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

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 a male Magikarp has gold whiskers while a 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.

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 and Blue Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common
Yellow Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common
Gold and 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 and Sapphire Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod Common
FireRed and LeafGreen Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common
Emerald Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod Common
Diamond and 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 and SoulSilver Fish with an Old Rod or a Good Rod Common
Black and White Buy from a Magikarp Salesman One
X and Y Route 3, Route 22, Parfum Palace (Old Rod) Common
Sun and Moon Fish with Old 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.

  • Sword

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

  • Shield

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


Stats

Magikarp's 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

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
52 Bounce 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.

Magikarp learns no moves via TM/HM.

Breeding

Magikarp learns no moves via breeding.


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.

Magikarp learns no moves via tutoring.

Magikarp learns no moves via tutoring.

Sprites


Appearances

Anime

  • Goh's Magikarp.
  • A Shiny Magikarp.

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

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.

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See also

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