Pokemon Go Mega Gyarados Raid Guide: Weaknesses & best counters

Raissa Jerez
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Mega Gyarados is returning to Pokemon Go Mega Raid battles for a limited time, and we’ve got the best counters to take advantage of its weaknesses and defeat it without a struggle.

The powerful Mega Gyarados made its long-awaited debut as part of the annual Lunar New Year celebrations in February 2021, and now this dual Dark/Water-type Pokemon is making a comeback to Mega Raids.

June Raid rotations are bringing back some fan-favorite Mega Evolutions to Pokemon Go with Mega Gyarados taking the spotlight from June 1, 2024, until June 10, 2024. So, here’s all you need to know to add this powerful beast to your team in Niantic’s game.


Mega Gyarados weaknesses in Pokemon Go

Fortunately, Mega Gyarados’ dual Water/Dark typing makes it weak to a number of types such as Electric, Grass, Fighting, Bug, or Fairy-type moves, so players should bring these into battle to have the best chance of winning.

On the other hand, this powerful creature is resistant to a long list of types, including Ghost, Steel, Fire, Water, Ice, Dark, and Psychic-type attacks, so avoid them at all costs as they won’t deal much damage.

Mega Gyarados counters in Pokemon Go

Here are some of the best counters you can use during the battle:

Mega SceptileMega SceptileFury Cutter & Frenzy Plant
Mega HeracrossMega Heracross in Pokemon GoCounter & Mega Horn
Mega Gardevoirgardevoir pokemonCharm & Dazzling Gleam
KartanaRazor Leaf & Leaf Blade
TerrakionTerrakionDouble Kick & Sacred Sword
KeldeoKeldeo in Pokemon GoLow Kick & Sacred Sword
Shadow RaikouPokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Rakiou profile imageThunder Shock & Wild Charge
Shadow ElectivireThunder Shock & Wild Charge
LucarioPokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Lucario profile imageCounter & Aura Sphere
ConkeldurrCounter & Dynamic Punch

The list includes Megas, Legendaries, Shadow, and more common Pokemon so there should be something for trainers of all levels.

However, even though the creatures listed are very effective against Mega Gyarados, they still need to be leveled up and know the proper moves if you want to win the battle.

How to get Mega Gyarados in Pokemon Go

As with any other Mega Evolution, players can only obtain Mega Gyarados by gathering 300 Mega Energy and using it in regular Gyarados. After you’ve done this once, the cost will drop to 60 Mega Energy and so on.

Players can obtain Mega Energy by defeating Mega Evolved Pokemon in Mega Raids or by completing specific Research Tasks during events.

Mega Gyarados will appear as a Mega Raid Boss from Saturday, June 1, 2024, until Monday, June 10, 2024, when it will be replaced by Mega Alakazam.

Mega Gyarados

Can Mega Gyarados be Shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, Mega Gyarados can be Shiny in Pokemon Go, as this variation was added to the game on the same day the Mega Pokemon debuted in 2021.

As you can’t catch Mega Pokemon, you’ll need to be lucky enough to find a Shiny Gyarados with its iconic red tone and then earn enough Mega Energy to Mega Evolve it.

That’s all there is about how to defeat Mega Gyarados in Pokemon Go Mega Raids. For more about Mega Evolutions, check our guide about costs and bonuses, as well as our picks for Best Mega Evolutions, and the Mega Evolutions missing from the game.