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Pokemon Sword & Shield: Best Gyarados Moveset

If you’re using Gyarados in Pokemon Sword & Shield, you’re going to want to know what the best possible moveset and build is. Gyarados is among the most powerful pokemon in the game, so it should surely be a contender for your team at any stage of the game. In this guide, I’ll tell you the best possible build for your Gyarados and what you should shoot for when you’re training it.

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In terms of nature for your Gyarados build, you’ll want to shoot for Jolly, which raises speed while lowering special attack. Adamant, which raises attack at the expense of special attack, is a close second. However, because Gyarados’s strength doesn’t need much help and its speed certainly does, Jolly is usually preferred so that it can move first as often as possible.


Gyarados’s choices for abilities are Moxie, which increases Gyarados’s attack power every time it defeats an enemy, and Intimidate, which lowers the attack power of the opposing pokemon when Gyarados is first sent onto the field. Moxie is indisputably the better of these two abilities, and you should definitely shoot for that one. In order to get a Gyarados with Moxie, you’ll need to get lucky catching one in a max raid battle.

Held Item

If you’re just going through the regular game, you may want to just equip your Gyarados with a Leftovers or a Mystic Water. In tournament mode and beyond, where entry hazards become a difficult challenge, the Heavy-Duty Boots may be the way to go, as Gyarados has a significant weakness to Stealth Rock. However, sticking with the Leftovers may still be the optimal choice, especially if you have a Pokemon dedicated to eliminating hazards, like Cinderace.

Gyarados Build Moveset

Here’s what you’re going to want to put in your Gyarados’s moveset in Pokemon Sword & Shield:

Power Whip
Dragon Dance

Gyarados is what’s known as a physical sweeper, which is a physically powerful pokemon who focuses entirely on killing as many opposing pokemon on the enemy team as possible. For this reason, type coverage tends to be important.

For Gyarados specifically, you’ll want to make sure Gyarados is the recipient of your Dynamax during any given battle. Not only does Gyarados get a huge power increase from Dynamaxing, the Dynamax Water and Air attacks that Gyardos gains access to increase his power enormously, by setting up rainy weather and increasing his speed.

Finally, Dragon Dance is important because with just one or two Dragon Dances, there are few enemy pokemon Gyarados is incapable of OHKOing.

Gyarados Moveset Conclusion

When it comes to physical sweepers in Pokemon Sword & Shield, Gyarados is among the best. Very few pokemon come to match it in terms of offensive power and the ability to absolutely wreck entire teams when left unchecked. This is not only because of Gyarados’s great stats and excellent movepool, but also because Moxie, Max Airstream, Dragon Dance and Max Geyser all power Gyarados up even further the longer its able to go on its rampage.

That about covers it when it comes to the best Gyarados build in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Be sure to check out the Games Section for more articles like this and click here for more game guides for Pokemon Sword and Shield.