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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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Basic Information for Gyarados

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Flying Type
Abilities
Intimidate Lowers the foe's Attack stat.
Moxie (Hidden) Boosts Attack after knocking out any Pokemon.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Electric Image
Takes 2x damage
Rock Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Fire Image Water Image Fighting Image Bug Image Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
95 125 79 60 100 81

Best Nature for Gyarados

Best Natures
Jolly
(Speed↑ Sp. Atk↓)
Impish
(Def↑ Sp. Atk↓)
Adamant
(Atk↑Sp. Atk↓)

Moveset & Best Build for Gyarados

Dynamax Moveset & Best Build

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
Ability Moxie
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Lum Berry
Wacan Berry
Moveset Waterfall
Power Whip
Bounce
Earthquake

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.

Rocky Helmet Moveset & Best Build

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
Ability Intimidate
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Waterfall
Thunder Wave
Taunt
・Various

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.

Other Viable Moves

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.

How to Use Gyarados Effectively

Best used as a high stat attacker

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.

Constant use of Intimidate lowers enemy Pokemons' Atk

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.

Counters for Gyarados

Pokemon who can resist Gyarados's types

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking:★★★★★
・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
Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking:★★★☆☆
・Its ability Unaware ignores enemy stat changes.
・Water Absorb completely nullifies the use of Water-type moves
・Can counter Gyarados with Rock Throw.
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire

Counter with Electric Pokemon

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking:★★★★★
・Holding Choice Scarf will boost its Speed enough for it to attack before Gyarados
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Jolteon ImageJolteon Ranking:★★★★☆
・Extremely high Speed Electric-type attacker.

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