Mega Gyarados Raid Counters Guide


Gyarados (Mega)

Mega Gyarados is a Dark and Water type Mega Raid boss. Optimal raid counters will include powerful Electric Grass Fighting Bug and Fairy types, with quite a broad range of different counters available to help you defeat it.

Gyarados can be caught in the following CP ranges:

  • 1855 CP – 1937 CP (no weather boost)
  • 2319 CP – 2422 CP (boosted by Windy or Rainy weather)

Depending on your levels and counters, we would recommend 3-5 trainers who are high level, and more if you don’t have optimal teams. This guide will tell you how to beat this fan favourite Mega, as well as its optimal stats, moves and CP range.

Best Mega Gyarados Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

Let’s check out the top raid counters for Mega Gyarados:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Discharge Electric 665.59s 39.50
2. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 724.69s 31.58
3. Pheromosa Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 665.77s 49.70
4. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 771.12s 23.42
5. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 716.75s 37.75
6. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 760.72s 41.36
7. Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 777.62s 36.42
8. Tapu Bulu Bullet Seed Grass Grass Knot Grass 844.63s 23.25
9. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 804.81s 36.30
10. Sceptile Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 782.62s 39.33
11. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 784.19s 41.40
12. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Sacred Sword Fighting 827.82s 34.13
13. Buzzwole Counter Fighting Superpower Fighting 844.16s 29.78
14. Venusaur Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 856.23s 32.67
15. Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 814.54s 37.70
16. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 836.54s 30.00
17. Zacian Quick Attack Normal Play Rough Fairy 888.63s 19.55
18. Tapu Koko Volt Switch Electric Dazzling Gleam Fairy 860.95s 26.44
19. Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 792.18s 45.17
20. Meloetta (Pirouette) Low Kick Fighting Close Combat Fighting 846.01s 31.09
21. Roserade Razor Leaf Grass Grass Knot Grass 811.79s 40.33
22. Zacian (Hero) Quick Attack Normal Play Rough Fairy 883.25s 22.30
23. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric 837.81s 34.33
24. Heracross Counter Fighting Megahorn Bug 879.70s 39.00
25. Gardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 875.42s 21.00
26. Deoxys (Normal) Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric 781.95s 63.50
27. Tangrowth Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 876.52s 34.20
28. Sirfetch'd Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting 860.86s 36.00
29. Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 870.18s 38.00
30. Luxray Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 826.01s 39.29
31. Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 826.13s 37.33
32. Leafeon Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 891.53s 33.67
33. Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 907.73s 21.50
34. Exeggutor Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass 876.36s 37.00
35. Leavanny Bug Bite Bug Leaf Storm Grass 874.55s 38.50

Best Mega Pokémon vs Mega Gyarados

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 571.91s 20.92
2. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 538.43s 31.08
3. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 613.50s 27.67
4. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 583.03s 37.33
5. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 641.87s 31.75

With a wide range of counters and a fair few different type weaknesses thanks to that Water and Dark dual typing, most trainers should find themselves able to whip up a strong team of counters. Many of the strong counters have had events or community days which helps! Reach for those powerful Grass Electric Fighting Fairy and Bug type Pokémon. So many of these counters are incredibly useful and versatile in terms of PVE, the likes of Machamp, Togekiss and Zekrom being a name we see pop up again and again.

For more budget counters you can check out the whole counters list here, but Roserade, Hariyama, Torterra, normal Genesect and Sirfetch’d all make an appearance, so keep them in mind.

How to Get Mega Gyarados

You cannot catch Gyarados in its mega evolved form from the raid. The mega raid boss is always catchable in its base form and as such, the CP ranges are for a regular Gyarados.

Gyarados can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1855 – 1937 CP no weather boost
  • 2319 – 2422 CP boosted by Rainy or Fog weather boost

In order to get Mega Gyarados you will need 200 Mega Energy for the initial evolution, then 40 Mega Energy to evolve the same Gyarados again in the future. Mega Energy can be obtained via Mega Gyarados Raids, and once you have evolved Mega Gyarados, you can earn 5 Mega Energy per candy while walking it as your buddy. You can walk any Magikarp or Gyarados to earn Mega Energy, as long as you have previously evolved one to register it to your Mega Pokédex.

Gyarados Shiny

Like all Mega Raid Bosses, you can catch the shiny version of Gyarados from a raid, and also in the wild potentially, if you can find it! Gyarados does have a slight gender difference in both the regular and shiny sprites, with its whiskers changing colour.

Regular Sprite (Male) Shiny Sprite (Male)


Regular Sprite (Female) Shiny Sprite (Female)


Mega Gyarados Stats

Gyarados (Mega) WaterDark
Max CP at lvl 40 4717
ATK 292 DEF 247 HP 216
Weak to Strong Against
Grass Electric Fighting Fairy Bug Fire Ground Rock Psychic


With a whopping max CP at level 50 of 5332, Mega Gyarados officially becomes the highest CP Pokémon in Pokémon GO, overtaking the previous highest Mega Charizard Y. It is an absolute beast!

Mega Gyarados Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Bite Dark
  • Waterfall Water
  • Dragon Breath* Dragon
  • Dragon Tail* Dragon
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Aqua Tail* Water
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Crunch Dark
  • Dragon Pulse* Dragon
  • Twister* Dragon

* denotes Legacy move, only obtainable via Elite TM.

For optimal DPS Bite and Hydro Pump are the way to go. If you need your strongest Water type attacker, Waterfall and Hydro Pump are preferred for DPS, and for a Dark type attacker Bite and Crunch. Mega Gyarados doesn’t have Dragon typing, but if you want to use it as a Dragon type attacker you will need legacy move Dragon Tail with Outrage as the Charge move.


Mega Gyarados is a Pokémon that regardless of its stats, is going to be a Mega that people want on their teams, Gyarados is a fan favourite! It has a huge CP stat, and a high attack stat of 292, making it a great Water type attacker. It does have some big weaknesses, losing that Flying type it has in its regular form means it is much more weak to Grass types than it used to be.

Mega Gyarados isn’t generally considered one of the top tier Megas, but with such a cool design, and so many trainers having a soft spot in their heart for this big shiny red beasty, does it really matter? It’ll be great to raid strong Fire types, and can be a help against Psychic and Ghost types, including the Mega Mewtwo forms, whenever they become available.

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