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Gyarados with dual type of water and flying?

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How can Gyarados be flying?
If that's so how can Gyarados fly? Is he like Rayquaza?

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Gyarados is Flying to prevent it from being to overpowered. When Gyarados was first introduced in R/B, it was intended to be a Dragon type. But since a Water/ Dragon wouldn't have any weakness, it would be to powerful according to Game Freak (the only Dragon move in Gen 1 was Dragon Rage, dealing a fixed amount of damage). This, Gyarados was made a Flying despite not owning the gift of wings, feathers or rotor blades.

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thanks for answering :)
I mean i never saw gyarados fly in the anime
Glad to help.
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Well technically it was supposed to be a Water Dragon type but the only Dragon move in Gen I was Dragon Rage which did 40 HP to any opponent. The Flying part was a replacement so Gyara wouldn't be OP in that Gen. But yes it does fly the same way as Rayquaza. Oh BTW not all things need wings to fly xP

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Ironic how Dragonite got Dragon Type... and not Gyarados...
Because Dragonite had a Flying typing, thus meaning it would have a weakness to ice and rock

As SP stated, GameFreak didnt want anything OP and without a weakness