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.

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.

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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:

Mega Gyarados Counters
The supreme Mega Gyarados Raid Counters
Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric
Great Mega Gyarados raid counters
Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric
Breloom Counter Fighting Grass Knot Grass
Zapdos Thunder Shock* Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Sceptile Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant* Grass
Gardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy

* denotes Legacy move, only obtainable via Elite TM.

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:

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  • 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.


Conclusion

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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