PokéBase - Pokémon Q&A
4 votes
771,292 views

If you have a good competitive moveset for Gyarados, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

Be sure to include full set details in your post, e.g. items, abilities, natures and EVs. Some detail, including the intended game mode for your set, is also appreciated. Access the full list of guidelines here.

Gyarados Pokédex and learnset for reference.

Sprite

by
edited by
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
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).

32 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.

by
edited by
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
Probably naive as well since it boosts speed as well
Nice, but what I would like to say is that Earthquake takes out its weaknesses (Electric and Ground).  So maybe Ice Fang is not needed? Maybe you could replace it with Rain Dance? It would boost the attack and so would Dragon Dance. If you add a  Life Orb and use an Adamant nature that would be awesome. :D
@MysticPepsi Don't you mean Electric and Rock? (not Ground). Ice Fang is for coverage against pesky Grass and Dragon types, that's why that move is there, or else Gyarados could get OHKO'ed by some Grass dude that uses Electric-type moves.
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.

by
Nice one, Mike.
Go! Jolteon!
:D
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.
lol, 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.

by
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
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.

by
don't waste EVs on a single special move that doesn't even cover anything it's weak to.
Uh, Skarmory and Ferrothorn wall this set due to physical bulk without Fire Blast? And Grass is super effective against Mega Gyarados, so yes it covers something its weak to, as well as Bug.
2 votes

Shrimp (Gyarados) (M) @ Gyaradosite

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

  • Dragon Dance
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake
  • Payback / Bounce
by
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
So...  I know this response is dated, but....  why not Crunch for Dark STAB?
Gyarados didn't get Crunch until ORAS, which came out in 2014, a year after this answer was posted.
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.

by
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.

by
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!

by
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.

by
I would replace Bounce with ice fang
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.

by
edited by
1 vote

Gyrados @ Leftovers

Trait: Moxie

EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 Def

Adamant Nature (+ Atk - SpAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Outrage
  • Waterfall
  • Earthquake
by
use a life orb instead of  leftoves
1 vote

252 Spattack 252 speed 4 hp

Intimidate

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

I

by
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

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

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.

by
1 vote

this is an interesting bulky set:
dat shrimp tho @
leftys
intimidate
impish
252 HP 252 Def. 4 SpD.
rest
sleep talk
substitute
taunt
this is a PP staller....... that is all I have to say......

by
1 vote

Sometimes I use this set and it works pretty well,
enter image description here

[email protected]
Adamant Nature
Trait: Intimidate
EVs: 252 Hp, 252 Spe, 4 Atk
Moves:
Substitute
Dragon Dance
Earthquake
Waterfall

by
Mega gyarados doesn't have intimidate it has mold breaker
1 vote

Classic Gen V DDance
Gyarados @ Leftovers
Ability: Intimidate
88 HP / 4 Def / 192 Atk / 224 Spe
Adamant Nature
-Bounce / Earthquake
-Substitute
-Waterfall
-Dragon Dance

by
0 votes

[email protected]
EV's: 252 SDf, 252 HP, 4 Atk
Careful Nature
Intimidate
-Waterfall
-Substitute
-Protect
-Toxic

I swear Special Wall Gyarados works. I used this once and it took out like 3 opposing Pokémon. I just wish he had a more reliable form of recovery than just Lefties and Protect.

by
0 votes

We're allowed to post pre-evolution movesets here, right?


Magikarp GOD @ Eviolite
Ability: Rattled
EVs: 200 HP / 56 Def / 252 Spe
- Hydro Pump (Jesus blessed this attack)
- Tackle (Hard hitting, lots of PP, nice stuff)
- Flail (Look at it. LOOK AT THAT FISH)
- Bounce (Nice flying type coverage. Doesn't care about anything)

Defense EVs make this baby have 240 Defense with Eviolite. Such wow!
Rattled makes this baby even faster. Whoa! Outspeeds much of OU!

by
Yes we're allowed to post pre-evo sets on here, and dat magikarp tho
Magikarp can't learn hydro pump
Is only moves are bounce, splash, flail, tackle
It actually can learn Hydro Pump, but only through events
http://www.serebii.net/events/dex/129.shtml
0 votes

Gyarados (M) @ Lum Berry
Trait: Intimidate
Impish Nature
EVs: 252 Def / 252 Atk / 4 HP
-Waterfall
-Taunt
-Thunder Wave
-Earthquake

I have been using this Gyarados , and I've seen it on Rating Battle quite a lot. I personally use Magnezone and Light Clay Reflect to set up, and then Intimidate and +252 Def really works great. You could also use a Special Wall like Dragalge, Rotom-W, or Hydreigon to switch out into in case of a Special Attack.

by
0 votes

ORAS Mega Gyarados

Ability: Intimidate/Moxie>Mold Breaker
EVs: 252 Att, 252 Spe, 4Def
Nature: Adamant/Jolly

Dragon Dance is one of best setup moves in the game and raises Attack and Speed by one stage.
Waterfall is one of two STAB moves that hits hard and can flinch. Smashes Fire, Ground and Rock types.
Crunch is the new STAB move Mega Gyarados gets from ORAS via level up. Can lower defences occasionally and hurts Psychic and Ghost types.
Earthquake is a great move and has good coverage with the other two moves. Hurts Electric, Steel and Poison types.

by