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It depends on what you need for your team. Do you need

A) A faster physical attacker with access to moves like Bite, Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Earthquake, Stone Edge, and Dragon Tail and a Mega Evolution?


B) A bulky HP wall with good Special Attack with access to moves like Hydro Pump, Muddy Water, Aqua Ring, Toxic, Ice Beam and Blizzard?

If you picked A, take Gyarados. If you picked B, take Vaporeon.
And if we're going on stats and power alone, pick Gyarados due to its more offensive movepool and Mega Evolution.

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Uh, Vaporeon and Gyarados. Two great Pokemon. :D

Well, let's do stats first. They both have two base stats over 100, Vaporeon has high stats is HP and Sp. Attack, with another great Sp. Def stat. Gyarados has a high Attack and Sp. Def, as well as another great HP stat. Unfortunately, Gyarado's Mega Stone can only be found post-game, therefore we're still left with this dilemma.

Thinking attack-wise, Vaporeon has a high Sp. Atk - moves like Surf and Hydro Pump are great with STAB applied as well. But Gyarados and it's Attack doesn't allow as many good STAB physical moves, maybe only Aqua Tail and the sorta-worthless HM Waterfall. However, it can learn some non-STAB moves like Earthquake. Honestly, STAB is a great advantage so Vaporeon could be your best bet sweeping, but being a wall it would have no use, except for it's high HP. Gyarados, no better, has a great Sp. Defense stat and rather decent Defense stat, hence it could be your best bet as a wall.

So, if you wanna special sweeper, go with Vaporeon. If you wanna special wall, go with Gyarados. Vaporeon does have the extra high HP to go with the average defensive stats as well as it's high attack stats, therefore I would go with Vaporeon. However, it is your choice. :3

Hope I helped. :)
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Funny thing is, from a competitive viewpoint Gyarados is the sweeper and the wall is Vaporeon. Exact opposite. o3o
And so it seems, according to the contrary answer above. Dx
I guess the correct terms should be like 'special sweeper' and 'special wall', so I guess I have to edit them in. 3: