Competitive Information for Gyarados [Sword/Shield]

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


Evolutions / Family:
Magikarp
Gyarados

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 Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Gyarados in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

TogekissIncineroarExcadrillNinetales-AlolaGothitelleRotom-WashRaichuRotom-MowSnorlaxDuraludon


Gyarados is pretty popular Water and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's a pretty standard sight to see Gyarados out in the 8th generation battlefield. Gyarados's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Rock.


Species: Gyarados
Item: Lum Berry / Life Orb
Ability: Intimidate
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Power Whip
- Bounce
- Waterfall
- Taunt

Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Popular/Trending)

Gyarados is a sensational Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts 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.

Power Whip is a physical 120-base power Grass-type move that deals a notable amount of damage.
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).
Taunt is a status move (target can't use status moves its next 3 turns).




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

Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Intimidate)

Gyarados is a notable Physical Sweeper. It attempts 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 mighty 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).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).




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 spectacular Physical Sweeper. It is 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 a sensational Physical Sweeper. It's designed 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 a notable Physical Sweeper. It's goal is 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 Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Gyarados in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

ExcadrillAegislashGrimmsnarlBisharpZeraoraKommo-oTerrakionHattereneMewMimikyuIncineroarHawlucha


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

Doubles Physical Sweeper Gyarados (Intimidate)

Gyarados is an astounding Physical Sweeper. It was 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 great 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).
Brutal Swing is a physical 60-base power Dark-type move (no additional effect. hits adjacent pokemon).



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.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Dragon Pulse
85
100%
10
No additional effect.
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.
Muddy Water
90
85%
10
30% chance to lower the foe(s) accuracy by 1.
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.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
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.
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.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
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.
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.
Power Whip
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Splash
--
--
40
No competitive use.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Gyarados can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Gyarados

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