Competitive Information for Gyarados [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon 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.
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MoxieMoxie: This Pokemon's Attack is raised by 1 stage if it attacks and KOes another Pokemon.


Evolutions / Family:
Magikarp
Gyarados
Gyarados-Mega

Weakness Chart for Water/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
  
  
4x
  
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
Grass
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 Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Gyarados in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

MagearnaKartanaVictiniKommo-oDiancie-MegaSerperiorVenusaur-MegaCelesteelaAlakazamVenusaurRhyperiorMetagross


Gyarados is a fabulous Water and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's pretty standard to find yourself dealing with Gyarados when battling in the 7th generation meta. Gyarados's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Rock.


Species: Gyarados
Item: Flyinium Z / Leftovers
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Bounce
- Waterfall
- Dragon Dance

Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Analytic)

Gyarados is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Gyarados last longer regaining it's it's HP every turn. With Moxie, Gyarados's attack is raised by 1 stage if it attacks and koes another pokemon.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Bounce is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Flying-type move (bounces turn 1. hits turn 2. 30% paralyze).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).




Species: Gyarados
Item: Waterium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Double-Edge / Return
- Outrage
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Intimidate)

Gyarados is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. 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.

Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a substantial amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Gyarados afterwards).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Gyarados
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Stone Edge
- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Earthquake

Gyarados Physical Sweeper (Neptune's Fury)

Gyarados is a notable Physical Sweeper. It's meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. 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 Moxie, Gyarados's attack is raised by 1 stage if it attacks and koes another pokemon.

Stone Edge is a physical 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




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 an awesome Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Moxie, Gyarados's attack is raised by 1 stage if it attacks and koes another pokemon. 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 physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).




Species: Gyarados
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Moxie
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Stone Edge / Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Bounce
- Waterfall

Gyarados Physical Sweeper (Gyradeath)

Gyarados is an extraordinary Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. 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 Moxie, Gyarados's attack is raised by 1 stage if it attacks and koes another pokemon. Awesome companion for a Rain Team. After just one Dragon Dance, Gyarados can pretty much outspeed the entire unboosted OU tier!

Stone Edge is a physical 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Dragon Dance is a status move (raises your Gyarados's attack and speed by 1 stage).
Bounce is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Flying-type move (bounces turn 1. hits turn 2. 30% paralyze).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Gyarados? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon 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 Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Gyarados in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

MagearnaKartanaVictiniKommo-oDiancie-MegaSerperiorVenusaur-MegaCelesteelaAlakazamVenusaurRhyperiorMetagross


Species: Gyarados
Item: Groundium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Aqua Tail / Waterfall
- Outrage
- Double-Edge

Doubles Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Intimidate)

Gyarados is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. 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; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Aqua Tail is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Water-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Outrage is a physical 120-base power Dragon-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Gyarados afterwards).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).



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
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Dragon Breath
60
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Dragon Pulse
85
100%
10
No additional effect.
Dragon Rage
--
100%
10
Deals 40 HP of damage to the target.
Fire Blast
110
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Flamethrower
90
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Hurricane
110
70%
10
30% chance to confuse target. Can't miss in rain.
Hydro Pump
110
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Incinerate
60
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry/Gem.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Scald
80
100%
15
30% chance to burn the target. Thaws target.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Zap Cannon
120
50%
5
100% chance to paralyze the target.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bounce
85
85%
5
Bounces turn 1. Hits turn 2. 30% paralyze.
Brutal Swing
60
100%
20
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Dragon Tail
60
90%
10
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage 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.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to freeze. 10% chance to flinch.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Outrage
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Rage
20
100%
20
Raises the user's Attack by 1 if hit during use.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Skull Bash
130
100%
10
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Celebrate
--
--
40
No competitive use.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
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.
Happy Hour
--
--
30
No competitive use.
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.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Splash
--
--
40
No competitive use.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Gyarados can perform in Sun/Moon. 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 SM Move and Ability Combos for Gyarados

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