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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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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|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 has been a mainstay of competitive teams since Generation 1. It's a physical attacker that can synergize well with all kinds of teams.
Gyarados is one of the most popular Dynamax leads this generation. It's one of the few Dynamax leads with the coveted Max Airstream, which allows it to support itself and its teammates with a speed boost.
Check out our Hyper Offensive team building article below to learn how to use Gyarados as part of a team.
How to Build an Offensive Team
Gyarados is one of the few Pokemon who can safely set-up with Dragon Dance in doubles, even without redirection support, thanks to its great bulk. It's ability Intimidate also makes it easier to set-up in front of physical attackers.
One Dragon Dance is often enough to turn Gyarados into a powerful offensive force with the ability to sweep teams with multi-target moves such as Earthquake and Rock Slide. It's Moxie ability further enhances its wallbreaking prowess, allowing it to tear through teams once it's racked up enough KOs.
Check out our Doubles team building article to learn how to use Gyarados as part of a Doubles team.
How to Build a Doubles Team
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-typing and high defense allows it to resist Gyarados' Water-type STAB and coverage moves
・Iron Barbs ability provides passive damage whenever Gyarados hits it with a contact move like Waterfall
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・Its ability Unaware ignores stat changes from Gyarados' Max Airstream or Dragon Dance.
・Water Absorb completely nullifies the use of Water-type moves
・Can cripple Gyarados with a burn using Scald.
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire
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
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
・Extremely high Speed Electric-type attacker.
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