Magikarp salesman

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Magikarp salesman
コイキング売り Koiking salesman
Magikarp Salesman.png
The Magikarp salesman in the anime
Gender Male
Eye color Black
Hair color Brown
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Relatives Wife and children (allegedly)
Generation I, III, V
Games Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
Anime debut Battle Aboard the St. Anne
English voice actor Eric Stuart (EP015-SS004)
Bill Rogers (DP021)
Tom Wayland (BW116)
Japanese voice actor Unshō Ishizuka

The Magikarp salesman (Japanese: コイキング売り Koiking salesman) is a character who sells various Pokémon, usually Magikarp, at outrageous prices.

In the games

The Magikarp salesman in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow
The Magikarp salesman in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

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.

Though he does not make an appearance, the Magikarp salesman is briefly alluded to in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, as well as the remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver. In the Poké Mart in Pewter City, a boy will offer to show his Gyarados to anyone who speaks to him. Speaking to a girl nearby causes her to remark how the boy had purchased a Magikarp from a "weird old man" three years prior, and trained it until it evolved into a Gyarados.

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the Magikarp salesman appears again on Marvelous Bridge to sell a Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500. However, unlike in Kanto, Magikarp are not native to Unova and can only be found in the Nature PreserveB2W2. It always has a speed IV of 31 in these games.



Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
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Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

"Hello, there! Have I got a deal just for you! I'll let you have a swell Magikarp for just PokémonDollar.png500! What do you say?"
No: "No? I'm only doing this as a favor to you!"
Yes: (<player> got Magikarp!)
  • If talked to again
"Well, I don't give refunds!"

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

"Hello there, laddie/sweetie pie! Have I got a deal just for you! I'll let you have a secret Pokémon – a Magikarp – for just PokémonDollar.png500! So, you'll buy it, am I right?"
No: "No? You say no? I'm only doing this as a favor to you!"
Yes: (<player> paid an outrageous PokémonDollar.png500 and bought the Magikarp...)
  • If talked to again
"Well, I don't give refunds. You knew what you were getting!"

Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2

"Son/Miss! I have a deal for YOU! And for you alone. Here's your chance. I will sell you the secret Pokémon Magikarp... For an unbelievable PokémonDollar.png500! How about it? Interested?"
No: "Oh, that's too bad..."
Yes: (<player> bought the Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500. After giving the player a Magikarp) "Oh, yeah... Returns not accepted, got that?"
  • If the player doesn't have enough money
"Looks like you don't have enough money."
  • If the player's party is full
"You have no room in your party!"


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Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Generation V

In the anime

In the main series


Original series

The Magikarp salesman appears as a traveling con man who is always getting people, usually James, to buy one of his worthless Pokémon. His first appearance was on the St. Anne in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, where he was selling Magikarp to anyone foolish enough to buy one. He would tell them that they would reproduce at a rapid rate and make the buyer rich. James was foolish enough to buy one, which later evolved into a Gyarados.

He later reappeared in Tricks of the Trade, and was partially responsible for Jessie obtaining her Wobbuffet. The Magikarp salesman was again trying to sell Magikarp to James, but he recognized him from the St. Anne and chased after him. During the pursuit, the Magikarp salesman bumped into Jessie, which sent her flying over to a nearby trading machine. When she bumped into it, the Poké Ball containing her Lickitung fell into the machine, trading it for Benny's Wobbuffet, which he had been trying to trade off throughout the episode.

Some time after, he reappeared with the same selling strategy in Doin' What Comes Natu-rally. Later, in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid, he traded his Weepinbell for James's Victreebel.

Advanced Generation series

In the Hoenn region, the Magikarp salesman had changed his operation; now, he was attempting to sell Pokémon disguised as rare Pokémon. In Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend, he sold a Magikarp disguised as Feebas to Team Rocket for a stolen Spoink's pearl. After placing his new Pokémon into some water, James realized he had been conned as the paint revealed Feebas to be a Magikarp. Ash and his friends were able to reunite Spoink with its pearl, but the Magikarp salesman was able to escape.

The Magikarp salesman later appeared at Fortree City's Feather Carnival in Who's Flying Now?, selling a Hoppip disguised as a Chimecho. James came across him while searching for a Chimecho and attempted to catch it. However, its real identity was revealed and a gust of wind blew it away.

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 he had knocked on the door of Professor Oak's Laboratory.

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

Diamond & Pearl series

His latest major appearance was in Ya See We Want An Evolution!. He sold a dual 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 its failure to evolve Pokémon and sustain 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 the fact that he ran off after telling them, it may have been another lie to keep them from following him.

Best Wishes series

He made a cameo appearance in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, being one of the many people seen at the Kanto Fair that Ash and his friends were visiting. There, he was once again trying to sell Magikarp to people.


The Magikarp salesman is a con man; as such, he isn't afraid to lie to or mislead his customers in order to sell his goods. He prefers to travel the world to remain undetected by the authorities and any disgruntled clientele like James.


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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, as well as 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.

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

Debut Who's Flying Now?
Voice actors
English Kayzie Rogers
James's Magikarp
Main article: James's Magikarp

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
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
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
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Maddie Blaustein
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 Weepinbell evolved into a new Victreebel. But after it bit Jessie's hair, Jessie used 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 with it.

Debut Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Eric Stuart
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 The Breeding Center Secret
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa

In Pokémon Origins

The Magikarp salesman appeared briefly in File 2: Cubone, selling Red a Magikarp for PokémonDollar.png500.


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

Magikarp salesman sold this Magikarp to Red on Route 4 before Red entered Mt. Moon.

Debut File 2: Cubone

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 石塚運昇 Unshō Ishizuka
English Eric Stuart (EP015-AG084, SS004)
Bill Rogers (DP021)
Tom Wayland (BW116)
Czech Radovan Vaculík (EP015-EP201)
Michal Holán (DP021)
Finnish Pauli Virta (EP015)
Veeti Kallio (AG079, AG084)
Antti Jaakola (DP021)
Jari Salo (BW116)
Hebrew דודיק סמדר Dudik Smadar
עדי וייס Adi Weiss
Hungarian Péter Pálfai
Polish Mirosław Wieprzewski (EP015)
Grzegorz Pawlak (EP146)
Krzysztof Zakrzewski (EP201)
Jacek Kałucki (EP261)
Cezary Kwieciński (DP021)
Artur Kaczmarski (BW116)
Spanish Latin America Carlos Enrique Bonilla (EP015)
Carlos Íñigo (EP146)
Hugo Navarrete (EP201)
Luis Alfonso Padilla (EP261)
Alejandro Mayén (AG079)
César Arias (AG084, SS004)
Unknown voice actor (DP021)
Enrique Cervantes (BW116)
Spain Manuel Bellido (EP015)
José Escobosa (EP146-EP261)
Eduardo del Hoyo (AG079-DP021, SS004)
César Martín (BW116)


Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomRedLeafBlueDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimo
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneCameronMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourName RaterDay-Care ManProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesman
Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappViren
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeUluSophocles's parentsMolayne
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakAnelaHobbesNebbyFabaWickeIlimaAcerolaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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