Misty's Gyarados

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This article is about the anime counterpart of Misty's Gyarados. For the Pokémon Adventures counterpart, see Gyara.

Misty's Gyarados
カスミのギャラドス Kasumi's Gyarados
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Misty's Gyarados
Debuts in Cerulean Blues
Caught at Cerulean Gym
Evolves in Prior to Cerulean Blues
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
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This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Magikarp.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Magikarp N/A
As Gyarados Unshō Ishizuka

Misty's Gyarados (Japanese: カスミのギャラドス Kasumi's Gyarados) was a Pokémon adopted by Misty in the Kanto region, and her ninth overall.

In the anime


Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

Gyarados and Misty

When Misty returned to Cerulean City to fill in for her sisters as Gym Leader in Cerulean Blues, she found out that a newly-evolved Gyarados was on a rampage at the Cerulean Gym. Even worse, PIA inspectors were ready to condemn the Gym if there was no leader to keep Gyarados under control.

Panicking, Misty tried many attempts to stop it, including a reenactment of the water ballet show Gyarados participated in as a Magikarp. When none of these methods worked, Misty resorted to locking it in a cage. However, after the Invincible Pokémon Brothers had an unfair battle with Misty, they got their Tentacruel to attack it with Poison Sting. Misty then took the attack for Gyarados, earning her Gyarados' trust. It would go on to rescue Misty from nearly drowning and send the Invincible Pokémon Brothers and their Pokémon blasting off. Calmed, it finally allowed Misty to return it to its Poké Ball.

The use of Gyarados is significant, since Misty had been afraid of the species up until this point. This came from a traumatic event that occurred during her childhood, when she had crawled into the mouth of a sleeping Gyarados and was almost swallowed by it.


In A Togepi Mirage!, when Misty visited Ash in Hoenn, she used Gyarados to defeat Colonel Hansen's Shedinja with Flamethrower.

Kanto Battle Frontier

In The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, Misty used Gyarados to battle Dr. Yung's Mirage Mewtwo. However, it was far too strong for the Atrocious Pokémon.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Gyarados battling Ash's Pikachu

In When Regions Collide!, Misty used Gyarados to battle Ash's Pikachu. The two started with a collision of Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt. Pikachu then rushed towards Gyarados and made a direct hit with Quick Attack, sending Gyarados flying. Pikachu then started charging up Electro Ball and Gyarados used Rain Dance, confusing everyone. Ash instructed Pikachu to ignore the rain and attack. However, Gyarados countered with a Rain Dance-powered Hurricane, which destroyed the Electro Ball and sent Pikachu flying. Deciding it was time to get serious, Misty revealed her Key Stone and Mega Evolved Gyarados into Mega Gyarados.

After Mega Evolving, Gyarados launched a Hydro Pump that destroyed the rock Pikachu was standing on, sending him flying into the water in the battlefield. Not letting up, Gyarados tried to attack Pikachu with Crunch, but was struck by Iron Tail after Pikachu got behind it. Gyarados dove underwater and used Hurricane, creating a cyclone of water around Pikachu. Ash ordered Pikachu to use Thunderbolt to break it up, but the strategy was unsuccessful. Misty assured Ash that no Trainer had ever beaten this strategy. Ash instead ordered Pikachu to run on the electricity with Quick Attack, which allowed Pikachu to jump out of the cyclone. The two then performed their Z-Move, Gigavolt Havoc. The attack hit Gyarados head on, defeating it and giving Ash the win.

In Alola, Alola!, Gyarados was sent to fight one of Team Rocket's mechas. Gyarados Mega Evolved and used Hydro Pump alongside several Z-Moves to send Team Rocket flying.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Partners in Time!, Gyarados watched Ash's Masters Eight Tournament match against Leon alongside Misty and Psyduck.

In Ride, Lapras, Ride!, Gyarados was sent out to help free a trapped Wailord.

Personality and characteristics

Gyarados's intimidating nature
Gyarados's Gyaradosite

At first, Gyarados was very angry and enraged, attacking every nearby person and Pokémon and not calming down for a second. This contrasts with its personality as a Magikarp, when it was much more relaxed and had once even participated in a water ballet with Misty. Its rage as a Gyarados even made it unwilling to go back into its Poké Ball, forcing Misty to confine it in a cage to avoid any further damage to the Gym.

However, when Gyarados saw how much Misty cared about her hurt Corsola, its personality started to become calmer. When Misty took the Tentacruel's Poison Sting in order to protect Gyarados, and was on the brink of drowning, Gyarados broke out of its cage and brought Misty to the surface, showing that it now had full confidence in her. By this point, Gyarados even listened to her commands and was willing to go back into its Poké Ball. This bond has remained between Misty and Gyarados ever since, making Gyarados one of Misty's primary battlers.


As a Mega Gyarados
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Moves used

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Using Headbutt
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Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Headbutt Cerulean Blues
Whirlpool Cerulean Blues
Hydro Pump  Cerulean Blues*
Protect Cerulean Blues
Hyper Beam Cerulean Blues
Flamethrower A Togepi Mirage!
Rain Dance  When Regions Collide!
Hurricane  When Regions Collide!
Crunch  When Regions Collide!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Misty's Gyarados is on her rematch team in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!
and Let's Go, Eevee!
Water Flying
Gyarados Lv.57
Dragon Physical
Dark Physical
Water Physical
Iron Tail
Steel Physical


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Artwork from the
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In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Misty's Gyarados in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Misty also has a Gyarados in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, but, unlike in the anime, it was the first Pokémon she ever caught. She trained it carefully until it evolved and, due to this, it's extremely loyal to its Trainer.

Gyarados appeared in Play Misty For Me when Ash challenged the Cerulean Gym. At first Ash tried to send Pikachu into battle, but the Electric Mouse was too scared of the scary Atrocious Pokémon. When Ash tried to use his Fearow, it turned out to be sleeping. Next Ash tried to use Pidgeotto, but it wasn't inside of its Poké Ball, having only left behind a note to explain its absence. Ash's only choice left was Metapod, which could do nothing but use Harden. For a moment, it looked like Ash had lost, but then his Metapod evolved into Butterfree. Seeing his chance, Ash had Butterfree use Sleep Powder on Gyarados, putting the huge Pokémon into sleep.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Gyara

Misty's Gyarados, who was nicknamed Gyara, first appeared in Gyarados Splashes In!. He was stolen and used for experiments by Team Rocket, causing him to go berserk and attack Misty. Then Red appeared, recaptured Gyarados, and returned him to her. Later, in You Know...Articuno!, Red tried to get the HM for Surf, but it was accidentally destroyed, so Misty offered to trade Gyara with Red's Krabby, because Gyara already knew that move. Since then, Gyara has been one of Red's main team members.

Pokémon Zensho

Magikarp in Pokémon Zensho

Misty's Magikarp appeared in Cerulean City, where it was seen in her Gym.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Misty's Gyarados in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Misty's Gyarados Water Gym Challenge Rare Holo 13/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare Holo  


  • Gyarados is Misty's only Water-type Pokémon that is not weak to the Grass type.
  • Gyarados is the first Pokémon to be obtained by a main character outside of the main anime series.
    • It is also the first one to be obtained by a main character after their retirement from the main cast.
  • Gyarados is the only Pokémon belonging to a main character that has been caught outside of the main series and subsequently physically appeared during the main series.
  • Excluding temporary captures, Gyarados is the first Pokémon owned by a main character to be the same species that was owned by another main character.

Related articles

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

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