Red Gyarados

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Red Gyarados
あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados
Poké Ball
The Red Gyarados in the anime
Debuts in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Caught at Lake of Rage
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Lance (anime)
With Silver (manga)
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Gyarados Unshō Ishizuka Unshō Ishizuka

Red Gyarados (Japanese: あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados) is a term used to refer to a Gyarados of alternate color, 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.

A shiny Gyarados in Pokémon Gold
A shiny Gyarados in Pokémon Silver

In the games

In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, 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 Rocket Hideout in Mahogany Town. When captured or defeated, the Red Gyarados drops a Red Scale.

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. This is only an indirect reference to the red Gyarados, since the two events are supposedly independent of each other, despite taking place at the same location and time.

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. The player accompanies his/her best friend to Lake Verity in hopes of seeing a similar Pokémon.

While the most common way to obtain a red Gyarados is at the Lake of Rage in Generation II, any alternate color Gyarados (Template:Shiny2) will be the same. This is currently the only way to obtain a red Gyarados from Generation III onwards.

In the anime

The red Gyarados was first seen in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution and Rage of Innocence. Its voice actor in both Japanese and English is Unshō Ishizuka. It was the result of a Team Rocket plot to induce evolution. The process was successful, but as the evolution was forced, it kept the red coloration it had as a Magikarp. It went on a rampage down a river towards Mahogany Town, but Lance eventually captured and calmed it.

It returned, along with its trainer, Lance, to help out Brock, May and Max during the fight between Groudon and Kyogre in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends.

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

Using Hyper Beam Move First Used In
Hydro Pump Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Hyper Beam Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.

In the manga

In Pokémon Special, the red Gyarados was the leader of a group of Gyarados. When Team Rocket used the Goldenrod City Radio Tower to disturb Pokémon, these Gyarados went crazy. At the end it was caught by Silver.

In the TCG

The red Gyarados serves as the basis for the Shining Gyarados card in the Neo Revelation expansion and the Gyarados Star δ card in the EX Holon Phantoms expansion.

Related articles

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