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The red scaled Gyarados trained by Lance
Much like in the Pokemon anime, the red scaled Gyarados was a side effect of Team Rocket's experiments in the games Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver for Gameboy. It was incredibly difficult but not impossible to catch in the game, but most players who obtained one did so by using a master ball acquired through trading to capture it. The red Gyarados is much stronger then other Gyarados encountered in the game.