Magikarp salesman

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Magikarp salesman
コイキング売り Koiking salesman
The Magikarp salesman
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Relatives Wife and children
Anime debut Battle Aboard the St. Anne
English voice actor Eric Stuart (4Kids)
Bill Rogers (TPCi)
Japanese voice actor Unshō Ishizuka

The Magikarp salesman (Japanese: コイキング売り Koiking salesman) is a con man who is always getting James to buy one of his worthless Pokémon. He is voiced by 石塚運昇 Unshō Ishizuka in Japanese and by Eric Stuart (4Kids) and Bill Rogers (TPCi) in English.

In the anime

His first appearance in the anime was on the St. Anne in Battle Aboard the St. Anne selling Magikarp to anyone foolish enough to buy one. He would tell them that they would reproduce and make the buyer rich. James was foolish enough to buy one which later evolved into a Gyarados. Some time after he appeared with the same "selling strategy" in Tricks of the Trade and Doin' What Comes Natu-rally. Later, in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid, he would trade his Weepinbell for James's Victreebel. He has also appeared in Hoenn, selling a Hoppip disguised as Chimecho when James was searching for a Chimecho, and also selling Magikarp disguised as a Feebas for a Spoink's pearl which Team Rocket stole. Both of them were successfully sold to Team Rocket.

He tried his golden Magikarp scam on Tracey in Showdown at the Oak Corral claiming that the Magikarp could lay golden eggs. However, unlike Team Rocket, Tracey was too smart to fall for this trick. The Magikarp Salesman ran off when he discovered that it was Professor Oak's laboratory.

He made a cameo when Ash captured Aipom in Channeling the Battle Zone.

His latest appearance was in Ya See We Want an Evolution. He sold an Evolution machine/Mecha-bot to Team Rocket. While he did inform Team Rocket that the machine must warm up for at least a week before use, Team Rocket forgot to follow his instructions, which resulted in failure in evolving Pokémon and sustaining its Mecha-bot form. Therefore, it is unknown if this was another one of his scams, or if the machine would truly have worked. However, considering he ran off after telling them, it may have been another lie to keep them from following him.

He is the main reason why Jessie has a Wobbuffet. In Tricks of the Trade, he tries to sell a Magikarp to James, but James recognizes him as the one who tricked him into buying a Magikarp on the St. Anne, and chases after him, causing him to bump into Jessie, which sends her flying over to the trading machine. When she bumped into it, the Poké Ball containing her Lickitung fell onto the trading machine, trading it with Benny's Wobbuffet, which he was trying to trade throughout the episode.


On hand

Magikarp salesman's Magikarp
Main article: Magikarp salesman's Magikarp

The Magikarp salesman, as his title implies, has a large amount of these Magikarp to sell to foolish customers for ridiculously high prices. He usually manages to sell them by telling the customer that he or she could sell the Magikarp hatched from this Magikarp's eggs, and Magikarp hatched from those Magikarp's eggs and so forth, resulting in the potential customer getting rich. In reality, however, Magikarp is a completely useless Pokémon which cannot provide riches to anyone except for the Magikarp salesman himself, due to the ridiculous prices at which he sells his Magikarp.

Sometimes the Magikarp salesman has also tried to sell his Magikarp by disguising them as Feebas and telling to the customer that it would evolve into Milotic, the most beautiful Pokémon in the world. Oddly, he has never tried any sort of similar tactic with selling Magikarp as is, by informing the customer that it would evolve into the powerful Gyarados. In Ya See We Want an Evolution! he also tried to offer some special gifts for the customer if he or she buys a Magikarp.

The Magikarp salesman's Magikarp mainly use Splash. One of them, however, evolved into Gyarados and subsequently used Dragon Rage.

Debut Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein
Magikarp salesman's Hoppip
In Who's Flying Now?, the Magikarp salesman was selling what appeared to be Chimecho, a Pokémon James had wanted since his youth. James purchased one of these, unaware that the salesman was in fact selling Hoppip, all of them disguised as Chimecho. The disguise on James's Hoppip fell apart.

The Magikarp salesman's Hoppip have not been seen using any moves, although the one James bought may know Fly.

Debut Who's Flying Now?


James's Magikarp
Main article: James's Gyarados

The Magikarp salesman managed to fool James into buying this Magikarp aboard the St. Anne. Later James got angry about Magikarp's uselessness and kicked it away. This resulted in it evolving into Gyarados. It attacked Ash, his friends and Team Rocket with Dragon Rage and has never been seen since.

Debut Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein
Jessie's Magikarp
Main article: Jessie's Magikarp

The Magikarp salesman sold this Magikarp to Jessie disguised as a Feebas. Later its disguise paint dissolved away and its true identity was revealed. It hasn't been seen ever since and it is likely that Jessie has released it.

Debut Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend
Voice actors
English Maddie Blaustein
James's Hoppip
Main article: James's Hoppip

The Magikarp salesman sold this Hoppip to James disguised as Chimecho. Soon its disguise dropped off and it flew away, and it has never been seen since.

Debut Who's Flying Now?

Traded away

James's Weepinbell
Main article: James's second Victreebel

The Magikarp salesman offered Team Rocket to trade his Weepinbell for them so they could use its Sweet Scent to lure other Pokémon. After a short conversation it was decided that James would trade his Victreebel for Weepinbell. Later the new Weepibell evolved into a new Victreebel, and after it bit Jessie's hair, Jessie had her Arbok to send it away. Later James's new Victreebel met his old Victreebel, fell in love with it and disappeared to a forest along it.

Weepinbell has used Sweet Scent, Vine Whip, and Razor Leaf.

Debut Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid


James's Victreebel
Main article: James's Victreebel

James was forced to trade his dear Victreebel for the new Weepinbell. Later the Magikarp salesman found out that his new Victreebel wasn't obeying him, so he kicked it away. After their airflights, James's old and new Victreebel met and fell in love. Then they jumped away to a forest and have never been seen since.

Debut Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 石塚運昇 Unshō Ishizuka
English Eric Stuart (4Kids dub)
Bill Rogers (TPCi dub)
European Spanish José Escobosa (EP015-EP261)
Eduardo del Hoyo (AG079, AG084, H004, DP021)

In the games

In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, as well as the remakes FireRed and LeafGreen, the Magikarp salesman appears in Route 4's Pokémon Center and sells the player a Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500. He does not offer a refund. While this may seem something of a rip-off, some players consider it very worthwhile to raise a Magikarp from such an early point in the game, allowing the player to train and evolve it into a Gyarados much earlier than if they had waited until they are given an Old Rod.


External links

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