130 Gyarados



  • Ranking Score:
  • Main moves:
    Waterfall, Aqua Tail*, Crunch
  • Type
  • Level:
  • Rank:
    Lvl 16.5 0/14/15CP 1499
  • Buddy Distance:
  • Charged Move Cost:
    10,000 Stardust
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More Detail Properties Introduction

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Registeel has the following traits and playstyles:
  • + Fast Move Pressure
    Deals heavy Fast Move damage. It can pressure switches and work around shields.
  • - Less Bulky
    Below average defensive stats and may struggle to take hits.
  • - Low Shield Pressure
    May struggle to draw shields because of its weaker or slower attacks.
  • - Volatile
    Susceptible to one or more double weaknesses.
Move stats include same type and Shadow attack bonuses.
Recommended Move:
*Event or Elite TM exclusive *Unobtainable via TM
No. Move Types Move Accuracy Power Damage Average Fast MoveCount Remark
1 Fast Waterfall 2.67 4.8 3 Heavy Damage
2 Fast Dragon Breath 3 4 1 Multipurpose
3 Fast Dragon Tail* 3 4.33 3 Multipurpose
4 Fast Bite 2 4 1 Heavy Damage
5 Charged Aqua Tail* 35 60 1.71 5 - 4 - 5 Spam/Bait
6 Charged Crunch 30% chance -1 Def opponent 45 70 1.56 6 - 6 - 5 Debuff
7 Charged Outrage 60 110 1.83 8 - 7 - 8 Coverage Nuke
8 Charged Twister 45 45 1 6 - 6 - 5 Coverage
9 Charged Hydro Pump 75 156 2.08 10 - 9 - 10 Nuke
10 Charged Dragon Pulse* 60 90 1.5 8 - 7 - 8 High Energy Coverage

Character Introduction


Gyarados is a Water & Flying Pokémon which evolves from Magikarp. It is vulnerable to Electric and Rock moves. Gyarados's strongest moveset is Waterfall & Hydro Pump and it has a Max CP of 3,391.


"When Magikarp evolves into Gyarados, its brain cells undergo a structural transformation. It is said that this transformation is to blame for this Pokémon's wildly violent nature."

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PVP Mode Explanatory Notes

PvP Moveset Explanation
Dragon Breath or Waterfall + Aqua Tail* and Crunch or Outrage

Dragon Breath is a blessing to virtually anything that has it, and Gyarados is definitely no exception. It sports DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 3 EPT (Energy Per Turn), which makes it Gyarados' objectively best quick move despite lacking stab. 

Aqua Tail (50 Power/35 Energy) is an incredibly cheap move that can provide frequent shield pressure. Hydro Pump (130 Power/75 Energy) can threaten KOs when not shielded, but its high energy cost makes it a less consistent option. Crunch (70 Power/45 Energy) provides good overall coverage, decent damage, and a reasonable energy cost, while Outrage (110 Power/60 Energy) is very powerful at a fair cost. This set provides Gyarados with a powerful catch-all playstyle that's hard to come into, and is likely to deal meaningful damage even to Gyarados' counters, while also allowing it to act on opposing dragons while not being hindered by a dragon weakness itself if packing Outrage.

You could also go for Bite, with 4 DPT and 2 EPT, making Gyarados an aggressive Dark attacker. It is worse against Giratina, however, and with it Gyarados becomes even slower. Waterfall is also not a bad move, and is better against Steel and Fairy Pokemon, but there are generally many superior Water-type attackers to choose from.

PvP Rating Explanation
Great League: 1.5 / 5

Gyarados is a great Pokemon, but the Great League's CP restrictions really limit it. It's possible to leverage its typing and good moveset against select counters, but it's probably better to level it up to a higher CP and use it in another league.

Ultra League: 4 / 5

Gyarados starts to shine in the Ultra League as the restrictions to its high CP begin to loosen. Here, Gyarados's single strongest niche has to be its ability to take down Giratina and wall Registeel. It can also remove the threats from Dragonite, Swampert, and Charizard. Gyarados' has access to great moves of Water, Dark, and Dragon type, all of which have very good coverage that is narrowly resisted when brought together.

Master League: 3.5 / 5

In the Master League, Gyarados has many strong niches by virtue of its sheer power and Water/Flying typing. The versatility of its moveset allows it to take out Metagross, Mewtwo (lacking Thunderbolt), Groudon, Swampert, and Machamp. it can also do extremely well against general threats such as Dragonite and both flavors of Giratina. While some movesets are considered objectively better than others in a neutral scenario, Gyarados' potential in regards to typing coverage makes it more unpredictable than most Pokemon in the tier. On top of that and despite its many fantastic qualities, Gyarados is also severely threatened by other big-names such as Melmetal, and pretty much anything sporting Electric coverage. Again, Gyarados is probably one of those Pokemon that you should save a shield for in order to maximize its effectiveness.

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