How to get Gyarados in Pokemon Go: Best moveset for PvP & PvE, can it be shiny, more

Niladri Sarkar
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Gyarados is one of the most iconic Pokemon Go species that is great for PvP and PvE. So here’s how to get Gyarados in Pokemon Go, with details on its shiny odds, best moveset, and more.

Pokemon Go players can get the upper hand in PvP and PvE battles with Gyarados, a classic fan-favorite Pokemon from Gen 1 that everyone is eager to have on their teams.

We’ve got you covered, as here’s everything about getting Gyarados in Pokemon Go, with its best moves for PvP and PvE, shiny rates, and more.

How to catch Gyarados in Pokemon Go

Here’s how you can Gyarados in Pokemon Go:

  • By catching a Magikarp and evolving it with 400 Candy.
  • By catching it in the wild.
  • By beating 3-Star Gyarados Raids in the Sizeable Surprises event, running until Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 8 PM local time.

You’ll be glad to know that Magikarp has a Buddy distance of only 1km, so you can walk with it and add Candy with Adventure Sync. Also, use Pinap and Silver Pinap Berries each time you catch Magikarp to earn bonus Candy and evolve it to Gyarados quickly.

pokemon go gyarados in the anime
Gyarados is a Water/Flying-type Pokemon.

Can Gyarados be shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Gyarados is available in Pokemon. You can get this popular red-colored shiny from the wild, Raids, or by evolving shiny Magikarp.

Note that the shiny odds of Gyarados in Pokemon Go are 1 in 175, and 1 in 548 for Magikarp.

Gyarados best moveset for Pokemon Go PvP

The best moveset for Gyarados in Pokemon Go PvP is Dragon Breath combined with Aqua Tail and Crunch.

Dragon Breath is one of the best Fast Moves in PvP, with a great balance of damage output and energy generation, along with good coverage against the meta. While it doesn’t get STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus), it makes Gyarados an asset since it can deal super-effective damage to Dragon Pokemon without being weak to them.

Aqua Tail gets STAB and is a great move to burn through the opponent’s shields and threaten Fairy-types like the dreaded Togekiss. While Dragon Breath is the go-to move, you can substitute it with Waterfall to be more effective against Fairy and Steel types.

Crunch helps tackle Mewtwo and the two Giratina forms while having a 30% chance to debuff the opponent’s Defense stat by one stage. Gyarados is particularly good in the Master and Ultra League.

Keep in mind that Gyarados is only weak to Electric and Rock-type attacks, with the former being a double weakness. Since there aren’t too many of these Pokemon in the Master League, it’s the best Go Battle League format to use Gyarados.

Gyarados best moveset for Pokemon Go PvE

The best moveset for Gyarados in Pokemon Go PvE is Waterfall combined with Hydro Pump.

Waterfall is the strongest Water-type Fast Move complemented well with the insanely powerful Hydro Pump and Gyarados’ impressive 237 Attack stat to turn it into a dependable Raid attacker.

While there are better options like Kyogre and Greninja, as well as the Primal forms and Mega Evolutions, Gyarados’ resistance to Ground-type attacks makes it an excellent Pokemon to use against opponents that use moves like Earthquake and Earth Power.

pokemon go magikarp and its evolution gyarados
While Magikarp is weak in Pokemon Go, Gyarados has great stats.

Complete Gyarados moveset in Pokemon Go

Here are all the moves that Gyarados can learn in Pokemon Go:

Gyarados Pokemon Go Fast Moves

  • Waterfall (Water)
  • Dragon Breath (Dragon)
  • Dragon Tail* (Dragon)
  • Bite (Dark)

Dragon Tail can only be taught to Gyarados using an Elite Fast TM.

Gyarados Pokemon Go Charged Moves

  • Hydro Pump (Water)
  • Aqua Tail* (Water)
  • Outrage (Dragon)
  • Dragon Pulse* (Dragon)
  • Twister (Dragon)
  • Crunch (Dark)

Aqua Tail and Dragon Pulse can only be taught to Gyarados using an Elite Charged TM. Aqua Tail is highly recommended, thanks to its relevance in PvP battles, but if you’re looking to use a Dragon-type Charged Move with Gyarados, you’re better off with Outrage than Dragon Pulse.

And there you have it! This is all you need to know about Gyarados in Pokemon Go. For more guides like this, check out the following:

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