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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Evolution

Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all Tier 5
PvE Attacker Rating 4 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 1 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 3 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 4 / 5

Pokemon Stats

235.00 kg Weight
6.50 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
3391
ATK 237
DEF 186
STA 216

Pokemon Family

PVE Movesets Grades

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PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Waterfall is better than all other fast moves due to its wide coverage and STAB.
  • Bite, Dragon Tail, and Dragon Breath have advantages in super effective matchups, especially when paired with same-typed charge moves to maximize weather bonuses.
  • Hydro Pump is the charge move of choice, often equaling the other charge moves in power, even when they have super effective matchups or weather bonus.
  • Crunch has an advantage against Psychic and Dark-type opponents, offering the advantage of being a multi-bar charge move and the same typing as Bite.
  • Outrage offers a niche advantage over Dragon-type Pokemon, should you fight one.
  • Dragon Pulse and Twister are inferior to Outrage.
  • Return has no use on an offensive Gyarados.

PVE Defensive Moves Explanation

  • Waterfall is slightly better than Dragon Tail on defense, the former offering better damage against Electric-type counters and the latter against Dragon-type counters.
  • Hydro Pump is generally favored on defense, offering massive damage with an early dodge window.
  • Crunch requires little energy and is strong, threatening attackers in matchups where Gyarados loses quickly.
  • All other charge moves offer niche situational advantages on defense.

PVE Overview

The very embodiment of patience and its payoff, behold the fruit of 400 Magikarp candies. Gyarados's stats are among the best in the game, boasting enormous Atk and decent bulk to boot. Gyarados itself has also been patient, as 17 months after GO’s release, it finally got what it needed: a Water-type fast move.

Gyarados finally emerged from the shadow of Vaporeon after 2 long generations with the introduction of the fast move Waterfall. This catapulted Gyarados to the top of the Water-type DPS charts. As the third strongest fast move in the game, Waterfall also helps Gyarados hit harder on defense before it gets smoked by an Electric-type.

Also worth noting is something that Gyarados' seemingly odd moveset choices of Bite and Crunch have long been eluding to; Gyarados has a Mega Evolution in its future, turning it into a Water/Dark type monster. However, this change is likely a fair ways away still.

PVP Movesets Grades

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PvP Moveset Explanation

Dragon Breath+Crunch AND/OR Outrage AND/OR Hydro Pump

Dragon Breath is a blessing to virtually anything that has it, and Gyarados is definitely no exception. It sports DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 3 EPT (Energy Per Turn), which makes it Gyarados' objectively best quick move. Crunch (70 Power/45 Energy) provides good overall coverage, decent damage, and a reasonable energy cost, while Outrage (110 Power/60 Energy) is very powerful at a fair cost. Hydro Pump  (130 Power/75 Energy) is another solid option here, sporting high damage plus STAB that's charged at a fairly high rate that can severely punish early shield use. This set provides Gyarados with a powerful catch-all playstyle that's hard to come into, and is likely to deal meaningful damage even to Gyarados' counters, while also allowing it to act on opposing dragons while not being hindered by a dragon weakness itself if packing Outrage.

Bite+Crunch and Outrage or Hydro Pump

This set focuses more on using Gyarados as a dark attacker to pose a larger threat to Psychic threats in particular such as Mewtwo or Lugia lacking Future Sight. Bite has 4 DPT and 2 EPT, meaning it's not as generally useful as Dragon Breath, but it does have the advantage of hitting the Psychic types that this moveset is intended to counter very hard. Note, however, that many threatening Pokemon weak to Dark such as Giratina's two forms are actually handled better by the previous moveset due to also carrying a weakness to Dragon. The choice between Outrage and Hydro Pump is largely up to user preference, as Hydro Pump is objectively stronger and hits Steel types harder, while Outrage has a different neutral coverage profile and can hit opposing dragons harder. The choice should be based on what you expect to fight, but do note that Bite's low EPS doesn't pair extremely well with Hydro Pump's high cost. Altogether, this set is generally the least effective of the lot and should only be used if you expect a specific matchup that it will excel in.

Waterfall+Hydro Pump and Crunch OR Outrage

This set rounds out Gyarados' coverage options by focusing on water-type power, opting for Waterfall's 4 DPT and 2.66 EPT. It sits just slightly behind Dragon Pulse in a neutral setting, and pulls ahead when super effective. Hydro Pump is the obvious choice for a charge move as it gives Gyarados maximum water damage, though it is slow to charge. Once again the final move should depend on what types of threats you're predicting, though Crunch pulls ahead a bit in this case due to its lower energy cost.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 1 / 5

Gyarados is a great Pokemon, but the Great League's CP restrictions really limit it. It's possible to leverage its typing and good moveset against select counters, but it's probably better to level it up to a higher CP and use it in another league.

Ultra League: 3 / 5

Gyarados starts to shine in the Ultra League as the restrictions to its high CP begin to loosen. Here, Gyarados's single strongest niche has to be its ability to take down Giratina-Altered. It can also remove the threats from Dragonite, Swampert, and Charizard. Gyarados' has access to great moves of Water, Dark, and Dragon type, all of which have very good coverage that is narrowly resisted when brought together. However, its double-weakness to electric means threats like Raikou and many Pokemon that carry electric coverage need to be approached with caution, and probably some shields and the ability to switch.

Master League: 4 / 5

In the Master League, Gyarados has many strong niches by virtue of its sheer power and Water/Flying typing. The versatility of its moveset allows it to take out Metagross, Mewtwo (lacking Thunderbolt), Groudon, Swampert, and Machamp. it can also do extremely well against general threats such as Dragonite and both flavors of Giratina. While some movesets are considered objectively better than others in a neutral scenario, Gyarados' potential in regards to typing coverage makes it more unpredictable than most Pokemon in the tier, although a portion of its potential also relies on access to its legacy quick move, Dragon Breath. On top of that and despite its many fantastic qualities, Gyarados is also severely threatened by other big-names such as Melmetal, Rhyperior, Tyranitar, and pretty much anything sporting an Electric typing. Again, Gyarados is probably one of those Pokemon that you should save a shield for in order to maximize its effectiveness.

Fast Moves

6
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Dark

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.50
0.20
8.00
12.00
15.00
16
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Water

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.20
0.15
6.67
13.33
16.67

Charge Moves

70
More Info

Dark

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.20
1.70
0.00
2.12
21.88
27.34
46.40
130
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Water

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.30
2.10
0.00
1.30
39.39
49.24
51.21
110
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Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.90
1.20
0.00
2.20
28.21
35.26
62.05

Legacy Fast Moves

6
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.50
0.20
8.00
12.00
15.00
15
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Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.10
0.20
8.18
13.64
17.05

Legacy Charge Moves

90
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.60
1.15
0.00
1.80
25.00
31.25
45.00
45
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Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.80
1.65
0.00
1.36
16.07
20.09
21.92

Exclusive Charge Moves

35
More Info

Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
0.70
0.25
0.00
1.06
50.00
62.50
53.03

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 25
Stardust 10,000

Other

Female Ratio 50.0 %
Male Ratio 50.0 %
Flee Rate 7.0 %
Buddy Distance 1 km
Capture Rate10.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

256% damage
160% damage

Resistant

62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20014147
2001.58699
2002131150
2002.5176201
4003221252
4003.5265303
4004310355
4004.5355406
6005400457
6005.5444508
6006489559
6006.5534611
8007579662
8007.5624713
8008668764
8008.5713815
10009758866
10009.5803918
100010847969
100010.58901017
1300119321066
130011.59751114
13001210171163
130012.510591211
16001311021259
160013.511441308
16001411861356
160014.512291405
19001512711453
190015.513141502
19001613561550
190016.513981598
22001714411647
220017.514831695
22001815251744
220018.515681792
25001916101841
250019.516521889
25002016951937
250020.517371986
30002117802034
300021.518222083
30002218642131
300022.519072180
35002319492228
350023.519922277
35002420342325
350024.520762374
40002521192422
400025.521612470
40002622042519
400026.522462567
45002722882616
450027.523312664
45002823732713
450028.524162761
50002924582810
500029.525002858
50003025432907
500030.525642931
60003125852955
600031.526062979
60003226283004
600032.526493028
70003326703052
700033.526913076
70003427123100
700034.527333125
80003527553149
800035.527763173
80003627973197
800036.528183221
90003728393246
900037.528613270
90003828823294
900038.529033318
100003929243343
1000039.529453367
100004029663391
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