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This is a strategy guide for using Gyarados in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Gyarados, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Intimidate||Lowers the foe's Attack stat.|
|Moxie (Hidden)||Boosts Attack after knocking out any Pokemon.|
|Takes 4x damage|
|Takes 2x damage|
|Takes 0.5x damage|
|Takes 1/4x damage||
|Takes 0x damage|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
(Speed↑ Sp. Atk↓)
(Def↑ Sp. Atk↓)
|Nature||Jolly (Speed↑ Sp. Atk↓)|
|EV Spread||HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 171 / Atk. 177 / Def. 99 / Sp.Def. 120 / Spd. 146|
This build assumes that you will be Dynamaxing Gyarados, and makes use of this boosted Speed and also the Attack buff from Moxie to raise Gyarados's stats and take down opposing Pokemon.
Thanks to Power Whip, a Gyarados with this build will be able to take down even Wash Rotom, making it extremely viable.
|Nature||Impish (Def↑ Sp. Atk↓)|
|EV Spread||HP 242 / Atk. 12 / Def. 252|
|Final Stat Values||HP 201 / Atk. 147 / Def. 144 / Sp.Def. 120 / Spd. 101|
|Held Item||Rocky Helmet|
This build makes use of an Impish nature to use Gyarados as a tank for physical damage. Since Flying-types often get hit with contact moves, the Rocky Helmet will strengthen the defensive capability of Gyarados and damage opposing physical attackers.
|Earthquake||This is for countering Steel-type Pokemon. Since Gyarados cannot learn any useful Fire-type moves, this is a decent option.|
|Ice Fang||This move is for countering Dragon and Grass-types. Physical Ice-type moves work well with Gyarados's stats.|
Thanks to Gyarados's high stats and abundant moveset, it is best used as an ace attacker. In Pokemon SwSh, Dynamaxing has resolved the previous issue of Gyarados not having access to powerful moves.
Gyarados's ability Intimidate lowers an enemy's Atk, furthering its utility against physical attackers. In addition to his offensive capability, putting some time into Gyarados's EVs also allows it to have a powerful defense.
Gyarados's main weapons are the Water-type moves Waterfall and Aqua Tail, so Pokemon who can take these at half damage can effectively deal with Gyarados's wrath.
・Grass-type, and thus Is resistant to Gyarados's main tools
・Very high Def., so it will be very dificult for Gyarados to one-shot it
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・Its ability Unaware ignores enemy stat changes.
・Water Absorb completely nullifies the use of Water-type moves
・Can counter Gyarados with Rock Throw.
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Electric-type moves are 4x effective on Gyarados, so this is of course a very simple way to deal with Gyarados. However, be aware that a Gyarados with very high Speed may still be able to turn the tables on an Electric-type Pokemon.
・Holding Choice Scarf will boost its Speed enough for it to attack before Gyarados
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・Extremely high Speed Electric-type attacker.
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