How to beat Pokemon Go Mega Gyarados Raid: Weaknesses, counters & can it be shiny?

Niladri Sarkar
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The fearsome Mega Gyarados has taken over Pokemon Go Raids and players want to know all about its weaknesses, the best counters to defeat it, and its shiny availability in the game. So, here are all the details about Mega Gyarados Raids in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go has put up Mega Gyarados as the first Mega-evolved Raid Boss in August, and players are super excited at the opportunity to catch this powerful Pokemon. As one of the most iconic species in the franchise, Gyarados has always found a place in the teams of almost every Pokemon Go player. Now, they want to unleash its Mega-evolved form in battles.

But players are aware of just how challenging Mega Raids are, so they want to want to know all about the weaknesses and best counters for Mega Gyarados Raids in Pokemon Go. In addition, they are also curious about the shiny availability of Mega Gyarados in the game.

So, here are all the details about Mega Gyarados Raid in Pokemon Go.

How to get Mega Gyarados in Pokemon Go

You can get Mega Gyarados in Pokemon Go by catching regular Gyarados after the Raid Battle and then Mega-evolving it with 200 Mega Energy.

By participating in multiple Raid Battles, you can collect the required Mega Energy to get Mega Gyarados. This Raid Boss will be in Pokemon Go Raid Battles from August 4, 10:00 AM local time to August 16, 2023, 8 PM local time. So you have plenty of time to gather the required Mega Energy.

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Mega Gyarados can propel out of the water at Mach speed.

Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go type & weaknesses

Mega Gyarados is a Water/Dark-type Pokemon. In battles, it can do double duty as a Water-type or a Dark-type, depending upon its moveset.

Coming to its weaknesses in Pokemon Go, Mega Gyarados is weak to the Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-types. Players need to bring high-level counters to the Raid Battle to defeat the Raid Boss without much effort.

Best counters for Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go Raid

The overall best counter for Mega Gyarados in Pokemon Go is Mega Sceptile with Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant.

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Mega Sceptile can triple-resist Water-type attacks.

While Mega Sceptile is your go-to counter, there are other Pokemon who can also get the job done pretty well.

Here are the best Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go counters:

  • Mega Sceptile: This powerful Mega-evolved Pokemon deals the highest DPS (Damage Per Second) and can also tank the Water-type attacks of Mega Gyarados.
  • Mega Manectric: One of the best Electric Pokemon in the game, it can dish out high damage numbers throughout the Raid Battle.
  • Lucario: With Aura Sphere, Lucario is the most reliable Fighting Pokemon to take on Mega Gyarados.
  • Xurkitree: A monstrous Attack stat of 330 makes Xurkitree a top-notch counter in the Raid Battle.
  • Mega Venusaur: It combines the power of Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant with excellent TDO (Total Damage Output) to keep the Mega boost active for a long time.
  • Mega Gardevoir: Using Charm and Dazzling Gleam, Mega Gardevoir can take off chunks of HP from the Raid Boss.

Other good counters include Conkeldurr, Kartana, Buzzwole, Machamp, and Togekiss.

Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go moveset

Here’s the complete Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go moveset:

Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go Fast Moves

  • Waterfall
  • Bite
  • Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Tail

Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go Charged Moves

  • Hydro Pump
  • Aqua Tail
  • Crunch
  • Outrage
  • Twister
  • Dragon Pulse

Players should note that Dragon Tail, Aqua Tail, and Dragon Pulse are Legacy Moves. So, players can teach Dragon Tail to Mega Gyarados by using an Elite Fast TM and they can teach Aqua Tail or Dragon Pulse to Mega Gyarados by using an Elite Charged TM.

Is shiny Mega Gyarados available in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Mega Gyarados is available in Pokemon Go. Lucky players can obtain shiny Gyarados as an encounter after a Mega Raid Battle and then get shiny Mega Gyarados by Mega-evolving it.

And there you have it. This is all you need to know for beating Mega Gyarados Raids in Pokemon Go. For more on Pokemon Go, be sure to check out our other guides:

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About The Author

Niladri is a Writer who specializes in Pokemon Go, Scarlet and Violet, and competitive VGC battles. With more than seven years of experience in copywriting and SEO content writing, Niladri has previously written for Pokémon GO Hub and Smogon. He has been covering Pokemon for CharlieIntel since June 2023. Niladri can be contacted at [email protected].