Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Best Natures for Gyarados

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It’s no secret that Magikarp is the laughingstock of the Pokemon universe, but its evolution, Gyarados, is a powerful partner in battle. If you want to add this Water/Flying-type to your team, you’ll want the best natures possible. See how to optimize the Atrocious Pokemon by getting the best stats.

Best Natures for Gyarados

Pokemon Best Natures Scarlet Violet Gyrados
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NatureEffects
Adamant+Attack/-Special Attack
Jolly+Speed/-Special Attack
Impish+Defense/-Special Attack
Careful+Special Defense/-Special Attack

Because Gyarados has a strong stat pool, you can choose one of four natures for your partner. What nature you choose depends on what you want. If you want an Attack focused Gyarados, we recommend Adamant. Are you looking to up your speed? Jolly‘s the choice for you. If you want to up your Defense, Impish is the best option. On the other hand, those looking to amp Special Defense should select Careful. Each of these natures lowers Special Attack, a nature that Gyarados won’t need.

Related: How to get Tera Type Pikachu in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Worst Natures for Gyarados

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Worst Natures gyrados
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Finding the best natures for your fishy friend might take longer than you’re willing to wait. If you’d rather get right into the action, we suggest avoiding the natures below. So long as you avoid these choices, you’ll easily make it through a casual playthrough.

NatureEffects
Modest+Special Attack/-Attack
Quiet+Special Attack/-Speed
Mild+Special Attack/-Defense
Rash+Special Attack/-Special Defense

While each of these natures is a poor option, they offer different vices. Despite these natures boosting Special Attack, they lower another critical stat. Modest lowers Attack, Quiet hits Speed, Mild impacts Defense, and Rash hurts Special Defense. If you want to make it to the top of the Pokemon League, it’s best to avoid these four options. Once you find a nature that works for you, you’re more than welcome to take on Paldea!

Stay tuned to Press SPACE to Jump for more Pokemon and Scarlet nature guides.

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Tai Hofmann
Tai Hofmann

I'm Tai, the New Games lead, Writer, and Editor for Press SPACE to Jump. My first memory is forcing my parents to play 50-round games of Mario Party on the N64. Now I love games on all platforms and hone in on new releases. Some of my favorite titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Cuphead, God of War 2018, Persona 5, and Smash Bros.

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