Competitive Information for Gyarados [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Gyarados gyarados
Base Stats for Gyarados

Water / Flying

Abilities:
IntimidateIntimidate: On switch-in, this Pokemon lowers the Attack of adjacent opponents by 1 stage.


Evolutions / Family:
Magikarp
Gyarados

Weakness Chart for Water/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
4x
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
  
  
  
  
2x
0.5x
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Gyarados? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Ruby/Sapphire Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Common team mates for Gyarados in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

MagnetonCelebiMetagrossSnorlaxDonphanMarowakNinjaskHeracrossSlakingVaporeonSteelix


Gyarados is a decent Water and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's a normal sight to see Gyarados out in the 3rd generation battlefield. Gyarados's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Rock.


Species: Gyarados
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 248 Hp / 60 Def / 188 SpD / 12 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge
- Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Rest

Double Wall Gyarados (Analytic)

Gyarados is a stupendous Double Wall. It's goal is to have enough defenses and bulk to take both physical and special hits. In the dark days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Gyarados last longer regaining it's health every turn. With Intimidate, on switch-in Gyarados lowers the attack of adjacent opponents by 1 stage.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).
Rest is a status move (Gyarados sleeps 2 turns and restores hp and status).




Species: Gyarados
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Return
- Earthquake
- Rock Smash
- Dragon Dance

Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Intimidate)

Gyarados is a decent Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Life Orb boosts the power of Gyarados's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Intimidate, on switch-in Gyarados lowers the attack of adjacent opponents by 1 stage.

Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Rock Smash is a physical 20-base power Fighting-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).




Species: Gyarados
Item: Water Gem
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 144 Hp / 108 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Dragon Dance
- Substitute
- Waterfall
- Earthquake

Gyarados Physical Sweeper (Sub Moxiedos)

Gyarados is a decent Physical Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Bulky enough to set up sub with the natural strength to activate Moxie and pick up momentum easily. However, if you guarantee the initial Moxie boost, go for Water Gem.

Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).
Substitute is a status move (Gyarados takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).
Waterfall is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move that deals a considerable amount of damage.
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Gyarados? These builds have been optimized for Ruby/Sapphire Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Common team mates for Gyarados in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

MagnetonCelebiMetagrossSnorlaxDonphanMarowakNinjaskHeracrossSlakingVaporeonSteelix


Species: Gyarados
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Double-Edge / Return
- Rock Smash
- Dragon Dance

Doubles Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Intimidate)

Gyarados is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the old days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Life Orb boosts the power of Gyarados's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Intimidate, on switch-in Gyarados lowers the attack of adjacent opponents by 1 stage.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Rock Smash is a physical 20-base power Fighting-type move (50% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Gyarados learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s).
Dive
60
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Dragon Rage
--
100%
10
Deals 40 HP of damage to the target.
Fire Blast
120
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
95
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits foes. Power doubles against Dive.
Thunder
120
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
95
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Thrash
90
100%
20
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Dragon Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Speed by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Splash
--
--
40
No competitive use.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Taunt
--
100%
20
For 2 turns, the target can't use status moves.
Thunder Wave
--
100%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Gyarados can perform in Ruby/Sapphire. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive RS Move and Ability Combos for Gyarados

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