottom of Lake of Rage until Lt. Surge discovered him. Gyarados was able to free himself and Lt. Surge acquired and returned him to Silver following a brief battle between the former Team Rocket triad and itself.

The same Gyarados was then seen participating in Silver's brief search for Entei with Gyara, then traded to Blue, and again in the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter, where he fought a losing battle against Sird's Banette.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Silver used Gyarados while facing Petrel for the first time in the Safari Zone.

Moves used

Silver Gyarados Fire Blast.png
Using Fire Blast
Silver Gyarados Twister.png
Using Twister
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump Raise the Red Gyarados
Hyper Beam Delibird Delivery - 2
Whirlpool Curious Kingdra
DragonBreath Entranced by Entei
Fire Blast Viridian in the Heart
Rest Viridian in the Heart
Twister VS Feraligatr
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

The red Gyarados in Jou's Big Adventure

Ariana and Petrel were responsible for the appearance of the red Gyarados. The red Gyarados goes on a rampage which Jou tries to stop by battling it with Totodile. When Gyarados got tired, Jou tried feeding it some berries but Gyarados was still angry. Later, when Jou and Lance were in a Double Battle against Ariana and Petrel, the red Gyarados returns to assist them. Jou feeds it a berry and Gyarados starts to feel happy. It joins Jou's side and takes over for Totodile. During the battle, it finishes Ariana's Gloom off with Twister.

Moves used

Red Gyarados Twister JBA.png
Using Twister
Move First Used In
Twister Jou VS Team Rocket
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

The Red Gyarados in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The Red Gyarados makes an appearance in Stop That Strange Sonic Sound!! where Team Rocket plots on catching it by luring it out of hiding using sonic waves while at the same time, Clefairy went fishing for it. The Red Gyarados is darker than any normal-colored Gyarados in this media.

In the TCG

The red Gyarados has served as the basis for three cards in the TCG, each known by different names. The following is a list of cards based on the red Gyarados.

Red Gyarados
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Shining Gyarados Water Neo Revelation SuperRare Holo 65/64 Awakening Legends SuperRare Holo  
Gyarados Star δ Fire EX Holon Phantoms ShinyRare Holo 102/110 Holon Phantom ShinyRare Holo 008/052
Gyarados Water HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare Holo 123/123 L-P Promotional cards   004/L-P


  • Red Gyarados is the only one of Silver's Water-type Pokémon that did not evolve, as it was caught already in its final stage, unlike Feraligatr and Kingdra, who were received in their initial stage.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Magikarp and Gyarados.