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What is a good moveset for Gyarados?

4 votes

Mine knows:

Earthquake: High power, double damage against Pokemon using Dig, high accuracy, used to deal with Rock and Electric types.

Strength: Good damage, high accuracy.

Dragon Dance: Boosts both Attack and Speed.

Waterfall: Good damage, high accuracy, decent chance to cause flinching, used to deal with Rock types, STAB.

Gyarados Learnset

asked Jul 19, 2010 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
If a Pokemon were to use dig,it wouldn't damage Gyarados because they are water and flying types which makes them immune to ground.
But yes,it does cover for rock and electric weakness.
Double damage though. So quicker KO.
Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Earthquake Spiral
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Dragon Dance
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Ice Fang
Gyarados (N) @ Choice-specs
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 252 S.Attack
Rash Nature (+SAtack, -SDef)
- Dragon-rage
- Splash
- Tackle
- Sleep talk
Epic fail set
What the heck is Earthquake Spiral???
I like the Earthquake one. Water type is super effective against rock as well but it does double damage to pokemon that use dig (which a rock type will often use).

30 Answers

9 votes

You've probably been swept by this before.

Gen V

Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Waterfall
  • Dragon Dance
  • Earthquake
  • Ice Fang

Set up a Dragon dance, then sweep the foe. You'll become more and more powerful thanks to Moxie. This guy has gotten me more 6-0 wins than any other Pokemon, even Charizard. Once he's got started, he's hard to stop. Waterfall provides STAB. Earthquake and Ice Fang are type coverage. Sweeper EVs, and Leftovers prevent residual damage from bringing you down. As it says, you've probably been swept by this before.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 3, 2011 by trachy
i have the exact moveset myself, works out great
is the nature incorrect jolly increases speed, not special defense.   Do you really mean jolly or careful
^lol such derp there
its propally Spd as in Speed
not SpDef
7 votes

I would say Earthquake/Strength/Dragon Dance/Waterfall is a good set. Outrage is also a great option for destroying things.

answered Jul 19, 2010 by DarkTyphlosion
edited Jan 7, 2011 by Pokemaster
Yeah, I'd go with the outrage instead of strength.
If it is learning Outrage, don't forget to give Gyarados a Lum berrynor something that gets rid of confusion.
6 votes

Okay, I needed to inform you guys of a Gyarados Moveset I battled today, and is one of the most annoying Gyarados I faced. Because of this, The battle with the behemoth lasted longer than usual. So, here it is:

Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 SDef
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Thunder Wave
- Dragon Tail

Thunder Wave is the crux of the Moveset, allowing it to outspeed so it can utilize ResTalk efficiently. Why use this over Dragonite you ask? Intimidate is the answer. With that, it makes Gyarados real Bulky, more than Dragonite in the long run. ResTalk allows to be rid of Toxic on Gyarados, and allows for +0 priority swift Dragon Tail to shuffle and annoy the opponent. Use this set to your advantage.

answered Oct 6, 2012 by Psychic x
Nice one, Mike.
Go! Jolteon!
Gyarados used Dragon Tail! Pointed stones dug into Jolteon! Jolteon was hurt by spikes! Jolteon fainted! umadbro?
Not really.
Go! Forretress! Use Rapid Spin! And Volt Switch with 252 SAtk Modest!
Do you really need to list counters for 1 moveset? No Poke is perfect, know that before doing ^.
We know :D
We're just fooling around rofl.
lolz, nice set :P
5 votes

Here is my Bulky, Lead Gyara:

Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 152 HP / 176 Atk / 36 Def / 144 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Earthquake
- Waterfall
- Taunt
- Dragon Dance

Sets up with D-Dance, Taunts other leads trying to stealth rock, etc. Taunt can sometimes force a switch, allowing for a free Dance. EQ and Waterfall are decent coverage, EQ has a five type coverage and hits both of Gyara's weaknesses (Rock, Electric) for SE damage, while Waterfall is Physical Stab and has a semi-useless flinch chance.
EVs are a neat distribution, the HP and defensive EVs are an add to bulkyness and work with Intimidate, Atk and Speed allow for an easy sweep of an unprepared team. This set can easily sweep an entire team 6-0 if allowed to set up, and it isn't easily KO'd, usually absorbing 2-3 successive attacks, this is hard to do against something with as much offensive ability as Gyarados.

answered Aug 18, 2011 by Heinz_Ketchum
As a lead, I think this would get screwed by a lead Rotom. Levitate makes earthquake useless, and there's a 100 to 1 chance they have an electric move.
Or mega evolve it to gain mold breaker ability. Trololo
4 votes

Ok, Here We Go:
Earthquake(!), Rain Dance(I Found This Helpful, Because it raises the power of water attacks alot), OR Dragon Dance(To Raise Stats), Waterfall/Aqua Tail(STAB, Powered Up By Dragon Dance/Rain Dance), and Stone Edge/Avalanche/Ice Fang(For Some Coverage).

Hope This Helps!:)

answered Aug 11, 2010 by Swampert
3 votes

Maybe you can switch Strength with Return for better power with the same accuracy

answered Dec 24, 2010 by NJDevil
3 votes

Waterfall: STAB.

Ice Fang: Actually it is a useful move on Gyarados.

Earthquake: Great type coverage.

Stone Edge: Rock and Ground provides excellent type coverage.

Gyarados should hold Choice Band and tear through all opposition. Dragon Dance is a great move without Choice Band. In fact, it is the only move that should replace these other moves. Gyarados does have another option though. Gyarados is an effective user of Taunt.

answered Dec 24, 2010 by trachy
3 votes

This is something I came up with today, the title is based off what someone said on showdown when it nailed Skarmory on the switch

"f***ing fire blast gyarados"
Gyarados (M) @ Gyaradosite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 236 Atk / 24 SpA / 248 Spe
Naughty Nature
- Earthquake
- Fire Blast
- Waterfall
- Ice Fang

248 Speed EVs outspeed max speed Adamant Dragonite, 24 SpA EVs 2HKO the most common variants of Ferrothorn and Skarmory with Fire Blast, rest goes into attack for max power.

answered Sep 1, 2014 by SM979
1 vote

Gyarados (M) @ Lum Berry

Role: Physical Sweeper

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge

Lum berry Prevents yourself being Confused and most importantly Burned ( I hate that )

And Moxie boosts are very helpfull, along with an Adamant nature for the hardest freaking hits you can give away.

Dragon Dance to set up with, and then Waterfall for STAB, Earthquake for Coverage, Stone Edge for Other Gyarados's and other coverage.

answered Aug 17, 2011 by Josh
1 vote

Bulky Mon

Trait: Intimidate

Nature: Impish (+Def, -SAtk), or Careful (+SDef, -SAtk)

EVs: 252 HP/252 Def or 252 SDef (depends on nature)/ 4 Spd

Taunt: Stops opposing Pokemon from setting up on your, can force switches.
Thunder Wave: Paralyses opposing Pokemon, halves speed, can force switches.
Dragon Tail: Switches out Pokemon, works well with your own entry hazards.
Waterfall: STAB move, can flinch, still it hits despite no attack EVs or attacking boosting nature.

answered Aug 17, 2011 by K1
1 vote

Ah, I wish this guy could have Moxie and Outrage at the same time... >_< This is one of the next best things:

Gyarados (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Earthquake
- Waterfall
- Stone Edge
- Outrage

Earthquake is power, and covers his two weaknesses, Electric and Rock. Waterfall is STAB, covers Rock, can flinch the opponent, and in my opinion, is the best Physical Water move. Stone Edge is powerful in general. Outrage is devastating to the opponent, even without the Band. Now you see why no Moxie+Outrage is mean to me!

answered Sep 9, 2011 by Fate Itself
1 vote

A Gen3 Gyarados is interesting...

Gyrados @ Sharp Beak
Trait: Intimidate
- Hidden Power (Flying, Flying type hidden power is physical in gen 3, STAB)
- Dragon Dance
- Earthquake (Coverage)
- Hyper Beam/Outrage

But for Gen4 i would replace Hidden Power with Waterfall, (and obviously replace Hyper Beam with Giga Impact)

answered Sep 27, 2011 by TheMyrMan
edited Sep 28, 2011 by TheMyrMan
hyper beam or giga impact would give more time for the user to set up, destroying Gyrados
1 vote

Double/Triple Battle

Gyarados (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Moxie
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Waterfall
- Earthquake
- Bounce
- Stone Edge

Moxie really boosts your Attack if you can take down multiple foes at once with Earthquake. Stone Edge is coverage. Waterfall is STAB. Bounce is a good move in Triple battles. It gets STAB, it hits any foe, it has a nice chance of paralysis, it evades teammates multiple hitting attacks, and the foe does not know who you are going to attack. It also doesn't seem like the kind of move used with a Choice item, so that can cause your foe some grief.

answered Jan 20, 2012 by trachy
I would replace Bounce with ice fang
1 vote

My oppinion
Ice fang - realitivley weak, but great physical attack with good coverage.

Waterfall - I think we all know this is a perfect STAB move for gyarados.

Earthquake - Well also pretty obvious hehe.

Outrage - This slot could be a few things, but with me I think Gyarados has such good attack, you cant go wrong with it.............but dragon dance would work for this slot too.

answered Mar 5, 2013 by Eciram
1 vote

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Gyarados @ Choice Scarf

Ability: Moxie

Nature: Lax

-Earthquake (Good to deal with Electrics and Rocks)

-Waterfall (STAB, good to deal with Rocks)

-Ice Beam (Good to deal with Grasses)

-Bounce (STAB, good to deal with Grasses)

**You can replace Ice Beam with Flamethrower, although it has the same power.*

answered Mar 8, 2013 by VladyAndSamurott
1. Gyarados is not weak to grass.
2. Ice Beam is bad on him because it's a special move, just saying.
3. Since when can it learn Flamethrower???
4. This moveset is pretty good, but the last move suggestion is horrid for the above reasons.
Who said he thought it was weak to grass? They're still tough to deal with on a Gyarados, only Flying attack being Bounce. At least for me. I can't usually OHKO Grass types with Gyarados.
Gyarados can actually learn Flamethrower along with Fire Blast Thunder Thunderbolt Ice beam and Blizzard
Well, it can learn Flamthrower via TM. And it's just a suggestion. Although Gyarados isn't weak to Grass, it can OHKO your Gyarados if you aren't ready.
Still, get rid of ice beam for ice fang Gyarados is Physical :/
1 vote

Gyarados (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 128 HP / 252 Atk / 128 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)
- Waterfall
- Stone Edge or Earthquake
- Dragon Dance
- Taunt

Waterfall for STAB.
Stone Edge or Earthquake for coverage.
Dragon Dance for Boosting to incredible power.
Taunt for nice crippling.

The Reason I chose Intimidate over Earthquake Spiral is because the attack drop can actually really come in handy in competitive.

Works well as a lead to catch your opponent off guard.

answered Mar 10, 2013 by alexander757575
edited Mar 10, 2013 by alexander757575
1 vote

Gyrados @ Leftovers

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Def

Adamant Nature (+ Atk - SpAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Outrage
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake
answered Jul 10, 2013 by Kiovei
use a life orb instead of  leftoves
1 vote

Shrimp (Gyarados) (M) @ Gyaradosite

Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake
  • Payback / Bounce
answered Oct 23, 2013 by Mewderator
Why bounce? Somebody could switch into a Electric type on it and destroy you. And why a jolly nature with PayBack?
Yea, your Speed training ruins Payback.  And Bounce could definitely give the opponent a chance to cream you. Maybe Ice Fang for type coverage instead.
Payback because it has no other Dark STAB to go for lol
Yeah he does, bite. And bite is actually stronger.
Also, you don't necessarily HAVE to have the Dark STAB. Understand that his best Dark move, Bite, will only have 90 power with STAB. I don't think it's really worth it.
There's also dark pulse
On the last slot replace Payback/Bounce for Ice Fang
1 vote

252 Spattack 252 speed 4 hp


Item The stone that makes rain dance last for longer

Nature Modest

Thunder (100 % accuracy when rain dance is used)

Hydro pump ( 50% boost with rain dance and STAB)

Rain dance ( you see how you can use it)

Thunder wawe (Slowing down faster Pokemon)

It's done against electric Pokemons but you will probaly have a ground type


answered Nov 6, 2013 by Agge
A physical set would be much, much more efficient on Gyarados because his base Attack is over double his Sp. Atk.   I recommend swapping Hydro Pump for Aqua Tail or Waterfall, and maybe changing Thunder to Earthquake to kill Electric-types and get other good type coverage.
1 vote

Adamant (+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
252 Atk/252 HP/6 Spd
•Dragon Dance
•Thunder Wave

Switching in before Mega Evolution, the opponent's Attack is halved by Intimidate, adding to 252 HP's buffer for two status moves. Earthquake for Electric-types and great type coverage and Waterfall for STAB are both beefed up by Dragon Dance. Thunder Wave annoys the opponent (psychological warfare here!) and pretty much fixes your slightly disappointing Speed.

answered Dec 27, 2013 by Kenzie_Crobat