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Overview
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Gyarados boasts a great Attack stat, which allows it to plow through physical walls after setting up. It also has nice coverage options with moves such as Earthquake. Furthermore, Intimidate is useful against opposing physical attackers, as it lowers their Attack stat. However, Gyarados does have its downsides; it is 4x weak to Electric-type attacks, and is also hampered immensely by status such as paralysis and burn.

Dragon Dance
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name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Dragon Dance / Taunt
move 4: Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Gyaradosite / Wacan Berry
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Waterfall is Gyarados's main STAB move, and it has a nice chance to flinch opposing Pokemon. Earthquake provides spread damage and is really spiffy after Gyarados has Mega Evolved and gained Mold Breaker, as it allows Gyarados to OHKO Rotom-W. Taunt allows Gyarados a ton of little options. You can Taunt Aromatisse through Aroma Veil, for example. Dragon Dance boosts Gyarados's Attack and Speed and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent to beat Gyarados as soon as possible.

Set Details
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The EV spread gives Gyarados enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W and maximum Attack, with the rest put into HP. A Speed creep is highly recommended however as most Rotom-A Speed creep. Gyaradosite is the item of choice so Gyarados can Mega Evolve which allows it to take on Rotom-W. Wacan Berry allows Gyarados to take a Thunderbolt from Rotom-W better.

Usage Tips
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Make sure to Mega Evolve conservatively. Switch in and out liberally for as many Intimidate drops as possible before you Mega Evolve Gyarados. Never stay in on an Electric-type unless Gyarados's Wacan Berry is still intact, if you decide to run that.

Team Options
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Gyarados pairs up well with Pokemon that appreciate the Fighting- and Water-type resistances and Earthquake immunity it brings, such as Tyranitar. Pokemon that resist or are immune to Electric and Rock, such as Garchomp, are especially good partners. Rotom-H can take Electric-type hits and KO Amoonguss with Overheat, and therefore it is a good teammate. Amoonguss shuts down Rotom-W for Gyarados and provides a cushion for Gyarados to set up Dragon Dance under. Talonflame beats up the Grass-types Gyarados might have trouble with and is still immune to Earthquake after Gyarados Mega Evolves.


Bulky
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name: Bulky
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Thunder Wave
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Taunt / Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Sitrus Berry / Leftovers
evs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Def / 4 SpD / 68 Spe
nature: Adamant / Jolly

Moves
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Waterfall is Gyarados's most powerful STAB move. Thunder Wave allows Gyarados to cripple faster foes. Earthquake provides decent all-field coverage. Taunt allows Gyarados to deal with Pokemon that like to play around with status and setting up. Protect can be used in the last slot to scout opponents.

Set Details
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The HP and Defense EVs allow Gyarados to survive hard hits such as Mega Kangaskhan's Return as well as Garchomp's Rock Slide. 252 Attack EVs and an Adamant nature maximize Gyarados's Attack, allowing it to leave lasting dents in opposing Pokemon. Alternatively, 68 Attack EVs can be run to boost Gyarados's Attack a moderate amount in exchange for more Speed EVs to allow Gyarados to Speed tie with neutral-natured maximum base 58 Speed Pokemon such as Scrafty and outspeed Pokemon such as Mega Mawile. Alternatively, full Speed investment can allow for faster utility moves against threats such as Smeargle. If you choose to run 252 Speed EVs, be certain to run Jolly as well. Sitrus Berry can give Gyarados immediate health recovery once its HP gets low enough, whereas Leftovers provides residual HP recovery throughout the course of the battle. However, Leftovers should not be run unless Gyarados is using Protect, as it otherwise cannot utilize the item fully. Intimidate allows Gyarados to passively support teammates lacking in Defense.

Usage Tips
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Be certain to keep Gyarados away from Electric-type attacks, as it can rarely take any Electric-type attack. Use Taunt against Pokemon such as Amoonguss to prevent them from either sleeping one of your Pokemon or using Rage Powder. If running Protect, use it to scout if you're unsure of what the opponent is going to do.

Team Options
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Pokemon that appreciate the Intimidate support go nicely with Gyarados, such as Mega Alakazam and Gengar. Pokemon that can remove the threatening Rotom-W, such as Amoonguss, make for good partners as well. Lastly, Pokemon that can remove opposing Amoonguss, such as Talonflame or Rotom-H, are good teammates.

Choice Band
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name: Choice Band
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Ice Fang
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Earthquake / Return
ability: Intimidate
item: Choice Band
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Waterfall is a good STAB move with a chance to flinch foes. Ice Fang hits Salamence and Garchomp very hard. Stone Edge wrecks Talonflame, Mega Charizard Y, and Rotom-H. Earthquake can be used for a spread attack, albeit a slightly underwhelming one, in the last slot. Return can be used in the fourth slot instead for a 100% accurate coverage attack for Pokemon Gyarados would hit for neutral damage anyway, such as Rotom-W.

Set Details
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An Adamant nature and 252 Attack EVs maximize Gyarados's damage output. This set runs enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W. The rest is invested in HP for a boost to Gyarados's bulk. Choice Band boosts Gyarados's Attack, and Intimidate lowers the foe's Attack stat whenever Gyarados switches in.

Usage Tips
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Don't be afraid to switch often for more Intimidates, as it will cripple some Pokemon and Gyarados is bulky enough to take attacks. Make sure to stay away from Rotom-W and other Electric-types, as they can beat Gyarados with one of their 4x super effective STAB attacks.

Team Options
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Pokemon that deal with Rotom-W and Amoonguss, such as Ferrothorn, generally are good teammates. Example of these Pokemon include Amoonguss itself, Talonflame, Rotom-H, and Mega Charizard Y.

Other Options
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Bounce is an option on normal Gyarados for a STAB attack, but it is unnecessary, and therefore not worth it. Bite can be used on Mega Gyarados for STAB coverage, though it is also generally unnecessary. Aqua Tail and Stone Edge can be used with a Wide Lens for powerful, yet accurate, moves. The issue with this is that there is still a chance to miss, and the moves typically have very limited uses that are not already covered by the other moves. Lastly, Splash Plate can be used for a minor power boost to Gyarados's Water-type STAB attack, but Gyaradosite, Choice Band, and Leftovers provide more utility.

Checks & Counters
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**Ferrothorn**: Ferrothorn can wall Gyarados with ease, taking abysmal damage from Earthquake and Ice Fang while whittling Gyarados down with Leech Seed. If Gyarados has Mega Evolved, Ferrothorn can more easily defeat it with a Grass-type STAB move.

**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W does not care what any non-Mega Gyarados does, and it OHKOes with Thunderbolt. It can also leave hefty dents in Mega Gyarados as well.

**Amoonguss**: While Amoonguss doesn't like Choice Band-boosted Ice Fangs or Taunt, it can deal with any other form of Gyarados that lacks those moves.

**Attack Drops**: Will-O-Wisp neuters Gyarados, rendering it essentially useless. Intimidate does the same thing on a lesser scale. Non-Dragon Dance Gyarados become pretty useless after having their Attack dropped.
 
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Overview
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Gyarados is a good Pokemon in VGC. It boasts a great base Attack stat, which allows it to plow through physical walls after it sets up. It also has nice coverage options in moves such as Earthquake. Furthermore, Intimidate is useful against opposing physical attackers, as it lowers their Attack stat. But, Gyarados does have its downsides.—(remove full stop/period in favour of emdash)it is 4x weak to Electric-type attacks, meaning those attacks can easily KO Gyarados. and it is also hampered immensely by status such as paralyzesis (to paralyze is the verb, paralysis is the name of the status) and burn.

Dragon Dance
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name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Dragon Dance / Taunt
move 4: Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Gyaradosite / Wacan Berry
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Waterfall is Gyarados's main STAB that has a nice chance to flinch opposing Pokemon. Earthquake allows you Gyarados to inflict (Gyarados inflicts the damage as opposed to the player) some spread damage and is really spiffy ("spiffy" means that something appears smart; I'd personally change this to some something like "useful") in conjunction with Mold Breaker while in after Mega-forme Evolving, as it allows Mega Gyarados to OHKO Rotom-W. Taunt allows you offers a tons of little utilitiesy. You— Mega Gyarados can Taunt Aromatisse through Aroma Veil, for example. Dragon Dance boosts your Gyarados's Attack,(RC) and Speed, and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent to beat Gyarados as soon as possible. (maybe pressure is put on the opponent, but the opponent isn't the one who will directly be beating Gyarados, so idk)

Set Details
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The EV spread gives Gyarados enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W,(RC) and full investment in Attack, with the rest put into HP. A Speed creep is highly recommended since as most Rotom-A Speed creep. Gyaradosite is the item of choice so you get the bulk of Mega Gyarados can Mega Evolve and gain increased bulk, which allows it to take on Rotom-W. Wacan Berry allows you Gyarados to take a Thunderbolt from Rotom-W better.

Usage Tips
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Make sure to Mega Evolve conservatively. Switch in and out liberally for the most so that Gyarados can utilize Intimidate drops you can pull off in normal forme as much as it can. Gyarados should never stay in on an Electric-type unless your its Wacan Berry is still intact, if you decide to run that. (I added the "Gyarados should" part given that these tips are directed at the player rather than the Pokémon; telling the player not to stay in wouldn't exactly make sense)

Team Options
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Gyarados pairs up great with things Pokemon that appreciate its resistances to the Fighting,(RC) and Water, (RC) and its immunity to Earthquake resistances / immunities Gyarados brings. (give examples of these Pokémon) Pokemon such as Garchomp that can take Electric-(add hyphen) and Rock-(add hyphen)type attacks resists in return, are especially good partners. An example includes Garchomp. Rotom-H can take Electric-type attacks hits and can get rid of Amoonguss and KO with Overheat, and so it is therefore is a good teammate. Amoonguss shuts down Rotom-W for Gyarados (make sure to always include the entirety of Pokémon/names),(RC) and provides a cushion for Gyarados to DDragon Dance under (make sure to state how Amoonguss provides this metaphorical cushion i.e Rage Powder). Tyranitar is another decent partner, as it appreciates Gyarados's resistingances to Water- and Fighting-types attacks, (RC) and the its immunity to Ground as well. Talonflame beats up the Grass-types that Gyarados might have trouble with and even still dodges his Earthquakes post Mega is not affected by the latter's Earthquake. (seems unnecessary to mention how Flying-types aren't affected by Mold Breaker EQ; that'd be considered common knowledge)


Bulky
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name: Bulky
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Thunder Wave
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Taunt / Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Sitrus Berry / Leftovers
evs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Def / 4 SpD / 68 Spe
nature: Adamant / Jolly

Moves
========

Waterfall is Gyarados's most powerful STAB move. Thunder Wave allows Gyarados to cripple faster foes. Earthquake is a spread move that provides decent all-field coverage. Taunt allows Gyarados to deal with Pokemon that like to play around with status and or setting up. (changed "and" to "or" here because, for the most part, Pokémon that inflict status don't tend to be setup attackers, as far as I know) Protect can be used in the last slot to scout opponents.

Set Details
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The HP and Defense EVs play a vital role in allowing Gyarados to survive hard hits such as Mega Kangaskhan's Return as well as and Garchomp's Rock Slide. (I assume Mega Kanga, right?) 252 Attack EVs maximizes Gyarados's Attack when coupled with an Adamant nature, allowing it to leave lasting dents on opposing Pokemon. Alternatively, 68 Attack EVs can be run to boost Gyarados's Attack a moderate amount to account for an increased Speed as part of a spread with increased Speed. The Speed EVs allow Gyarados to Speed tie with neutral nature max Speed base 58 Pokemon such as Scrafty and outspeed things foes such as Mega Mawile. Alternatively, ("Alternatively" was the first word in the previous sentence; change this instance for less repetition) having full Speed investment can allow for faster utility moves against threats such as Smeargle and others. If you choose to run 252 Speed, be certain to run a Jolly nature as well. Sitrus Berry can give you Gyarados immediate health recovery once your its HP gets low enough whereas Leftovers leaves (If written as a single object, even naturally plural items are treated as singular) you Gyarados with residual HP recovery throughout the course of the battle. However, Leftovers should not be run unless Gyarados is using Protect as it otherwise cannot fully utilize the item fully. Intimidate allows Gyarados to be provide passive support to for Pokemon lacking in physical Defense.

Usage Tips
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Be certain to keep Gyarados away from Electric-type attacks, since as it can rarely take any Electric-type attack one. Use Taunt against Pokemon such as Amoonguss to prevent them from either sleeping putting one of your Pokemon to sleep or using Rage Powder. Use Protect, if you are running that it, to scout opponentfoes if you're unsure what the opponent is gonnaing to do.

Team Options
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Pokemon that appreciate the Intimidate support would (there's no "would" about it; I assume they do go well with it) tgo nicely with Gyarados. Pokemon that can remove the threatening Rotom-W, (AC) such as Amoonguss, make good partners as well. Lastly, Pokemon that can remove opposing Amoonguss, (AC) such as Talonflame or Rotom-H, (AC) are also good teammates.


Choice Band
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name: Choice Band
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Ice Fang
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Earthquake / Return
ability: Intimidate
item: Choice Band
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Waterfall is a good main STAB with a chance to flinch opponents. Ice Fang hits Salamence and Garchomp very hard. Stone Edge wrecks Talonflame, Mega Charizard Y, and Rotom-H. Earthquake can be used for a (slightly underwhelming) spread attack in the last slot, albeit slightly underwhelming.
But However, Return can also be used in the fourth slot for a 100% accurate coverage attack (idk if Return can really be called a coverage attack) on things to use against foes that you'd hit for neutral damage anyway, such as Rotom-W/. (slash -> full stop/period)

Set Details
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An Adamant nature and max 252 (subjective, but I've changed "max" to "252" because otherwise we have the word "maximized" being used very soon after "max") Attack EVs maximizes Gyarados's damage output. This set runs enough Speed to outrun a minimum speed Rotom-W. The rest is invested in HP for a boost to Gyarados's bulk. Choice Band boosts Gyarados's physical Attacks (Choice Band boosts Attack; therefore Gyara's attacks are only indirectly boosted), and Intimidate lowers the foe's Attack stat upon switching in.

Usage Tips
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Don't be afraid to switch often for more uses of Intimidates, as it will cripple some Pokemon (maybe give examples of the kinds of Pokémon that are crippled e.g physical attackers, or give specific examples) and Gyarados is bulky enough to take attacks. Make sure to stay away from Rotom-W and other Electric-types, as they can beat Gyarados with one of their STAB attacks, as they are 4x as effective against Gyarados.

Team Options
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Pokemon that can deal with Rotom-W and Amoonguss generally, such as Ferrothorn, (AC) are good. Example of these Pokemon include Amoonguss itself, Talonflame, Rotom-H, and Mega Charizard Y are good choices.

Other Options
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Bounce is an option on normal Gyarados for a secondary STAB attack, but is unnecessary for Gyarados, and therefore not worth it. Bite can be used on Mega Gyarados for STAB coverage, though generally unnecessary (replace Bite with Crunch!). A set with Aqua Tail, + Stone Edge, + and Wide Lens can be used for more powerful, yet accurate moves., (full stop/period -> comma) but the issue with this is that it is still able to miss, and typically has very limited uses that are not already covered by the other moves. Lastly, Splash Plate can be used for a minor power boost to Gyarados's Water-typed STAB attack, but a Gyaradosite, Choice Band, and or Leftovers provide more utility most often.


Checks & Counters
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**Ferrothorn**: Ferrothorn can wall Gyarados with ease, taking abysmal pitiful damage from Earthquake and Ice Fang while whittling Gyarados down with Leech Seed. If Gyarados is has Mega Evolved, Ferrothorn can more easily remove dispose of it with a Grass-type STAB move.

**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W does not care what any non mega Gyarados does, and OHKOes it with Thunderbolt. It can also leave hefty dents in Mega Gyarados as well. (possible mention of Mold Breaker EQ?)

**Amoonguss** While Amoonguss doesn't like Taunt or Choice Band-(add hyphen)boosted Ice Fangs or Taunt (swapped the order around because a) 2/3 sets have Taunt slashed and both are listed before CB and b) otherwise sounds as if Taunt receives a CB boost), it can deal with any other form of Gyarados that lacks those moves.

**Attack Drops**: Will-O-Wisp neuters Gyarados, essentially rendering it essentially useless. Intimidate does the same thing, on to a lesser scale extent. Non-(add hyphen)Dragon Dance variants of Gyarados (added "variants" to fit with "become" and "their") become pretty useless after having their Attack dropped lowered.
 
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Overview
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Gyarados is a good Pokemon in VGC. It boasts a great base Attack stat, which allows it to plow through physical walls after setting up. It also has nice coverage options in moves such as Earthquake. Furthermore, Intimidate is useful against opposing physical attackers, as it lowers their Attack stat. But, Gyarados does have its downsides, however; it. It is 4x weak to Electric-type attacks, meaning those attacks can easily KO Gyarados. It and is also hampered immensely by status such as paralysis and burn.

Dragon Dance
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name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Dragon Dance / Taunt
move 4: Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Gyaradosite / Wacan Berry
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Waterfall is Gyarados's main STAB move, and it that has a nice chance to flinch opposing Pokemon. Earthquake allows you some provides spread damage and is really spiffy (heheh, cute word but I don't think it fits quite right here) after Gyarados has Mega Evolved and gained with Mold Breaker while in Mega-forme, as it allows Gyarados to OHKO Rotom-W. Taunt allows you a ton of little utilities. You can Taunt Aromatisse through Aroma Veil, for example. Dragon Dance boosts Gyarados's Attack and Speed your Attack, Speed, and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent to beat Gyarados as soon as possible.

Set Details
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The EV spread gives Gyarados enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W, and full investment in Attack, with the rest put into HP. A Speed creep is highly recommended, as since most Rotom-A Speed creep. Gyaradosite is the item of choice so you get the bulk of Mega Gyarados which allows it to take on Rotom-W. Wacan Berry allows Gyarados you to take a Thunderbolt from Rotom-W better.

Usage Tips
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Make sure to Mega Evolve conservatively. Switch in and out liberally for as many the most Intimidate drops as possible before you Mega Evolve Gyarados you can pull off in normal forme. Never stay in on an Electric-type unless Gyarados's your Wacan Berry is still intact, if you decide to run that.

Team Options
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Gyarados pairs up well great with things Pokemon that appreciate the Fighting- and Water-type Fighting, Water, and Earthquake resistances and Earthquake immunity it / immunities Gyarados brings, such as Tyranitar. Pokemon that resist or are immune to can take Electric and Rock, such as Garchomp, resists in return, are especially good partners. An example includes Garchomp. Rotom-H can take Electric-type hits and can get rid of KO Amoonguss and KO with Overheat, and therefore it is a good teammate. Amoonguss shuts down Rotom-W for Gyarados and, provides a cushion for Gyarados to set up Dragon Dance DD under. Tyranitar is another decent partner, as it appreciates Gyarados resisting Water- and Fighting-types attacks, and the immunity to Ground as well. (I incorporated this in the first sentence; it seems to fit better there) Talonflame beats up the Grass-types Gyarados might have trouble with and is still immune to its even still dodges his Earthquakes after Gyarados Mega Evolves. post Mega

Bulky
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name: Bulky
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Thunder Wave
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Taunt / Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Sitrus Berry / Leftovers
evs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Def / 4 SpD / 68 Spe
nature: Adamant / Jolly

Moves
========

Waterfall is Gyarados' most powerful STAB move. Thunder Wave allows Gyarados to cripple faster foes. Earthquake provides decent all-field coverage. Taunt allows Gyarados to deal with Pokemon that like to play around with status and setting up. Protect can be used in the last slot to scout opponents.

Set Details
========

The HP and Defense EVs play a vital role in allowing Gyarados to survive hard hits such as Kangaskhan's Return as well as Garchomp's Rock Slide. 252 Attack EVs and an Adamant nature maximizes Gyarados's Attack when coupled with an Adamant nature, allowing it to leave lasting dents in on opposing Pokemon. Alternatively, 68 Attack EVs can be run to boost Gyarados' Attack a moderate amount in exchange for more Speed EVs to to account for an increased Speed spread. The Speed EVs allow Gyarados to Speed tie with neutral-natured maximum Speed base 58 Pokemon such as Scrafty and outspeed Pokemon things such as Mega Mawile. Alternatively, having full Speed investment can allow for faster utility moves against threats such as Smeargle and others. If you choose to run 252 Speed EVs, be certain to run Jolly as well. Sitrus Berry can give Gyarados you immediate health recovery once your its HP gets low enough, whereas Leftovers leave you with provides residual HP recovery throughout the course of the battle. However, Leftovers should not be run unless Gyarados is using Protect, as it otherwise cannot utilize the item fully. Intimidate allows Gyarados to be passively support to teammates Pokemon lacking in physical Defense.

Usage Tips
========

Be certain to keep Gyarados away from Electric-type attacks, since it can rarely take any Electric-type attack. Use Taunt against Pokemon such as Amoonguss to prevent them from either sleeping one of your Pokemon or using Rage Powder. If running Protect, use it Use Protect, if you run that, to scout opponents if you're unsure of what the opponent is gonna going to do.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that appreciate the Intimidate support would go nicely with Gyarados. Pokemon that can remove the threatening Rotom-W, (comma) such as Amoonguss, make for good partners as well. Lastly, Pokemon that can remove opposing Amoonguss, (comma) such as Talonflame or Rotom-H, (comma) are good teammates.

Choice Band
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name: Choice Band
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Ice Fang
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Earthquake / Return
ability: Intimidate
item: Choice Band
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Waterfall is a good main STAB move with a chance to flinch foes opponents. Ice Fang hits Salamence and Garchomp very hard. Stone Edge wrecks Talonflame, Mega Charizard Y, and Rotom-H. Earthquake can be used for a (slightly underwhelming) spread attack, albeit a slightly underwhelming one, in the last slot. But, Return can also be used in the fourth slot instead for a 100% accurate coverage attack for Pokemon Gyarados would on things you'd hit for neutral damage anyway, such as Rotom-W. (period)

Set Details
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Adamant nature and max 252 Attack EVs (changed this part because you use maximizes right after) maximizes Gyarados's damage output. This set runs enough Speed to outrun a minimum Speed Rotom-W. The rest is invested in HP for a boost to Gyarados's bulk. Choice Band boosts Gyarados's physical Attacks, and Intimidate lowers the foe's Attack stat whenever Gyarados switches in upon switch in.

Usage Tips
========

Don't be afraid to switch often for more Intimidates, as it will cripple some Pokemon (kinda vague) and Gyarados is bulky enough to take attacks. Make sure to stay away from Rotom-W and other Electric-types, as they can beat Gyarados with one of their 4x super effective STAB attacks, as they are 4x as effective against Gyarados.

Team Options
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Pokemon that deal with Rotom-W and Amoonguss generally, such as Ferrothorn (confusing. is Ferrothorn an example of a Pokemon that can deal with those two, or is it part of the Rotom-W/Amoonguss group?) are good teammates. Example of these Pokemon include Amoonguss itself, Talonflame, Rotom-H, and Mega Charizard Y.

Other Options
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Bounce is an option on normal Gyarados for a STAB attack, but it is unneccessary for Gyarados, and therefore not worth it. Bite can be used on Mega Gyarados for STAB coverage, though it is also generally unnecessary (is Crunch relevant?). Aqua Tail and Stone Edge can be used with a Wide Lens + Stone Edge + Wide Lens for powerful, yet accurate moves. The issue with this is that there is still a chance it is still able to miss, and the moves typically have very limited uses that are not already covered by the other moves. Lastly, Splash Plate can be used for a minor power boost to Gyarados's Water-typed STAB attack, but a Gyaradosite, Choice Band, and Leftovers provide more utility most often.

Checks & Counters
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**Ferrothorn**: Ferrothorn can wall Gyarados with ease, taking abysmal (not sure about this word choice) damage from Earthquake and Ice Fang while whittling Gyarados down with Leech Seed. If Gyarados has is Mega Evolved, Ferrothorn can more easily remove of it with a Grass-type STAB move.

**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W does not care what any non-Mega Gyarados does, and it OHKOes with Thunderbolt. It can also leave hefty dents in Mega Gyarados as well.

**Amoonguss**: (colon) While Amoonguss doesn't like Choice Band-boosted (dash) Ice Fangs or Taunt, it can deal with any other form of Gyarados that lacks those moves.

**Attack Drops**: Will-O-Wisp neuters Gyarados, rendering it essentially useless. Intimidate does the same thing, on a lesser scale. Non-Dragon Dance Gyarados become pretty useless after having their Attack dropped.
 
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Overview
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Gyarados boasts a great base Attack stat, which allows it to plow through physical walls after setting up. It also has nice coverage options in with moves such as Earthquake. Furthermore, Intimidate is useful against opposing physical attackers, as it lowers their Attack stat. However, Gyarados does have its downsides, however; it is 4x weak to Electric-type attacks, and is also hampered immensely by status such as paralysis and burn.

Dragon Dance
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name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Dragon Dance / Taunt
move 4: Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Gyaradosite / Wacan Berry
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
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Waterfall is Gyarados's main STAB move, and it has a nice chance to flinch opposing Pokemon. Earthquake provides spread damage and is really spiffy amazing word choice btw :)) after Gyarados has Mega Evolved and gained Mold Breaker, as it allows Gyarados to OHKO Rotom-W. Taunt allows you Gyarados a ton of little options utilities. You can Taunt Aromatisse through Aroma Veil, for example. Dragon Dance boosts Gyarados's Attack and Speed and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent to beat Gyarados as soon as possible.

Set Details
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The EV spread gives Gyarados enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W and full investment in maximum Attack, with the rest put into HP. A Speed creep is highly recommended however as most Rotom-A Speed creep. Gyaradosite is the item of choice so you get the bulk of Mega Gyarados Gyarados can Mega Evolve which allows it to take on Rotom-W. Wacan Berry allows Gyarados to take a Thunderbolt from Rotom-W better.

Usage Tips
========

Make sure to Mega Evolve conservatively. Switch in and out liberally for as many Intimidate drops as possible before you Mega Evolve Gyarados. Never stay in on an Electric-type unless Gyarados's Wacan Berry is still intact, if you decide to run that.

Team Options
========

Gyarados pairs up well with Pokemon that appreciate the Fighting- and Water-type resistances and Earthquake immunity it brings, such as Tyranitar. Pokemon that resist or are immune to Electric and Rock, such as Garchomp, are especially good partners. Rotom-H can take Electric-type hits and KO Amoonguss with Overheat, and therefore it is a good teammate. Amoonguss shuts down Rotom-W for Gyarados and provides a cushion for Gyarados to set up Dragon Dance under. Talonflame beats up the Grass-types Gyarados might have trouble with and is still immune to its Earthquakes after Gyarados Mega Evolves.


Bulky
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name: Bulky
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Thunder Wave
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Taunt / Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Sitrus Berry / Leftovers
evs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Def / 4 SpD / 68 Spe
nature: Adamant / Jolly

Moves
========

Waterfall is Gyarados's most powerful STAB move. Thunder Wave allows Gyarados to cripple faster foes. Earthquake provides decent all-field coverage. Taunt allows Gyarados to deal with Pokemon that like to play around with status and setting up. Protect can be used in the last slot to scout opponents.

Set Details
========

The HP and Defense EVs play a vital role in allowing Gyarados to survive hard hits such as Kangaskhan's mention non-Mega if non-Mega and Mega if Mega Return as well as Garchomp's Rock Slide. 252 Attack EVs and an Adamant nature maximize Gyarados's Attack, allowing it to leave lasting dents in opposing Pokemon. Alternatively, 68 Attack EVs can be run to boost Gyarados's Attack a moderate amount in exchange for more Speed EVs to allow Gyarados to Speed tie with neutral-natured maximum base 58 Speed base 58 Pokemon such as Scrafty and outspeed Pokemon such as Mega Mawile. Alternatively, full Speed investment can allow for faster utility moves against threats such as Smeargle. If you choose to run 252 Speed EVs, be certain to run Jolly as well. Sitrus Berry can give Gyarados immediate health recovery once its HP gets low enough, whereas Leftovers provides residual HP recovery throughout the course of the battle. However, Leftovers should not be run unless Gyarados is using Protect, as it otherwise cannot utilize the item fully. Intimidate allows Gyarados to passively support teammates lacking in Defense.

Usage Tips
========

Be certain to keep Gyarados away from Electric-type attacks, since as it can rarely take any Electric-type attack. Use Taunt against Pokemon such as Amoonguss to prevent them from either sleeping one of your Pokemon or using Rage Powder. If running Protect, use it to scout if you're unsure of what the opponent is going to do.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that appreciate the Intimidate support go nicely with Gyarados, such as X. Pokemon that can remove the threatening Rotom-W, such as Amoonguss, make for good partners as well. Lastly, Pokemon that can remove opposing Amoonguss, such as Talonflame or Rotom-H, are good teammates.

Choice Band
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name: Choice Band
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Ice Fang
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Earthquake / Return
ability: Intimidate
item: Choice Band
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Waterfall is a good STAB move with a chance to flinch foes. Ice Fang hits Salamence and Garchomp very hard. Stone Edge wrecks Talonflame, Mega Charizard Y, and Rotom-H. Earthquake can be used for a spread attack, albeit a slightly underwhelming one, in the last slot. Return can be used in the fourth slot instead for a 100% accurate coverage attack for Pokemon Gyarados would hit for neutral damage anyway, such as Rotom-W.

Set Details
========

An Adamant nature and 252 Attack EVs maximize Gyarados's damage output. This set runs enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W. The rest is invested in HP for a boost to Gyarados's bulk. Choice Band boosts Gyarados's Attack, and Intimidate lowers the foe's Attack stat whenever Gyarados switches in.

Usage Tips
========

Don't be afraid to switch often for more Intimidates, as it will cripple some Pokemon and Gyarados is bulky enough to take attacks. Make sure to stay away from Rotom-W and other Electric-types, as they can beat Gyarados with one of their 4x super effective STAB attacks.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that deal with Rotom-W and Amoonguss generally, such as Ferrothorn, (AC) generally are good teammates. Example of these Pokemon include Amoonguss itself, Talonflame, Rotom-H, and Mega Charizard Y.

Other Options
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Bounce is an option on normal Gyarados for a STAB attack, but it is unnecessary, and therefore not worth it. Bite can be used on Mega Gyarados for STAB coverage, though it is also generally unnecessary. Aqua Tail and Stone Edge can be used with a Wide Lens for powerful, yet accurate, (AC) moves. The issue with this is that there is still a chance to miss, and the moves typically have very limited uses that are not already covered by the other moves. Lastly, Splash Plate can be used for a minor power boost to Gyarados's Water-typed STAB attack, but Gyaradosite, Choice Band, and Leftovers provide more utility.

Checks & Counters
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**Ferrothorn**: Ferrothorn can wall Gyarados with ease, taking abysmal damage from Earthquake and Ice Fang while whittling Gyarados down with Leech Seed. If Gyarados has Mega Evolved, Ferrothorn can more easily remove defeat it with a Grass-type STAB move.

**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W does not care what any non-Mega Gyarados does, and it OHKOes with Thunderbolt. It can also leave hefty dents in Mega Gyarados as well.

**Amoonguss**: While Amoonguss doesn't like Choice Band-boosted Ice Fangs or Taunt, it can deal with any other form of Gyarados that lacks those moves.

**Attack Drops**: Will-O-Wisp neuters Gyarados, rendering it essentially useless. Intimidate does the same thing on a lesser scale. Non-Dragon Dance Gyarados become pretty useless after having their Attack dropped.

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Overview
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Gyarados boasts a great base Attack stat, which allows it to plow through physical walls after setting up. It also has nice coverage options in with moves such as Earthquake. Furthermore, Intimidate is useful against opposing physical attackers, as it lowers their Attack stat. However, Gyarados does have its downsides, however; it is 4x weak to Electric-type attacks, and is also hampered immensely by status such as paralysis and burn.

Dragon Dance
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name: Dragon Dance
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Dragon Dance / Taunt
move 4: Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Gyaradosite / Wacan Berry
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Waterfall is Gyarados's main STAB move, and it has a nice chance to flinch opposing Pokemon. Earthquake provides spread damage and is really spiffy amazing word choice btw :)) after Gyarados has Mega Evolved and gained Mold Breaker, as it allows Gyarados to OHKO Rotom-W. Taunt allows you Gyarados a ton of little options utilities. You can Taunt Aromatisse through Aroma Veil, for example. Dragon Dance boosts Gyarados's Attack and Speed and puts a lot of pressure on your opponent to beat Gyarados as soon as possible.

Set Details
========

The EV spread gives Gyarados enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W and full investment in maximum Attack, with the rest put into HP. A Speed creep is highly recommended however as most Rotom-A Speed creep. Gyaradosite is the item of choice so you get the bulk of Mega Gyarados Gyarados can Mega Evolve which allows it to take on Rotom-W. Wacan Berry allows Gyarados to take a Thunderbolt from Rotom-W better.

Usage Tips
========

Make sure to Mega Evolve conservatively. Switch in and out liberally for as many Intimidate drops as possible before you Mega Evolve Gyarados. Never stay in on an Electric-type unless Gyarados's Wacan Berry is still intact, if you decide to run that.

Team Options
========

Gyarados pairs up well with Pokemon that appreciate the Fighting- and Water-type resistances and Earthquake immunity it brings, such as Tyranitar. Pokemon that resist or are immune to Electric and Rock, such as Garchomp, are especially good partners. Rotom-H can take Electric-type hits and KO Amoonguss with Overheat, and therefore it is a good teammate. Amoonguss shuts down Rotom-W for Gyarados and provides a cushion for Gyarados to set up Dragon Dance under. Talonflame beats up the Grass-types Gyarados might have trouble with and is still immune to its Earthquakes after Gyarados Mega Evolves.


Bulky
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name: Bulky
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Thunder Wave
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Taunt / Protect
ability: Intimidate
item: Sitrus Berry / Leftovers
evs: 100 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Def / 4 SpD / 68 Spe
nature: Adamant / Jolly

Moves
========

Waterfall is Gyarados's most powerful STAB move. Thunder Wave allows Gyarados to cripple faster foes. Earthquake provides decent all-field coverage. Taunt allows Gyarados to deal with Pokemon that like to play around with status and setting up. Protect can be used in the last slot to scout opponents.

Set Details
========

The HP and Defense EVs play a vital role in allowing Gyarados to survive hard hits such as Kangaskhan's mention non-Mega if non-Mega and Mega if Mega Return as well as Garchomp's Rock Slide. 252 Attack EVs and an Adamant nature maximize Gyarados's Attack, allowing it to leave lasting dents in opposing Pokemon. Alternatively, 68 Attack EVs can be run to boost Gyarados's Attack a moderate amount in exchange for more Speed EVs to allow Gyarados to Speed tie with neutral-natured maximum base 58 Speed base 58 Pokemon such as Scrafty and outspeed Pokemon such as Mega Mawile. Alternatively, full Speed investment can allow for faster utility moves against threats such as Smeargle. If you choose to run 252 Speed EVs, be certain to run Jolly as well. Sitrus Berry can give Gyarados immediate health recovery once its HP gets low enough, whereas Leftovers provides residual HP recovery throughout the course of the battle. However, Leftovers should not be run unless Gyarados is using Protect, as it otherwise cannot utilize the item fully. Intimidate allows Gyarados to passively support teammates lacking in Defense.

Usage Tips
========

Be certain to keep Gyarados away from Electric-type attacks, since as it can rarely take any Electric-type attack. Use Taunt against Pokemon such as Amoonguss to prevent them from either sleeping one of your Pokemon or using Rage Powder. If running Protect, use it to scout if you're unsure of what the opponent is going to do.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that appreciate the Intimidate support go nicely with Gyarados, such as X. Pokemon that can remove the threatening Rotom-W, such as Amoonguss, make for good partners as well. Lastly, Pokemon that can remove opposing Amoonguss, such as Talonflame or Rotom-H, are good teammates.

Choice Band
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name: Choice Band
move 1: Waterfall
move 2: Ice Fang
move 3: Stone Edge
move 4: Earthquake / Return
ability: Intimidate
item: Choice Band
evs: 212 HP / 252 Atk / 44 Spe
nature: Adamant

Moves
========

Waterfall is a good STAB move with a chance to flinch foes. Ice Fang hits Salamence and Garchomp very hard. Stone Edge wrecks Talonflame, Mega Charizard Y, and Rotom-H. Earthquake can be used for a spread attack, albeit a slightly underwhelming one, in the last slot. Return can be used in the fourth slot instead for a 100% accurate coverage attack for Pokemon Gyarados would hit for neutral damage anyway, such as Rotom-W.

Set Details
========

An Adamant nature and 252 Attack EVs maximize Gyarados's damage output. This set runs enough Speed to outrun minimum Speed Rotom-W. The rest is invested in HP for a boost to Gyarados's bulk. Choice Band boosts Gyarados's Attack, and Intimidate lowers the foe's Attack stat whenever Gyarados switches in.

Usage Tips
========

Don't be afraid to switch often for more Intimidates, as it will cripple some Pokemon and Gyarados is bulky enough to take attacks. Make sure to stay away from Rotom-W and other Electric-types, as they can beat Gyarados with one of their 4x super effective STAB attacks.

Team Options
========

Pokemon that deal with Rotom-W and Amoonguss generally, such as Ferrothorn, (AC) generally are good teammates. Example of these Pokemon include Amoonguss itself, Talonflame, Rotom-H, and Mega Charizard Y.

Other Options
########

Bounce is an option on normal Gyarados for a STAB attack, but it is unnecessary, and therefore not worth it. Bite can be used on Mega Gyarados for STAB coverage, though it is also generally unnecessary. Aqua Tail and Stone Edge can be used with a Wide Lens for powerful, yet accurate, (AC) moves. The issue with this is that there is still a chance to miss, and the moves typically have very limited uses that are not already covered by the other moves. Lastly, Splash Plate can be used for a minor power boost to Gyarados's Water-typed STAB attack, but Gyaradosite, Choice Band, and Leftovers provide more utility.

Checks & Counters
########

**Ferrothorn**: Ferrothorn can wall Gyarados with ease, taking abysmal damage from Earthquake and Ice Fang while whittling Gyarados down with Leech Seed. If Gyarados has Mega Evolved, Ferrothorn can more easily remove defeat it with a Grass-type STAB move.

**Rotom-W**: Rotom-W does not care what any non-Mega Gyarados does, and it OHKOes with Thunderbolt. It can also leave hefty dents in Mega Gyarados as well.

**Amoonguss**: While Amoonguss doesn't like Choice Band-boosted Ice Fangs or Taunt, it can deal with any other form of Gyarados that lacks those moves.

**Attack Drops**: Will-O-Wisp neuters Gyarados, rendering it essentially useless. Intimidate does the same thing on a lesser scale. Non-Dragon Dance Gyarados become pretty useless after having their Attack dropped.

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