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Magikarp
Fish Pokémon
コイキング
Koiking
#129
Magikarp



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Type
Water Unknown
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Abilities
Swift Swim Cacophony
Cacophony
Rattled
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (43.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Water 2 and Dragon
Hatch time
1285 - 1541 steps
Height
2'11" 0.9 m
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22.0 lbs. 10.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
20
Gen. I-IV
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IV
40
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
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Pokédex color
Red
Base friendship
70
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Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koiking) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Gyarados starting at level 20.

Contents

Biology

Magikarp is a fish-like Pokémon with large, heavy reddish-orange scales. It has large, vacant eyes and pink lips. Its pectoral and tail fins are white. On its back is stiff, three-peaked yellow fin; there is an identical fin on its underside. It also has long barbels. The barbels are white on a female and pale-yellow on a male. A long-lived Magikarp is able to utilize its immense splashing power to leap high enough to scale mountains. It also has a strong enough immune system to survive in the most polluted of waters. However, it is usually overlooked by Trainers because of its perceived weakness: even in the heat of battle, it will do nothing but flop around. It is believed that the ancestors of Magikarp were actually much stronger than modern Magikarp, and this led scientists to research this species.

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. It is normally seen using its former signature move, Splash, to leap out of the water, which makes it an easy target for predators such as Pidgeotto and Pidgeot.

In the anime

In the main series

Magikarp in the anime
Shiny Magikarp in the anime

Major appearances

James's Magikarp

In Battle Aboard the St. Anne!, James purchased a Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman. It evolved into a Gyarados in the next episode, after James abandoned it for its uselessness.

Magikarp salesman's Magikarp

Several episodes, the first being Battle Aboard the St. Anne, involved 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 are very valuable.

Goh's giant Magikarp

In A Little Rocket R & R!, Goh caught a giant Magikarp. In JN026, it competed in the Magikarp High Jump Tournament but lost.

Other

In The Joy of Pokémon, a Nurse Joy from the Orange Islands was revealed to have befriended a giant Magikarp after it saved her as a child. It evolved into an equally large Gyarados but remained friendly.

In The Wacky Watcher!, multiple Magikarp were being observed by Quincy T. Quackenpoker, who was interested in learning their migration patterns and evolution process. Ash and his friends helped him with one of these excursions.

In Mantine Overboard!, Luka used three Magikarp to aid her, Ash, and later Misty in their underwater exploration.

In Ya See We Want An Evolution!, Oralie claimed her Magikarp was the strongest. Indeed, it was able to battle surprisingly well, even giving Ash's Pikachu a hard time.

In Going for the Gold!, a Shiny Magikarp appeared among several others. Clemont tried to lure the Shiny one in with an invention but wound up attracting a horde of Sharpedo instead.

In This Magik Moment!, the efforts of a Magikarp actor nicknamed Karpy to suppress its evolution failed, and it evolved into a Gyarados.

In JN026, Koi Kingen's Magikarp and Kasuking's Shiny Magikarp, nicknamed (Japanese: Kinking), both competed in the Magikarp High Jump Tournament, with the latter winning.

Minor appearances

In Pokémon - I Choose You!, a Magikarp was swimming in the river that Ash jumped into while attempting to escape a flock of Spearow.

In Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, a Magikarp was under Melanie's care. It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

In Hypno's Naptime, a Magikarp was in HopHopHop Town's Pokémon Center.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in a fantasy in the banned episode EP035.

In Holy Matrimony!, three Magikarp were owned by James's parents. They were being fed by James's father when Jessebelle bumped into him and James's mother, sending them into the river.

A Magikarp appeared as an image in The Ultimate Test.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Magikarp was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, multiple Magikarp were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

In The Evolution Solution, a Magikarp was living on Seafoam Island.

Two Magikarp appeared in A Friend In Deed, with one under the ownership of a Trainer and the other under the ownership of the Pokémon League.

In Poké Ball Peril, Professor Oak was carefully studying a Magikarp.

In Pikachu Re-Volts, a Magikarp fell under the control of Cassidy and Butch via their Drowzee at Mandarin Island North.

In The Power of One, multiple Magikarp sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A wild Magikarp appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

A Magikarp appeared in a fantasy in The Totodile Duel.

In Love, Totodile Style, Totodile juggled three Magikarp with its Water Gun in an attempt to impress the female Azumarill it had fallen in love with.

A Magikarp appeared in Snorlax Snowman.

In The Light Fantastic, a Magikarp was swimming in a river.

In Sick Daze, Brock's dream featured multiple Magikarp.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. One of them reappeared in a montage in The Rise of Darkrai, which highlighted the preceding nine movies.

In The Joy of Water Pokémon, a Magikarp was living in Lake Lucid.

In Around the Whirlpool, a Magikarp was stolen from the Pokémon Center of Blue Point Isle.

In Octillery The Outcast, Misty's Poliwhirl defeated a Trainer's Magikarp during a Whirl Cup qualifying match. It reappeared in the following episode.

A Magikarp appeared in Dueling Heroes.

In The Legend of Thunder!, a Magikarp was swimming in a lake.

In Journey to the Starting Line, a Magikarp was swimming in a lake.

In a flashback in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, a Magikarp evolved into Red Gyarados.

In Enlighten Up!, multiple Magikarp were living in Lake Slowpoke.

A Magikarp appeared in a flashback in The Ties That Bind.

In Johto Photo Finish, a Magikarp evolved into a Gyarados in Gary's explanation.

A Magikarp appeared in Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, under the ownership of a competitor in the Tour de Alto Mare.

A Magikarp appeared in Whiscash and Ash.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Destiny Deoxys.

In a flashback in Judgment Day!, Jimmy traded a Shiny Magikarp for a Charmeleon.

In On Olden Pond, a Magikarp was living in the lake.

A Magikarp appeared in Three Jynx and a Baby!.

A Coordinator's Magikarp appeared in Channeling the Battle Zone!.

In Once More With Reeling!, a Coordinator's Magikarp competed in the Terracotta Contest.

A Magikarp appeared in Following A Maiden's Voyage!.

In Arriving in Style!, a Stylist's Magikarp competed in the Hearthome Collection.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

A Magikarp appeared in PK19.

In One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!, Jessie used a Magikarp provided by the Pokémon Summer Academy for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon.

In Battling the Generation Gap!, a Magikarp was a part of Lila's famous "Tiger Lily Smile".

In Historical Mystery Tour!, Dawn encountered a Magikarp in Xatu's Forest.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in The Needs of the Three!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in a flashback in Bucking the Treasure Trend!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in the opening sequence of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

A Magikarp appeared in Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

Two Magikarp appeared in An Undersea Place to Call Home!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

Two Magikarp appeared in Day Three Blockbusters!. One appeared in a flashback, and the other was under the ownership of a Trainer who participated in the Pokémon Summer Camp.

A Magikarp appeared in a painting in Battling at Full Volume!.

A Magikarp appeared in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

A Magikarp appeared in XYS06.

In Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!, Pikachu caught a Magikarp by fishing with its tail, only for it to attack Ash before swimming away.

In Rocking Clawmark Hill!, three Magikarp were flopping about on the beach near Professor Kukui's house, having been washed ashore by the tide.

A Magikarp appeared in A Shivering Shovel Search!.

Six Magikarp appeared in Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper!.

A Magikarp appeared in Big Sky, Small Fry!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in I Choose You!.

Multiple wild Magikarp appeared in Alola, Kanto!, with one having its photo taken by Rotom.

A Magikarp swam along a river in Dewpider Ascending!.

A Magikarp appeared in The Power of Us.

Four Magikarp were swimming in the ocean in the Where Are You Going, Eevee? segment at the end of Don't Ignore the Small Stufful!.

A Magikarp appeared in We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!.

In A Recipe for Success!, a Magikarp was a customer of Oranguru's place.

A Magikarp appeared in Pikachu's Exciting Adventure!.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Magikarp competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. It faced off against another Trainer and his Pyukumuku, only to be defeated by Pikala and her Pikachu, nicknamed Bolt.

Two Magikarp appeared in Enter Pikachu!.

Four Magikarp appeared in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!.

In A Little Rocket R & R!, Ash and Goh fished up multiple Magikarp, one of which Goh caught.

In JN026, Team Rocket pulled a Magikarp from the Rocket Prize Master. Additionally, a Trainer's Magikarp competed in the Magikarp High Jump Tournament.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP021 Magikarp Ash's Pokédex Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon. Magikarp can live in the dirtiest of water. It jumps very well and can evolve into Gyarados.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
XY022 Magikarp Ash's Pokédex Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon. Because all Magikarp seem to do is splash around, some consider them weak, but they're actually a hardy Pokémon that can survive in water no matter how dirty it is.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
JN024 Magikarp Goh's Rotom Phone Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon. A Water type. With neither strength nor speed, Magikarp is thought to be the weakest Pokémon of all.

In Pokémon Origins

Magikarp in Pokémon Origins

Red's Magikarp

In File 2: Cubone, the Magikarp salesman sold Red a Magikarp.

In Pokémon Generations

In The Cavern, a wild Magikarp was in the waters that surrounded the Seafloor Cavern.

In the manga

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

A Magikarp appeared in PW32.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

A Magikarp appeared in Magikarp Journey.

In the Pocket Monsters manga

Five Magikarp appeared in JNM01.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Lance's Magikarp

Multiple Magikarp debuted in What a Dragonite, where they escaped a Dragonite.

Two Magikarp appeared in Sea Sea Seadra as residents of a river in Viridian Forest where Yellow was fishing.

In Whacked by Marowak!, Erika is seen teaching a class about a Magikarp that can learn Dragon Rage.

A Magikarp appeared in Breath of the Dragonair Part 1, under the ownership of a Trainer. It was used in a surfing contest, before it was interrupted by Lance controlling the winning prize, a Dragonair.

Bill has a Magikarp that appeared in Make Way for Magikarp. Its resilient body saved Bill from the acidic saliva of a Victreebel.

Lance's Magikarp appeared in a flashback in The Legend as a Pokémon harmed by human industrialization. It evolved into Gyarados sometime before Extricated from Exeggutor, and it was used to shield him from the lava on Mt. Cerise.

In Teddiursa's Picnic, a Magikarp appeared in its Poké Ball after a wild Granbull had spit out all the Poké Balls it stole. It was returned to its owner by Wilton afterwards.

Multiple Magikarp had evolved into Gyarados at the Lake of Rage from the radio waves emitted by Team Rocket in Raise the Red Gyarados.

A Magikarp appeared in Slugging It Out with Slugma as one of the Pokémon at Earl's Pokémon Academy in Violet City.

Two Magikarp appeared in aquariums belonging to Mr. Briney and Team Aqua in Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt I.

A blind boy owned a Magikarp nicknamed Karpy, which debuted in The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon VI.

Diamond and Lax dressed up as Magikarp in the Diamond & Pearl chapter. They ate rice balls, and Diamond called himself a Munchikarp.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Tackling Tangrowth, Mixing It Up with Machamp, and Bogging Down Quagsire.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

A Magikarp appeared in In Search of the Legendary Pokémon Dialga!!.

A Magikarp appeared in The Mystery Boy, Jun!!.

Multiple Magikarp appeared in The Legendary Pokémon, Captured.

A Magikarp appeared in a fantasy in Look for Giratina!.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Chris owns six Magikarp in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys.

A Magikarp appeared in A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos!!.

A Trainer's Magikarp appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Magikarp appeared in The Challenge at Celadon University!. It knew the event-exclusive move Dragon Rage.

Shu caught a Magikarp in GDZ51.

In the Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic manga

A Magikarp appeared in Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic.

In the Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~ manga

A Magikarp appeared in The Yellow Scroll: Hanbei vs Kanbei.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Magikarp appeared in Clefairy's Under Training!!.

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

A Magikarp appeared in I Won't Let You Lead!!.

A Magikarp appeared in Rare Pokémon!!.

In the Pokémon Try Adventure manga

Soro owns a Magikarp.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi has multiple Magikarp in Pokémon Zensho.

In the TCG

Main article: Magikarp (TCG)

Other appearances

Detective Pikachu

A Magikarp appeared in Detective Pikachu. It was seen at an illegal fight club, where Detective Pikachu tried to get it to evolve in order to battle a Charizard. It eventually did and scared Charizard away.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#129
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 Johto
#076
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 than seven feet.
Generation III Hoenn
#052
Kanto
#129
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 Sinnoh
#023
Johto
#076
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.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
White
Black 2 A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Central #049
Hoenn
#053
X It is virtually worthless in terms of both power and speed. It is the most weak and pathetic Pokémon in the world.
Y In the distant past, it was somewhat stronger than the horribly weak descendants that exist today.
Omega 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.
Alpha 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.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #091
Alola
USUM: #111
Kanto
#129
Sun Although weak and helpless, this Pokémon is incredibly fertile. They exist in such multitudes, you'll soon grow tired of seeing them.
Moon Its reckless leaps make it easy pickings for predators. On the bright side, many Pokémon enjoy longer life spans, thanks to Magikarp.
Ultra Sun In the distant past, they were fairly strong, but they have become gradually weaker over time.
Ultra Moon Thanks to their strong hold on life, dirty water doesn't bother them at all. They live in waters all over the world!
Let's Go Pikachu Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#144
Galar
Isle of Armor #042
Sword It is virtually worthless in terms of both power and speed. It is the most weak and pathetic Pokémon in the world.
Shield This weak and pathetic Pokémon gets easily pushed along rivers when there are strong currents.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Routes 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, Cerulean Cave (Old Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 17, and 18, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
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Blue (Japan)
Routes 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau (Old Rod)
Routes 12, 13, 17, and 18, Fuchsia City (Super Rod)
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Yellow
Routes 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Pallet Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Vermilion City, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Safari Zone, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, Cerulean Cave (Old Rod)
Fuchsia City, Safari Zone (Super Rod)
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Generation II
Gold Silver
Routes 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Cherrygrove City, Cerulean City and Gym, Cianwood City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Whirl Islands (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, and 44, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Viridian City, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave, Ilex Forest, Slowpoke Well, Mt. Mortar, Tohjo Falls, Mt. Silver (fishing)
Routes 43, 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Dragon's Den, Fuchsia City (Surfing and fishing)
Crystal
Routes 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, New Bark Town, Pallet Town, Cherrygrove City, Cianwood City, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island, Whirl Islands (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, and 44, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Olivine City, Cerulean City, Viridian City, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave, Ilex Forest, Slowpoke Well, Mt. Mortar, Tohjo Falls, Mt. Silver (fishing)
Routes 43, 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Dragon's Den, Fuchsia City (Surfing and fishing)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Routes 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, and 134, Petalburg City, Dewford Town, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Abandoned Ship, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Meteor Falls, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road, Mossdeep City, Safari Zone (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (Surfing and fishing)
Emerald
Routes 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, and 134, Petalburg City, Dewford Town, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, Abandoned Ship, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Meteor Falls, Seafloor Cavern, Victory Road, Mossdeep City, Safari Zone (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (Surfing and fishing)
FireRed LeafGreen
Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Treasure Beach, Kindle Road, Cape Brink, Bond Bridge, Five Isle Meadow, Ruin Valley, Water Path, Water Labyrinth, Resort Gorgeous, Memorial Pillar, Green Path, Outcast Island, Tanoby Ruins, Pallet Town, Cerulean City, Viridian City, Fuchsia City, Vermilion City, Celadon City, Cinnabar Island, One Island, Four Island, Five Island, Trainer Tower, Cerulean Cave, Safari Zone, Berry Forest, Icefall Cave, Seafoam Islands (Old Rod or Good Rod)
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Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Routes 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, and 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Great Marsh, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate, Resort Area (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Platinum
Routes 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, Twinleaf Town, Eterna City, Canalave City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Sunyshore City, Lake Verity, Lake Acuity, Lake Valor, Ravaged Path, Valley Windworks, Mt. Coronet, Iron Island, Great Marsh, Sendoff Spring, Pokémon League, Victory Road, Fuego Ironworks, Oreburgh Gate (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Trade Finneon on Route 226 (German)
Resort Area (fishing)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Routes 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 34, 40, 41, 47, New Bark Town, Cherrygrove City, Olivine City, Cianwood City, Cinnabar Island, Pallet Town, Union Cave 3F, Whirl Islands 1F/B1F/B2F, Mt. Silver 1F, Cerulean Cave, Seafoam Islands B4F, Vermilion City (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Routes 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 35, 42, 44, Violet City, Ecruteak City, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave 1F/2F, Slowpoke Well, Cliff Edge Gate, Mt. Mortar, Tohjo Falls, Mt. Silver exterior, Ilex Forest (fishing)
Routes 43, 45, Dark Cave, Lake of Rage, Blackthorn City, Fuchsia City, Dragon's Den, Mt. Moon Square (Surfing and fishing)
Pal Park
Pond
Pokéwalker
Warm Beach, Stormy Beach, Winner's Path
Generation V
Black White
Buy from Magikarp salesman for PokémonDollar.png500 on Marvelous Bridge
Black 2 White 2
Nature Preserve (fishing)
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Dream World
Sparkling Sea
Generation VI
X Y
Routes 3, 22, Parfum Palace (fishing)
Trade Gyarados in a hotel in Camphrier Town, Ambrette Town, Cyllage City, Geosenge Town, Coumarine City, or Couriway Town
Omega Ruby
Routes 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, Sea Mauville, Petalburg City, Meteor Falls, Dewford Town, Mossdeep City, Lilycove City, Slateport City, Team Magma Hideout, Sealed Chamber, Victory Road, Ever Grande City, Pacifidlog Town, Scorched Slab, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Seafloor Cavern, Battle Resort (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (Surfing and fishing)
Alpha Sapphire
Routes 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, Sea Mauville, Petalburg City, Meteor Falls, Dewford Town, Mossdeep City, Lilycove City, Slateport City, Team Aqua Hideout, Sealed Chamber, Victory Road, Ever Grande City, Pacifidlog Town, Scorched Slab, Safari Zone, Shoal Cave, Seafloor Cavern, Battle Resort (Old Rod or Good Rod)
Route 104 (fishing)
Sootopolis City (Surfing and fishing)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Routes 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, Melemele Sea, Seaward Cave, Kala'e Bay, Paniola Town, Akala Outskirts, Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Seafolk Village, Poni Wilds, Poni Breaker Coast, Poni Meadow, Poni Gauntlet, Vast Poni Canyon, Secluded Shore (fishing)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Routes 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, Melemele Sea, Seaward Cave, Kala'e Bay, Paniola Town, Akala Outskirts, Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Seafolk Village, Poni Breaker Coast, Poni Meadow, Poni Gauntlet, Vast Poni Canyon (fishing)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Routes 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25, Seafoam Islands, Cerulean Cave (Sea Skim)
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Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, Axew's Eye, Bridge Field, East Lake Axewell, Motostoke, North Lake Miloch, Slumbering Weald, South Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell
Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, East Lake Axewell, Giant's Cap, Lake of Outrage, West Lake Axewell (Max Raid Battle)
Expansion Pass
Fields of Honor, Courageous Cavern, Soothing Wetlands, Challenge Beach, Forest of Focus, Training Lowlands, Workout Sea, Loop Lagoon, Stepping-Stone Sea, Insular Sea, Honeycalm Island, Honeycalm Sea

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Beach, Tunnel, Volcano, River, Cave, Valley
Pinball
Red Field: Pewter City, Cycling Road
Blue Field: Fuchia City
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Channel
Secret Cove
Pinball: R&S
Ocean (Ruby Field)
Trozei!
SOL Laboratory 3, Secret Storage 5, Secret Storage 19, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red
Wonder Mail code
MD Blue
Waterfall Pond (7F-11F)
Ranger
Safra Sea, Sekra Range
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Lake Afar (B1F-B12F)
MD Sky
Lake Afar (B1F-B12F)
Rumble
Bright Beach (Both Modes C, Normal Mode S)
PokéPark Wii
Meadow Zone
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: World Axle - B2F
PokéPark 2
Arbor Area
Conquest
Fontaine, Dragnor
Rumble U
Adventure Area: Unexpected Land, Aquatic Hill: Magikarp is All You Need
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 1
Shuffle
Desert Umbra: Stage 321
Event: Pokémon Safari (Tenth release; Shiny)
Rumble World
Dewdrop Bay: Castle Moat (All Areas), Origin Hideaway: Waterfall Basin (All Areas)
Picross
Area 17: Stage 03
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Snorlax Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal

Magikarp will not appear in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team until a rescue mission involving it has been completed, using a Wonder Mail code such as the following:

X ? ? S ? ? X ? 4 6 8 ?
♀ + ? ? 9 7 5 6 S Y ? ?
Objective: Rescue Magikarp on floor 12 of Stormy Sea.

In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
RGB University Magikarp Japanese Japan  ? July 1998
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Reversal Magikarp English United States 5 June 8 to 21, 2002
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Bubble Magikarp English United States 5 January 24 to 30, 2003
BWB2W2 Pokémon Center Nagoya Magikarp Japanese Japan 99Shiny March 20 to May 6, 2013
XYORAS Pokémon Center Hiroshima Magikarp All Japan 1 June 26 to August 31, 2015
SM Lunar Magikarp Japanese region Online 19Shiny January 26 to February 6, 2017
SM Lunar Magikarp American region Online 19Shiny January 26 to February 6, 2017
SM Lunar Magikarp PAL region Online 19Shiny January 26 to February 6, 2017
SM Lunar Magikarp Taiwanese region Online 19Shiny January 26 to February 6, 2017

GTS events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
DP Nana Magikarp Japanese GTS 5 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Nory Magikarp Japanese GTS 7 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Ruirui Magikarp Japanese GTS 6 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Ryuuta Magikarp Japanese GTS 4 February 14 to 15, 2007
DP Utz Magikarp Japanese GTS 5 February 14 to 15, 2007

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Pokéwalker Wacan Berry Wacan Berry (100%)
Events* Heart Mail Heart Mail (100%) Rare Candy Rare Candy (100%)
Stardust Stardust (100%)

Stats

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.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Power
1/4 ☆☆☆
Skill
1/3 ☆☆
Stamina
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Jump
2/4 ★★☆☆
Total
6/21 ☆☆☆

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Splash Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
1515 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
2525 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM52Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM52 Bounce Flying Physical 08585 085}}85% 5
TR03Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Magikarp in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Magikarp in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Magikarp
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Magikarp
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Rage Magikarp (EX Deoxys 64)
Dragon Rage Magikarp (Mysterious Treasures 89)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin129.png Pinani129.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS129.png PinRSani129.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani129.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 9.2%
Friend Area: Waterfall Lake
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm the world's weakest Pokémon. You knew that, yes?
26%-50% HP Huh? Look, my health is down by half already.
1%-25% HP I'm not much good now. I have almost no HP left.
Level up Look, my level went up! But I'm probably still weak...
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 129.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Water
Poké Assist: Water PA.png
Water
Field move: None
Loops: 1 Min. exp.: 5 Max. exp.: 5
Browser entry R-124
Magikarp appears to be only capable of flopping about helplessly.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush129 fBody.png Walking Speed: 2.33 seconds Base HP: 36
Base Attack: 58 Base Defense: 44 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW129.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Magikarp came to the Meadow Zone to play. His favorite Attractions include Bulbasaur's Daring Dash, Venusaur's Vine Swing, and Empoleon's Snow Slide.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2129.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
He thinks he is king of PokéPark, but all he does is Splash.
Pokémon Conquest
PCP129.png HP: Move: Splash
Attack: Ability 1: Gulp
Ability 2: Mood Maker
Ability 3: Decoy
Defense:
Speed: ★★★
Evolves into Gyarados when its Attack is 16 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Nobuchika and Takeyoshi
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT129.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 30 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 10

#477
Shuffle129.png

Swap++
Sometimes replaces five disruptions with this Pokémon.
Skill Swapper: Risk-Taker, Dragon Sweep
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 30 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 10

#477
Shuffle129S.png

Cheer
Increases the chance that the next match's skill is triggered.
Skill Swapper: Dragon Shriek
Pokémon GO
GO129.png Base Stamina: 85 Base Attack: 29 Base Defense: 85
Egg Distance: 2 km Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: Magikarp Candy 400
Fast Attacks: Splash
Charged Attacks: Struggle, Frustration, Return

Evolution

129Magikarp.png
Unevolved
Magikarp
 Water 
Rare Candy
Level 20
130Gyarados.png
First evolution
Gyarados
 Water  Flying 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 129.png Spr b g1 129.png Spr 1y 129.png Spr b g1 129.png Spr 1g 129.png Spr b g1 129.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 129.png Spr b 2g 129.png Spr 2s 129.png Spr b 2g 129.png Spr 2c 129.png Spr b 2c 129.png
Spr 2g 129 s.png Spr b 2g 129 s.png Spr 2s 129 s.png Spr b 2g 129 s.png Spr 2c 129 s.png Spr b 2g 129 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 129.png Spr b 3r 129.png Spr 3e 129.png Spr b 3r 129.png Spr 3f 129.png Spr b 3f 129.png
Spr 3r 129 s.png Spr b 3r 129 s.png Spr 3e 129 s.png Spr b 3r 129 s.png Spr 3f 129 s.png Spr b 3r 129 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
129MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Magikarp images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

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Magikarp patterns in Pokémon: Magikarp Jump

Trivia

Origin

Bulbanews
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

Magikarp is based on the Asian carp, which are easily frightened by disturbances in water and can jump 8–10 feet (2.5–3 m.) in the air.

Magikarp's evolution into Gyarados is based on a legend about how carp that leaped 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. This may have inspired an element in Pokémon Snap where, after certain steps are taken, a Magikarp will splash its way into a waterfall where it evolves.

Name origin

Magikarp's name is a combination of magic and carp, possibly mocking the Magikarp as a species, as someone with "magic" powers is generally thought to be quite powerful, which Magikarp is not (though carp are said to be able to transform into dragons, which is magical in its own way).

Koiking is a combination of 鯉 koi (carp) and king, giving its name an ironic slant similar to its English name.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese コイキング Koiking From koi and king
France Flag.png French Magicarpe From magique and carpe
Spain Flag.png Spanish Magikarp Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Karpador From Karpfen and Dorsch
Italy Flag.png Italian Magikarp Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 잉어킹 Ingeoking From ingeo and king
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 鯉魚王 Léih'yùhwòhng Literally "Carp king"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 鯉魚王 / 鲤鱼王 Lǐyúwáng Literally "Carp king"


Related articles

External links


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