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Magikarp LV.6
コイキング Koiking
Illus. Kagemaru Himeno
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Magikarp
Type Water
Hit Points 30
retreat cost
English expansion Team Rocket
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 47/82
Japanese expansion Rocket Gang
Japanese rarity Common
Card GB 2 set We Are Team Rocket
Card GB 2 rarity Common
Card GB 2 ID G16
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Magikarp.

Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koiking) is a Water-type Basic Pokémon card. It is part of the Team Rocket expansion.


Card text

English release

Colorless Flop
WaterWaterWater Rapid Evolution
Search your deck for an Evolution card named Gyarados or Dark Gyarados and put it on Magikarp. (This counts as evolving Magikarp.) Shuffle your deck afterward.

Japanese release

Colorless Flop
WaterWaterWater Rapid Evolution
Search your deck for a card that evolves from Magikarp and put it on this Pokémon. (This counts as evolving this Pokémon.) Shuffle your deck afterward.

Pokédex data

Magikarp - Fish Pokémon
No. Height Weight
129 2'11" (0.9 m) 22 lbs. (10 kg)
Pokédex entry
Recent research has revealed the presence of dragon DNA in this species of Pokémon.

Release information

This card was included in the Team Rocket expansion, first released in the Japanese Rocket Gang expansion. In an attempt to be helpful by adding a reference of what cards evolve from Magikarp, the English release of this card's Rapid Evolution attack actually limits which cards can be selected when using this attack. A more precise translation would have allowed players to search their deck for cards that evolve from Magikarp, such as Gyarados ex, that are not named Gyarados or Dark Gyarados.


The Rapid Evolution attack once allowed players to combo it with cards such as Recall to stack on as many of any combination of Gyarados and Dark Gyarados cards as they wished. A rule change was made in time for the Neo Genesis set that specifically forbade this kind of combo, deemed an "illegal evolution".


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