Get ready, Pokémon GO trainers! Mega Gyarados has made a splash in Boss Raids, and you have from May 16-23 to challenge this formidable foe. Mega Gyarados, evolved from the beloved Pokémon owned by Misty, is not just a sight to behold but also a powerful opponent. Here's everything you need to know to defeat Mega Gyarados and add it to your collection.


Mega Gyarados: Strengths and Weaknesses

Mega Gyarados is a dual Water/Dark-type Pokémon, which brings specific strengths and vulnerabilities:

  • Strengths: Mega Gyarados thrives against Fire, Ground, and Rock-type Pokémon due to its Water and Dark typing. It's advisable to avoid using Pokémon of these types when facing it in a raid.

  • Weaknesses: This Pokémon is susceptible to Electric, Grass, Fighting, Bug, and Fairy-type moves. Utilizing Pokémon with these typings will give you a significant advantage in battle.


Top Counters for Mega Gyarados

To maximize your chances of defeating Mega Gyarados, consider bringing the following Pokémon to the raid:

  • Gardevoir or Mega Gardevoir: Armed with Charm and Dazzling Gleam, Gardevoir can exploit Mega Gyarados's weakness to Fairy-type moves.

  • Sceptile or Mega Sceptile: With Fury Cutter and Frenzy Plant, Sceptile can deal considerable damage, especially leveraging its Grass-type advantage.

  • Heracross or Mega Heracross: Known for its Fighting-type prowess, Heracross with Counter and Megahorn can be particularly effective.

  • Venusaur or Mega Venusaur: Another excellent Grass-type option, Venusaur’s Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant are optimal for taking down Mega Gyarados.

  • Scizor or Mega Scizor: This Bug/Steel-type Pokémon with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor offers a robust resistance to Mega Gyarados’s Dark-type moves while dealing significant damage.

  • Beedrill or Mega Beedrill: With Bug Bite and X-Scissor, Beedrill is a potent Bug-type that can quickly accumulate damage against Mega Gyarados.


How to Add Mega Gyarados to Your Team

Defeating Mega Gyarados in a raid is just the first step; here’s how to make it part of your lineup:

  1. Participate in Mega Raids: Join a Mega Raid against Gyarados. Due to the difficulty of the raid, it's recommended to team up with other trainers rather than attempting to solo it.

  2. Capture Gyarados: Upon defeating Mega Gyarados, you'll have the opportunity to catch a standard Gyarados. If it's your first Gyarados, you’ll also unlock a special bonus encounter.

  3. Collect Mega Energy: After catching your Gyarados, you will earn Mega Energy. Accumulate 300 Mega Energy to evolve your Gyarados into Mega Gyarados, empowering it with enhanced stats and capabilities.



Mega Gyarados presents a thrilling challenge in Pokémon GO. By understanding its weaknesses and assembling a team of effective counters, you can conquer this raid boss and harness the power of Mega Gyarados in your team. Gather your friends, strategize your Pokémon lineup, and dive into the battle. Let us know how your raid goes in the comments below! Happy hunting!