Talk:Red Gyarados

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Very few fans realize that the presence of the red Gyarados in the games is not caused by the induced evolution of the resident Magikarp. The anime intertwined the two events and used the connection as an excuse for the unusual coloring (the Magikarp retained its color upon evolving irregularly); the game dialogue never so much as hints at such a connection.

It is true that battling the red Gyarados triggers Lance's appearance, from which point the battle against Team Rocket ensues, eventually leading to the termination of the source of electromagnetic waves responsible for inducing evolution on Magikarp. However, that is the extent of it; the characters who actually reference the red Gyarados at Lake of Rage have nothing to do with the Team Rocket event.

Also of note is the fact that the report found in FireRed and LeafGreen pertains to plans of the electromagnetic waves incident; the news broadcast in Diamond and Pearl deals with the potential sighting of red Gyarados, not necessarily at Lake of Rage itself. Both of these are instances of a reference to Generation II events from different angles - plot continuity (FireRed and LeafGreen) and contemporary storylines (Diamond and Pearl).

It is incorrect to place Diamond and Pearl's beginning at the time of red Gyarados' appearance in Gold, Silver and Crystal. The news broadcast does not mention the appearance of the red Gyarados before a trainer in Johto, but rather pinpoints the Pokémon's background as being elusive and sought after. Therefore, it stands to reason that the Lake of Rage sighting takes place later on, possibly allowing for the Johto storyline to commence at the same time as that of Sinnoh. --Unown Lord 12:32, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Uhhh... I followed almost none of that but, in response to the last part it could just be a rumor of a gyrados or sun reflecting off one scales and such but you do make a point. (one that I couldn't follow)CrystalLucario 13:46, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

That's actually very good reasoning. I never gave it much attention that the Red Gyarados wasn't created by the forced evolution. However, the information from the start of D/P does definitely agree - the Red Gyarados could NOT have been created by the Rockets because s/he was a legend from before the Chôji Town incident. As for FR/LG, everything about the Sevii storyarc is building towards Johto, and those electromagnetic waves are simply another part of the process. In a way, the Red Gyarados serves as another sign that Gen II is coming back. Good discerning, Unown Lord! --Satosuke 14:13, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Couldn't it be just a shiny Gyarados in DPP, and not necessarily the one in GSC?

Lake of Rage

I was at Lake of Rage, I battled the red Gyarados, but it blue instead!! I think it was a shiny shiny, a pokemon supposed to be shiny but ended up being normal. --Doomey

...Thats probably just a gitch D: I've never heard of that happening before. Takoto タコト| サソデイ = 愛 09:17, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
I think that since the Gyarados had a 99.999999% chance of being shiny, the creators didnt bother to make it sure shiny. Try restarting. It's the Θρtιmαtum♏Talk|Links09:19 2 Jul 2008
The Red Gyarados has a 100% chance of being shiny. No ifs, ands, or buts; it's literally impossible for the Red Gyarados to not be shiny. IIMarckus 01:34, 3 July 2008 (UTC)


I looked through the article and didn't find anyhting about the Red Gyarados being a shiny Gyarados in the games. It just says about any alternate colour being Red, so I'm going to change it a little. Team Hyper