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I'm currently raising a Gyarados for competititve use in Omega Ruby. But I am at a loss as to what moveset to put on him. Even after searching Smogon and Serebii, I still have no idea what to do. His build so far is:

[email protected] Gyaradosite
Trait: Intimidate --> Mold Breaker
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk/188 SDef/20 Def/48 HP
- Waterfall
- Crunch
- Rest/Stone Edge/Earthquake/Roar
- Sleep Talk/Dragon Dance/Thunder Wave

My initial idea was a bulky ResTalk set with Crunch and Waterfall for dual STABs. But then I thought of pairing his stellar Attack and modest uninvested Speed with DDance, and either EQuake or Stone Edge for coverage. But then my mind wandered to a more support/phazer role with Waterfall, Crunch, Thunder Wave, and either Roar or Dragon Tail. I also considered removing the Gyaradosite and giving it Leftovers. In other words, I'm terribly confused and I'm hoping someone can give me a nudge in the right direction.


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We might need the rest of the team btw. You have options for the last two moves,
Rest and Sleep Talk
Substitute and Dragon Dance
Earthquake and Dragon Dance

It's a good idea to have Earthquake instead of Crunch though, to get rid of pesky Levitate pokemon (Rotom-W). If so, the most preferred moveset is Dragon Dance, Substitute, Earthquake and Waterfall.
Would the above set work with the given EVs? I spent a good chunk of time thinking them through, and it would take even more time to grow the proper Berries.

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This is completely personal preference, but I never really liked ResTalk. I find it too unreliable and unpredictable to use, and one time I lost a game due to Sleep Talk selecting Rest both sleep turns. I also think phasing should be left to stuff with better defenses- although it does have great bulk, its high Attack just screams "SWEEPER!" for me. Here's the set I would use:

Gyarados @ Gyaradosite
Ability: Intimidate -> Mold Breaker
Jolly Nature
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
-Dragon Dance
-Crunch / Earthquake

The last moveslot is up to you: more STAB, or coverage? I would go with Earthquake, to be honest, to smack around stuff like non Air Balloon Excadrill and Rotom-Wash.

Hope I helped!

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I'm gonna go Substitute/Crunch/Earthquake/Waterfall for now, and if it doesn't carry it's weight I'll go Substitute/Earthquake/Waterfall/Dragon Dance. Thanks for the tips!
No problem! Good luck and happy battling!