Gyarados (Pokémon)

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Gyarados
Atrocious Pokémon
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Types
Water Flying
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Abilities
Intimidate
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Cacophony
Mega Gyarados
Cacophony
Moxie
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Mold Breaker
Mega Gyarados
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 2 and Dragon
Hatch time
cycles
Height
21'04" 6.5 m
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21'04" 6.5 m
Mega Gyarados
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Weight
518.1 lbs. 235.0 kg
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672.4 lbs. 305.0 kg
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Mega Stone
Gyaradosite [[|]]
Base experience yield
214
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
189
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Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
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HP
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Speed
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Mega Gyarados
Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
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Gyarados (Japanese: ギャラドス Gyarados) is a dual-type Water/Flying Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Magikarp starting at level 20.

Gyarados can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados using the Gyaradosite.

Biology

 
Gyarados with its mouth closed

Gyarados is a piscine, draconic Pokémon with a long serpentine body covered in slightly overlapping scales. It is mostly blue with a yellow underbelly, and it has a row of yellow spots down each side. Its mouth is very large and gaping, bearing four pointed teeth and yellow lips. It has one pair of barbel and a small white fin on each side of its face. The barbels are white on a female and blue on a male. It has small, red eyes, a three-pointed, dark blue crest on its head, and four white, spiky dorsal fins. Gyarados's tail fin is similar in structure to the crest on its head, except with a thin, white fin spread between the points.

The process of evolution causes a change in its brain structure that is believed to cause its violent nature. Gyarados's fangs can crush stones and its scales are harder than steel. Gyarados is feared for its fierce temper and wanton destructive tendencies since ancient times. In some regions, Gyarados is called the "deity of destruction" because of this. It appears in times of conflict and destroys the surrounding area. Its rampages have been known to last a month at a time. These rampages can occur even during a harsh storm. A Gyarados's rage won't stop completely until everything is destroyed. Some believed any human settlement is fated to be destroyed should a Gyarados appear. Gyarados lives in both fresh and salty waters. Both Gyarados and its Mega form have demonstrated in the anime that it can leap huge distances both from the water and from the ground, usually several times its own body length. However, Gyarados is rarely seen in the wild. The move Hyper Beam is often associated with Gyarados due to it being being powerful enough to instantly destroy everything it hits.

Forms

Gyarados can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados.

When it Mega Evolves, Gyarados becomes bulkier. The fins on its cheeks become longer and gain a yellow tint. Its crest is larger and black, and its barbels also gain considerable length. A large spike extends downward underneath its chin, and it now has a black underside with a red stripe around the edges. The yellow spots along its body are replaced by raised red scales, which propel Mega Gyarados through the water. Two large yellow fins with blue spines appear on its back. Most of the other fins along its back disappear, replaced by two rows of blue spikes. There are now four yellowish, spiky fins near its tail: two on its back and two on its underside.

Due the stress Mega Evolution puts on a Gyarados's body, it becomes even more ferocious than before. All other brain functions cease when Mega Evolution occurs, except for the destructive drive to burn down anything into cinders. Despite its brain having a powerful destructive instinct, it will obey a Trainer it truly trusts. Mega Gyarados can launch at Mach Speed by using its orifices to release water from both sides. With this speed, it has enough power to split large ships in two. Mega Gyarados is tied with Hoopa Unbound as the tallest Dark-type.

Mega Gyarados
 

Evolution

Gyarados evolves from Magikarp.

(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)

 
Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 

 
First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 


In the anime

Main series

 
Gyarados in the anime
 
Mega Gyarados in the anime
 
Shiny Gyarados in the anime
 
Shiny Mega Gyarados in the anime

Major appearances

James's Gyarados

In Pokémon Shipwreck, James's Magikarp evolved into a Gyarados after he became frustrated with it and kicked it into the water. It subsequently attacked him with Dragon Rage and left him.

Misty's Gyarados

In Cerulean Blues, Misty obtained a Gyarados after passing the PIA test. Prior to the test, Misty was terrified of Gyarados, but in order to pass the test, she had to overcome her fear of it. In the end, she calmed and kept the Gyarados. In When Regions Collide!, it was revealed that it can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados.

Red Gyarados

Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution and Rage Of Innocence focused on a red Gyarados. It was on a destructive rampage until Lance caught it. In Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, Gyarados helped stop the feuding of Groudon and Kyogre. After a long absence, it reappeared in Flash of the Titans!, where it battled Leon and his Charizard, and became the first Pokémon in the anime to Dynamax.

Other

In Pokémon Shipwreck, four wild Gyarados joined James's Gyarados in using Dragon Rage.

In The Pi-Kahuna, multiple Gyarados seen from within the Team Rocket Gyarados submarine, shortly before the onset of a massive, annual tidal wave celebrated by local surfers who were apparently not aware of the annual migration. According to James, the Gyarados gathered each year in this location to lay their eggs.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Fergus's Gyarados was captured and cloned by Mewtwo. He had it attack Mewtwo with Hyper Beam, but Mewtwo deflected the attack back towards it, knocking Gyarados out. The Gyarados clone reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.

In The Joy of Pokémon, a Gyarados evolved from a giant Magikarp the Nurse Joy of an unnamed island had befriended as a child. Afterwards, it defeated Team Rocket.

In The Joy of Water Pokémon, a Gyarados was an inhabitant of Lake Lucid, while another Gyarados was being treated by Nurse Joy for neck problems. The health of the Gyarados treated by Nurse Joy was later jeopardized after an attack by Team Rocket, but she calmed it down despite her fear of Water-type Pokémon.

In The Perfect Match!, Trinity used a Gyarados in a Whirl Cup battle against Misty. Gyarados managed to defeat Poliwhirl before being defeated by Corsola. It reappeared in a flashback in Espeon, Not Included.

In Beauty is Skin Deep, Clair owns a Gyarados. In Better Eight Than Never, it was used in her Gym battle against Ash, where it was defeated by Pikachu's Thunderbolt. It reappeared in a flashback in the next episode.

In Sandshrew's Locker!, a Gyarados was the major obstacle in retrieving Sandshrew's Poké Ball.

In A Crasher Course in Power!, Crasher Wake used a Gyarados in his Gym battle against Ash. It went up against Pikachu and was defeated. It reappeared in Mamie's flashback in For The Love Of Meowth.

In BWS01, Cilan accidentally hooked a Gyarados while fishing for Qwilfish. He resolved to catch it, but its immense power was too much for him, and Cilan abandoned the plan.

In Coming Apart at the Dreams!, Lysandre has a Shiny Gyarados that can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados. It battled Ash, Alain, and their Pokémon, eventually being defeated in the next episode.

In This Magik Moment!, a Magikarp actor nicknamed Karpy evolved into a Gyarados after several efforts to suppress its evolution so as to preserve its career. It subsequently went on a rampage, but it was eventually calmed down by George Charino, allowing it to be cast in an improvisational guest role in Lillie, Lana, and Mallow's episode of The Refreshing Trio: Alola Idols.

In Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, Jessie received a Gyarados from the Rocket Prize Master. It was used in an attempt to steal a horde of Bulbasaur and Ivysaur in Vermilion City.

In Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!, Paul used a Gyarados in his battle against Ash. It went up against his Lucario, only to be defeated.

Minor appearances

Gyarados debuted in Pokémon - I Choose You!, where it was seen swimming by in a river that Ash had jumped into to avoid being chased by a flock of Spearow.

A Gyarados appeared in the banned episode EP035.

In Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, a Gyarados was cast for the movie Pokémon in Love.

A Gyarados appeared in Poké Ball Peril.

A Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in The Joy of Pokémon.

In The Power of One, multiple Gyarados sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A wild Gyarados appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

In The Wacky Watcher!, a Magikarp that Dr. Quackenpoker had been observing evolved into a Gyarados.

A Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in The Rivalry Revival.

In Pikachu & Pichu, a Gyarados was living in Big Town.

A Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in the Fortune Teller book in The Fortune Hunters.

A Gyarados appeared in Brock's fantasy in A Better Pill to Swallow.

A Gyarados appeared in Snorlax Snowman.

In Houndoom's Special Delivery, a Gyarados splashed away a Houndoom and Misty's Togepi.

Two Gyarados appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. One appeared in a lake, while the other appeared in the opening intro, which was reused for Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias. The former Gyarados's appearance reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which chronicled the preceding nine movies.

In Dueling Heroes, a Trainer's Gyarados competed in the Whirl Cup.

In The Legend of Thunder!, Marina's fantasy featuring Lance had a standard-colored Gyarados in addition to the Shiny one.

In Enlighten Up!, a Gyarados was living in Lake Slowpoke.

In Gary's explanation in Johto Photo Finish, a Gyarados evolved from a Magikarp.

A Gyarados appeared in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!, under the ownership of Lola. It reappeared in a fantasy in Grating Spaces!.

A Gyarados appeared in A Six Pack Attack!.

In The Search for the Legend, four Gyarados were driven away by Silver's Salamence at One Island.

A Gyarados appeared as a thief in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness.

In Talking a Good Game!, a Gyarados went on a rampage after getting a twig lodged in its side. However, Anabel calmed it and removed the twig.

A Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in Ya See We Want An Evolution!.

In All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!, a Gyarados dressed as a Caterpie in the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest.

A Gyarados appeared in a flashback in Pika and Goliath!.

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, a Gyarados was provided to a student by the Pokémon Summer Academy for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

In Strategy Begins at Home!, a Gyarados used Hyper Beam to blast Team Rocket off.

A Gyarados appeared in the opening sequence of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

A Gyarados appeared in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!.

A Gyarados appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

In the opening of Mega Evolution Special I, a Gyarados that can Mega Evolve into Mega Gyarados battled a Mega Abomasnow.

A Gyarados and its Mega Evolved form appeared during the opening sequence of Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

In Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper!, a Gyarados was playing Pokémon Base.

A Mega Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in Big Sky, Small Fry!.

In I Choose You!, a Gyarados was swimming in a river Ash and Pikachu had fallen into.

In Alola, Kanto!, a wild Gyarados scared Misty, Lillie, and Mallow.

Three Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in When Regions Collide!.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Gyarados competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but was defeated by Pikachu.

In Getting More Than You Battled For!, a Gyarados was living on Cero Island.

In An Adventure of Mega Proportions!, a Gyarados appeared in the waters around Mega Island. In the same episode, a Gyarados capable of Mega Evolving appeared in a fantasy.

A Gyarados appeared in This Could be the Start of Something Big!.

In Distant Blue Sky!, Ash attempted to catch a Gyarados, only for it to escape.

A Gyarados appeared in The Same Moon, Now and Forever!.

A Gyarados appeared in The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP016 Gyarados Ash's Pokédex Gyarados. This Pokémon has a vicious temperament, so use extreme caution. Its fangs can crush stones and its scales are harder than steel.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM043 Gyarados Rotom Pokédex Gyarados, the Atrocious Pokémon. A Water and Flying type. Rumors exist of a town that made Gyarados angry. That town was burned to the ground in one night, leaving no trace.

Pokémon Generations

 
Shiny Gyarados in Pokémon Generations

Red Gyarados

In The Lake of Rage, the red Gyarados was subjected to Team Rocket's experiments. However, it was calmed after Team Rocket's radio wave generator was destroyed.

Other

A soldier's Gyarados appeared in The Redemption, during a fantasy of a story from the past. It was one of the many Pokémon fighting in the great war of Kalos 3,000 years previously.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Training, a Gyarados was in the Wild Area.

GOTCHA!

A Gyarados briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, under the ownership of Blue.

POKÉTOON

 
Gyarados in POKÉTOON

A Gyarados appeared in Wait for Me, Magikarp! which evolved from a Magikarp.

 
Mega Gyarados in Pokémon Evolutions

Pokémon Evolutions

A Gyarados appeared in The Visionary, under the ownership of Lysandre. He Mega Evolved it in his battle against Calem's Xerneas, where it was immediately defeated with a single Moonblast.



In the manga

Movie adaptations

A Gyarados appeared in ICYR2, under the ownership of Borosue.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Main article: Misty's Gyarados

Misty owns a Gyarados in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Gary has a Gyarados, which was sent out with his other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary.

Pocket Monsters DP

A Gyarados appeared in PMDP54.

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

Main article: Red Gyarados

The Red Gyarados appeared in JBA4, where it was targeted by Team Rocket at the Lake of Rage.

Pokémon Adventures

 
Normal and Shiny Gyarados in Pokémon Adventures
Main article: Gyara
Main article: Lance's Gyarados
Main article: Silver's Gyarados

Gyarados debuted in Gyarados Splashes In!, where he attacks his own Trainer Misty but is recaptured by Red, who returns him to her. The drastic change in attitude of the Pokémon was the result of a Team Rocket experiment as is shown in Raging Rhydon. Later on, Misty traded this Gyarados to Red in exchange for Red's Krabby which he names him Gyara. When Red borrows Blue's Charizard to travel to Mt. Silver, he temporarily trades his Gyarados to Blue. He later appears as one of Blue's Pokémon in Entranced by Entei, used against Entei, and later part of his revealed team during the Gym Leader face-off. Prior to the FireRed and LeafGreen saga, Blue returns Gyarados to Red.

A Gyarados was later seen with Lance, using its Bubble Beam to shield him from the lava of Cerise Island. Lance had it since it was a Magikarp, and it first appeared in Extricated from Exeggutor.

Multiple Magikarp had evolved into Gyarados at the Lake of Rage from the radio waves emitted from Team Rocket in Raise the Red Gyarados. They are seen again in Delibird Delivery - 1 in a flashback, and again in Delibird Delivery - 2, where they were temporarily under Silver's control to surround the Masked Man.

 
Mega Gyarados in Pokémon Adventures

A Red Gyarados was seen in the Lake of Rage in Raise the Red Gyarados. He was caught by Silver and had the ability to control the other Gyarados in the lake.

In Debonaire Dragonair, in the Dragon's Den, three Gyarados appeared, rising out of the water, but they did not attack Clair. Instead, they make way for her peacefully before Suicune appears and attacks.

A Gyarados appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

A Gyarados nicknamed Gyaddy appeared in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon I, under the ownership of a Swimmer named Jack. It rescued Ruby from a giant flood that happened throughout Slateport City.

A Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming.

Crasher Wake has a Gyarados, which was very briefly seen during his presentation, where he was riding on it in A Skuffle with Skorupi.

Cyrus owns a Gyarados, which first appeared in Shunning Spiritomb.

A Gyarados appeared in a flashback in One Way or Another.

Lysandre's Gyarados first appeared in They Have a Flare for a Li'l Kanga-Napping. After Celosia had stolen Korrina's Key Stone and fashioned it into a Mega Ring, Lysandre became able to Mega Evolve his Gyarados into Mega Gyarados.

A Gyarados appeared in a flashback in Flabébé Blooms.

A Gyarados appeared in PASS41, being one of many Pokémon to suddenly Dynamax.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS006 The evolved form of Magikarp. Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage. Can fire a Hyper Beam from its mouth.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Main article: Lance's Gyarados

A Gyarados appeared in a fantasy in Legend? Check! Friends? Check!.

The red Gyarados, owned by Lance, appeared in Flash of the Titans!.

A Gyarados appeared in Getting More than You Battled For!.

Pokémon Battle Frontier

Rald has a Gyarados, as seen in Battle Between Student and Master!.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Crasher Wake has a Gyarados, which was used in a Gym battle against Hareta in Dialga's Secret Keys.

In Team Galactic's Conspiracy, Revealed!!, Cyrus sent out his Gyarados after his Weavile suffered heavy damage from Piplup's surprise attack. He used its Giga Impact to destroy the rope bridge where the battle was taking place, sending Hareta and Piplup falling into the river below.

A Trainer's Gyarados appeared in a flashback in Hearts and Spirits Collide.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Black owns a Gyarados in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys.

A Trainer's Gyarados appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Shu caught a Gyarados in GDZ45.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Main article: Red Gyarados

Lance owns a Gyarados, which debuted in Space Havoc!!.

The Red Gyarados appeared in Stop the Strange Sonic Sound!!.

Pokémon Zensho

A Gyarados appeared in PZ03, under the ownership of a Team Rocket Grunt.

In the TCG

Main article: Gyarados (TCG)

Red Gyarados have appeared five times in the TCG, once in Neo Revelation as Shining Gyarados, once in EX Holon Phantoms as Gyarados   δ, once in HeartGold & SoulSilver as Gyarados, and twice in BREAKpoint as Gyarados-EX and M Gyarados-EX.

Other appearances

 
Gyarados in Detective Pikachu

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Gyarados appears as a trophy.

Trophy information

"An Atrocious Pokémon rarely seen in the wild. When it does appear, it's usually running rampant in a destructive rage--behavior that has the unfortunate side effect of leaving whole cities in ruin. It is said that when humans begin a conflict, Gyarados incinerates the towns of both warring parties. There are records of a Gyarados rampage lasting as long as a month. Its pre-evolution form is Magikarp."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Gyarados appears as a Spirit.

Detective Pikachu

A Gyarados appeared in Detective Pikachu. It was first seen as a Magikarp, but it eventually evolved and scared away a Charizard in order to protect Tim Goodman and Detective Pikachu.

Game data

In Diamond and Pearl, a red Gyarados is featured on the TV on a program called "Search for the Red Gyarados." It is this that inspires Lucas or Dawn and their rival to go to Lake Verity, to see if there is a rare Pokémon dwelling in it.

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#130
Red(JPN) (This entry was originally untranslated in English until it was reused in Pokémon FireRed.)
Green
Red(ENG) Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.
Blue
Yellow Brutally vicious and enormously destructive. Known for totally destroying cities in ancient times.
Stadium Extremely vicious and horribly brutal. Has enough destructive power to totally annihilate even a major city.
Generation II Johto
#077
Gold They say that during past wars, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake.
Silver Once it appears, it goes on a rampage. It remains enraged until it demolishes everything around it.
Crystal It appears whenever there is world conflict, burning down any place it travels through.
Stadium 2 They say that during the past wars, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake.
Generation III Hoenn
#053
Kanto
#130
Ruby When Magikarp evolves into Gyarados, its brain cells undergo a structural transformation. It is said that this transformation is to blame for this Pokémon's wildly violent nature.
Sapphire Once Gyarados goes on a rampage, its ferociously violent blood doesn't calm until it has burned everything down. There are records of this Pokémon's rampages lasting a whole month.
Emerald It is an extremely vicious and violent Pokémon. When humans begin to fight, it will appear and burn everything to the ground with intensely hot flames.
FireRed It has an extremely aggressive nature. The Hyper Beam it shoots from its mouth totally incinerates all targets.
LeafGreen Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#024
Johto
#077
Diamond Once it appears, its rage never settles until it has razed the fields and mountains around it.
Pearl In ancient literature, there is a record of a Gyarados that razed a village when violence flared.
Platinum Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
HeartGold They say that during past wars, Gyarados would appear and leave blazing ruins in its wake.
SoulSilver Once it appears, it goes on a rampage. It remains enraged until it demolishes everything around it.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
White
Black 2 Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Central #050
Hoenn
#054
X In ancient literature, there is a record of a Gyarados that razed a village when violence flared.
Y Rarely seen in the wild. Huge and vicious, it is capable of destroying entire cities in a rage.
Omega Ruby When Magikarp evolves into Gyarados, its brain cells undergo a structural transformation. It is said that this transformation is to blame for this Pokémon's wildly violent nature.
Alpha Sapphire Once Gyarados goes on a rampage, its ferociously violent blood doesn't calm until it has burned everything down. There are records of this Pokémon's rampages lasting a whole month.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #092
Alola
USUM: #112
Kanto
#130
Sun A tale is told of a town that angered Gyarados. Before the sun rose the next day, flames utterly consumed the town, leaving not a trace behind.
Moon There are people who swear that any place Gyarados appears is fated for destruction.
Ultra Sun It fires hyper beams in all directions, burning the surrounding area to ash. There are some regions where it's called “the deity of destruction.”
Ultra Moon The energy from evolution stimulated its brain cells strongly, causing it to become very ferocious.
Let's Go Pikachu Brutally vicious and enormously destructive. Known for totally destroying cities in ancient times.
Let's Go Eevee
Mega Gyarados
Sun Mega Evolution also affects its brain, leaving no other function except its destructive instinct to burn everything to cinders.
Moon It jets water from the orifices on its sides, streaking above the water surface at supersonic speed.
Ultra Sun Mega Evolution places a burden on its body. The stress causes it to become all the more ferocious.
Ultra Moon It zooms out of the water at Mach speeds. Even large ships caught in its path are split cleanly in two!
Let's Go Pikachu Although it obeys its instinctive drive to destroy everything within its reach, it will respond to orders from a Trainer it truly trusts.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#145
Galar
Isle of Armor #043
Galar
Crown Tundra #063
Sinnoh
#024
Hisui
#081
Sword It has an extremely aggressive nature. The Hyper Beam it shoots from its mouth totally incinerates all targets.
Shield Once it begins to rampage, a Gyarados will burn everything down, even in a harsh storm.
Brilliant Diamond Once Gyarados appears, its rage never settles until the Pokémon has razed the fields and mountains around it.
Shining Pearl In ancient literature, there is a record of a Gyarados that razed a village when violence flared.
Legends: Arceus I suspect this Pokémon to be the true identity of a dragon written of in ancient texts, which claimed that it razed an entire village with white-hot beams from its maw.
Generation IX Paldea
#135
Kitakami
#44
Scarlet Once it appears, it goes on a rampage. It remains enraged until it demolishes everything around it.
Violet It appears whenever there is world conflict, burning down any place it travels through.


   
Gyarados in the Alola Pokédex Mega Gyarados in the Alola Pokédex
   
Gyarados in the Paldea Pokédex Gyarados in the Kitakami Pokédex

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Evolve Magikarp
Blue (Japan)
Evolve Magikarp
Yellow
Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
Generation II
Gold Silver
Lake of Rage (Surfing, Good Rod, Super Rod, Red Gyarados)
Fuchsia City (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Crystal
Lake of Rage (Surfing, Good Rod, Super Rod, Red Gyarados)
Fuchsia City (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Sootopolis City (Super Rod)
Emerald
Sootopolis City (Super Rod)
FireRed LeafGreen
Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Treasure Beach, Kindle Road, Cape Brink, Bond Bridge, Five Isle Meadow, Ruin Valley, Water Path, Water Labyrinth, Resort Gorgeous, Memorial Pillar, Green Path, Outcast Island, Tanoby Ruins, Pallet Town, Cerulean City, Viridian City, Fuchsia City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, One Island, Four Island, Five Island, Seafoam Islands, Trainer Tower, Cerulean Cave, Berry Forest, Icefall Cave (Super Rod)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Great Marsh (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Routes 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate, Resort Area (Super Rod)
Platinum
Routes 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Great Marsh, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate (Super Rod)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Lake of Rage (Surfing, Good Rod, Super Rod, Red Gyarados*)
Mt. Silver Cave 1F, Cerulean Cave, Seafoam Islands B4F (Super Rod)
Fuchsia City (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Safari Zone (Good Rod in Meadow with 7 Waterside points; Super Rod in Meadow with 10 Waterside points, and with 14 Waterside points; Good Rod in Marshland with 3 Waterside points, and with 4 Waterside points; Super Rod in Marshland, default; Super Rod in Wetland with 6 Waterside points, and with 9 Waterside points)
Pal Park
Pond
Generation V
Black White
Evolve Magikarp
Black 2 White 2
Nature Preserve (fishing in rippling water)
Generation VI
X Y
Routes 3 and 22, Parfum Palace (Super Rod)
Friend Safari (Water)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Sootopolis City (Super Rod)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Routes 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, and 15, Melemele Sea, Seaward Cave, Kala'e Bay, Paniola Town, Akala Outskirts, Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Seafolk Village, Poni Wilds, Poni Breaker Coast, Poni Meadow, Poni Gauntlet, Vast Poni Canyon, Secluded Shore (SOS Battle, fishing)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Routes 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, and 15, Melemele Sea, Seaward Cave, Kala'e Bay, Paniola Town, Akala Outskirts, Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Seafolk Village, Poni Breaker Coast, Poni Meadow, Poni Gauntlet, Vast Poni Canyon (SOS Battle, fishing)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Route 20 (Sea Skim)
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Axew's Eye, Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, Giant's Cap, Giant's Mirror, Giant's Seat, Lake of Outrage (fishing)
Route 2 (Surfing)
Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, East Lake Axewell, Lake of Outrage, North Lake Miloch, South Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell (Surfing Wanderer)
Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, East Lake Axewell, Giant's Cap, Lake of Outrage, South Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell (Max Raid Battle)
Expansion Pass
Giant's Bed, Snowslide Slope, Giant's Foot, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake (fishing)
Workout Sea, Stepping-Stone Sea, Insular Sea, Honeycalm Island, Honeycalm Sea (Surfing)
Challenge Beach, Giant's Bed (Surfing Wanderer)
Workout Sea, Loop Lagoon, Honeycalm Sea (Max Raid Battle)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Great Marsh (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Routes 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate, Resort Area (Super Rod)
Legends: Arceus
Obsidian Fieldlands: Obsidian FallsFlying, Lake Verity (additional  )
Cobalt Coastlands: Sand's Reach and nearby (additional  ), massive mass outbreaks
Coronet Highlands: near Primeval Grotto
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
South Province: South Paldean Sea
East Province: East Paldean Sea
West Province: West Paldean Sea
North Province: North Paldean Sea
North Province: Casseroya Lake (Dragon Tera Type)
Tera Raid Battles (5★, 6★)
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
Fellhorn Gorge, Oni Mountain, Chilling Waterhead, Kitakami Wilds


In side games

Generation I
Snap
Valley
Pinball
Evolve Magikarp
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Magikarp
Trozei!
Phobos Submarine, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red
Evolve Wonder Mail unlocked Magikarp
MD Blue
Evolve Magikarp
Ranger
Olive Jungle (during mission), Safra Sea
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Bottomless Sea (B1F-B25F)
MD Sky
Bottomless Sea (B1F-B25F)
Rumble
Bright Beach (Normal Mode S, Advanced Mode C & A)
MD Stormy MD Light
Wonder Mail codes
PokéPark Wii
Beach Zone
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: World Axle - B2F
Conquest
Fontaine, Avia
Rumble U
Aquatic Hill: Magikarp is All You Need (Boss), Vehicle Gallery: Slithering Trains
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 1
Rumble World
Origin Hideaway: Waterfall Basin (Back Boss)
Picross
Area 27: Stage 10
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal
Generation VIII
New Snap
Mightywide RiverLevel 2
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Gyarados Appears
Event: Pokémon Safari (Tenth release; Shiny)
Masters EX
Seasonal sync pair scout (Lance's (New Year's 2021))
Evolve Scottie/Bettie's Magikarp (Egg)


In events

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
XY Pokémon Center Battle Championship Gyarados All Japan 50 May 10 to 18, 2014;
June 23 to July 6, 2014
XYORAS Pokémon Center Hiroshima Gyarados All Japan 20  June 25, 2015;
June 26 to August 31, 2015
ORAS Winter Counterattack Gyarados All South Korea 50  January 16 to 17, 2016
SV Jump Festa 2023 Gyarados All All 20 December 17, 2022 to January 31, 2023

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Events*   Gyaradosite (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Gyarados
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
95
155 - 202 300 - 394
125
117 - 194 229 - 383
79
75 - 144 146 - 282
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Total:
540
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 100.
Mega Gyarados
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
95
155 - 202 300 - 394
155
144 - 227 283 - 449
109
102 - 177 200 - 348
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
130
121 - 200 238 - 394
81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Total:
640
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
1/2
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
4/5 ★★★★
Total
15/19 ★★★


Type effectiveness

Gyarados
Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:
Mega Gyarados
Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
011 Splash Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Twister Dragon Special 04040 100100% 20
Evo.Evo. Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
044 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 08585% 15
088 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 09595% 15
1212 Brine Water Special 06565 100100% 10
1616 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
2121 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100100% 15
2424 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
2828 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
3232 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
3636 Dragon Dance Dragon Status 0000 00——% 20
4040 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
4444 Hurricane Flying Special 110110 07070% 10
4848 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
5252 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 09090% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001  TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM006  TM006 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM007  TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM010  TM010 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM011  TM011 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TM022  TM022 Chilling Water Water Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM025  TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM028  TM028 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM034  TM034 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM044  TM044 Dragon Tail Dragon Physical 06060 090}}90% 10
TM046  TM046 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM047  TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM049  TM049 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM050  TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM051  TM051 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM066  TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM070  TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM077  TM077 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM082  TM082 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM085  TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM087  TM087 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM094  TM094 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM099  TM099 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM100  TM100 Dragon Dance Dragon Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM103  TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM108  TM108 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM115  TM115 Dragon Pulse Dragon Special 08585 100}}100% 10
TM123  TM123 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM125  TM125 Flamethrower Fire Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM126  TM126 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM130  TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM135  TM135 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM141  TM141 Fire Blast Fire Special 110110 085}}85% 5
TM142  TM142 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TM143  TM143 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM149  TM149 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM150  TM150 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TM152  TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM156  TM156 Outrage Dragon Physical 120120 100}}100% 10
TM160  TM160 Hurricane Flying Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM163  TM163 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM166  TM166 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM171  TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM172  TM172 Roar Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM177  TM177 Spite Ghost Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM188  TM188 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM199  TM199 Lash Out Dark Physical 07575 100}}100% 5
TM200  TM200 Scale Shot Dragon Physical 02525 090}}90% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Gyarados
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Gyarados
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation IX
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Gyarados
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Gyarados
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Wrap Lance's Gyarados (VS 98)

Side game data

Gyarados

Pokémon Pinball
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 4
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Waterfall Lake
Phrases
51%-100% HP Don't make me angry. I can ruin the world!
26%-50% HP Do something. My HP is down to about half.
1%-25% HP I've had it... I couldn't rampage if I wanted to...
Level up I leveled up! My Hyper Beam's been boosted, too!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 4
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
 

Body size: Gigantic (9 tiles)
How to Recruit: Visit Gyarados's secret base
Connected to: Steelix, Aggron, Walrein, Manaphy
Connection Orb Set: 3

Phrases
Normal I have to thrash about! I need to!
Low HP (< 50%) *pant pant* I'm getting tired… *pant pant*
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Water
Poké Assist:  
Water
Field move: None
Loops: 11 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry R-125
Gyarados is a brutal Pokémon that can spit a huge jet of water from its mouth.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.63 seconds Base HP: 58
Base Attack: 82 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
  PokéPark Pad entry:
Gyarados is the Attraction Chief of Gyarados's Aqua Dash in the Beach Zone. After he got too cocky, he said he wanted to become the Zone Keeper.
Pokémon Conquest
  HP: ★★★★ Move: Aqua Tail
Attack: ★★★★ Ability 1: Intimidate
Ability 2: Frighten
Ability 3: Tenacity
Defense: ★★★★
Speed: ★★★
Evolves from Magikarp when its Attack is 16 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Nobuchika and Takeyoshi
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

True Strength
Increases damage dealt when energy levels are half or less.
Pokémon Shuffle
 
Water
  Attack Power: 70 - 140   20

#478
 
 

Power of 5+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of five.
  Swappable Skill(s): Mega Boost
Mega Effects   12
Erases Pokémon on a randomized jagged line vertically.
Pokémon Shuffle
 
Water
  Attack Power: 70 - 110   5

#478
 
 

L-Boost
Increases damage when making an L-shaped match.
Mega Effects   10
Erases all Mega Gyarados in the puzzle area.
Pokémon GO
  Base HP: 216 Base Attack: 237 Base Defense: 186
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement:  300/60/30/15
Fast Attacks: Bite, Waterfall*, Dragon Breath*, Dragon Tail
Charged Attacks: Hydro Pump, Crunch*, Outrage*, Twister*, Dragon Pulse, Frustration , Return , Aqua Tail
New Pokémon Snap
 
Photodex entry #224
Gyarados is extremely aggressive and strong enough to destroy everything in its path. The gouges in the rocky cliffs of Mightywide River were actually caused by Gyarados climbing up the waterfall.

Mega Gyarados

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
 

Body size: Gigantic (9 tiles)
How to Recruit: Visit Gyarados's secret base
Connected to: Steelix, Aggron, Walrein, Manaphy
Connection Orb Set: 3

Phrases
Normal I have to thrash about! I need to!
Low HP (< 50%) *pant pant* I'm getting tired… *pant pant*
Pokémon GO
  Base HP: 216 Base Attack: 292 Base Defense: 216
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Bite, Waterfall*, Dragon Breath*, Dragon Tail
Charged Attacks: Hydro Pump, Crunch*, Outrage*, Twister*, Dragon Pulse, Return , Aqua Tail

Form data

Mega Evolution

Default
 
Gyarados
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 

 
Gyaradosite


Held Gyaradosite
 
Mega Gyarados
Gyarados
 Water  Dark 

Evolution data

 
Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 
 
Level 20
 
First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 


Sprites

Generation I
Red Green Red Blue Yellow
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Front Back Front Back
Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee!
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Legends: Arceus
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
Cross-Generation
HOME
   
   
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Gyarados images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

 
Gyarados in Pokémon Battle Chess

Origin

 
The unnamed Pokémon resembling Mega Gyarados

Gyarados appears to be based on a sea dragon or sea serpent and a Chinese dragon. It is also partially based on a legend about how carp that leaped over the Dragon Gate would become dragons. Several waterfalls and cataracts in China are believed to be the location of the Dragon Gate such as the Longmen Mountains. This is referenced by Pokémon Snap, as the player needs to get a Magikarp into a waterfall to evolve it into Gyarados but only after it leaps over a mountain. This legend is an allegory of the drive and efforts needed to overcome obstacles, which can be tied to the fact that Gyarados' pre-evolved form, Magikarp, could possibly take a lot of drive and effort to legitimately evolve into Gyarados.

It may be partially based on the kraken, as both are destructive sea monsters that are infamous for terrorizing humans. To add to this, one of Gyarados' original names was considered to be "Skullkraken". Gyarados's Flying type may be a reference to koinobori, a carp-shaped windsock traditionally flown to celebrate Children's Day in Japan, formerly called Tango no Sekku (端午の節句). Though it is more likely to be associated with Eastern Dragons in general due to their associations to Water and the Sky - such as the Azure Dragon. It could also be inspired by the South African cryptid Inkanyamba, a giant, winged eel that causes storms when angry, a trait Gyarados is famous for.

Mega Gyarados' appearance bears similarities to the aforementioned koinobori. Furthermore, its design, specifically its large dorsal fins, strongly resembles that of the unnamed "legendary water Pokémon" seen in the Pokémon anime episode Enlighten Up!, first aired on April 18, 2002, in which Misty recounts seeing an unknown water Pokémon. This creature may have inspired the design of Mega Gyarados when it was eventually created 10 years later.

On December 2018, the Beta Sprite for Gyarados was showcased on the NHK Broadcast in Japan bearing the resemblance of a worm-like body with a mouthful of sharp teeth, barbels on the top of its head, and multiple fins on the side of its body. The inspiration for this original design may be related to the myth of 鯰 Namazu or 大鯰 Ōnamazu from 16th century Japan. Namazu was known as a catfish that was said to destroy cities with earthquakes and appears during times of human conflict - much like Gyarados’ Pokedex entries in the original first 2 generations of games. Namazu’s history as a mythos is also directly tied to Lake Biwa - the real life version of the Lake of Rage - where said earthquakes were said to occur. This idea was later replaced with the Dragon Gate myth and rehashed in Gen 3 as the inspiration for Whiscash appropriately named ナマズン "Namazun".

Name origin

Gyarados may be a combination of 虐殺 gyakusatsu (slaughter), 逆境 gyakkyō (adversity), or 逆転 gyakuten (reversal, turnaround), 荒らす arasu (to devastate), and 脅す odosu (to threaten).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ギャラドス Gyarados From 虐殺 gyakusatsu, 逆境 gyakkyō or 逆転 gyakuten, 荒らす arasu, and 脅す odosu
  French Léviator From Leviathan
  Spanish Gyarados Same as English/Japanese name
  German Garados Similar to English/Japanese name
  Italian Gyarados Same as English/Japanese name
  Korean 갸라도스 Gyarados Transcription of Japanese name
  Mandarin Chinese 暴鯉龍 / 暴鲤龙 Bàolǐlóng From bào, 鯉 / 鲤 , and 龍 / 龙 lóng
  Cantonese Chinese 暴鯉龍 Bouhléihlùhng*
鯉魚龍 Léih'yùhlùhng*
From bouh, léih, and lùhng
From 鯉魚 léih'yùh and lùhng


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References

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