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Tauros #128: Tauros
Pokémon
#130: Gyarados Gyarados
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Magikarp (disambiguation).
Magikarp
コイキング Koiking
#129
129Magikarp.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Water Unknown
Category
Fish Pokémon
Abilities
Swift Swim Rattled
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#129
Johto
#076
Hoenn
#052
Sinnoh
#023
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-124
Height
2'11"
Imperial
0.9 m
Metric
Weight
22.0 lbs.
Imperial
10.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Red
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Body03.png
Footprint
 F129.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Water 2 and
Dragon groups
6 cycles
(1530 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
1
Base Exp.: 20 Battle Exp.: 201*

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

It evolves into Gyarados starting at level 20.

Biology

Physiology

Magikarp is a reddish-orange, medium-sized fish. Its notable characteristics include large, heavy scales. Its fins are primarily white, but it has two stiff, three-peaked fins on its back and stomach that are both yellow. It also has long barbels.

Gender differences

A female has white barbels and a male has tan ones. In Platinum (but no other games to date), the male also has a slightly bigger light band on its forehead compared to the female.

Special abilities

Long-lived Magikarp are able to utilize their immense splashing power to leap high enough to scale mountains. Magikarp also have a strong enough immune system to survive in the most polluted of waters.

Behavior

Although this Pokémon is capable of surviving in even the most polluted ponds, it is usually overlooked by Trainers because it is pathetically weak: even in the heat of battle it will do nothing but flop around. It is not a strong swimmer, and currents in the water will sweep it downstream. They are normally seen using Splash to leap out of the water, which is strange, as it makes them easy targets to predators such as Pidgeot. Before the species multiplied, it is believed that the ancestors of Magikarp were actually much stronger than the Magikarp seen today, and this belief has led scientists to research this species.

Habitat

Magikarp is found in many bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. However, due to its weak swimming ability it usually lives downstream of the water's flow. Magikarp are extremely plentiful, living in almost any region. No one really knows how this Pokémon survived, however, Magikarp is rare in the Unova region, unlike the other regions.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

Magikarp in the anime
Shiny Magikarp in the anime

Major appearances

Magikarp salesman's Magikarp

Several episodes, the first one being in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, involve a particular salesman trying to sell certain Pokémon to someone. The person he is usually trying to con is James and he usually sells Magikarp, claiming that they're very valuable.

Other

In The Joy of Pokémon, a Nurse Joy from the Orange Islands befriended a giant Magikarp that saved her as a child. It evolved into an equally large Gyarados, but it remained friendly.

In The Wacky Watcher!, Ash, Misty, and Tracey help a Pokémon Watcher named Quincy T. Quackenpoker observe the migration and evolution of a school of Magikarp.

Another, in Ya See We Want An Evolution, was nicknamed the strongest. This male Magikarp was unique in that it was in fact able to battle surprisingly well, even giving Pikachu a hard time.

Minor appearances

Magikarp are very often seen in any underwater scene. This is most likely a reference to their extreme abundance in the games.

Magikarp debuted in Pokémon - I Choose You! when one was seen swimming in the river that Ash had jumped into to try to escape a flock of Spearow that were chasing after him.

A Magikarp appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village. It was one of the Pokémon in Melanie's care. It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

A Magikarp was seen in a Pokémon Center in Hypno's Naptime.

Multiple Magikarp also appeared in the banned episode EP035.

Magikarp also appeared in Holy Matrimony!, The Evolution Solution, A Friend In Deed and Friend and Foe Alike.

Multiple Magikarp were among the Pokémon seen at Professor Oak's Laboratory in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral.

A Magikarp was being studied by Professor Oak in Poké Ball Peril.

A Magikarp was among the Pokémon controlled by Cassidy and Butch in Pikachu Re-Volts.

A school of Magikarp appeared in The Power of One.

Totodile juggled three Magikarp with its Water Gun in Love, Totodile Style.

A Magikarp appeared in The Light Fantastic swimming in a river.

Several Magikarp appeared in Brock's dream in Sick Daze.

A Magikarp appeared in The Joy of Water Pokémon as an inhabitant of Lake Lucid.

Magikarp also appeared in Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

Three Magikarp appeared under the ownership of Luka in Mantine Overboard!. They were used to aid her, Ash and later Misty in their underwater exploration.

In Octillery The Outcast, Misty's Poliwhirl went up against an unnamed Trainer's Magikarp in a qualifying match for the Whirl Cup tournament and won.

A Magikarp was among the Pokémon stolen from the Pokémon Center of Blue Point Isle in Around the Whirlpool.

A Magikarp appeared in Dueling Heroes.

A Magikarp was seen swimming in a lake in The Legend of Thunder! and Journey to the Starting Line.

Multiple Magikarp were among the Pokémon living in Lake Slowpoke in Enlighten Up!.

A Magikarp appeared in Gary's explanation in Johto Photo Finish.

A Magikarp was used by a competitor in the Tour de Alto Mare, a water chariot race, in Pokémon Heroes.

In Judgment Day, a Shiny Magikarp appeared in a flashback under the ownership of Jimmy and was later traded.

A Magikarp appeared in Arriving in Style! under the ownership of a Pokémon Stylist.

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team, Jessie used a different Magikarp which was confirmed to be male in the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

It was also seen as part of Lila's famous "Tiger Lily Smile" background in Battling the Generation Gap!.

Another Magikarp also appeared in Historical Mystery Tour!.

A group of Magikarp appeared in The Needs of the Three!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in a flashback in Bucking the Treasure Trend!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Destiny Deoxys, Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP021 Magikarp Ash's Pokédex Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon. Magikarp can live in the dirtiest of water. It jumps very well and can evolve into Gyarados.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

Magikarp as it appears in Pokémon Get da ze!

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Bill has a Magikarp that appeared in Make Way for Magikarp. Its resilient body saved Bill from acidic Victreebel saliva.

Magikarp was seen at the Lake of Rage, being forcibly evolved into Gyarados.

Erika is also seen teaching a class about Magikarp that can learn Dragon Rage.

Lance's Magikarp evolved into Gyarados and was used to shield him from the lava on Mt. Cerise.

In the Pokémon Get da ze! manga

A Magikarp appeared in the sixth chapter of Pokémon Get da ze!. This Magikarp knew event-exclusive Dragon Rage.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi has multiple Magikarp in the Pokémon Zensho manga.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Chris owns six Magikarp in The Golden Boys manga.

In the TCG

Main article: Magikarp (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.
Blue
Yellow Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles.
Stadium Whoever its opponent, and however horrible the attack it receives, all it does is Splash around.
Generation II
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.
Stadium 2 An underpowered, pathetic Pokémon. It may jump high on rare occasions, but never more than seven seven feet.
Generation III
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.
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.
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.
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.
Generation IV
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.
Generation V
Black A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
White
Black 2 A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
White 2
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Common Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Vermilion Harbor, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, and Routes 4*, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 with Old Rod
Routes 12, 13, 17, and 18 and Fuchsia City with Super Rod
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Blue (Japan)
Unknown Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Vermilion Harbor, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, and Routes 4*, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 with Old Rod
Routes 12, 13, 17, and 18 and Fuchsia City with Super Rod
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Yellow
Common Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Vermilion Harbor, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, and Routes 4*, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25 with Old Rod
Fuchsia City and Safari Zone with Super Rod
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Generation II
Gold Silver
Common Routes 14*, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Cherrygrove City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Whirl Islands (Old Rod and Good Rod)
Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Viridian City, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave, Ilex Forest, Slowpoke Well, Mt. Mortar, Tohjo Falls, Mt. Silver, Safari Zone* (fishing)
Routes 43, 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Dragon's Den, Fuchsia City (Surfing and fishing)
Crystal
Common Routes 14*, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Cherrygrove City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Whirl Islands (Old Rod and Good Rod)
Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Viridian City, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave, Ilex Forest, Slowpoke Well, Mt. Mortar, Tohjo Falls, Mt. Silver, Safari Zone* (fishing)
Routes 43, 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Dragon's Den, Fuchsia City (Surfing and fishing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Common Routes 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, and 134, Petalburg City, Dewford City, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Abandoned Ship, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Meteor Falls, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road (Old and Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (surfing and fishing)
Emerald
Common Routes 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, and 134, Petalburg City, Dewford City, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Abandoned Ship, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Meteor Falls, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road (Old and Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (surfing and fishing)
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, Treasure Beach, Kindle Road, Cape Brink, Bond Bridge, Five Isle Meadow, Ruin Valley, Water Path, Water Labyrinth, Resort Gorgeous, Memorial Pillar, Green Path, Outcast Island, Tanoby Ruins, Pallet Town, Cerulean City, Viridian City, Fuchsia City, Vermilion City, Celadon City, Cinnabar Island, One Island, Four Island, Five Island, Trainer Tower, Cerulean Cave, Safari Zone, Berry Forest and Icefall Cave (Old Rod)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Common Routes 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Great Marsh, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate, Resort Area (Old Rod and Good Rod)
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Platinum
Common Routes 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Great Marsh, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate (Old Rod and Good Rod)
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Resort Area (fishing)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Common Fish with Old, Good, or Super Rod
Pal Park
Pond
Pokéwalker
Warm Beach, Stormy Beach, and Winner's Path
Generation V
Black White
One Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Marvelous Bridge
Black 2 White 2
Common
One
Nature Preserve (Fishing)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Marvelous Bridge
Dream World
Sparkling Sea
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Beach, Tunnel
Volcano, River
Cave, Valley
Pokémon Channel Secret Cove
Pokémon Pinball Pewter City
Cycling Road
Fuchsia City
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Ocean (Ruby Field)
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 3
Secret Storage 5
Secret Storage 19
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Waterfall Pond (7F-11F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Lake Afar (B1-B24)
Pokémon Ranger Safra Sea
Sekra Range
Pokémon Rumble Bright Beach Normal Mode C & S
Pokémon Rumble Blast Lake: World Axle - B2F
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone
Pokémon Conquest Fontaine
Dragnor

Magikarp will not appear in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team until a rescue mission involving it has been completed, using the following Wonder Mail code:

X ? ? S ? ? X ? 4 6 8 ?
♀ + ? ? 9 7 5 6 S Y ? ?
Objective: Rescue Magikarp on floor 12 of Stormy Sea.

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RGB University Magikarp Japanese Japan  ? July 1998
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Reversal Magikarp English United States 5 June 8 to 21, 2002
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Bubble Magikarp English United States 5 January 24 to 30, 2003
BWB2W2 Pokémon Center Nagoya Magikarp Japanese Japan 99 March 20 to May 6, 2013

GTS events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
DP Nana Magikarp Japanese GTS 5 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Nory Magikarp Japanese GTS 7 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Ruirui Magikarp Japanese GTS 6 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Ryuuta Magikarp Japanese GTS 4 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Utz Magikarp Japanese GTS 5 February 14 to 15, 2007

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Pokéwalker Wacan Berry Wacan Berry (100%)
Events* Heart Mail Heart Mail (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 20
80 - 127 150 - 244
Attack: 10
13 - 68 22 - 130
Defense: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Sp.Atk: 15
18 - 73 31 - 141
Sp.Def: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Speed: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Total: 200   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 20.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Power
1/4 ☆☆☆
Skill
1/3 ☆☆
Stamina
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Jump
2/4 ★★☆☆
Total
6/21 ☆☆☆

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Splash Normal Status 0000 —% 40
1515 Tackle Normal Physical 05050 100100% 35
3030 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Magikarp obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Magikarp in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Magikarp in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Bounce Flying Physical 85 85% 5
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Magikarp can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Magikarp cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Dream World moves

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sparkling Sea Bounce Flying Physical 85 85% 5
  • A superscript level indicates that Magikarp can learn this move normally in Generation V at that level
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see event moves from other generations

By events

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Pokémon Center Nagoya Magikarp Hydro Pump Water Special 120 80% 5
  • A superscript level indicates that Magikarp can learn this move normally in Generation V at that level
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see event moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Rage Magikarp (EX Deoxys 64)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin129.png Pin129.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS129.png PinRS129.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani129.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP129.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 9.2%
Friend Area: Waterfall Lake
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm the world's weakest Pokémon. You knew that, yes?
26%-50% HP Huh? Look, my health is down by half already.
1%-25% HP I'm not much good now. I have almost no HP left.
Level up Look, my level went up! But I'm probably still weak...
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Look, my level went up! But I'm probably still weak...
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP129.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Water  Poké Assist: Water PA.png
( Water )
Field move: None
Loops: 1 Min. exp.: 5 Max. exp.: 5
Browser entry  
Magikarp appears to be only capable of flopping about helplessly.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW129.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Magikarp came to the Meadow Zone to play. His favorite Attractions include Bulbasaur's Daring Dash, Venusaur's Vine Swing, and Empoleon's Snow Slide.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2129.png Strong: Weak:
PokéPark Pad entry:
He thinks he is king of PokéPark, but all he does is Splash.
PCP129.png HP: Move: Splash
Attack: Ability 1: Gulp
Defense: Ability 2: Mood Maker
Speed: ★★★ Ability 3: Decoy
Evolves into Gyarados when its Attack is 16 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Nobuchika and Takeyoshi

Evolution

Magikarp
Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 20


Gyarados
First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
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II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
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Magikarp For other sprites and images, please see Magikarp images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Magikarp is tied with Gyarados and Regigigas for being the lowest level Pokémon encountered in the wild, as well as also tied with Gyarados for the highest level Pokémon encountered in the wild. In Platinum, Magikarp can be found at levels ranging from level 1 to 100 in the Resort Area, and in Black 2 and White 2, it can be found at the same levels in the Nature Preserve; both require a Super Rod.
  • Magikarp takes the shortest time to hatch out of all Pokémon that can be legitimately hatched, with six Egg cycles.
  • In Generation III and IV, Magikarp is the only Pokémon that can learn attacking moves but cannot get STAB on any of them. In Generation II (and therefore Generation I by trading it back), Magikarp can have Bubble from the Gotta Catch 'Em All Station. In Generation V, Magikarp can have Hydro Pump from the Pokémon Center Nagoya.
  • Magikarp was the first Pokémon featured in Professor Oak's lecture.
  • Magikarp and its evolution's Egg Group combination (Water 2 and Dragon) is unique.
  • Magikarp is one of fourteen Pokémon that one could collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • Magikarp shares the same species name with Feebas. They are both known as the Fish Pokémon.
  • The Pokédex entries for Magikarp in Gold and HeartGold and Platinum contradict each other; Gold and HeartGold say that Magikarp never jumps more than seven feet, whereas Platinum version states that it may jump over a mountain after living many years.
  • Together with Pichu, Rattata, and Seedot, Magikarp is the easiest Pokémon to catch in Pokémon Ranger, with only one loop necessary.
  • Magikarp is tied for the largest increase in total base stats of 340 (from 200 to 540) during its evolution into Gyarados. This figures are also seen with Feebas evolving into Milotic.
  • Magikarp is the only Pokémon which can be found in every course in the game Pokémon Snap (with the exception of Rainbow Cloud, which is exclusive to Mew).

Origin

Magikarp is based on a legend about how carp that leapt over the Dragon Gate would become dragons. Several waterfalls and cataracts in China are believed to be the location of the Dragon Gate. This legend is an allegory of the drive and efforts needed to overcome obstacles. This may have inspired an element in Pokémon Snap where, after certain steps are taken, a Magikarp will splash its way into a waterfall where it evolves. Magikarp may also be based on Asian carps, which are easily frightened by disturbances in water and can jump 8–10 feet (2.5–3 m) in the air.

Name origin

Magikarp's name is a combination of magic and carp, possibly mocking the Magikarp as a species, as someone with 'magic' powers is generally thought to be quite powerful, which Magikarp is not (though carp are said to be able to transform into dragons, which is magical in its own way). It may also be the combination of Magi (the three kings from the story of the Nativity) and carp.

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

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese コイキング Koiking From koi and king
France Flag.png French Magicarpe From magique and carpe
Spain Flag.png Spanish Magikarp Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Karpador From Karpfen and Dorsch
Italy Flag.png Italian Magikarp Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 잉어킹 Ingeoking From ingeo and king



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External links

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