Mega Gyarados Pokémon GO Debuts in Lunar New Year Event

Lunar New Year brings Mega Gyarados to Pokémon GO for the first time.
Lunar New Year brings Mega Gyarados to Pokémon GO for the first time. | Photo by The Pokémon Company

Mega Gyarados in Pokémon GO will finally make its debut during the upcoming Lunar New Year event. In addition to bringing Mega Gyarados to Pokémon GO, the event will also be an opportunity to get a Shiny Gyarados.

Mega Gyarados Pokémon GO Debuts in Lunar New Year Event

From Feb. 9-20, Mega Pidegot, Mega Ampharos and Mega Gyarados will be available to battle in Mega Raids. This marks Mega Gyarados's first appearance in Pokémon GO. The event will also feature Tauros and red Pokémon. Gyarados isn't red, but a Shiny one is.

Shiny Gyarados is one of the franchise's most iconic, and will also appear in the wild alongside other red-colored Pokékmon like normal versions of Krabby, Goldeen, Magmar, Tepig and Magikarp. This is a great opportunity to get a Shiny Gyarados if you missed out on Community Day Magikarp last summer.

Of course, a Shiny Gyarados will keep its red color when it Mega Evolves. Gyarados is already a strong Pokémon, and Mega Gyarados is expected to make it even better. It can learn a variety of Dark, Water and Dragon moves, letting it cover many popular threats in the Ultra and Master League. Regular Gyarados has double weakness to Electric, but its attack prowess more than makes up for it. When Mega Evolved, it becomes Water and Dark.