Talk:Gyarados (Pokémon)

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According to trivia Gyarados has been seen flying in the anime. What episode/movie was this? -- Nepse 04:11, 27.02.12 (UTC)

Why not part Dragon?

I think it's best to bring it up here, where the issue would be relevant, than elsewhere. We all know Gyarados is Water/Flying, and that Dragon was a type in Generation I. However, I read somewhere (I forget where exactly) that there were only 13 types in the original Red and Green, and that Ice and Dragon were added in Blue. Of course, I theorize that any Ice Pokémon were Water, since that's what they use in the TCG, and that any Dragon Pokémon were Normal. Since the Base Set came out only ten days after Blue was released in Japan, it would make some sense.

After all, look at how many Pokémon from Gen I are Ice only. None. There are several Water/Ice (which I think was because the type was added as an afterthought), and Articuno's the only one where missing the Ice-type would really matter (since there's NEVER a pure Flying-type). Heck, if Articuno was originally Water/Flying (which I suspect), both the beasts and birds would be the same types. The Dratini family were the only Dragon-types, so they could have used Normal instead.

But I do suppose that they wanted Gyarados to have at least something different from Magikarp in Red/Green (if the "Ice and Dragon came later" story is true), so they gave it the Flying-type as its secondary type, and just never changed it because it would alter a lot (and maybe because Kingdra was already in the works). As for why Magnemite and Magneton got Steel? Eh, they're magnet-based. If they didn't get the Steel-type when it was introduced people would be thinking "wow, that was dumb". And they needed to give Jasmine more than just Steelix. Sure, there'd be Skarmory, Forretress, and Scizor otherwise, but jeez. Two are Bug, and one of those is evolved from something Bugsy has, and Skarmory's known to have been a good choice for a long time; they can't make the Gyms too hard.

...yeah. So if the thing I read was correct, to trivia with that tidbit. If it wasn't, well... I dunno. TTEchidna 04:36, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

I always just figured it was because a Water/Dragon type would be too hard to beat with the sparse moves in Gen I. Dragon Rage was, like, the only Dragon move, and it only did 40 damage. So there'd be nothing super-effective against it. --DarkfireTaimatsu 05:24, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Calling BS on that Ice/Dragon thing since this is the first I've ever heard of it. Seem like something too significant to just be that unknown. edit: Also it would make link battles between Blue and Red/Green probably incompatible, sooo...--Porygon 08:46, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Hmm... yeah, never thought about that, since those types came with their own weaknesses which are different than Water's and Normal's. TTEchidna 03:30, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
How about Lorelia in Elite Four? If Ice was introduced in blue, what was she then? TheBlazikenMaster 19:14, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

I think Gyarados should evolve from Magikarp when its happiness is low. I know they didn't have Happiness then, but they could change it now... - unsigned comment from Kasumi-chan (talkcontribs)

I don't really like the idea. Magikarp is nearly impossible to train, due to the fact it sucks. Happiness would make it even harder to evolve. TheBlazikenMaster 20:53, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Nor do I, evolution increases a Pokémon's happiness. TESHIGIGAS 21:22, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

I think its inaccurate to say they never learn any Flying moves, I'm pretty sure I recall using my Gyarados for Fly in the original Red back in the day. Also, while the entire arguement is stupid because none of us had anything to do with actually making the game or Gyarados, it is my opinion that it is not Dragon type because it would be fairly unbalancing. Gyarados is an incredibly powerful Pokemon and has been in my main line up in every game, it is also very easy to get, get a Magikarp and level it up, on the other hand I recall spending quite alot of time trying to catch a Dratini in the Safari Zone, that was around level 15 as I recall, and then I had to level it up alot to even make it useful to me. Even a Dragonair's stat's are pitiful compared to a Gyarados, training up 40 levels just to make something useful to me when I could be training things already useful is annoying. Lowlandlord 11:49, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Also consider that there were very few Dragons in the original games, 3, all in the same family, Dratini, Dragonair and Dragonite. They obviously wanted to make them very rare and unique. Lowlandlord 12:43, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
You definitely didn't use Gyarados for Fly, short of gamesharking your original game... Gastly's mama 18:02, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

"Gyarados is one of eight non bug, flying-type pokémon that can't learn Fly."

It would be nice if that fact also included the other seven. TheBlazikenMaster 00:58, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Gyarados, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff, Gligar, Gliscor, Mantine and Mantyke (counting Shaymin's Sky Forme might add another one if it turns out it can't learn it, though it is likely it will be able to). Don't know if it's worth adding though, would have to be added to all the mentioned Pokémon, and might be unnecessary information.--Thembi 12:16, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

It's worth a try, if you want the golden Mudkip enough. Pikawitchu 15:18, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

When did Gyarados become a common pokemon?

After playing through the sinnoh generation games, I noticed that gyarados started to appear more often as the game went on. In fact, pretty much any trainer with a fishing rod had a gyarados on their team. There are 29 gyarados in the game owned by trainers as far as I counted including the routes, victory road, and gyms. In past games, gyarados was a power house (and still is), but you would only battle one when fighting the elite four or strong trainers on victory road. It just seems strange that one of the strongest Pokémon in the games became so common with trainers. Route 213 has a total of 5 gyarados you have to battle. What happened? Darkcloud1111 18:52, 2 August 2008 (UTC)Darkcloud1111

I could have sworn I have fought a fisherman or someone swimming in a water route that has a Gyarados in Ruby or Emerald. Yes, Gyarados is indeed strong, but don't forget that Magikarp is a very common Pokémon and will evolve at a low level (20 to be exact) so there is no surprise to be that several trainers have it. Besides, thunder can beat it easily. TheBlazikenMaster 19:25, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
i mean i know there were other trainers in the game with gyarados, but it just seems that in the diamond and pearl games, a lot more trainers have a gyarados in their party than in previous gamesDarkcloud1111 23:21, 2 August 2008 (UTC)Darkcloud1111
Well, Gyarados is still easy to defeat with thunder. Yeah, D/P is supposed to be harder than the previous games. In the hoenn games the trainers in Victory Road only had the first evolution in the Alakzam evolutionary line. But trainers actually had the evolved forms of all the Pokémon that evolve via trading without the aid of an item. TheBlazikenMaster 00:28, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Snorlax Sprite?

Why is there a Snorlax sprite with the Gyarados sprites? It should be removed - unsigned comment from Posidon09 (talkcontribs)

You're right it should be. TheBlazikenMaster 22:49, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
Fixed. Sign your comments on talk pages pls. - s.Combusken 22:45, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
I usually sign, don't understand why I forgot this time... TheBlazikenMaster 22:49, 12 August 2008 (UTC)


In the game, is there a SINGLE way to differentiate the male and female Gyarados? No, I don't think so. (Other than the male and female symbol) So what is the use of putting in the article "The female has white barbells"? FireHazard 01:53, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

It's the WHISKERS--KukiTalk 01:54, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

I think this guy does not own one of the Gen IV games, when female and male differences became apparent. Hellkaiserryo12 13:49, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

did I miss something

why does it say this In Generation II, it became the first and only shiny Pokémon to be integrated into a game's plot, along with being the only 100% certain shiny encounter becos in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 a pokemon was shiny. user:GoldsWigglytuff

That was written before MD2 was released. --FabuVinny |Talk Page| 21:06, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

The only shiny...

This article claims that in Generation II, Gyarados "became the first of only two shiny Pokémon to be integrated into a game's plot". What is the other? If it is referring to the news report at the start of DPPt, isn't that referring to the same Gyarados? I apologise if this is not what it is referring to, as I have not played Platinum or any non-main series games. If my theory is not the case, perhaps this page should link to or indicate what the other pokemon is. For example: "it became the first of only two shiny Pokémon to be integrated into a game's plot, the other is X"Gastly's mama 13:07, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Maybe it's another Gyarados... After all, the Gen 2 was in Johto and the Gen 4 was in Sinnoh. If it's another Pokémon then I agree that it should be linked.--Diby 13:24, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Shiny Celebi in Mystery Dungeon 2. The Dark Fiddler - Smarter than the average bear! 13:36, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Read the section right above this one. --FabuVinny |Talk Page| 14:20, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Haha, my bad, sorry. This page should probably say something like "the other one was Celebi in Mystery Dungeon 2" or words to that effect. Gastly's mama 15:39, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Gyarados ATK

Should we add that Gyarados has the Highest ATK Stat of all the Water Type Pokemon? Pokemon94 20:02, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

No it doesn't. Kingler does. Chocolate (Chat with Me) 20:04, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
Then Gyarados has the Second highest ATK Of all The Water type Pokemon only surpassed by Kingler Pokemon94 20:08, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
True, but that's really not too notable. Chocolate (Chat with Me) 20:10, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Has any body else noticed this?

I don't know how, but I was fishing in Fuchsia City hoping to catch a Psyduck when I encountered and caught a lv. 16 Gyarados (I swear to Arceus that I didn't cheat)! Is this normal? has anyone else found an under-aged Gyarados? Dolphins_are_awesome (and Vulpix are too)! 23:03, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

It's normal. 0° 23:10, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Red Gyarados in D/P

This page previously stated that the Red Gyarados in GSC was mentioned at the beginning of DP. This isn't necessarily true, however, because you can find Red Gyaradoses any time, it doesn't necessarily mean it was the same one from GSC. It is shiny after all, so it could have been found in Lake Verity for all we know. - unsigned comment from Edge578 (talkcontribs)

It's meant to be an assumption and connection to Gen II. ht14 17:15, 4 September 2009 (UTC)


In the trivia, someone noted that Gyarados was probably going to be Water/Dragon typed. This, however, is likely speculation.--Greenギャラドス 03:33, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

This has been discussed on the first section at the top of the page. Poisson14 03:34, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
It's been discussed, but that doesn't mean it was proven. Besides, why would they care that Gyarados wouldn't have any weaknesses? They already made two Pokémon that lack weaknesses. --ケンジガール 03:48, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

unconfirmed (?)

The Lake of Rage is a known nesting area for a red Gyarados, something that researchers believe happen when a Magikarp is forced to evolve, having no time to change its scale color from red to blue.

Is that true? --GEN1KING 20:34, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Yes? What's the problem? -Sketch 20:36, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
It's just that that is only in the anime, in the games it most likely was just a normal shiny Gyarados, or something of the sort. Unown Lord explains it pretty well. --GEN1KING 07:44, 1 March 2010 (UTC)
Actually, in the games, it isn't just a shiny pokemon. It says that radio waves forced them to evolve so fast that they had red scales in the crystal version. Mikkim 07:17, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

Parenting Fish-Beast

In the episode Houndoom's special delivery Ash, Brock, and Misty ran into a Gyarados. Brock said that the Gyaradose looked small and suggested that its parents may be swimming neer by. This sugests that Gyarados take care of their young or at the very least meet up with their offspring later in life. should this be added to the behavior section? EpicShadow 23:38, 8 September 2010 (UTC)

3rd Gen back sprites

In FireRed and LeafGreen Gyarado's back sprite is different than the R/S/E one. Too bad I don't have a way of uploading the sprite to prove it. Shiramu Kuromu 00:34, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

There's proof here.Minimiscience 00:40, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

FRLG Sprites

Has any one else noticed that the first segment behind G's head is reversed and that the fins on Segments 2 and 3 are different depending on what side you are viewing Truthseeker4449 16:42, 12 July 2011 (UTC)


Gyarados looks sorta like the creature from the black lagoon. Or whatev. -- Pringles 00:10, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

Dunno what that guy is talking about, but I do have something to say about Gyarados' origin. In the part where it says that its Flying Type may be a reference to the karp kites, wouldn't it make more sense to say that it's a reference to Chinese dragon kites? They totally look like Gyarados. They have the constantly open mouth, the horn like things at the top, and they even move alike. Just saying. --Baroque (talk) 10:39, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

Gyrados was dragon instead of flying in beta

this should really be in the trivia, Gyrados was origonally intended to be a dragon type rather than a flying type but due to its typing and the only gen I dragon type move being a set damage move gyrados woukd have had no weakness so they changed it to a flying type - unsigned comment from Piexd (talkcontribs)

Do you have any proof of that claim? And sign your comments with four tildes. Ataro (talk) 22:15, 31 August 2012 (UTC)
It's unlikely that Gyarados was "originally" intended to be a Dragon-type, since Dragon type seems to have been a late addition to the original Pokémon games. Heck, Gyarados might have even been programmed into the game (as a Water/Flying-type) before the Dragon type itself. If you look at how the type chart in Red/Green/Blue is programmed (using a hex editor and one of the ROMs), every weakness/resistance related to the Dragon type is crammed in at the very end. Fire/Water/Electric/Grass being not very effective vs. Dragon and Ice/Dragon being super effective are the very last entries in the type weakness/resistance data section, rather than being programmed in earlier (such as in the section where they have every Fire weak/resist listed, then every Water, and so on.)
You'll probably never get an official statement saying "Dragon was a last-minute addition" (though I could be wrong, they have admitted that Mew was basically stuck into the first empty Pokémon data slot at the last second before release! XD), but the evidence for it is right there in the game. That's probably why Gyarados was never Water/Dragon, more so than "it wouldn't have any weaknesses." I mean, Psychic-types essentially had no weaknesses in the 1st-gen games due to how weak Bug attacks were back then, and if the Ghost-types weren't part-Poison they would only take "super effective" damage from Lick of all things. --FnrrfYgmSchnish (talk) 23:02, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

XY Locations

Not sure if it wasn't known before, but I've fished up 3 Gyarados on Route 22 using a Super Rod. Can someone confirm? DragonLordZero (talk) 19:26, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Kalos Route 22 Bulbapedia article confirms this. --NOBODY (talk) 22:03, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Shinny Mega Gyarados' barbels

Is it worth noting that no matter the gender, a normal Mega Gyarados' barbels are white, while a Shinny one's are red like its body? Yamitora1 (talk) 05:14, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

"Because of its Mega Evolution, Gyarados is the only Dark-type Generation I Pokémon." No longer true.

According to the trailer, Meowth's Alolan forme is also Dark type. Unowninator (talk) 15:43, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Dennou Zenshi. Unowninator (talk) 16:48, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

I Choose You!

Two characters can do different things in different timelines yet still be the same character. Claims of “no evidence” that the Gyarados in the lake is not the same one as in the first episode is baseless itself. By my opposition’s logic, the demolition crew and the construction crew in “Celebi and Joy” are completely separate characters--KnightGalarie (talk) 22:22, 12 June 2020 (UTC)

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