Gyrados is that one ferocious beast that can sweep teams, tank hits, and then get taken out by an electric type move. Well, he WAS that, then Mega Evolutions happened and he turned into a tanky nigh unstoppable beast roaring to go through teams like butter. So, time for me to do my usual basic overview of this beastly beast.
- Bulky as heck and can tank even the strongest of Special Attacks.
- STAB Water and Flying moves can cause great damage with that beautiful attack stat, even to things that resist it.
- Only 2 weaknesses.
-Death by Electric moves is very easy, especially if you happen to run into a Physical electric move.
- Below average defenses, usually not a problem thanks to how bulky it already is.
Abilities: You could honestly go either way here, if you feel like lowering the opponents attack is essential to make use of Gyrados' bulk, do so, but raising sweeping capabilities with Moxie is very much a thing. Both are quite useful.
Countering Gyrados: Click electric type move and then watch Gyrados' HP plummet. Physical moves work best here. Pokemon that can resist EQ and both Flying and Water moves are very safe to swtich in and use an electric move, anything that can take a hit and then easily destroy basically. You may want a clean switch either way, however, as Gyrados still hits hard, especially if it got the chance to set-up.
Checking Gyrados: For the most part, Pokemon that are Steel types work as great checks if you know your opponent doesn't have Earthquake. A GREAT Pokemon here is Skarmory, as it can go in, take no damage from earthquake and take both of Gyrados' STAB moves with relative ease. Beyond this, any Pokemon that you think is bulky enough to take the hits easily will do, Bulky Pokemon like Blissey and defensive Pokemon like Confagrigus or Deoxys-D that are neutral to Gyrados' STAB will probably do well here.
- Electric weakness pretty much nullified, but gains a ton of other weaknesses like Fighting and Bug that may end up being hard to deal with.
- Attack boost that can easily take out many tanky Pokemon and a boost in defenses enough to make Gyrados even MORE tanky than before.
-As mentioned earlier, a plethora of weaknesses are gained for the loss of the Rock and dampening of the electric weaknesses, but this is easily managed.
Ability: Mold Breaker does wonders against things with Sturdy and Azumarril with Huge Power and other such things. Making Gyrados able to smash most threats regardless of abilities.
Countering MegaGyrados: This is a little harder now, but many things can now have more effect on Gyrados. Anything that can tank a hit and then use a powerful Physical Fighting, Bug, Grass, or even the old electric type can take this thing out with relative ease. If you can get a clean switch in, then a faster less bulky Pokemon could OHKO with a powerful enough move, but switching in to take a hit WILL require a considerable amount of bulk.
Checking MegaGyrados: Pretty much anything that can check Gyrados can check it's MegaEvolution form as well. A tanky Pokemon that can resist or simply take the hits MegaGyrados dishes out will do well here.
Overall: Gyrados is fantastic in two fields, a Sp. Defensive wall, or a Physical Sweeper. It should NOT be underestimated in either and the consequences will be dire if you let it set up against you. Hope to be ready against this thing, because if you aren't... you're gone.
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