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Magikarp (Pokémon)

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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Magikarp (disambiguation).
Magikarp
Fish Pokémon
コイキング
Koiking
#129
Magikarp

Magikarp

Magikarp

Magikarp
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Swift Swim Cacophony
Cacophony
Rattled
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Magikarp

Mega Magikarp Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 2 and Dragon
Hatch time
1530 - 1784 steps
Height
2'11" 0.9 m
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Weight
22.0 lbs. 10.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Regional numbers
Pokédex
#129
Kanto
#076
Johto
#053
Hoenn
#023
Sinnoh

Unova
Central
#049
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-124
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
20
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
40
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
1
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body03.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F129.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Red
Base friendship
70
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Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koiking) is a Water-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Gyarados starting at level 20.

Biology

Magikarp is a medium-sized fish Pokémon with large, heavy reddish-orange scales. It has large, vacant eyes and pink lips. Its pectoral and tail fins are white, but it has a stiff, three-peaked fin on its back and stomach that are both yellow. It also has long barbels. The barbels are white on a female and tan on a male.

A long-lived Magikarp is able to utilize its immense splashing power to leap high enough to scale mountains. It also has a strong enough immune system to survive in the most polluted of waters. However, it is usually overlooked by Trainers because of its perceived weakness: 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. It is normally seen using its former signature move, Splash, to leap out of the water, which makes them easy targets to predators such as Pidgeot. It is believed that the ancestors of Magikarp were actually much stronger than modern Magikarp, and this led scientists to research this species. 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.

In the anime

Magikarp in the anime
Shiny Magikarp in the anime

Major appearances

James's Magikarp

James's Magikarp debuted in Battle Aboard the St. Anne!, where James buys it from the Magikarp salesman. It evolves into a Gyarados in the next episode, abandoning him in the process.

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.

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

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

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, Jessie used a Magikarp in the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Going for the Gold!, including one Shiny that appeared at the end of the episode.

Minor appearances

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.

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.

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

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.

A Magikarp appeared in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

A Magikarp was set to appear in An Undersea Place to Call Home!, due to unknown circumstances, the episode was postponed.

A Magikarp appeared in a flashback/fantasy in Day Three Blockbusters!.

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.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
XY022 Magikarp Ash's Pokédex Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon. Because all Magikarp seem to do is splash around, some consider them weak, but they're actually a hardy Pokémon that can survive in water no matter how dirty it is.
This concludes the entries from the X & Y series.

In the manga

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

Magikarp appeared in PW32.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Magikarp appeared in Magikarp Journey.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Magikarp debuted in What a Dragonite where multiple wild ones were escaping from a Dragonite.

Two Magikarp appeared in a river in Viridian Forest in Sea Sea Seadra where Yellow was fishing.

In Whacked by Marowak!, Erika is seen teaching a class about Magikarp that can learn Dragon Rage.

Magikarp appeared in Breath of the Dragonair Part 1 where it was used by a trainer in a surfing contest, before the it was interrupted by Lance controlling the winning prize, a Dragonair.

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

Lance's Magikarp appeared in a flashback in The Legend as a Pokémon harmed by human industrialization. It evolved into Gyarados sometime before Extricated from Exeggutor and it was used to shield him from the lava on Mt. Cerise.

In Teddiursa's Picnic, a Magikarp appeared in its Pokéball after the wild Granbull had spitted out all the Pokéballs it stole to get attention about its dislocated jaw, it was later returned to its owner by Wilton afterwards.

Multiple Magikarp had evolved into Gyarados at the Lake of Rage from the Radio waves emitted from Team Rocket in Raise the Red Gyarados.

A Magikarp is seen as one of the Pokémon at Earl's Pokémon Academy in Violet City in Slugging It Out With Slugma.

A blind boy owned a Magikarp nicknamed Karpy which debuted in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon VI.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Magikarp appeared in the sixth chapter of Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All. This Magikarp knew event-exclusive Dragon Rage.

Shu caught a Magikarp in GDZ51.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Chris owns six Magikarp in The Golden Boys manga.

In the Pokémon Try Adventure manga

Soro owns a Magikarp.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi has multiple Magikarp in the Pokémon Zensho manga.

In the TCG

Main article: Magikarp (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

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 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 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.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Routes 4*, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Vermilion Harbor, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau (Old Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 17, and 18, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Blue (Japan)
Routes 4*, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Vermilion Harbor, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau (Old Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 17, and 18, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Yellow
Routes 4*, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Vermilion Harbor, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau (Old Rod)
Fuchsia City and Safari Zone (Super Rod)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 14*, 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Cherrygrove City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Whirl Islands (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, and 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 and 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Dragon's Den, Fuchsia City (Surfing and fishing)
Crystal
Routes 14*, 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Cherrygrove City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Whirl Islands (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, and 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 and 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Dragon's Den, Fuchsia City (Surfing and fishing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
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 Town, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Abandoned Ship, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Meteor Falls, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (surfing and fishing)
Emerald
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 Town, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Abandoned Ship, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Meteor Falls, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (surfing and fishing)
FireRed LeafGreen
Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and, 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, Icefall Cave (Old Rod)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Route 4
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Routes 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 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 or Good Rod)
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Platinum
Routes 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 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 or Good Rod)
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Resort Area (fishing)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 34, 40, 41, and 47, New Bark Town, Cherrygrove City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cinnabar Island, Pallet Town, Union Cave*, Whirl Islands*, Mt. Silver*, Cerulean Cave, Seafoam Islands* (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Routes 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 35, 42, and 44, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave*, Slowpoke Well, Cliff Edge Gate, Mt. Mortar, Tohjo Falls, Mt. Silver* (fishing)
Routes 43 and 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Fuchsia City, Dragon's Den (surfing and fishing)
Pal Park
Pond
Pokéwalker
Warm Beach, Stormy Beach, and Winner's Path
Generation V
Black White
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Marvelous Bridge
Black 2 White 2
Nature Preserve (Fishing)
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Marvelous Bridge
Dream World
Sparkling Sea
Generation VI
X Y
Routes 3 and 22, Parfum Palace (Fishing)
Trade Gyarados in a hotel
Omega Ruby
Routes 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, Sea Mauville, Petalburg City, Meteor Falls, Dewford Town, Mossdeep City, Lilycove City, Slateport City, Team Magma Hideout, Sealed Chamber, Ever Grande City, Pacifidlog Town, Scorched Slab, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Seafloor Cavern, Sootopolis City, Battle Resort (Old Rod) and Route 104 (Super Rod)
Alpha Sapphire
Routes 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, Sea Mauville, Petalburg City, Meteor Falls, Dewford Town, Mossdeep City, Lilycove City, Slateport City, Team Aqua Hideout, Sealed Chamber, Ever Grande City, Pacifidlog Town, Scorched Slab, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Seafloor Cavern, Sootopolis City, Battle Resort (Old Rod) and Route 104 (Super Rod)

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 VI, 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
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
00Start Splash Normal Status 0000 —% 40 Cute 4 ♥♥♥♥ 0  
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 VI
  • 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 VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
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 VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Magikarp in Generation VI
  • 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 VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP   Contest   Appeal   Jamming 
X Y OR AS Bounce Flying Physical 85 85% 5 Cool 0   0  
  • A black or white 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

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

129Magikarp.png
Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 20
130Gyarados.png
First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
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Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
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Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
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Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
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Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
129MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Magikarp images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

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Magikarp is based on the Asian carp, which are easily frightened by disturbances in water and can jump 8–10 feet (2.5–3 m) in the air.

Magikarp's evolution into Gyarados 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.

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).

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



Related articles

Notes


External links

Tauros #128: Tauros
Pokémon
#130: Gyarados Gyarados


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