Pokedex Number - 130 Type - Water/Flying (ME: Water/Dark) Base Stats - 95 HP / 125 Atk / 79 Def / 60 SpAtk / 100 SpDef / 81 Spe Base Stats (ME) - 95 HP / 155 Atk / 109 Def / 70 SpAtk / 130 SpDef / 81 Spe Ability - Intimidate [Lowers the foe's Attack stat] Ability - Moxie [Boosts the Attack stat after knocking out any Pokémon] Ability (ME) - Mold Breaker [Moves can be used on the target regardless of its Abilities] Notable Moves: Taunt Dragon Dance Waterfall Bounce Stone Edge Earthquake Ice Fang Dragon Tail Overview It seems like Generation V ended just before we could see Gyarados's true potential. It was often eschewed in favor of its dragonlike brethren, but Water/Flying was still a very good STAB combination and it was blessed with two fantastic abilities, one which helped with switching in and the other which helped with staying there. Many advanced players argued in favor of its bulky Substitute + Dragon Dance set, which took advantage of its numerous resistances and good bulk to set up quickly and easily quite a bit of OU. Electric-type attacks, however, were the biggest thorn in its side; there were quite a few Pokemon who could still outspeed Gyarados at +1 and OHKO right back with Thunder or Thunderbolt. Generation VI has been a mixed blessing for Gyarados. With rain weakened, Gyarados can no longer reliably smash teams with rain-boosted, +1 STAB Waterfalls (with a chance to flinch), but neither does it have to fear 100% accurate Thunders in the rain. The drop in power of said Thunders from 120 to 110 and Thunderbolt from 95 to 90, while minor, may help it to stick around for the single turn it needs to become terrifying. But the biggest and most noticeable addition to its small but powerful bag of tricks is its Mega Evolution, which trades in a quad weakness to Electric-type attacks for a tremendous boost to its defenses and Attack. Now Electric-types will have to think twice upon switching in, lest they come in while it Mega Evolves, taking only 2x damage with a 30% boost to its Special Defense before striking back with a Dragon Dance- and Mega Evolvution-boosted Earthquake. Gyarados was a Pokemon gaining popularity in the closing phases of Generation V, and hopefully that trend will continue in a new metagame. Mega Gyarados (RestTalk Tank) Gyarados @ Gyaradosite Ability: Intimidate (Mold Breaker) IVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpDef Nature: Impish - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Rest - Sleep Talk Gyarados's new toys can be put to use alongside a GSC-esque moveset to become one of the best new users of the RestTalk strategy in the metagame. Though mono-attackers are usually frowned upon, Mold Breaker meas that nothing is immune to its solitary STAB, including Pokemon with Water Absorb and Storm Drain, and nothing is going to enjoy taking even a resisted hit off a boosted 155 base Attack stat. Intimidate helps it to come in and tank a hit before Mega Evolving with either Rest or Dragon Dance. Although it cannot use Leftovers, its tremendous bulk and dual typing (six resistances and one immunity) allows it to take hits extremely well, and RestTalk gives it the recovery it needs. It can go with 252 SpDef and a Calm nature instead for a specially based tank as well. Mega Gyarados (Offensive Dragon Dance) Gyarados @ Gyaradosite Ability: Intimidate / Moxie (Mold Breaker) IVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Nature: Adamant / Jolly - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Earthquake / Stone Edge / Substitute / Payback / Bounce - Earthquake / Stone Edge / Substitute / Payback / Bounce A Generation V classic, updated to fit the times. Gyarados trades in a bit of power from Life Orb for a bit more longevity because of lack of recoil: Life Orb vs. Mega Evolution (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Life Orb vs. Mega Evolution (open) Life Orb vs. Mega Evolution (close) 252+ Atk Life Orb Gyarados Bounce vs. 252 HP / 48+ Def Ferrothorn: 134-160 (38.06 - 45.45%) -- guaranteed 3HKO 252+ Atk Mega Gyarados Bounce vs. 252 HP / 48+ Def Ferrothorn: 121-144 (34.37 - 40.9%) -- 58.06% chance to 3HKO 252+ Atk Life Orb Gyarados Bounce vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Garchomp: 203-239 (56.7 - 66.75%) -- guaranteed 2HK 252+ Atk Mega Gyarados Bounce vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Garchomp: 181-214 (50.55 - 59.77%) -- guaranteed 2HKO (These calcs aren't meant to prove anything besides the amount of power it loses for the amount of bulk gained through Mega Evolving.) It's still powerful, still dangerous, and still as good as it was last generation, and Mold Breaker gives it a little bit of extra oomph as well. Intimidate > Moxie just because it gives it that extra chance to set up, but Moxie is still extremely powerful because of the snowball effect it can have for the opponent. Payback is now a mildly viable option because of the new Dark STAB, but it usually has an undesirable effect with Dragon Dance. Bulky Dragon Dance Gyarados @ Leftovers Ability: Intimidate / Moxie IVs: 88 HP / 248 Atk / 4 Def / 168 Spe Nature: Jolly - Dragon Dance - Waterfall - Bounce - Substitute / Taunt Gyarados's arguably best set from Generation V makes a return, indirectly aided by the threat of Mega Evolving. However, regular Gyarados boasts three less weaknesses to Mega Gyarados's, and can also hold Leftovers to give it more time to set up Substitute. Also, with the threat of a Mega Evolution always hanging over the opponent's head, it gives Gyarados just a little bit more of a mind game to play, given that its retyping upon Mega Evolving actually gives it a very different set of checks and counters. EVs will be tweaked from the older generation, but the nature and IVs listed allow it to outspeed neutral-natured Base-130s after a Dragon Dance while the strange split of HP and Defense give it a Leftovers number. Final Thoughts: Here's to hoping that a Pokemon that just got better and better from its rather lackluster inception in RBY continues to see use in the future! Just as every Mega Evolution has given us new toys to play with, Gyarados has become a very interesting prospect. Although its role as a extremely threatening set-up monster hasn't changed, the way in which it can do so has been improved through its defenses, and it could be even better than before. Let us discuss!