Mega Gyarados Pokemon Go Raid guide: Weaknesses, counters & Mega Raid tips

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Mega Gyarados is returning to Pokemon Go Mega Raid battles, and we’ve got the best counters to take advantage of its weaknesses and defeat it in no time at all.

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 creature is making its return to Mega Raids.

Trainers will be able to battle Mega Gyarados in Raids from Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 10AM until Friday, July 2, 2021, at 10AM local time. It’s a suitable Mega Raid Boss for the ongoing Season of Discovery.

If you’re struggling to take Mega Gyarados down, or just want tips on how to get it defeated as quickly as possible, we’ve put together a list of the best counters you can use below.

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Mega Gyarados is finally coming to Pokemon Go.

Mega Gyarados weaknesses in Pokemon Go

Fortunately, Mega Gyarados is weak to a number of types thanks to its Water/Dark-typing. Trainers should bring Electric, Grass, Fighting, Bug, or Fairy-types into battle to have the best chance of winning.

Gyarados is an iconic Gen 1 creature that first appeared in Pokemon Red and Green on the Game Boy in 1996. It’s always been one of the strongest Pokemon that trainers can have on their team, but its Mega evolution makes it ridiculously powerful.

Players looking to take down Mega Gyarados in Mega Raids will have a difficult battle ahead of them. We don’t know what its Boss CP is right now, but it’s expected to have one of the highest possible CP in the game.

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Raikou is a great counter for taking down Mega Gyarados.

Best counters for Mega Gyarados

The absolute best counters would be Mega Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant, or Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge, but many players won’t have access to those, so the list below should be more than enough:

  • Zekrom: This popular Gen 5 Legendary can take advantage of Mega Gyarados’ weakness to Electric-type moves with Charge Beam and Wild Charge.
  • Raikou: Another fan-favorite Legendary that can turn Mega Gyarados’ Electric weakness in its favor. Use the moves Thunder Shock and Wild Charge for the best effect.
  • Lucario: This Fighting/Steel-type is more than just a cool-looking Pokemon, with Counter and Aura Sphere packing a huge punch against Mega Gyarados.
  • Breloom: Being a Grass/Fighting-type, Breloom is an ideal counter against Mega Gyarados using the moves Counter and Dynamic Punch.
  • Conkeldurr: The final evolution of Timburr is a strong Fighting-type that can take on Mega Gyarados using Counter and Dynamic Punch.

Some more common counters that should still be effective are Machamp with Karate Chop and Dynamic Punch; Roserade with Razor Leaf and Grass Knot; Tangrowth with Vine Whip and Power Whip; and Luxray with Spark and Wild Charge.

It’s important to remember that Mega Evolutions can’t be caught, but completing the Mega Raids will help players save up enough resources to temporarily Mega Evolve their own Gyarados, which will be a powerful asset going forwards.

Mega Gyarados moveset

Mega Gyarados is capable of performing four fast moves and six charged moves, ranging from Water-type to Dark-type and Dragon-type. These are listed below:

Fast Moves

  • Bite
  • Waterfall
  • Dragon Breath
  • Dragon Tail

Charged Moves

  • Hydro Pump
  • Outrage
  • Crunch
  • Twister
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Aqua Tail

Can Mega Gyarados be Shiny?

Yes, Mega Gyarados can be a gorgeous red Shiny in Pokemon Go. As you can’t catch Mega Pokemon, you’ll need to be lucky enough to find a Shiny Gyarados and then earn enough Mega Energy to Mega Evolve it.

As well as Mega Gyarados appearing in Mega Raids, the Legendary Pokemon Regigigas will also be appearing in five-star raids in Pokemon Go from Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10AM local time.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about taking down Mega Gyarados in Pokemon Go. If you’re looking to become and even stronger trainer, check out these useful guides:

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