Magcargo (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Slugma #218: Slugma
Pokémon
#220: Swinub Swinub
Magcargo
Lava Pokémon
マグカルゴ
Magcargot
#219
Magcargo



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Fire Rock
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Magma Armor or Flame Body Cacophony
Cacophony
Weak Armor
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
75 (17.5%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Amorphous
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
2'07" 0.8 m
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Weight
121.3 lbs. 55.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
154
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
151
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
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Atk
2
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Red
Base friendship
70
External Links

Magcargo (Japanese: マグカルゴ Magcargot) is a dual-type Fire/Rock Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It evolves from Slugma starting at level 38.

Biology

Magcargo is a limbless, snail-like Pokémon consisting almost entirely of bright red magma. Its oval eyes are large and yellow with small pupils, and extend upward from its head. It has a bulbous snout and a wide mouth, with two drops of magma dangling from each side of its upper jaw. Magcargo's back is protected by a gray, spherical shell composed of hardened, but brittle magma, forming irregular lumps and plates. A streak of fire leaks from the side of its shell. Magcargo's lower body is amorphous and covered in bubbles of magma.

Magcargo's internal body temperature can reach over 18,000 °F (10,000 °C), causing it to evaporate water on contact. Flames circulate throughout its body, occasionally spouting through cracks in its shell. While its shell is brittle enough to be shattered with a slight touch, Magcargo can reform its body by dipping itself in magma. It can be found in mountainous regions, and has been living in volcano craters for tens of thousands of years.

In the anime

 
Magcargo in the anime

Major appearances

In Some Like it Hot, Egan was trying to catch a Magcargo but kept failing. However, after he applied Misty's strategies, he managed to catch an unusually large Magcargo.

In Love, Pokémon Style!, Macy's Magcargo evolved from her Slugma, off-screen, sometime after battling Ash.

In Poetry Commotion!, Flannery's Slugma, nicknamed Mag, evolved into a Magcargo. It was the first Pokémon used in Flannery's Gym battle against Ash. It faced off against his Corphish, but eventually lost despite a hard-fought match.

Minor appearances

A Coordinator's Magcargo appeared in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!.

In Another One Gabites the Dust!, a Coordinator's Magcargo competed in the Performance Stage of the Chocovine Contest.

In Playing the Performance Encore!, a Coordinator's Magcargo competed alongside a Stantler in the Battle Stage of the Daybreak Contest.

In A Crowning Moment of Truth!, a Trainer's Magcargo attended the Wela Fire Festival.

In A Little Rocket R & R!, two Trainers' Magcargo were captured by the Matori Matrix but later freed by Ash and his friends.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP240 Magcargo Ash's Pokédex Magcargo, the Lava Pokémon. Magcargo lives primarily in volcanic regions and occasionally emits the lava from its back that circles its body.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A giant Magcargo first appeared in Oh, It's Ho-Oh!, under the control of Carl.

In The Last Battle XIII, a Magcargo was sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

A Magcargo appeared in Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill I, under the ownership of Flannery.

Team Magma owns a Magcargo, as first seen in What Would You Do for a Whismur?.

The Battle Tower rented a Magcargo, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII. It reappeared in The Final Battle IX.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

A Magcargo appeared in GDZ67, under the ownership of a monk.

In the TCG

Main article: Magcargo (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#212
Gold The shell on its back is just skin that has cooled and hardened. It breaks easily with a slight touch.
Silver Its brittle shell occasionally spouts intense flames that circulate throughout its body.
Crystal Its body is as hot as lava and is always billowing. Flames will occasionally burst from its shell.
Stadium 2 The shell on its back is just skin that has cooled and hardened. It breaks easily with a slight touch.
Generation III Hoenn
#104
Kanto
#—
Ruby Magcargo's shell is actually its skin that hardened as a result of cooling. Its shell is very brittle and fragile - just touching it causes it to crumble apart. This Pokémon returns to its original size by dipping itself in magma.
Sapphire Magcargo's body temperature is approximately 18,000 degrees F. Water is vaporized on contact. If this Pokémon is caught in the rain, the raindrops instantly turn into steam, cloaking the area in a thick fog.
Emerald The shell on its back is made of hardened magma. Tens of thousands of years spent living in volcanic craters have turned Magcargo's bodies into magma.
FireRed Its brittle shell occasionally spouts intense flames that circulate throughout its body.
LeafGreen The shell on its back is just skin that has cooled and hardened. It breaks easily with a slight touch.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#217
Diamond Its body temperature is roughly 18,000 degrees F. Flames spout from gaps in its hardened shell.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold The shell on its back is just skin that has cooled and hardened. It breaks easily with a slight touch.
SoulSilver Its brittle shell occasionally spouts intense flames that circulate throughout its body.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black Its body temperature is roughly 18,000 degrees F. Flames spout from gaps in its hardened shell.
White
Black 2 Its body temperature is roughly 18,000 degrees F. Flames spout from gaps in its hardened shell.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #013
Hoenn
#109
X Its brittle shell occasionally spouts intense flames that circulate throughout its body.
Y Its body is as hot as lava and is always billowing. Flames will occasionally burst from its shell.
Omega Ruby Magcargo's shell is actually its skin that hardened as a result of cooling. Its shell is very brittle and fragile - just touching it causes it to crumble apart. This Pokémon returns to its original size by dipping itself in magma.
Alpha Sapphire Magcargo's body temperature is approximately 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Water is vaporized on contact. If this Pokémon is caught in the rain, the raindrops instantly turn into steam, cloaking the area in a thick fog.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Evolve Slugma
Crystal
Evolve Slugma
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Slugma
Emerald
Evolve Slugma
FireRed LeafGreen
Mt. Ember
Colosseum
Evolve Slugma
XD
Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Stark Mountain
Platinum
Stark Mountain
HeartGold SoulSilver
Evolve Slugma
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Rock)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Slugma
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Ultra Space Wilds (Cave World)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Slugma
Trozei!
Endless Level 54, Endless Level 76, Forever Level 4, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Slugma
Ranger
Jungle Relic
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Dark Crater (B13F-B15F, Deep Dark Crater B1F-B11F), Giant Volcano (1F-19F)
MD Sky
Dark Crater (B13F-B15F, Deep Dark Crater B1F-B11F), Giant Volcano (1F-19F)
Ranger: SoA
Volcano Cave
PokéPark Wii
Lava Zone
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lava: Volcanic Slope, Sunny Seashore, World Axle - B1F
Rumble U
Wonder Area: Pokémon Outbreak!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 3Mo
Shuffle
Violeta Palace: Stage 365
Rumble World
Gold Plateau: Revival Mountain (All Areas), Starlight Islands: Volcanic Ravine (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Zapdos Sea, Entei Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Greninja Sea, Entei SeaFinal


Stats

Base stats

Generations II-VI
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
50
110 - 157 210 - 304
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Total:
410
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.


Generation VII onward
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Total:
430
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.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/1
Power
4/4 ★★★★
Skill
2/2 ★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
13/14 ★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire ¼×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Magcargo's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Crater
Phrases
51%-100% HP Please, don't touch my shell. It crumbles very easily.
26%-50% HP I'm worried. My HP has dropped to approximately half.
1%-25% HP I can't keep it together... Flames will erupt from my body...
Level up That's it! Leveled up! I can feel my flames boiling over!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: E
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Fire
Poké Assist:  
Fire
Field move:   
(Burn ×2)
Loops: 4 Min. exp.: 70 Max. exp.: 90
Browser entry R-139
Magcargo scatters lava as it crawls. It will chase after Rangers.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Fire
Poké Assist:  
Fire
Field move:  
(Burn ×2)
Browser entry R-141
It spits embers and blobs of fire to attack.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 2.33 seconds Base HP: 51
Base Attack: 76 Base Defense: 59 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
  PokéPark Pad entry:
Magcargo is a Gatekeeper in the Lava Zone. No one can see Blaziken without getting Magcargo's OK first.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Fire
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Fire
  Attack Power: 60 - 105   5

#551
 

Swap+
Sometimes replaces three disruptions with this Pokémon.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 137 Base Attack: 139 Base Defense: 191
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Ember, Rock Throw
Charged Attacks: Heat Wave, Overheat, Stone Edge

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Slugma
 Fire 
 
Level 38
 
First evolution
Magcargo
 Fire  Rock 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Magcargo images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Magcargo is based on a snail, likely the Victaphanta atramentaria or the Platymma tweediei, with a body of lava and a shell of rock. It may also be based on the Cherufe, mythical evil creatures of rock and magma that inhabit the magma pools found deep within Chilean volcanoes. In legends, they are the main sources of earthquakes in Chile.

Name origin

Magcargo and Magcargot are a combination of magma (intrusive molten rock) and escargot (French for snail). Cargo may also refer to the shell it carries, which it lacked as a Slugma.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese マグカルゴ Magcargot From magma, escargot, and cargo
  French Volcaropod From volcan and gastéropode
  Spanish Magcargo Same as English name
  German Magcargo Same as English name
  Italian Magcargo Same as English name
  Korean 마그카르고 Magcargo Transliteration of its Japanese name
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 熔岩蝸牛 / 熔岩蜗牛
Róngyánguāniú / Róngyánwōniú
Literally "Lava snail"


External links


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