Gyarados (Magikarp. In Pokemon Silver, Gold and Crystal the player had the chance to catch themselves a shiny red Gyarados from the lake of rage. Despite constant speculation, Gyarados never was, and never will be, a Dragon type Pokémon, despite Lance using him in the Pokémon League.) was first seen in the first generation games and was compared to looking somewhat like a dragon although it actually wasn't a dragon Pokemon. It is a powerful Pokemon possessing a great attack stat and is mainly used for its physical offense in battling. It is a flying water typed Pokemon and is evolved from the Pokemon which is considered to be ultimately useless. This Pokemon is called
Gyarados was originally going to be a Water/Dragon type, but in Generation I Dragon Rage was the only move that would be super effective, but it has a set damage amount. Gyarados would've had more resistances if it were Water/Dragon.
Gyarados is a large, monstrous serpent-like Pokemon. Gyarados is completely blue at the top of its body with some patches that are light yellow along with its underbelly. It has a large mouth with four sharp teeth inside. Its lips are the same colour as its underbelly and the patches that are along the side of its body. It has a dark blue crest which sits on its forehead. There are white fins that are at the back of the mouth. It has two whiskers, which are called barbles, hanging off its face, they are either blue or white depending on the gender of Gyarados. It has four spikey plates that go down its back two, not too far away from its head and the other two at the other end. It has small eyes that usually makes Gyarados look angry, its iris colour is reddish. For its tail, it is basically a fin and is kind of similar to the fins on its head.
The male Gyarados has blue barbles and the female has white barbles. A Shiny male has red barbles.
In The Anime
Gyarados is seen in the anime a couple of times, mostly in an angry state. James of Team Rocket owned a Magikarp that evolved into Gyarados as he kicked it just before releasing it. Gyarados is also a Pokemon that Misty obtains. She finds it back at her gym, and befriends it by the end of the Pokemon Inspection Agencies tests. Gyarados also appeared in the First Movie. It had to fight one of Mewtwo's clones.
A red Gyarados appears in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution and Rage Of Innocence. It was on a rampage until Lance captured it. Lance used this Gyarados in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends to stop Groudon and Kyogre.
Gyarados is in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. With a great typing that gives it resistances to Fire, Fighting, and an immunity to Ground, Gyarados can check many threats in the UU tier, such as Mamoswine and Infernape. With Dragon Dance at its disposal, Gyarados can become a fearsome set-up sweeper that can stand out as among the tier's biggest threats. STAB moves in Waterfall and Bounce coupled with coverage moves like Earthquake, Stone Edge, and Double-Edge allow for it to become a difficult Pokémon to wall. Thanks to Intimidate, Gyarados has plenty of set up opportunities to set up and terrorize at opposing teams. Its best set is a Substitute + Dragon Dance set that takes advantage of the switches it can force with Intimidate as well as protect it from status, such as Scald burns in particular or paralysis. Other sets include a Dragon Dance set with three attacks to give Gyarados more flexibility in terms of picking and choosing which Pokémon it can take care of and a defensive set uses Intimidate to become an effective physical wall against Pokémon like Mamoswine while providing utility in Roar or Toxic. However, Gyarados is not flawless, as it suffers from being weak to Stealth Rock and having a x4 weakness to Electric-type attacks, which can hinder its offensive and defensive capabilities quite a bit. Gyarados also has trouble with fitting in all the coverage it needs to sweep teams with consistency. For the defensive set in particular, Gyarados suffers from a lack of reliable recovery, having to rely on the RestTalk combination, which can be unreliable at times.
Gyarados is also viable in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. With a great set of resistances and a crucial Ground immunity, Gyarados has the bulk to take advantage of that thanks to Intimidate and can find numerous set-up opportunities. Gyarados is capable of being a great offensive sweeper with a bulky Dragon Dance set with Substitute that takes advantage of its plethora of opportunities to wreak havoc on opposing teams. It can even run a defensive set that acts as a mixed wall against Pokémon such as Mega Charizard Y, Volcarona, Keldeo, and Mega Metagross while providing utility with moves like Thunder Wave, Roar, or Dragon Tail. However, Gyarados suffers from having a weakness to Stealth Rock, and with a lack of reliable recovery, it can be worn down and pressured quite a bit. Gyarados's Speed stat is mediocre by OU standards, and even after a Dragon Dance boost, it can be outsped by a number of threats in the tier.
Fishing done using a Super Rod
|Pokemon Red/Pokemon Blue||None||Evolve Magikarp|
|Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition||Rare||Fishing in Fushia City|
|Pokemon Gold||Uncommon||Fishing at Lake of Rage and Fuchsia city|
|Pokemon Silver||Uncommon||Fishing at Lake of Rage and Fuchsia City|
|Pokemon Crystal||Uncommon||Fishing at Lake of Rage and Fuchsia City|
|Pokemon Ruby||Common||Fishing at Sootopolis City|
|Pokemon Sapphire||Common||Fishing at Sootopolis City|
|Pokemon Emerald||Common||Fishing at Sootopolis City|
|Pokemon FireRed||Rare||Fishing in all areas|
|Pokemon LeafGreen||Rare||Fishing in all areas|
|Pokemon Pearl||Common||Fishing in all areas|
|Pokemon Diamond||Common||Fishing in all areas|
|Pokemon Platinum||Common||Fishing in all areas|
- — Thrash [Normal]
- 20 Bite [Dark]
- 23 Dragon Rage [Dragon]
- 26 Leer [Normal]
- 29 Twister [Dragon]
- 32 Ice Fang [Ice]
- 35 Aqua Tail [Water]
- 38 Rain Dance [Water]
- 41 Hydro Pump [Water]
- 44 Dragon Dance [Dragon]
- 47 Hyper Beam [Normal]
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