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Fourth Generation Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum kicked off the fourth generation of Pokémon. Two years later, fans of the Johto region were treated to a remastered adventure in HeartGold & SoulSilver. Discuss the games, explore the features, share your experiences, and help other players out!

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Old December 9th, 2012 (10:25 AM).
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No, not all that much. He wasn't technically legitimate like "Oh my Arceus, it's a shiny RANDOM Gyarados!" He was programmed to be shiny so I didn't like it. I just enslaved him and that was it. I'm replaying Heartgold but I doubt i'll use him. I'll just keep him to get to Lapras in Union Cave :P
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Old December 9th, 2012 (10:36 AM).
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Red Gyarados is one of the most unique pokemon in the whole game. I kept it on my team alongside my Blue Gyarados; both very powerful and destroyed Lance in the E4.
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Old December 9th, 2012 (10:48 AM).
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I can't use Pokemon I don't train myself, I love Gyarados; but I prefer to train it from Magikarp. So I pc'd it
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Old December 9th, 2012 (1:15 PM).
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Old December 12th, 2012 (3:34 AM).
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on my 1st play,I used it after that experience,I thought Gyarados wasn't good unless you train it from Magikarp.

On my 2nd play I replaced it with Feraligatr and put it in the PC
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Old December 12th, 2012 (4:20 AM).
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I used my Red Gyarados for awhile. I try to train all my Pokemon until they are level 100.

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Old December 12th, 2012 (7:53 PM).
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I rarely do simply because I prefer to use special based water Pokemon over physical ones.
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Old December 12th, 2012 (8:31 PM).
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I actually still have mine from SoulSilver but it was sent over to Diamond. I don't really use it aside from some battles with my friend (if we agree on a certain level restriction that stops me from using my better ones). That Gyarados was my second shiny, I believe. T:

But yeah it's just rotting in my PC box. I have either two or three LoR Gyarados now because people on GTS are always putting them up. Storyline or not, it's still a shiny. (;
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Old December 17th, 2012 (10:28 AM).
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I've never used a Gyarados in my life and when I caught a shiny Gyarados it still did not make me want to use it; not even as an HM slave because I already had an HM slave. Gyarados was only good for completing my Pokedex and not to brag because everyone had one.


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Old December 17th, 2012 (6:36 PM).
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I boxed mine. Gyarados isn't really a Pokemon I like too much, plus I already had my water type (either Vaporeon or Feraligatr) by the time I reached Mahogany. There are water types I like much better and I wasn't a fan of how slow Gyarados was to level up. ):

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Old December 18th, 2012 (7:38 AM).
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I don't own either HG/SS yet (infact that is the reason I joined up) but in the original Pokemon Red/Yellow I used a Gyarados and when Gold came out I got the red Gyarados from then onwards (my starter was the grass type I think).

Surprised so many people don't like it, in the first 2 generations it was one of the most powerful pokemon in the game (stronger than the starter water pokemon in stats with a more diverse ability list), interesting because it evolves from the weakest pokemon in the game, i always got excited having a Magikarp on my team because I knew at level 20 it would evolve into something that was far beyond the strength of any other pokemon at the same level, even if attacks wise it was lacking (just tackle and bite at 20)

I don't know how it fairs in the newer generations though, but I would expect If (when) I grab a copy of Soul Silver it will find itself on my team.
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Old December 18th, 2012 (9:01 AM).
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I didn't catch it. I used it to evolve my Dratiny. It's color is nice but it is a programmed shiny. It's not a shiny Pokemon like the others.
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Old December 18th, 2012 (1:51 PM).
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As soon as I caught the Red Gyarados, I boxed it. I was intending on using it in the Battle Frontier, but I procrastinated and never got around training it.

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Old December 19th, 2012 (10:09 PM).
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I'm using Pyke the Red Gyarados as we speak on the current leg of my Red Monocolor challenge :). He was pretty much an obvious choice for the team. If I wasn't using him, I would have probably ended up with a Kingler instead, so it all worked out.
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Old December 21st, 2012 (12:01 AM).
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I used it in HG just because I did so in Gold, mostly for nostalgic reasons. My first team in Gold was Quilava/Red Gyarados/Ho-Oh and while I didn't just use those three, it was kinda cool to use the water Pokemon again.
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Old December 21st, 2012 (8:33 AM).
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Old December 21st, 2012 (4:25 PM).
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Nope, because I didn't want to mess with its EVs, nor do I want to waste my Earthquake TM for it.
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Old December 21st, 2012 (4:26 PM).
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Yes, as an HM slave / meat shield in battles.
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Old December 21st, 2012 (4:32 PM).
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I already had the Magikarp that is always on my teams.
Seeing as it was already there, I didn't want the Gyarados.
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Old December 21st, 2012 (5:50 PM).
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I played the game in an odd order, so when I caught the Red Gyarados my Magikarp was still around level 18. So I used it and then made my Magikarp an HM slave when it evolved. RG became my highest level for the Elite Four at 51 before I took them on.
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Old December 29th, 2012 (7:32 PM).
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I don't like Red Gyarados at all. He is part of the story, so you don't get excited about it like if you find a real shiny

Since I started HG with a Totodile, I kept it to use as an HM slave and a meat shield while I healed my other pokemon.

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Old December 29th, 2012 (7:38 PM).
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Like the majority, I used it as an HM slave. I prefer to evolve my Pokemon and raise them from the start.

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Old December 29th, 2012 (7:58 PM).
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I always catch that Gyarados, because it's a shiny. xD I just catch it and just store it. That is all. :P

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Old December 29th, 2012 (8:19 PM).
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I didn't use him too much. I caught it just for the sport of it- and because it was shiny.
I mean, c'mon, who could resist not catching a shiny Pokemon? :3
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Old January 2nd, 2013 (10:49 AM).
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I used him in the original Gold and Silver as a main team member, but not in my HG. I actually used him as an HM slave because he can learn Waterfall, Whirlpool, Surf, and Strength. He's like, the ultimate HM slave.
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