Magikarp (Pokémon)

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Magikarp
コイキング Koiking
#129
130
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Water '
Category
Fish Pokémon
Ability
Swift Swim
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#129
Johto
#076
Hoenn
#052
Sinnoh
#023
Regional Browser numbers
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
Genderless
Breeding
Water 2 and
Dragon groups
1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 20 Battle Exp.: 201*

Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koiking) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves into Gyarados starting at level 20.

Due to its low stats (Speed, however, at 80, being the highest) and the fact that it only has the move Splash until level 15, Magikarp is often considered the weakest Pokémon in existence.

Biology

Physiology

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

Gender differences

A female has white barbels, and a male has tan barbs.

Special abilities

Magikarp is notable in the fact that it has no real special powers. Despite this however, people and scientists alike wonder how it can still survive in the wild. They are also capable of living in very polluted water.

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, which is unusual, as it makes them easy targets to predators. It is believed that the ancestors of this Pokémon were 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.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

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.

Team Rocket used a Magikarp-shaped submarine during the Orange Islands.

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.

In Judgement Day, a Template:Shiny2 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.

A Magikarp appeared in Arriving in Style.

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

In the manga

Pokémon Special

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

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 then 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 {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Common Fish with Old Rod
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
Common Fish with Old Rod
Generation II
Gold Silver
Common Fish with Old or Good Rod
Crystal
Common Fish with Old or Good Rod
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Common Fish with Old or Good Rod
Emerald
Common Fish with Old or Good Rod
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Fish with Old Rod
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Common Fish with Old Rod
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Platinum
Common Fish with Old or Good Rod
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Pond
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
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: Ruby & Sapphire Ocean (Ruby Field)
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 3
Secret Storage 5
Secret Storage 19
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Waterfall Pond (7F-11F)
Pokémon Ranger Safra Sea
Sekra Mountain Range
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
End Lake (B1-B24)

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.

Base stats

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

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

Template:Learnset intro

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

None.

By breeding

None.

By tutoring

Template:Tutor Template:Mtentry4


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Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
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TCG-only Moves

Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:Evobox/1

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 129.png Spr 1y 129.png Spr 1g 129.png Spr b g1 129.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 129.png Spr 2s 129.png Spr 2c 129.png Spr b 2g 129.png
Spr 2g 129 s.png Spr 2s 129 s.png Spr 2c 129 s.png Spr b 2g 129 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 129.png Spr 3e 129.png Spr 3f 129.png Spr b 3r 129.png
Spr 3r 129 s.png Spr 3e 129 s.png Spr 3f 129 s.png Spr b 3r 129 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 129 m.png Spr 4p 129 m.png Spr 4h 129 m.png Spr b 4d 129 m.png
Spr 4d 129 f.png Spr 4p 129 f.png Spr 4h 129 f.png Spr b 4d 129 f.png
Spr 4d 129 m s.png Spr 4p 129 m s.png Spr 4h 129 m s.png Spr b 4d 129 m s.png
Spr 4d 129 f s.png Spr 4p 129 f s.png Spr 4h 129 f s.png Spr b 4d 129 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 129 m.png Spr 5b 129 m.png Spr b 5b 129 m.png
Spr 5b 129 f.png Spr 5b 129 f.png Spr b 5b 129 f.png
Spr 5b 129 m s.png Spr 5b 129 m s.png Spr b 5b 129 m s.png
Spr 5b 129 f s.png Spr 5b 129 f s.png Spr b 5b 129 f s.png
Magikarp For other sprites and images, please see Magikarp images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • As of Pokémon Platinum, Magikarp is the lowest, and ironically, also the highest level non-glitch Pokémon available for capture at level 1 and 100, beating out even the level 80 Arceus for highest. It is only available in a pond in the Resort Area with a Super Rod in Platinum, where only Magikarp can be caught and range in level anywhere from level 1 to 100.
  • The Magikarp salesman from the anime is probably based on the shady man from the Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen games. He can be found in the Route 4 Pokémon Center offering the player a Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500, which he refuses to refund. A man in the Pewter City Poké Mart complains about already being conned by him. The offer grants the player a potential Gyarados at an otherwise early point in the games.
  • Magikarp is generally considered to be the weakest Pokémon in any of the games. Because of this, the nickname "Magikrap" is common among fans.
  • Magikarp, as well as Gyarados, has been in all four regional Pokédexes.
  • A glitch in the early Japanese games, Red, Green, and Blue, allowed players to transform their Magikarp into a Mew. However, this Mew was not registered in the Pokédex, did not have the same stats nor moves, and caused some major glitches to the player's items pack.
  • Even though Magikarp is said to be the weakest Pokémon in existence, there are seven Pokémon weaker than it in terms of base stat average. Sunkern is the weakest, with only 180 total base stats compared to Magikarp's 200.
  • Magikarp, along with Surskit and Wingull, is the only Template:Type2 that cannot learn Surf, as well as the only Water-type that cannot learn any Ice-type moves.
  • Magikarp is one of fourteen Pokémon that one could collect foreign Pokédex entries in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • Magikarp shares the same species name with Feebas. They are both known as Fish Pokémon.
  • Magikarp's Platinum sprite is the only sprite which shows it with its mouth closed.
  • Even though it's listed as a freshwater Pokémon, it's also abundant in oceans as well. How it can survive in both saltwater and freshwater is unknown. This may, however, be the reason why the Magikarp species has survived for so long, despite the fact that it is weak.
  • Magikarp takes the shortest time to hatch out of all Pokémon.

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.

Name origin

Magikarp's name is a combination of magic and carp (this may be mocking the Magikarp as a species, as someone with 'magic' powers is generally thought to be quite powerful - which Magikarp is not). It may also the combination of Magi, the three kings from the story of the Nativity, and carp. Its Japanese name is a combination of 鯉 koi, carp, and the English word king. (the "king" part may serve the same purpose as "magic" in the English name)

In other languages

  • German: Karpador
  • French: Magicarpe
  • Korean: 잉어킹 Ingeoking
  • Brazilian Portuguese (animé only): Magicarpa

Related articles

External links

Notes


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