# Changes: Magikarp

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Magikarp
(コイキング Koikingu)
Artwork General
National Dex: #129
Evolves From: None
Generation: Generation I
Pronunciation: $MAJ-ih-karp$
Icon(s):
Base Stats Biological Details
HP: 20 Species: Fish Pokémon
Attack: 10 Type(s): Water
Defense: 55 Height: 2'11"
Special Atk: 15 Weight: 22.0 lbs
Special Def: 20 Abilities: Swift Swim
Rattled (Dream World)
Speed: 80 Pokédex Color: Red
Stat Total: 200 Gender: 50% ♀/ 50% ♂
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Cry:

Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koikingu) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. The only moves that can be learned by Magikarp are Splash, Flail, and Tackle, but the move Bounce can also be learned via breeding.

## Appearance

Magikarp is a Fish Pokémon. Its body is made up of red scales. Its fins are either yellow or white. They also have "whiskers" or Maxilliary Barbells. Female Magikarp have white barbells while male Magikarp have yellow barbells. Magikarp refers to them as his magnificent barbs in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.

## Special abilities

Magikarp have the ability Swift Swim, which increases Magikarp's Speed when it is raining. Despite being strong in the past, its descendants are considerably weaker. It struggles to swim against even the weakest of currents.

## Evolution

Magikarp evolves into Gyarados at level 20.

## In the anime

Magikkarp's first appeared in the anime in Episode 001 - "I Choose You, Pokemon!" When Ash and Pikachu are fleeing from a flock of Spearow, they jump into a lake to escape, and a Magikarp is seen swimming away followed by a Gyarados, which chases Ash and Pikachu out of the lake. Magikarp's first major appearance was with Team Rocket in Episode 015 - "Battle Aboard the St. Anne". James gets a Magikarp from a dealer, who cheated his money or bottle caps three times in the whole series of Pokémon Anime, in a golden Poké Ball, of which the gold color disguised the red part of the Poké Ball. It then evolves into a Gyarados, when James kicks it away after the ship sank. The newly-evolved Gyarados then uses Dragon Rage to send Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, and Team Rocket blasting away to an island.

## Game info

Magikarp is the most common Pokémon in the waters of all the Pokémon regions. It can be found in every body of water in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. It is considered to be the weakest Pokémon because it can only use three moves. It is a hardy Pokémon that can thrive in any body of water, no matter if the water is freshwater or saltwater. It can even thrive in polluted waters. However, if it is taken care of properly, it evolves into a magnificent Gyarados, at level 20. Until it reaches level 20, it is pretty much useless.

### Game locations

Version(s) Location Rarity Magikarp Locations Red/Blue Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common Yellow Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common Gold/Silver Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod, Surf on the Lake of Rage Common Crystal Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod, Surf on the Lake of Rage Common Ruby/ Sapphire Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod Common Emerald Fish with Old Rod or Good Rod Common FireRed/ LeafGreen Fish with Old Rod, Magikarp Salesman Common Diamond/ Pearl Fish with Old Rod, Trade a Finneon on Route 226 Common Platinum Fish with Old Rod, Trade a Finneon on Route 226 Common HeartGold/SoulSilver Fish with an Old Rod or a Good Rod Common Black/White Buy from a Magikarp Salesman One

#### Side game locations

Game(s) Location Magikarp Locations Pokémon Channel Secret Cove Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 3, Secret Storage 5, Secret Storage 19, Mr. Who's Den Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Waterfall Pond (7F-11F) Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Lake Afar (B1F-B12F) Pokémon Ranger Safra Sea, Sekra Mountain Range

### Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.
Yellow
Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles.
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.
Ruby
Magikarp is a pathetic excuse for a Pokémon that is only capable of flopping and splashing. This behavior prompted scientists to undertake research on 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.
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.
Black
A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
White
A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
Black 2
A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
White 2
A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

### Pokédex numbers

Pokédex Numbers
Kanto
#129
Johto
#076
Hoenn
#129
Sinnoh
#023
Unova
Magikarp did not appear in the Unova Pokédex.

### Learnset

#### Generation I

Main article: Magikarp/Learnset Generation I

#### Generation II

Main article: Magikarp/Learnset Generation II

#### Generation III

Main article: Magikarp/Learnset Generation III

#### Generation IV

Main article: Magikarp/Learnset Generation IV

#### Generation V

Main article: Magikarp/Learnset Generation V

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Splash —% 40 Normal
15 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
30 Flail 100% 15 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

## Trivia

• Magikarp are commonly known as the weakest Pokémon in the games. Based on Base Stat average however, Sunkern would be the weakest.
• Magikarp isn't even in the list of the Top 10 Pokémon With the Weakest Stats.
• It is one of few Water-Pokémon that cannot learn Surf.
• This is the only Pokémon that an Old Rod can catch in R/B.
• In Pokemon Platinum Magikarp is the lowest, and 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
• Its Japanese name is Koiking, which means "King of Koi." However, Magikarp is one of the weakest Pokémon.
• Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness, Time, and Sky are the only games where Magikarp can be taught a TM move, such as Wide Slash.
• Magikarp is one of the only Pokémon that doesn't learn moves better than its evolution.
• Even if a low-level Pokemon were to beat a very high level Magikarp, they would barely get any Exp. Points from defeating it, showing how bad Magikarp's stats really are.
• Magikarp is one of 18 Pokemon that cannot learn any TMs.