Red Gyarados

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
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The red Gyarados in Pokémon Generations Shiny
Debuts in Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions
Caught in Johto-based games
Caught at Lake of Rage
Evolves in Prior to Johto-based games
Gender Either
Ability Intimidate (HeartGold and SoulSilver)
Moxie (3DS Virtual Console Transfer)
Current location With the player/
In the Lake of Rage
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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

In the core series

 
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. It, along with other Magikarp at the lake, were forced to evolve by Team Rocket's Radio broadcast. Afterwards, the Lake of Rage was considered a dangerous place to go, as the red Gyarados started tipping over boats and scaring swimmers. 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. The player accompanies their best friend to Lake Verity in the hopes of seeing a similar Pokémon. In Pokémon Platinum, this reference was removed, but a cameraman in the Battle Zone comments he filmed it, and claims it was "award winning".

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
 
Types:
Water Flying
Held item:
None
Gyarados Lv.30 
Thrash
Normal
Bite
Dark
Dragon Rage
Dragon
Leer
Normal
 
Types:
Water Flying
Ability:
Intimidate
Held item:
None
Gyarados/ Lv.30 
Bite
Dark Physical
Dragon Rage
Dragon Special
Leer
Normal Status
Twister
Dragon Special

Sprites

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

In events

Due to its popularity, there have also been event distributions and Wild Area News updates centered around the Shiny Gyarados and its unevolved counterpart, Magikarp. The following is a listing of them in chronological order.

Distributions

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
BWB2W2 Pokémon Center Nagoya Magikarp Japanese Japan 99  March 20 to May 6, 2013
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
SM Lunar Magikarp Japanese region Online 19  January 26 to February 6, 2017
SM Lunar Magikarp American region Online 19  January 26 to February 6, 2017
SM Lunar Magikarp PAL region Online 19  January 26 to February 6, 2017
SM Lunar Magikarp Taiwanese region Online 19  January 26 to February 6, 2017

Wild Area News

Start date End date Focus Pokémon Notes Source
Both games Sword Shield
December 31, 2019 January 4, 2020    Increased chance to be Shiny
A limited-time serial code, 0T0SH1DAMA, for 10 Dive Balls was also given.
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In the spin-off games

Because of its impact on the core series, red Gyarados have frequently appeared in special events and cameo appearances in spin-off games.

Pokémon Battrio

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Battrio, as the Special Pucks Gyarados (June 2010 Red Gyarados Cup) and Gyarados (Perfect Book).

Pokémon Duel

 
The red Gyarados mask in Pokémon Duel

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Duel, as a variant of the Gyarados figure. Shiny Gyarados was made available in version 5.0.4. This figure was available in Time Booster (Sparkle) during various Team Matches and also as a Special Login Bonus from October 1 to 16, 2018.

  
Shiny Gyarados

A red Gyarados mask was available to win for the top 3000 players in a Queen's Cup competition from June 20, 2019 to June 24, 2019.

Pokémon Ga-Olé

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Ga-Olé.

Disk No. Name Type Grade
P Gyarados (Promotional disks)   
 



Pokémon GO

Red Gyarados, along with Shiny Magikarp, were the first two Shiny Pokémon made available to the public in Pokémon GO. For the March 22, 2017 Pokémon GO Water Festival 2017, the red Gyarados was available to catch. The event ended on March 29, 2017.

The red Gyarados was once again made available to catch for the Lunar New Year 2020 event that occurred on January 24, 2020. The event ended on February 3, 2020.

Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 216 Base Attack: 237 Base Defense: 186
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Bite, Waterfall
Charged Attacks: Hydro Pump, Crunch, Outrage

Pokémon Masters EX

The red Gyarados and the events at the Lake of Rage are mentioned by Lance.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon WiiWare

 
The red Gyarados in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon WiiWare, where it can be obtained at Level 30 via Wonder Mail password.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, being one of the shiny Pokémon found in Mystery Dungeons.

Pokémon Tretta

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Tretta as pucks.

Tretta No. Name Type Class
P Gyarados (Promotional Tretta)  
P Gyarados (Promotional Tretta)  
 



Pokémon Rumble U

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Rumble U, where it appears as a password Pokémon for the US and Europe that has the Special Trait Gift.

Pokémon Move(s) Japan Europe US
  Shiny Gyarados Dragon Rage Thrash 94839985 --- ---

Pokémon Shuffle

The red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Shuffle, being one of the fifteen Shiny Pokémon in the game. It appeared in the Special Stage Pokémon Safari during its tenth release. The special stage lasted from June 21, 2016 to July 5, 2016 and again from June 20, 2017 to July 4, 2017. The red Gyarados also appears in the Competitive Stage move-limited events 3DS and mobile as a Mega Gyarados.

The red Gyarados is referenced in the Special Stage Great Challenge, where a Pikachu can be caught wearing a red Gyarados costume during the event Pikachu Appears. The event lasted from June 20, 2017 to July 4, 2017 and again from October 17, 2017 to October 24, 2017.

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.
Dex# NDex Icon Pokémon Type Level 1
Attack Power
Max
 
Initial
Skill
Alternate
Skill(s)
#478 #130   Gyarados
Shiny
Water 70 5 L-Boost N/A
#016 #025   Pikachu
Costume
Electric 50 5 L-Boost N/A
List # Pokémon Type Description/Notes Gauge Max  
478   Shiny Mega Gyarados Water Erases all Mega Gyarados in the puzzle area. 19 10
Special Stages
Tenth release
Pokémon Type Encounter rate HP Moves Catchability EXP Notes
Base Bonus
  Gyarados Water 2.85% 4,948 8 20% 2% 5 Shiny
Great Challenge
Event Pokémon Type HP Moves Catchability EXP Cost Availability Notes
Base Bonus
Pikachu Appears   Pikachu Electric 5,439 11 8% 4% 5 1 Heart June 20 to July 4, 2017
October 17 to 24, 2017
(Shiny Gyarados) Costume
Personalized Skill Boosters may drop if caught*
Move-limited events
3DS
Pokémon Type Prize/
Alternate
Moves Winning threshold EXP Availability
North America PAL region Japan
  Shiny Mega Gyarados Water Gyaradosite/
1 Level Up
7 10,400 7,400 40,000 0 June 27 to July 4, 2017 (Type-restricted*)
Mobile
Pokémon Type Prize/
Alternate
Moves Winning threshold EXP Availability
  Shiny Mega Gyarados Water Gyaradosite/
1 Level Up
7 80,000 0 June 27 to July 4, 2017 (Type-restricted*)

In the anime

 
Lance's Gyarados in the anime

In the main series

Main article: Lance's Gyarados

The red Gyarados debuted in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, where it was revealed to have been created by Team Rocket's Project R at Lake Rage as a forced evolution of a regular-colored Magikarp. By the end of the episode, Team Rocket managed to capture the red Gyarados and began transporting it to their headquarters for further studying. At the beginning of the next episode, however, it escaped and began rampaging around, threatening Mahogany Town. In the end, Lance battled and caught the red Gyarados. It has since then made further appearances under his ownership.

In Pokémon Generations

In The Lake of Rage, Lance and his Dragonite battled the red Gyarados in a flashback. Its appearance was 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

 
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

 
The Red Gyarados in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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

 
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 appeared in Stop That Strange Sonic Sound!!.


In the Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Lance's Gyarados

The red Gyarados appeared in JNM04, where it and Lance were defeated by Leon and his Charizard during the finals of the Pokémon World Championships.

In the TCG

The red Gyarados has served as the basis for many 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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Shining Gyarados   Neo Revelation   65/64 Awakening Legends    
Gyarados   δ   EX Holon Phantoms   102/110 Holon Phantom   008/052
Gyarados   HeartGold & SoulSilver   123/123 L-P Promotional cards   004/L-P
Gyarados   XY Black Star Promos   XY109      
Gyarados     BREAKpoint   26/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   018/080
BREAKpoint   114/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   081/080
BREAKpoint   123/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   089/080
XY Black Star Promos   XY106      
 Gyarados     BREAKpoint   27/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   019/080
BREAKpoint   115/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   082/080
Gyarados Spirit Link I BREAKpoint   101/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   075/080
 


Artwork

 
Artwork from
Twin Worlds

Pokemon Coins

The red Gyarados was released as a coin for the TCG.

  Initial release date Japanese N/A
International February 3, 2016
Korean N/A
Release information Japanese N/A
International Wave Slasher
Korean N/A
Description: Large-sized, Red Non Holofoil, Black-backed Coin featuring Mega Gyarados released within the Wave Slasher Theme Deck February 3, 2016
  Initial release date Japanese N/A
International May 2, 2016
Korean N/A
Release information Japanese N/A
International Wave Slasher
Korean N/A
Description: Large-sized, Red Confetti Holofoil, Black-backed Coin featuring Mega Gyarados released within later shipments of the Wave Slasher Theme Deck May 2, 2016

Pokemon Pins

The red Gyarados was released as a pin for the TCG.

 
Release Date February 17, 2016
Release Information BREAKpoint Pin Blisters
Description Pin featuring Mega Gyarados

Merchandise

XY9 accessories

The official release of the Rage of the Broken Heavens expansion also saw numerous card sleeves and deck boxes become available to purchase.

Deck case: The Mega Gyarados Deck Case (Japanese: デッキケース メガギャラドス) has the capacity to store up to 180 cards (or 90 cards in sleeves) and comes with 2 dividers for organization. The case itself features the focal Pokémon of the expansion—a Shiny Mega Gyarados, its roar parting the sea.

Accessory cases: Participating Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Card Gym venues gave away 1 of 2 exclusive accessory cases (Japanese: 小物ケース) at random to customers who purchased 2 Rage of the Broken Heavens booster boxes in a single transaction. One case features Shiny Mega Gyarados and the other features Espeon. The cases can be used to store TCG essentials such as damage counters, status counters, coins, and dice.

Sleeves: Each pack contains 32 card sleeves.

The Mega Gyarados Sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールド メガギャラドス Deck Shield: Mega Gyarados) feature the same 5ban Graphics illustration of Shiny Mega Gyarados as that used on Rage of the Broken Heavens booster packs and other products.

Product images:

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Rage of the Broken Heavens Aeon Limited Special Pack

Numerous items of merchandise were made available on January 1, 2016. One of these was the Rage of the Broken Heavens Aeon Limited Special Pack (Japanese: 「破天の怒り」イオン限定スペシャルパック), which was only available to purchase at AEON brand stores across the country. The pack contains 4 Rage of the Broken Heavens booster packs and a competition record book for players to document their activity during 2016.

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BREAKpoint Portfolios

Ultra Pro released a pair of portfolios for the BREAKpoint expansion in February 2016. The 4-pocket portfolio features the Greninja  and Luxray  artwork from the expansion's booster packs, while the 9-pocket portfolio features the booster artwork of Shiny Mega Gyarados and Mega Scizor.

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BREAKpoint Pin Blisters

Two different BREAKpoint Pin Blisters were released on February 17, 2016. They feature either Shiny Mega Gyarados or Mega Scizor. Each blister contains three BREAKpoint booster packs in addition to the pin.

Product images:

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Shiny Mega Gyarados Collection

The Shiny Mega Gyarados Collection was released on February 24, 2016. The collection contains four booster packs from recent expansions, a promotional Shiny Gyarados card, a figure of Shiny Mega Gyarados, and a TCGO code card. Like previous figure boxes, this product was not sold in Europe, being replaced by the Shiny Mega Gyarados Box.

Promotional card:

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Shiny Mega Gyarados Box

The Shiny Mega Gyarados Collection was replaced in Europe by the Shiny Mega Gyarados Box and was released on February 24, 2016. It features promotional Shiny cards of Gyarados and Magikarp, a Jumbo M Gyarados-EX card, three booster packs of recent expansions, and a code card for the TCGO.

Promotional cards:

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Triple Power Tins

Released on March 9, 2016, the Triple Power Tins feature alternate artwork reprints of three Generation I Pokémon: Machamp-EX from Ancient Origins, Mewtwo-EX from BREAKthrough and Gyarados-EX from BREAKpoint. Each tin also contains 4 booster packs from recent expansions, and a code card for the TCGO that unlocks a full 60-card deck.

Promotional cards:

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August 2016 accessories

The Pokémon Company International made a number of TCG accessories created in-house available for sale in August 2016. Products utilizing the same artwork were originally released in Japan alongside expansions: Mega Lucario from Rising Fist, Mega Gengar from Phantom Gate, both forms of Mega Mewtwo from Blue Shock and Red Flash, and Shiny Mega Gyarados from Rage of the Broken Heavens.

Deck boxes: Each deck box can hold a full 60-card deck and come with 2 dividers for card organization.

Shiny Mega Gyarados Deck Box

Playmats: Each neoprene single-player playmat provides a surface for people to play the TCG.

Shiny Mega Gyarados Playmat

Sleeves: Each pack contains 65 card sleeves.

Shiny Mega Gyarados Sleeves

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Turbo Colisão Boosters

The Turbo Colisão Booster packs were released along with the Theme Decks on April 8, 2016, featuring Greninja, Luxray, Mega Scizor, and Shiny Mega Gyarados. They were also available inside blisters.

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Latas Poder Triplo

Released on June 10, 2016, the Latas Poder Triplo (English: Triple Power Tins) feature alternate artwork reprints of three Generation I Pokémon: Machamp-EX from Origens Ancestrais, Mewtwo-EX from Turbo Revolução, and Shiny Gyarados-EX from Turbo Colisão. Each tin also contains 4 booster packs from recent expansions and a code card for the TCGO that unlocks a full 60-card deck.

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Trivia

 
Pokémon Center Hiroshima logo
  • A red Gyarados is featured on the logo of the Pokémon Center in Hiroshima.

In other languages

Language Title
  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
  Dutch Rode Gyarados
  Finnish Punainen Gyarados
  French Léviator Rouge
  German Rotes Garados
  Italian Gyarados Rosso
  Korean 빨간 갸라도스 Bbalgan Gyarados
  Polish Szkarłatny Gyarados*
Czerwony Gyarados*
  Brazilian Portuguese Gyarados Vermelho
  European Spanish Gyarados Rojo
  Vietnamese Gyarados đỏ


Related articles

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