Magikarp, known in Japan as Koiking (ã³ã¤ãã³ã°, Koikingu) is a PokÃ©mon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's PokÃ©mon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Magikarp first appeared in the video games PokÃ©mon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. Known as the Fish PokÃ©mon, Magikarp is found in many bodies of water, especially lakes, rivers, and ponds. It is mostly useless, until it evolves into the superior PokÃ©mon, Gyarados.
Magikarp is a red-orange, medium-sized fish. Its notable characteristics include large, heavy scales. Its fins are primarily white, but it has a stiff, three-pointed fin on its back and, a four-pointed fin on its stomach which are both yellow. The shape of the dorsal fin resembles a crown, leading to its Japanese name Koiking. It also has long barbels, which are white on females and tan on males. Although this PokÃ©mon is capable of surviving in even the most polluted ponds, it is usually overlooked by trainers because it is pathetically weak. Even in the heat of battle it will do nothing but flop around. They are normally seen using Splash, which is unusual, as it makes them easy targets to predators. Before the species multiplied, it is believed that the ancestors of Magikarp were actually much stronger than the Magikarp seen today, and this belief has led scientists to research this species. Long-lived Magikarp are able to utilize their immense splashing power to leap high enough to jump mountains. Magikarp is found in many bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, and ponds. It is not a strong swimmer, and currents in the water will sweep it downstream.
The concept of Magikarp evolving into Gyarados is loosely based on the Chinese mythological tale of the Carps leaping over the Dragon Gate. According to the legend, carps that leap over a legendary waterfall, referred to as the Dragon Gate, are transformed into dragons.
In video games
In the video game series, Magikarp is seen commonly when fishing with an Old or Good Rod. In PokÃ©mon Red and Blue, and their remakes, an NPC will sell the player a Magikarp. A similar character appears in PokÃ©mon Black and White. In PokÃ©mon Diamond and Pearl, Magikarp appear flopping around in a dried up lake. Outside of the main series, in PokÃ©mon Stadium, Magikarp featured in its own mini game called "Magikarp Splash", in which players must Splash high enough to hit the button at the top of the screen as many times as it can. A mobile video game, called PokÃ©mon: Magikarp Jump, was announced in February 2017 under the title Splash! Magikarp, and was released for Android and iOS on 25 May 2017.
In other media
In the anime, Magikarp has appeared several times, most notably as the subject of a running gag in which a salesman attempts to trick Team Rocket into buying Magikarp in various guises, the first one being in Battle Aboard the St. Anne. In The Joy of PokÃ©mon, a Nurse Joy from the Orange Islands befriended a giant Magikarp that saved her as a child. It evolved into an equally large Gyarados, but it remained friendly. In The Wacky Watcher, Ash, Misty and Tracey help a PokÃ©mon Watcher named Dr. Quackenpoker observe the migration and evolution of a school of Magikarp. Another, in Ya See We Want an Evolution, was nicknamed the strongest Magikarp. This Magikarp was unique in that it was in fact able to battle very well, even knocking out Pikachu.
GamesRadar described it as "[t]he ultimate in useless PokÃ©mon", though noted its evolution Gyarados as one of the "most well-known" characters in the series. IGN called it "possibly the most docile, unassuming, and weak of all the monsters in the PokÃ©mon world" and further described it as serving "solely as comic relief", until its evolution into Gyarados. IGN criticized Magikarp as the "worst PokÃ©mon ever", citing its low statistics and inability to learn moves from Technical or Hidden Machines, calling it a "Water wussymon." An IGN guide jokingly noted a trainer in PokÃ©mon Platinum as having the "best team among those in the area" due to having six Magikarps, five of which being unable to attack. The book Gaming Cultures and Place in Asia-Pacific cited it as an "example of a common recurring and weak element" in the games, whose presence rather than function was to "emphasize the exclusivity and strength of other, rarer creatures for players to find". Loredana Lipperini, author of the book Generazione PokÃ©mon: i bambini e l'invasione planetaria dei nuovi, described it as "innocuous-looking." Kotaku's Stephen Totilo also gave criticism to Magikarp, commenting that the using it as his character in PokÃ©mon Rumble made him learn the "hard way" that he "couldn't have had a worse idea." The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Good Game praised PokÃ©Park Wii: Pikachu's Adventure for its faithfulness to various PokÃ©mon's abilities; while Torterra and Hitmontop were described as using Razor Leaf and Rapid Spin, they merely described Magikarp's actions as just "being Magikarp." The web site Bright Side of the Sun used an analogy involving Magikarp, commenting that the words "defense" and "rebounding" were "tossed around" more by their coach to them than "a Magikarp card at a PokÃ©mon convention in 1997." 1UP.com included it on its poll of the least popular video game characters; it won in the first round, and lost in the second.
- "Magikarp: The most useless-seeming monster in the Pokeverse hides an awesome secret". Edge (249): 122â"123. Jan 2013.Â
- Magikarp on Bulbapedia