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Gyarados Guide: Best Builds and Moveset

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The best guide on how to play Gyarados in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for Gyarados best build, its price, cost, and role, Held and Battle items, moveset and skills, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

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Gyarados Latest Nerfs & Buffs (4/16)

Version 1.14.1.5 Patch Notes

Gyarados Move Changes (April 16)
Waterfall Image
Waterfall
• Time needed for this move to activate shortened from 0.3s to 0.07s.
Aqua Tail Image
Aqua Tail
• Distance moved forward when swinging the tail decreased from 1m to 0.5m
Bounce Image
Bounce
• Opposing Pokemon hit by this move are now thrown.
• Move icon adjusted.

Rattled

1.14.1.2 Effort gauge fill-up strength via attacks and moves increased by 50%.

Bounce

1.14.1.5 Opposing Pokemon hit by this move are now thrown. Move icon adjusted.

Flail

1.14.1.2 Damage when HP is 1/3 or less increased by 100%.

Waterfall

1.14.1.2 Damage increased by 40%. Cooldown reduced from 8s to 6s (-2s). Waterfall +: Cooldown reduced from 7s to 5s (-2s).
1.14.1.5 Time needed for this move to activate shortened from 0.3s to 0.07s.

Aqua Tail

1.14.1.2 Cooldown reduced from 8s to 5s (-3s).
1.14.1.5 Distance moved forward when swinging the tail decreased from 1m to 0.5m.

Dragon Current

1.14.1.2 Cooldown reduced by about 11%.

Gyarados Basic Info

Gyarados
Gyarados.jpg
Tier Rating: A Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cost:
"Unleash the power of the seas with this raging All-Rounder"

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Gyarados Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
5 Stars.png
1 Star.png
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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Gyarados Price and Cost

Pokemon UNITE - Gyarados Price and Cost.png

Pokemon UNITE - Gyarados Unite LicenseUNITE License: Gyarados
Aeos Coin Icon 13,000
Aeos Gems 575

As of February 1, 2024, Gyarados is now purchasable for 13,000 Aeos Coins or 575 Aeos Gems! This comes one week after Gyarados was first released and was only available to purchase with Aeos Gems.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Gets both moveset once evolved
✔︎ Strong area moves
✔︎ Has good mobility
✔︎ Unite Move grants invincibility
✔︎ Ability (Moxie) grants cooldown reduction
✖︎ Extremely frail while still Magikarp
✖︎ Splash move is pratically useless
✖︎ Susciptible to disables

Best Builds for Gyarados

Gyarados Builds
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Dragon Breath Build

Dragon Breath Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +30
Critical-Hit Rate: +6%
Critical-Hit Damage: +12%
Attack Speed: +7.50%
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Dragon Breath Build Explanation

This build is centered on diving opponents with Waterfall or Bounce, then utilizing the attack-based mechanics of Dragon Breath to beat them down with attacks.

  • Muscle Band improves Gyarados' attacks through increased damage and attack speed, which works particularly well with Dragon Breath's buff.
  • Scope Lens increases Gyarados' critical-hit rate and damage, making its attacks deadlier, especially when it has Dragon Breath's buff.
  • Weakness Policy increases Gyarados' HP and attack stats, and it works well with Flail's HP-based damage in the early game.
  • Razor Claw can be a replacement for Scope Lens, giving more standard attack and Dragon Breath damage in exchange for critical-hits.
  • Full Heal gives Gyarados protection from disables while attacking targets after using Dragon Breath.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Gyarados' offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Dragon Breath Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Dragon Breath
(@ Lvl 15)
Standard Attack
(@ Lvl 15)
Critical-Hit
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
(Incldues effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2422 953
2061

Since the build is centered on utilizing the attack buff from Dragon Breath, equipping items that will maximize Gyarados' attack damage is the ideal item combination.

Out of all the item combinations, Muscle Band, Scope Lens, and Weakness Policy will be the best for the build. The item combination is well balanced and suits Gyarados' needs for the build.

As for alternatives, replacing Scope Lens with Razor Claw would be the best choice. The item combination did better in Dragon Breath's damage and Gyarados' Standard Attack damage but sacrifices critical-hit damage. Even without Razor Claw's bonus effect, the item combination's Standard Attack still did better than the recommended build.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(Level 30)
Dragon Breath
(@ Lvl 15)
Standard Attack
(@ Lvl 15)
Critical-Hit
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Scope Lens
2256 1175
2165
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2493 1310
1930
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2467 1295
1905
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
(Incldues effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2453 965
2095
Muscle Band
+
Scope Lens
(Incldues effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2422 953
2061
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2687 1054
1748
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Scope Lens
(Incldues effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
2453 927
2057
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Scope Lens
(Incldues effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2422 909
2017
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2687 1061
1755
Scope Lens
+
Attack Weight
(6 Stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 Stacks)
2643 677
1942

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Aqua Tail Build

Aqua Tail Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +48
Attack Speed: +7.50%
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Aqua Tail Build Explanation

This build is centered on diving opponents with Bounce or Waterfall, then knocking them out using Aqua Tail.

  • Muscle Band improves Gyarados' attacks through increased damage and attack speed.
  • Attack Weight gives Gyarados a large Attack stat increase, improving its overall damage output, particularly Aqua Tail.
  • Weakness Policy increases Gyarados' HP and attack stats, and it works well with Flail's HP-based damage in the early game.
  • Full Heal gives Gyarados protection from disables while using Aqua Tail.
  • The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Brown Emblems for more damage and 6 White Emblems additional HP. This can be achieved by having at least two (2) Emblems that are both Brown and White.
  • Equip Emblems that improve Attack or HP to balance out Gyarados' offense and defense.
  • Sp. Atk., Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Aqua Tail Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Aqua Tail
(Per Hit)
(@ Lvl 15)
Aqua Tail
(Second Attack)
(Full Charge)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1874 4516

Since the build is centered on Aqua Tail, equipping items that will maximize its damage is the ideal item combination.

As the results show, Muscle Band, Attack Weight, and Weakness Policy will yield the best results for the build. Although replacing Muscle Band with Razor Claw will generate the same results, Muscle Band will be more benefitial for the Pokemon in the long run, especially while it's still Magikarp.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode. The results are taken from the Total Damage data.

Note:
The numbers in bold are the highest result for a specific test.
Items
(Level 30)
Aqua Tail
(Per Hit)
(@ Lvl 15)
Aqua Tail
(Second Attack)
(Full Charge)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
1736 4184
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1717 4141
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1874 4516
Razor Claw
(Incldues effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
1874 4516

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Gyarados Best Items and Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Attack Weight.pngAttack Weight Attack Weight gives Gyarados a large Attack stat boost, increasing its overall damage output.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band improves Gyarados' durability and survivability, especially while it's still Magikarp.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens makes Gyarados' attacks deadlier through increased critical-hit rate and damage, which works nicely with Dragon Breath's buff.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band improves Gyarados' attacks through increased damage and attack speed, which works well with Dragon Breath's buff.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw gives Gyarados' attacks some burst potential while slightly increasing its critical-hit rate. Its a nice item as a follow up to Dragon Breath.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Weakness Policy provides Gyarados offense via an Attack boost and defense through an HP boost. It also works well with Flail's HP-based damage.
Rapid-Fire Scarf.pngRapid-Fire Scarf Rapid-Fire Scarf provides Gyarados with a massive attack speed boost that when paired with Dragon Breath's buff makes the Pokemon extremely potent in brawling.

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Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Full Heal.pngFull Heal Full Heal is particularly useful when Gyarados is using Aqua Tail, allowing it to purge status effects and protect itself from stuns.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives Gyarados a versatile mobility tool, which can also be activated while using Waterfall.
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed improves Gyarados' overall mobility through increased movement speed.

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Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Dragon Breath ImageDragon Breath Dragon Breath gives Gyarados a decent damage and disabling tool that can also buff the Pokemon's attacks, allowing it to utilize its attacks more often during fights.
Waterfall ImageWaterfall Waterfall is a great multi-functional move that gives Gyarados some versatility during fights.

This moveset gives Gyarados a more balanced kit and is easier to execute. Although Aqua Tail deals more damage in total, Dragon Breath is easier to use compared to Aqua Tail since Aqua Tail requires channeling, which can be easily interrupted. Waterfall gives Gyarados more mobility compared to Bounce since it allows the Pokemon to change direction for each charge.

Which Moveset Do you Think is Best for Gyarados?

Dragon Breath & Waterfall 202
Votes
Dragon Breath & Bounce 92
Votes
Aqua Tail & Waterfall 39
Votes
Aqua Tail & Bounce 24
Votes

Let us know why in the comments!

How to Play Gyarados

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Fill Up the Effort Gauge As Fast As Possible

Gyarados has a unique evolution mechanic. Unlike other Pokemon, Gyarados' evolution isn't necessarily based on level. It can evolve if it fills up its effort gauge fast enough. Moreover, its primary moveset will only be available once Magikarp evolves into Gyarados. However, reaching level 7 forces Magikarp to evolve into Gyarados.

That being said, the first and most important objective when playing Gyarados is filling up the effort gauge to evolve. Below are the many ways to fill up the gauge.

Note:
It's still best to evolve by filling up the effort gauge than waiting until level 7. The earlier Magikarp evolves into Gyarados the better it will be for the Pokemon and its team.

Perform Attacks

One way to fill up the effort gauge is to perform attacks. Magikarp doesn't even need to hit targets to fill up the gauge and can simply perform attacks in place, however, attacking targets fills the gauge faster.

Keep Using Flail and Splash

Another way of filling up the effort gauge is by using Flail or Splash, which is Magikarp's moveset before evolving. Much like attacking, the moves don't need to hit targets to fill up the gauge and only adds a small amount. However, if the moves do hit targets, it fills up the gauge more, particularly Flail.

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Pokemon UNITE - Flail (Gyarados) Icon.pngFlail Pokemon UNITE - Splash (Gyarados) Icon.pngSplash

Score Points

Scoring points is another way of filling up the effort gauge but is more effective than attacking and using Flail or Splash. That said, it's best to find ways to safely score points to quickly fill up the gauge.

Note:
The more points scored, the more the gauge is filled up.

Scoring Guide: How and When to Score Goals

Knock Out Opponents or Get an Assist

Knocking out opponents is the fastest way to fill up the effort gauge but can be difficult to accomplish given Magikarp's lack of damage. Fortunately, getting an assist can also fill up the gauge, although not as much as knocking out opponents.

The best weapon Magikarp has to knock out opponents is Flail. The move deals more damage the lower Magikarp's HP is, allowing the Pokemon to turn its vulnerability into offense.

Note:
Knocking out wild Pokemon will not fill up the effort gauge.

Take the Jungle

Taking the jungle allows Magikarp to quickly and safely fill up its effort gauge since it can continuously attack and use its moves while clearing the camps.

Lane with a Pokemon with a Strong Early Game

When laning, it's best to pair up with a Pokemon that is strong from the start or has an early power spike. These Pokemon can prevent the opponents from simply taking over the lane by matching their aggression, alleviating some pressure from Gyarados while it's still Magikarp and giving it space to fill up its effort gauge safely.

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Take Advantage of Moxie's Effects

Gyarados can take advantage of Moxie's cooldown reduction by participating more in fights either by knocking out opponents or getting an assist. Doing so can give Gyarados' team some advantage during fights since the Pokemon can use its moves more often than opponents.

Moxie: Gyarados Passive Effect and Cooldown

Set Up Dragon Breath with Waterfall or Bounce

Once Magikarp evolves into Gyarados, it can now learn its primary moveset. Whichever moveset Gyarados learns, it's best to always use Waterfall or Bounce first before Dragon Breath. This is especially true when Gyarados learns Dragon Breath since the move buffs the Pokemon's attacks when it hits opponents, which is an indication that the move should be used last to allow Gyarados to utilize the buff.

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Pokemon UNITE - Waterfall (Gyarados) Icon.pngWaterfall Pokemon UNITE - Bounce (Gyarados) Icon.pngBounce

Dragon Breath: Gyarados Move Effect and Cooldown

Watch Out for Disables when Using Aqua Tail

Since Aqua Tail is a channeling move and doesn't make Gyarados immune to stuns, the move can be easily interrupted by disabling moves while Gyarados is casting it. Always watch out for Pokemon with disabling moves while using Aqua Tail as opponents can simply take advantage of the move's mechanic.

Alternatively, Gyarados can equip and use Full Heal to give itself some protection during Aqua Tail.

Aqua Tail: Gyarados Move Effect and Cooldown

Initiate Fights with Dragon Current

Dragon Current is a great way to start fights and give Gyarados' team a nice advantage to win it. Since Gyarados gains invincibility while it's submerged during Dragon Current, it can easily and safely get close to opponents and set up for its allies.

For the best results, wait until the third bar is filled up before resurfacing. Doing so creates a large waterspout on Gyarados' position that knocks up opponents and deals a ton of damage.

Note:
Walls on the map or created by opponents can block Gyarados' movement during Dragon Current, so it's best to go around them.

Dragon Current: Gyarados Move Effect and Cooldown

Use Dragon Current During Lapras Express

One neat trick Gyarados can do is to use Dragon Current while it's riding on Lapras Express. To pull this off, Gyarados needs to time Dragon Current so it's fully charged when Lapras ends the move or collides with an opponent, which will deal a ton of damage combined.

Note:
It's best to perform this trick with a friend for better coordination.

Lapras Express: Lapras UNITE Move Effect and Cooldown

Gyarados Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level 1 to 7

  • Focus on securing wild Pokemon, scoring points, and knocking out or assisting in knocking out opponents to fill up the Effort gauge and evolve into Gyarados with the help of Flail and Splash.
  • Alternatively, just focus on reaching level 7 to force Magikarp to evolve into Gyarados.
  • Once evolved, learn either Dragon Breath or Aqua Tail, and Waterfall or Bounce, and start to get aggressive..
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents to level up.
  • Help your allies secure Regieleki and/or Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.

Level 8+

  • Once at level 9, learn Dragon Current to get all moves.
  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 12 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Gyarados Combos

Main Combos

These are the combos when Magikarp finally evolves into Gyarados.

Slithering / Diving Assault Combo

Slithering Assault Combo
Waterfall Icon (x3) ► Dragon Breath IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Waterfall (x3) ► Dragon BreathStandard Attack ~
Start by approaching a target using Waterfall, making sure that all three charges hit. After Waterfall, quickly follow up with Dragon Breath, then utilize the attack buff from the move by attacking the target until it gets knocked out or when the buff expires.
Bounce can also be used to initiate the combo instead of Waterfall. Just make sure to hit the target with the move.

Wild Waters Combo

Wild Waters Combo
Aqua Tail Icon ~ ► Bounce IconAqua Tail Icon (Second attack)

Aqua Tail ~ ► BounceAqua Tail (Second attack)
Initiate the combo by channeling Aqua Tail and hitting opponents at least three (3) times. Once Auqa Tail's second attack becomes available, charge up Bounce and aim for the target. Then, immediately upon landing, charge up Aqua Tail's second attack and finish off the target.

Raging Current Combo

Raging Current Combo
Dragon Current IconDragon Breath IconStandard Attack Icon ~

Dragon CurrentDragon BreathStandard Attack ~
Start by approaching the target using Dragon Current, then resurfacing once close to it, but be sure to charge the move to the max to maximize the damage and effect. Upon resurfacing, quickly follow up with Dragon Breath, then utilize the attack buff from the move by attacking the target until it gets knocked out or when the buff expires.

Matchups & Counters for Gyarados

Gyarados Matchups

Hard Counter
Alolan NinetalesBlastoiseBuzzwoleCrustleMamoswineMr. MimeSlowbroSnorlaxTrevenantUmbreonWigglytuffZacian
Fair Matchup
AbsolAegislashAzumarillBlazikenCharizardCinderaceDodrioDragapultDragoniteEspeonGarchompGengarGoodraGreedentGreninjaInteleonLaprasLeafeonLucarioMachampMega Mewtwo XMega Mewtwo YMeowscaradaMetagrossMewMimikyuMiraidonScizorSylveonTalonflameTsareenaTyranitarUrshifuVenusaurZeraoraZoroark
Good Matchup
BlisseyChandelureClefableComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDuraludonEldegossGardevoirGlaceonHoopaPikachuSableye
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Gyarados.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Best Counters

Pokemon that have a lot of disabling moves can disrupt Gyarados' assault completely during fights.

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★★
• Can disrupt Gyarados' attacks with Surf, Telekinesis, and Slowbeam.
• Is durable enough to tank Gyarados' damage.
Zacian ImageZacian Rating: ★★★★★
• Can overpower and disable Gyarados with Sacred Sword and attacks.
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Rating: ★★★★
• Can disrupt Gyarados' attacks and deal considerable damage using the Blizzard and Avalanche combo.

Even Matchups

Utilizing all the effects from Gyarados' moves can help it gain the upper hand against these Pokemon.

Head Straight for them Using Dragon Current

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Cinderace Image Dragapult Image Espeon Image Greninja Image Inteleon Image Mega Mewtwo Y Image Mew Image Miraidon Image Sylveon Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting and have means to do so. They also have high damage potential that can knock out Gyarados quickly. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Gyarados fast once it gets close.
• Use Dragon Current to get close to them, then resurface once the gauge is full to throw them and deal a lot of damage.
• When using Dragon Breath, utilize the move's attack buffs to beat them down after resurfacing from Dragon Current.
• When using Aqua Tail, make sure to hit them at least three (3) times before using the move's second attack to finish them off.
• Should they manage to flee, use Waterfall or Bounce to chase them.

Utilize the Effects of Bounce or Waterfall

All-Rounders
Aegislash Image Blaziken Image Charizard Image Dragonite Image Garchomp Image Lucario Image Machamp Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Mimikyu Image Scizor Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image Urshifu Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. They are also durable enough to tank Gyarados' damage. However, they have little to no stuns to disrupt Gyarados' assault.
• Use Bounce or Waterfall to generate a shield and absorb some of their damage while fighting.
• When using Dragon Breath, utilize the move's attack buff to effectively trade blows with them.
• When using Aqua Tail, be sure to use it after they use their disabling move to prevent them from interrupting Gyarados while channeling.
• Should things get messy, use Dragon Current to reset the fight, then resurface once the gauge is full to win the fight.

Use Dragon Current when they Approach

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Dodrio Image Gengar Image Leafeon Image Meowscarada Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image Zoroark Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, they become vulnerable when they miss their burst damage attempt.
• Use Dragon Current when they're approaching, then resurface when they get close to throw them and deal a high amount of damage.
• Be sure to follow up with Dragon Breath or Aqua Tail upon resurfacing to finish them off.
• If they try to flee, use Bounce or Waterfall to chase them.

Group Up with Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Goodra Image Greedent Image Lapras Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are extremely durable, making it a tedious task for Gyarados to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Gyarados.
• Use Bounce or Waterfall to stay on top of them.
• When using Dragon Breath, utilize the move's attack buff to effectively trade blows with them.
• When using Aqua Tail, be sure to use it after they use their disabling move to prevent them from interrupting Gyarados while channeling.

Easy Matchups

Easy matchups are Pokemon that can easily fall to Gayrados' moves and attacks and have little to no means of avoiding them.

Head Straight for them Using Dragon Current

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Chandelure Image Cramorant Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Duraludon Image Gardevoir Image Glaceon Image Pikachu Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting and have means to do so. They also have high damage potential that can knock out Gyarados quickly. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Gyarados fast.
• Head straight for them using Dragon Current and burst them down with Dragon Breath and attacks or Aqua Tail.
• If Dragon Current is unavailable, use Bounce or Waterfall instead when approaching them.

Utilize Their Numbers

Supporters
Blissey Image Clefable Image Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Gyarados, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• Take advantage of them being in close proximity to each other by using Dragon Breath and utilizing the move's attack buff to beat them down with attacks.
• Alternatively, Gyarados can use Dragon Current to approach them and their ally/allies and turn their numbers against them, resurfacing when the gauge is full and throwing them while dealing a large amount of damage.

Best Teammates for Gyarados

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Slowbro ImageSlowbro Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Pokemon with Strong Disables
Strong disabling moves like Sing and Slowbeam makes it easier for Gyarados to hit opponents with its moves.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Trevenant ImageTrevenant Defenders with Crowd Control
Defenders with a lot of crowd control moves can take attention away from Gyarados and help the Pokemon set up its moves as it fights in the frontlines.
Zacian ImageZacian Absol ImageAbsol Umbreon ImageUmbreon Pokemon with Strong Early Game
Pokemon with strong early game or has an early power spike can ensure that the lane won't easily be taken over by opponents since they can defend goal zones and also get aggressive against the opponents. This makes room for Gyarados to fill up its effort gauge safely without losing the lane entirely.
Blissey ImageBlissey Comfey ImageComfey Clefable ImageClefable Pokemon with Strong Supportive Moves
Defensive or offensive support moves improve Gyarados' efficiency during fights. Moves like Floral Healing, Soft-Boiled, and Moonlight ensures Gyarados' survival in the frontlines. On the other hand, moves like Magical Leaf and Egg Bomb provide some disable to help Gyarados set up its moves. Moreover, they can alleviate some pressure from Gyarados' early game while it's still Magikarp.

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Gyarados Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Flail ImageFlail
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 506
Damage when HP is Low: 1013
Final Damage: 702
Damage when HP is Low: 1405 (Level 6)
Has the user flail about, dealing damage to nearby opposing Pokemon. The lower the user's remaining HP, the more damage this move deals.
Dragon Breath ImageDragon Breath
(Lv. Upon evolving or Level 7)
Upgrade Lv. 10
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Starting Damage: 1201
Final Damage: 2178
Has the user exhale a mighty gust, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon and leaving them paralyzed. If the user hits an opposing Pokemon with this move, the user's basic attacks are boosted for a short time, dealing increased damage with increased basic attack speed. The more opposing Pokemon hit by this move (up to a maximum of 3), the greater the basic attack speed increase.
Upgrade: Increases the damage dealt by this move and basic attacks.
Aqua Tail ImageAqua Tail
(Lv. Upon evolving or Level 7)
Upgrade Lv. 10
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5s
Starting Damage: 949
Damage per projectile: 949, Sweep Damage: 2182
Final Damage: 1513
Damage per projectile: 1513, Sweep Damage: 3648
Has the user swing its tail continuously for a set amount of time. If this move hits opposing Pokemon three times, this move can be used again. The second stage of the move has the user charge power, then sweep its tail to attack a wider area. If the user charges power for a set amount of time or longer before attacking, the move's area of effect is increased and it deals increased damage.
Upgrade: The second stage of the move deals additional damage based on the percentage of HP the opposing Pokemon has lost.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Splash ImageSplash
(Lv. Upon evolving or Level 7)
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 2s
Starting Damage: N/A
Final Damage: N/A
Has the user jump to the designated location. A maximum of 3 uses can be kept in reserve for this move.
Waterfall ImageWaterfall
(Lv. Upon evolving or Level 7)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 6s
Starting Damage: 2253
Damage per charge: 524
Final Damage: 3249
Damage per charge: 758
Has the user charge three times in a row at awesome speed, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits. The user can change direction between each charge. If the second charge hits an opposing Pokemon, the user is granted a shield. If the third charge hits an opposing Pokemon, the opposing Pokemon is thrown.
Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown.
Bounce ImageBounce
(Lv. Upon evolving or Level 7)
Upgrade Lv. 12
Move Type: Melee
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 1095
Final Damage: 1590
Has the user charge power, then bounce to the designated location and attack. The longer power is charged, the farther the user can bounce. If power is charged for a certain amount of time or longer, the user is granted a shield when it bounces, and the user applies a movement speed decrease to opposing Pokemon it hits when it lands.
Upgrade: Strengthens the effect of the shield granted by this move.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Dragon Current ImageDragon Current
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 91s
Starting Damage: 981
Initial damage: 981, Whirlpool damage: 1949, Waterspout damage: 1955
Final Damage: 1303
Initial damage: 1303, Whirlpool damage: 2581, Waterspout damage: 2592
Has the user dive underwater, where it can't attack or be targeted by opposing Pokemon. When this move is used again, the user leaps up forcefully and attacks. If the user stays underwater for a set amount of time, it creates a whirlpool where it surfaces, applying a continuous slowing effect to opposing Pokemon it hits. If the user stays underwater for an even longer amount of time, it creates a waterspout where it surfaces, throwing opposing Pokemon it hits.

Standard Attack

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Pokemon UNITE - Magikarp Icon.pngMagikarp

Has the user attack nearby opposing Pokemon, dealing damage.
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Pokemon UNITE - Gyarados Icon.pngGyarados

Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage.

Ability (Passive)

Rattled ImageRattled
Magikarp IconMagikarp

When the Pokemon is damaged by an opposing Pokemon, its movement speed is increased for a short time. This effect can stack up to 5 times. Each time the Pokemon with this Ability knocks out an opposing Pokemon, scores a goal, or otherwise makes a contribution in battle, its effort gauge increases. Once the effort guage is full, the Pokemon evolves into Gyarados.
Moxie ImageMoxie
Gyarados IconGyarados

When the Pokemon knocks out an opposing Pokemon or makes an assist, all of its move cooldowns are reduced.

Gyarados Stats & Evolutions

Gyarados Evolutions

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MagikarpMagikarp
(Lvl. 1)
GyaradosGyarados
(When Effort Gauge is Full or Lvl. 7)

Gyarados Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3100 90 60 140
2 3239 91 69 149
3 3392 104 78 159
4 3560 118 88 170
5 3744 133 99 182
6 3947 150 112 196
7 5370 168 126 311
8 5616 188 141 328
9 5887 210 158 346
10 6186 234 176 366
11 6516 261 196 388
12 6878 291 218 412
13 7277 324 243 439
14 7716 360 270 468
15 8200 400 300 500

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Magikarp automatically becomes Gyarados when it reaches level 7

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5 Anonymousabout 1 month

Probably Bounce and dragon breath even though I don't use Garyados at all. I have LAMBASTED on garyados (and leafeon) just bc how DISGUSTINGLY OP this Pokémon is XD

4 Anonymousabout 2 months

You really think Muscle Band helps attack speed so that the effort gauge fills faster? How ignorant can you get, Magikarp has a static auto attack speed that can't increase with anything you give it. It should say that it helps for Gyarados instead, who doesn't have the effort gauge by the time he evolves out of Magikarp.

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