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This article is about the Red Gyarados from the Johto region. For Lysandre's Shiny Gyarados, see Lysandre → In the anime.
Red Gyarados
あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados
Poké Ball
Lance Red Gyarados.png
The Red Gyarados in the anime Shiny
Debuts in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Caught in Rage of Innocence
Caught at Outskirts of Mahogany Town*
Lake of Rage*
Evolves in Prior to Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Gender Unknown*
Ability Intimidate*
Current location With Lance (anime}
With the player (games)
Magikarp Gyarados
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Magikarp.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Magikarp N/A
As Gyarados Unshō Ishizuka

The Red Gyarados (Japanese: あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados) is a term used to refer to a Gyarados that is Shiny, which is red rather than its usual blue. According to the anime, this is due to the forced evolution; the Magikarp it evolves from retains its red color, having no time to change its scale color to blue. Unlike most Shiny Pokémon, the red Gyarados's existence is canon in that it is encountered as part of an event in the Generation II games and their remakes.


In the games

Encountering the Red Gyarados in HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, the red Gyarados is found in the Lake of Rage. The player has one chance to catch it and the incident triggers the battle against Team Rocket in the Team Rocket HQ in Mahogany Town. When captured or defeated, the red Gyarados drops a Red Scale. While this is the only chance to catch the Red Gyarados in the original games, it will respawn in the remakes after the player defeats Lance and the Elite Four, should the player fail to capture it.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, in the Rocket Warehouse located on Five Island, one of the computers displays information about induced evolution using electromagnetic waves, hinting at what occurs to other Gyarados in Generation II's Lake of Rage.

Sightings of a red Gyarados were national news. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl begins with a news report broadcast in Twinleaf Town of Sinnoh, according to which the Red Gyarados had eluded detection by a research crew; it is unknown to which point in time this corresponds in the Johto-based games, although they happened the same time. Also, in Pokémon Platinum, a cameraman in the Battle Zone comments he filmed it, and claims it was "award winning". The player accompanies their best friend to Lake Verity in hopes of seeing a similar Pokémon.

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Lana jokes about having reeled in a red Gyarados once.

While the easiest and most common way to obtain a red Gyarados is at the Lake of Rage in Generations II or IV, any Shiny Gyarados will be red, no matter how it is encountered, through evolution of a gold Magikarp or by encountering it with the normal 1/8192 odds. This is the only possible way to get a red Gyarados outside of the Johto-based games without trading.

Starting movesets

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Water Flying
Held item:
Gyarados Lv.30ShinyIIStars.png
Dragon Rage
Spr 4h 130 f s.png
Water Flying
Held item:
Gyarados/ Lv.30ShinyIVStar.png
Dark Physical
Dragon Rage
Dragon Special
Normal Status
Dragon Special


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Sprite from
Sprite from
Sprite from
Sprites from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Wild overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Walking overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the anime

In the main series


Original series
As a Magikarp

The red Gyarados debuted in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, where it leaped out of the Lake of Rage and fired a Hydro Pump at Ash and his friends. However, the attack did not hit them. Later, during a Team Rocket plot, Tyson assigned Jessie, James and Meowth to capture the red Gyarados. They successfully found the Gyarados and lured it to the surface where the other Team Rocket members caught it in a net. Ash and the group came by and unsuccessfully stopped Team Rocket from getting away with Gyarados, and they too got captured by Team Rocket. Professor Sebastian explained to them that the red Gyarados was forcibly evolved from a normal-colored Magikarp. Since it didn't have time to officially complete the evolution, the coloration of the Pokémon ended up staying red instead of turning blue.

During Rage of Innocence, after Team Rocket's success in catching the red Gyarados, they decided to do some research on it. Meanwhile, Lance found out that the Evolution Inducement Ray was the cause of all the unevolved Pokémon growing tired. He then destroyed its source with the help of his Dragonite's Hyper Beam. After the machine was destroyed, all of the side effects it caused disappeared. No longer affected by the ray, the red Gyarados began to go on a rampage. It then escaped from the helicopters Team Rocket was carrying it in and dove into the water below. The red Gyarados continued its rampage, destroying everything in sight with Hyper Beam. Ash tried to stop it from going berserk, but it had no effect, making Gyarados retaliate with Hydro Pump. The Team Rocket grunts tried catching it with another net. This time, Ash sent out Bayleef to cut the net with Razor Leaf. Just when the grunts were defeated, the Team Rocket trio arrived and shot a different net at the red Gyarados. Gyarados broke free from the net and went on another rampage, moving towards the river in Mahogany Town. Pryce stopped the Atrocious Pokémon from going any further by having his Dewgong use Ice Beam on the river. Lance, after defeating Tyson, battled the red Gyarados with his Dragonite in order for it to calm down. Lance successfully did so and caught the red Gyarados.

The Red Gyarados reappeared in a flashback in Beauty is Skin Deep, when Ash and his friends told Clair about what happened in Mahogany Town.

The Red Gyarados is Lance's second Gyarados. As shown in Marina's fantasy in The Legend of Thunder!, Lance already owned a regular Gyarados before Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution.

Advanced Generation series

In Gaining Groudon, May, Max, and Brock rode on the red Gyarados when Ash was captured by Team Magma.

In The Shuffle of Legends, it ended up helping them out during the fight between Kyogre and Groudon.

Personality and characteristics

Prior to Lance capturing the red Gyarados, the red Gyarados had a bad temper towards people. It became worse after the machine forcing Pokémon to evolve got destroyed. Because of the increased rage, the Gyarados easily broke out of the prisons Team Rocket held it in. After Lance caught the red Gyarados, it calmed down. During the Advanced Generation series, the red Gyarados got along with people and worked with Ash's friends to help them out during the fight with Groudon and Kyogre.

Moves used

Lance Gyarados Hydro Pump.png
Using Hydro Pump
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Hyper Beam Rage of Innocence
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In Pokémon Generations

The red Gyarados in Pokémon Generations

The red Gyarados made two brief appearances in The Lake of Rage. It was first shown being battled by Lance and his Dragonite in a flashback, its appearance being what inspired Lance to investigate the Team Rocket HQ. Later, after Team Rocket's radio wave generator had been destroyed, Lance witnessed the red Gyarados calming down and diving back into the depths of the lake.

Moves used

Red Gyarados Dragon Rage PG.png
Using Dragon Rage
Move First Used In
Dragon Rage The Lake of Rage
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Red Gyarados in Pokémon Adventure
Main article: Silver's Gyarados

This red Gyarados was the leader of a group of Gyarados. When Team Rocket used the Goldenrod City Radio Tower to disturb Pokémon with their evolution-inducing waves, these Gyarados went crazy. At the end he was caught by Silver with Gold's aid. After a battle with the Masked Man where even his Hyper Beam attack was futile, this Gyarados was frozen and remained at the bottom of Lake of Rage until Lt. Surge discovered him. Gyarados was able to free himself and Lt. Surge acquired and returned him to Silver following a brief battle between the former Team Rocket triad and himself.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

The Red Gyarados in Jō's Big Adventure

Ariana and Petrel were responsible for the appearance of the red Gyarados, which went on a rampage in JBA4; attempted to stop it by battling it with his Totodile. When Gyarados got tired, Jō tried feeding it some Berries, but Gyarados was still angry. Later, when Jō and Lance were in a Double Battle against Ariana and Petrel, the red Gyarados returned to assist them. Jō fed it another berry and managed to win it over. It joined Jō's side and took over for Totodile. During the battle, it finished Ariana's Gloom off with Twister.

Moves used

Red Gyarados Twister JBA.png
Using Twister
Move First Used In
Twister Jō VS Team Rocket
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

The Red Gyarados in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The red Gyarados made an appearance in Stop That Strange Sonic Sound!!.

In the TCG

The red Gyarados has served as the basis for three cards in the TCG, each known by different names. The following is a list of cards based on the red Gyarados.

Red Gyarados
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Shining Gyarados Water Neo Revelation SuperRare Holo 65/64 Awakening Legends SuperRare Holo  
Gyarados Star δ Fire EX Holon Phantoms ShinyRare Holo 102/110 Holon Phantom ShinyRare Holo 008/052
Gyarados Water HeartGold & SoulSilver Rare Holo 123/123 L-P Promotional cards   004/L-P


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In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados
Chinese Cantonese 紅色暴鯉龍 Hùhngsīk Bouhléihlùhng
Mandarin 紅色暴鯉龍 / 红色暴鲤龙 Hóngsè Bàolǐlóng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Rode Gyarados
France Flag.png French Léviator Rouge
Germany Flag.png German Rotes Garados
Italy Flag.png Italian Gyarados Rosso
South Korea Flag.png Korean 빨간 갸라도스 Bbalgan Gyarados
Poland Flag.png Polish Czerwony Gyarados
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Gyarados Vermelho
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Gyarados Rojo
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Gyarados đỏ

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Magikarp and Gyarados.