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Mega Gyarados Pokémon GO Raid Guide: weakness & counters

Take on Mega Gyarados with our updated raid guide.

Mega Gyarados is back in Pokémon GO Mega Raids until May 23. This powerful Water and Dark-type Pokémon is one of the best attackers in both categories and is a good Mega Pokémon to have in your team.

Additionally, unlike a lot of other strong Water or Dark-type Pokémon in Pokémon GO, Mega Gyarados does not need an Elite TM to access its strongest moveset. That makes it a much more accessible option to use.

So, here is everything you need to know to take on Mega Gyarados in Pokémon GO.

Best Mega Gyarados counters in Pokémon GO:

Mega Gyarados has a weakness to Bug, Electric, Fairy, Fighting and Grass-type moves in Pokémon GO. Additionally, it has a double resistance to Psychic-type moves as well as single resistance to Dark, Fire, Ghost, Ice, Steel and Water-types.

With Mega Gyarados having five weaknesses in total, there are plenty of Pokémon to choose from when taking on this raid.

Here are the best Mega Gyarados counters in Pokémon GO:

Mega Sceptile
Fury Cutter & Frenzy Plant
Mega Heracross
Counter & Megahorn
Mega Gardevoir
Charm & Dazzling Gleam
Kartana
Razor Leaf & Leaf Blade
Terrakion
Double Kick & Sacred Sword
Mega Rayquaza
Dragon Tail & Dragon Ascent
Keldeo
Low Kick & Sacred Sword
Xurkitree
Thunder Shock & Discharge
Mega Blaziken
Counter & Focus Blast
Tapu Bulu
Bullet Seed & Natures Madness
Lucario
Counter & Aura Sphere
Tapu Koko
Volt Switch & Natures Madness

Thankfully, lots of these strong Mega Gyarados counters have been in Pokémon GO recently. The two Tapus have been in raids this season, as has Kartana, Mega Sceptile and Mega Heracross. Overall trainers should have no issue finding a team to target the weaknesses of Mega Gyarados.

Fairy-type Pokémon can be especially good picks, as Mega Gyarados can have a few Dragon-type moves. These will not be effective against the likes of Mega Gardevoir, Tapu Koko and Tapu Bulu.

Mega Evolutions to get you more Gyarados candy in Pokémon GO

Mega Evolutions can help you get more candy and XL candy with every catch. Having a mega level 3 active that boosts candy for Water and Flying-types will give you an extra 2 candy per catch, as well as a 25% bonus to your XL candy chance.

Here are the Pokémon you can Mega Evolve to get more Gyarados candy:

  • Blastoise
  • Rayquaza
  • Pidgeot
  • Slowbro
  • Pinsir
  • Gyarados
  • Aerodactyl
  • Swampert
  • Salamence
  • Kyogre

How many trainers do I need to beat Mega Gyarados in Pokémon GO?

Trainers should aim for a group of three, ideally with Party Play, when they take on a Mega Gyarados raid. For lower level trainers who don't have optimum counters, a group of about six is a safe bet.

Don't forget that for Mega Raids, the faster you beat them, the more Mega Energy you get at the end.

What is the Gyarados Pokémon GO 100% IV?

When you beat a Mega Raid, you encounter the standard Pokémon not the Mega version. That means that the following Gyarados CP values will mean a 100% IV:

  • 1937 CP
  • 2422 CP

Weather Effects:

Weather boost can help you save candy, get better IVs and benefit from power boosts on your team. Here are the weather effects to keep an eye on when taking on these Mega Gyarados raids.

Weather
Pro
Con
Sunny
Your Grass-type counters will be boosted.
-
Windy
The Gyarados you encounter at the end of the raid will be a higher CP.
Mega Gyarados' Dragon-type moves will be boosted.
Partly Cloudy
-
-
Cloudy
Your Fighting and Fairy-type counters will be boosted.
-
Snow
-
-
Rainy
The Gyarados you encounter at the end of the raid will be a higher CP. Your Bug and Electric-type counters will be boosted.
Mega Gyarados' Water-type moves will be boosted.
Fog
-
Mega Gyarados' Dark-moves will be boosted.

Rainy weather is the ideal conditions to take on this Mega Gyarados raid. This will boost your Water-type Pokémon, as well as yield a higher CP Gyarados at the end of the Mega Raid. Good luck trainers!

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