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Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koiking) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Biology

Physiology

Magikarp is a Fish Pokémon. Its body is made up of/covered in red scales. Its fins are either yellow or white. They also have "whiskers" or Maxilliary Barbells. Female Magikarp have white barbells while male Magikarp have yellow barbells. Magikarp refers to them as his magnificent barbs in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.

Gender differences

The way to tell a male and female Magikarp apart is that an male Magikarp has gold whiskers while an female has white whiskers. In Pokemon GO and its Water Event, the whiskers of the female Magikarp appears to be white silver or platinum. This also applies when it evolves into a female Gyarados as its whiskers remain white silver than its original blue.

Natural abilities

Shiny-magikarp

A shiny Magikarp.

Magikarp have the ability Swift Swim, which increases a Magikarp's Speed when it is raining. Despite being strong in the past, its present-day descendants are considerably weaker. It struggles to swim against even the weakest of currents.

Magikarp are often seen as prey to Pokémon such as Pidgeot, which swoop them from the waters surface, and Meowth.

Evolution

Magikarp evolves into Gyarados at level 20.

Game info

Magikarp is the most common Pokémon in the waters of all the Pokémon regions. It can be found in every body of water in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. It is considered to be the weakest Pokémon because it can only use three moves. It is a hardy Pokémon that can thrive in any body of water, no matter if the water is freshwater or saltwater. It can even thrive in polluted waters. However, if it is taken care of properly, it evolves into a magnificent Gyarados, at level 20. Until it reaches level 20, it is utterly useless.

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common
Yellow Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common
Gold/Silver Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod, Surf on the Lake of Rage Common
Crystal Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod, Surf on the Lake of Rage Common
Ruby/Sapphire Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod Common
Emerald Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod Common
FireRed/LeafGreen Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common
Diamond/Pearl Fish with Old Rod, Trade a Finneon on Route 226 Common
Platinum Fish with Old Rod, Trade a Finneon on Route 226 Common
HeartGold/SoulSilver Fish with an Old Rod or a Good Rod Common
Black/White Buy from a Magikarp Salesman One
X/Y Route 3, Route 22, Parfum Palace (Old Rod) Common
Sun/Moon Fish With Rod Common


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Channel Secret Cove
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 3, Secret Storage 5, Secret Storage 19, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Waterfall Pond (7F-11F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Lake Afar (B1F-B12F)
Pokémon Ranger Safra Sea, Sekra Mountain Range


Pokédex entries

  • Red and Blue

    In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.

  • Yellow

    Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles.

  • Gold

    An underpowered, pathetic Pokémon. It may jump high on rare occasions, but never more than seven feet.

  • Silver

    For no reason, it jumps and splashes about, making it easy for predators like Pidgeotto to catch it mid-jump.

  • Crystal

    This weak and pathetic Pokémon gets easily pushed along rivers when there are strong currents.

  • Ruby

    Magikarp is a pathetic excuse for a Pokémon that is only capable of flopping and splashing. This behavior prompted scientists to undertake research on it.

  • Sapphire

    Magikarp is virtually useless in battle as it can only splash around. As a result, it is considered to be weak. However, it is actually a very hardy Pokémon that can survive in any body of water no matter how polluted it is.

  • FireRed

    It is virtually worthless in terms of both power and speed. It is the most weak and pathetic Pokémon in the world.

  • LeafGreen

    In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.

  • Emerald

    Its swimming muscles are weak, so it is easily washed away by currents. In places where water pools, you can see many Magikarp deposited there by the flow.

  • Diamond

    It is said to be the world's weakest Pokémon. No one knows why it has managed to survive.

  • Pearl

    It is unable to swim against even slow-moving currents. It always splashes about for some reason.

  • Platinum

    A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

  • HeartGold

    An underpowered, pathetic Pokémon. It may jump high on rare occasions, but never more than seven feet.

  • SoulSilver

    For no reason, it jumps and splashes about, making it easy for predators like Pidgeotto to catch it mid-jump.

  • Black

    A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

  • White

    A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

  • Black 2

    A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

  • White 2

    A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

  • X

    It is virtually worthless in terms of both power and speed. It is the most weak and pathetic Pokémon in the world.

  • Y

    In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.

  • Omega Ruby

    Magikarp is a pathetic excuse for a Pokémon that is only capable of flopping and splashing. This behavior prompted scientists to undertake research into it.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Magikarp is virtually useless in battle as it can only splash around. As a result, it is considered to be weak. However, it is actually a very hardy Pokémon that can survive in any body of water no matter how polluted it is.

  • Sun

    Although weak and helpless, this Pokémon is incredibly fertile. They exist in such multitudes, you'll soon grow tired of seeing them.

  • Moon

    Its reckless leaps make it easy pickings for predators. On the bright side, many Pokémon enjoy longer life spans, thanks to Magikarp.

  • Ultra Sun

    In the distant past, they were fairly strong, but they have become gradually weaker over time.

  • Ultra Moon

    Thanks to their strong hold on life, dirty water doesn’t bother them at all. They live in waters all over the world.

  • Let's Go Pikachu

    Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles.

  • Let's Go Eevee

    Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
20
Attack
10
Defense
55
Sp. Atk
15
Sp. Def
20
Speed
80
Total
200

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Splash —% 40 Normal Status
15 Tackle 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Splash —% 40 Normal Status Type Cute 4 0 ♥
15 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cute 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Splash —% 40 Normal Status
15 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Splash —% 40 Normal Status Type Cute 0
15 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal Physical Type Tough 3
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cute 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Splash —% 40 Normal Type Cute 2 0 ♥
15 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal Type Tough 4 0 ♥
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal Type Cute 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Splash —% 40 Normal
15 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Splash —% 40 Normal
15 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
TMs and HMs Generation I
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation VII
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation VI
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation V
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation IV
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation III
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Breeding.
Breeding Generation II
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bounce USUM 85 85% 5 Flying Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bounce ORAS 85 85% 5 Flying Physical Type Cute 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bounce B2W2 85 85% 5 Flying Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Bounce HGSSPt 85 85% 5 Flying Physical Type Cute 1
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

This Pokémon learns no moves by Tutoring.
Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 129 front Y 129 front GR 129 front
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 129 front S 129 front C 129 front
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 129 front E 129 front FRLG 129 front
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 129 front Pt 129 front HGSS 129 front
DP 129f front Pt 129f front HGSS 129f front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Magikarp BW Magikarp BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GO Back
Magikarp XY Magikarp XY
Magikarp Shiny XY Magikarp Shiny XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Back
Magikarp XY
Sword Shield Back

Appearances

Anime

Magikarp appeared in the anime from the very beginning, debuting in Pokémon - I Choose You!" When Ash and Pikachu are fleeing from a flock of Spearow, they jump into a lake to escape, and a Magikarp is seen swimming away followed by a Gyarados, which chases Ash and Pikachu out of the lake.

Magikarp's first major appearance was with Team Rocket in "Battle Aboard the St. Anne". James gets a Magikarp from a dealer, who cheated his money or bottle caps three times in the whole series of Pokémon Anime, in a golden Poké Ball, of which the gold color disguised the red part of the Poké Ball. It then evolves into a Gyarados, when James kicks it away after the ship sank. The newly evolved Gyarados then uses Dragon Rage to send Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, and Team Rocket blasting away to an island.

Trivia

  • Magikarp is generally regarded as the weakest Pokémon in the Pokémon games. Stat-wise, however, Wishiwashi (in its Solo Form) is.
    • Cosmog can actually be considered weaker than Magikarp, as Cosmog can't learn any damage dealing moves.
  • In Pokémon Platinum Version, Magikarp is both the lowest- and highest-level non-glitch Pokémon available for capture. By using the Super Rod at a pond in the Resort Area, this Pokémon can be encountered and caught at levels ranging from 1 to 100.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness are the only games in which Magikarp can learn moves via TMs. This holds true in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky.
  • According to Misty in Pokémon Shipwreck, Magikarp are just scales and bones, making them unsuitable for eating.
  • It is similar to Feebas in that it is a weak fish Pokémon that evolves into a powerful serpentine one.
  • In Gen VI onwards, its in-game sprite just helplessly flops around. Curiously, other fish Pokémon, such as Goldeen, do not exhibit such animations and seem to "swim" in the air. This is probably to signify it's weakness.
  • Magikarp and its evolution Gyarados have a unique egg group combo (Water 2 & Dragon).

Origin

Magikarp is based on a carp. Its evolution into Gyarados is based on a Chinese myth about how carp that leapt over large and tall waterfalls would transform into dragons. It also strongly resembles a yellow-eyed rockfish.

Etymology

Magikarp is a combination of magic and carp. The "magic" part may be said ironically, as it seems to convey something wondrous about a mundane and useless Pokémon.

Koiking is a combination of 鯉 koi (carp) and king, giving its name an ironic slant similar to its English name.

Gallery

See also

Pokémon

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