Best moveset for Mega Gyarados in Pokémon Go

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The mega Pokémon in Pokémon Go are beneficial to take down difficult five-star raids players encounter if they want to add legendary Pokémon to their roster. You can take them down with regular Pokémon, but you might have a bit more difficulty, especially depending on how many friends you have assisting you. A mega Pokémon works a bit differently when it evolves. It doesn’t have its own moveset. Instead, it uses the moves its initial form uses, so whatever Gyarados you use to evolve into Mega Gyarados has the same moves. But because Mega Gyarados has different stats and typing than the original one, they’ll be a bit different.

Mega Gyarados is a Dark and Water-type Pokémon. It’s going to be weak to Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Grass-type attacks, but it’s resistant to Dark, Fire, Ghost, Ice, Psychic, Steel, and Water-type moves. It’ll have a wide assortment of things it can resist, making it a difficult Pokémon to take down, and it’ll be a monster at fighting legendary Pokémon during raids. Mega Gyarados has a maximum CP of 5,332, an attack of 216, a defense of 292, and a stamina of 247. You’re going to need a lot of firepower to break through its defenses.

Here are all of the moves Mega Gyarados can learn.

Fast moves

  • Bite (Dark-type) – 4 damage and 2 energy (4 damage per turn)
  • Dragon Breath (Dragon-type) – 4 damage and 3 energy (4 damage per turn)
  • Dragon Tail (Dragon-type) – 9 damage and 3.3 energy (3 damage per turn)
  • Waterfall (Water-type) – 12 damage and 2.6 energy (4 damage per turn)

Charged moves

  • Aqua Tail (Water-type) – 50 damage and 35 energy
  • Crunch (Dark-type) – 70 damage and 45 energy
  • Dragon Pulse (Dragon-type) – 90 damage and 60 energy
  • Hydro Pump (Water-type) – 130 damage and 75 energy
  • Outrage (Dragon-type) – 110 damage and 60 energy
  • Twister (Flying-type) – 45 damage and 45 energy

For Mega Gyarados, you have a variety of options. For the fast move, you want to go with dragon tail over the other options. Dragon tail does a decent amount of damage, not as much as waterfall, though. But it also generates the most energy each turn. That’s the real deciding factor for your Pokémon. You want to have a great fast move, but if you can choose a good with a solid amount of energy generation, you’ll be able to use your Pokémon’s charged moves far more often, and dragon tail fits the bill far over the others.

Again, when it comes to your charged moves, Mega Gyarados has quite a few options to choose from. Before you start thinking about it, you can eliminate twister and hydro pump. Twister is an attack that does too little damage, despite how much energy it requires. Hydro pump requires too much energy, but it does a good amount of damage. But there are better options that Mega Gyarados can use during a battle that won’t cost as much energy. The best charged move you can teach Mega Gyarados is aqua tail. It’s a move that the standard Gyarados learns on its community day, so it’s a bit more exclusive. Although if you have a spare Elite Charged TM around, using it on Gyarados is a smart idea.

For your second option, we recommend going with crunch. Crunch only requires 45 energy, and it does 70 damage. Not only is it a good attack on Gyarados, but on Mega Gyarados, it will do even more damage because the mega version receives a same type attack bonus (STAB) modifier.

Mega Gyarados is a monster of a Pokémon. It’s a powerful option, and if you bring it into any of the available raids, it’s going to do some serious damage. You can rarely go wrong with it unless you place it up against something that can directly counter it. Make sure your Mega Gyarados learns dragon tail for its fast move, and then crunch and aqua tail for its charged moves.