It is serpentine in shape and is covered in blue and yellow scales. It has white fins on top of its body and it has a tan underbelly. It has fins on the side of its face and a large blue crest on its forehead. Like Magikarp, it has "whiskers."
The females have light whiskers.
Gyarados is known as The Atrocious Pokémon. They are to be extremely violent, destroying anything when in a rampage. It is all so one of the only Pokémon that can have a red form.
Gyarados have the ability Intimidate, which decreases the opponent's Attack by one level when Gyarados is sent out into the battle.
|Yellow||Fishing in Fuchsia City (Super Rod)||Rare|
|Gold/Silver|| Fishing at the Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)|
Red Gyarados (Lake of Rage)
|Crystal|| Fishing at the Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)|
Shiny Gyarados (Lake of Rage)
|Ruby/Sapphire||Fishing in Sootopolis City (Super Rod)||Common|
|Emerald||Fishing in Sootopolis City (Super Rod)||Rare|
|FireRed/LeafGreen||Fishing (Super Rod)||Rare|
|Diamond/Pearl||Fishing (Super Rod)||Common|
|Platinum||Fishing (Super Rod)||Common|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver|| Fishing at the Lake of Rage, Fuchsia City, Mt. Silver, Seafoam Islands (Super Rod)|
Shiny Gyarados (Lake of Rage)
|X/Y||Fishing at Route 3, Route 22, Parfum Palace (Super Rod)||Common|
Side game locations
|Pokémon Trozei!|| Phobos Submarine|
Mr. Who's Den
|Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team||Evolve Magikarp|
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Zero Isle South (B41F-B48F)|
|Pokémon Ranger||Olive Jungle (during mission)|
In the anime
- Main article: Misty's Gyarados
James's Magikarp, which he bought from a dealer, evolves into a Gyarados, which called forth four wild Gyarados to use Dragon Rage and send Ash and co flying. A Red Gyarados is found in the Lake of Rage, north of Mahogany Town, in Johto. It is owned by the Elite Four, Lance. Lance once use the Red Gyarados to save Brock, May and Max from drowning while he is disguising as a Team Magma grunt. Misty owns a Gyarados.
- Despite its dragon-like appearance, it isn't Dragon Rage and Dragonbreath and is used by many Dragon Trainers such as Lance and Clair. -type, yet it learns Dragon Type moves such as
- Despite it being a Bounce, and this is only because it's pre-evolution, Magikarp can learn it in Generation IV only. -type, it can only know one Flying-type move,
- Despite it being seen flying in the anime, it cannot learn the move, Fly.
- Gyarados may be based on the mythological creature, the Kraken, since it's original name was going to be Skullkraken.
- In Generation II and IV, Gyarados is the only 100%-certain shiny encounter and the first of only two shiny Pokémon to be integrated into a game's plot (the second was Celebi in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness). Due to it being a guaranteed Shiny some fans consider the red Gyarados in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver not to be a "True Shiny".
- Gyarados, being evolved from Magikarp, which is a useless and weak Pokémon, is a reference to a common belief in Asian countries that a carp will transform into dragon after it passes through hard ordeals.
- This was the first ever Shiny Pokémon ever seen.
Gyarados appears to based off a sea dragon or a sea serpent from China.
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