For several pokémon I found their evolutions in the wild. For example Tentacruel, Raticate and Pidgeotto. I was wondering if Gyarados maybe is an exception because of the exceptional high evolve cost of Magikarp? I can imagine that they really want you to evolve a Magikarp in this case. So, has anyone found a wild one yet?

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Yes. Gyarados is accessible in the wild.

As it does not have a rarity class1 (note the PokemonClass on Mew or Mewtwo) assigned to it, it may spawn freely (albeit rarely) across the world.

However, due to their spawn chances, it may not be as much work to evolve a Magikarp -- unless you're exceedingly lucky and near one of the biomes in the game that supports Gyarados.

1The data sourced in the above dump came from packet and game reverse-engineering and has since been validated by many people, including myself. It is perhaps, as of now, the best source of information we have on what makes Pokemon tick.

  • surley it's not so rare that you would run into 100 magikarp before finding it
    – user106385
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 4:31
  • thats odd. that data lists squirtle as "family_rattata"
    – user106385
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 4:32
  • @Timelord64 I've run into a fair amount near the beach, and blame Niantic for the naming.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 6:01
  • I can confirm that several of the states parks near my mothers' house that have a small river running through them spawn Gyarados
    – Taegost
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 18:17
  • I have evolved Magikarp into Gyarados twice but have yet to see any in the wild. I live very close to the sea... so many Magikarp :-/
    – Theyna
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 19:39

Yes, you can find Gyarados in the wild, although it is very rare. There have been a couple of sightings, here in Australia. It has also been registered in at least two different instances, on a collective spreadsheet for listing Pokemon locations in Sydney1.

#130    Gyarados    Darling Harbour, Circular Quay

Gyrados is rarer than Magikarp, but consider that you need 400 Magikarp Candy to evolve a Magikarp. If you find a location accessible to you, that is known to spawn a Gyarados, it would be arguably more efficient than attempting to catch 100 Magikarp.

1 Be aware that the creator, one Bradley Dowling, has been updating this list. However, for reasons that are lost on me, he made it available to anonymous public edit. The list, itself, is often stripped and vandalised. You have to revert to the last version posted by the original author to read through the legitimate list.

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