Okay, it's time for my feeble attempt at an underused Pokemon post. This time, it's Gyarados, a Pokemon with good overall stats, bad stat balance, and a very unfortunate type.
First of all, the customary look at its stats:
Special Attack: 218
Special Defense: 298
I don't know much about stats, so please don't flame me if I get something wrong. ^_^;
Its Special Defense is actually better than some think, equalling that of Mew. Its Special Attack got screwed over by the G/S split, though, rendering most of its best moves weak. Its Speed and Defense are OK, albeit on the low side, but its Attack is impressive. Unfortunately, it can't make much use of its attack; it has only Normal Attacks and Hidden Power. (And, if you want to get technical, Rock Smash.)
Now, on to the moves...
Gyarados can use the Rain Dance combo, with Thunder, Surf, and Rain Dance, just not very efficiently, due to its low Special Attack.
Because Gyarados doesn't have much staying power, and has lots of Attack, it can use End/Flail (for a few turns), albeit losing the ability to use RBY TM's, Bite, and Dragon Rage in the process.
Ground Power can 2HKO all Electrics except for Ampharos and Raikou, but it could conceivably be thought of as similar (NOT same likelihood, but SIMILAR) to a Legendary w/Hidden Power (i.e. accused of being Sharkery), because it can't use Hidden Power (to determine the type) until it evolves at level 20, so it's more difficult to get the right HP. Start saving up Rare Candies if you want to put it on your Gyarados. Having it with Flail is especially difficult, as you must wait until L:30 to find out the HP type. You probably won't use it anyway, as who in their right mind would keep out a Gyarados against an Electric-type? I might as well point out now that since you always know that they'll be using Electric attacks against Gyarados, you can swap out to your Ground-type. Only major problem would be a Surfing Raichu.
Flying HP could have its uses for STAB. Same problems as Ground HP, though.
D-Edge, or at least Body Slam or Return, is a must. Hyper Beam may actually be feasible, due to PokeSta 2 rule change and Gyarados's immense attack, as long as it's only used as a finisher.
As for Special attacks, it can learn Thunderbolt, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, Surf, Ice Beam, Bite, and Dragonbreath, and can use essentially none of them, due to low Special Attack. Only use them if you have to in order to counter a weakness.
Few defensive moves. Reflect, the usual others, and that's about it. Oddly enough, it can learn Sandstorm.
Some people use Substitute while their opponent switches out to an Electric-type. I've never tried this myself. It could work. I haven't done tests on Gyarados surviving Electric attacks yet.
So, some movesets (I'm not good with items):
The "Rain Dance" Gyarados
It's not like it'll survive a Thunder anyway.
The "STAB, finally" Gyarados
Just try to dole out damage as fast as possible before dying.
The "I may get hurt really fast, but so will you now" Gyarados, a.k.a. the "Desparately needs Agility baton-passed to it" Gyarados
-Ground HP/Fighting HP/Surf
I have no idea whether this will work out. Hidden Power 70 (either one) will be very hard to get.
The "Let's pray I can survive a Thunderbolt at not-quite-max health" Gyarados
Sub while opponent switches out to an Electric. Protect (if that'll work with a Sub), Ground HP, Protect, and Ground HP again. Of course, it'll require taking an attack at 75% health, plus 4 uses of Leftovers. (Which is probably 100% health... I'm just not sure.)
Thoughts, flames, questions, flames, comments, flames, flames, anyone? -_-;;
[ 09-03-2001: Message edited by: oporaca ]
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