20px Magikarp is a no-talent Pokémon that can't do anything but flop around. 20px
Jessie in Battle Aboard the St. Anne.

Magikarp (Japanese: コイキング Koiking) is a Water-type Pokémon. It evolves into Gyarados.


Magikarp are very often seen in any underwater scene. This is most likely a reference to their extreme abundance in the games.

IL001: Pokémon, I Choose You!Edit

Magikarp debuted in Pokémon - I Choose You! when one was seen swimming in the river that Ash had jumped into to try to escape a flock of Spearow that were chasing after him.

Magikarp salesman's MagikarpEdit

Several episodes, the first one being in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, involve 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're very valuable.

James' MagikarpEdit

James buys a Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman thinking it is worth millions, but ends up realizing this was a trick. He dumps it in Pokémon Shipwreck and it evolves into Gyarados.

Nurse Joy's MagikarpEdit

In The Joy of Pokémon, 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.

Magikarp (OI028)Edit

In The Wacky Watcher!, Ash, Misty, and Tracey help a Pokémon Watcher named Quincy T. Quackenpoker observe the migration and evolution of a school of Magikarp.

Jessie's MagikarpEdit

Jessie buys a Feebas from the Magikarp salesman in Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend, but it soon turns out to actually be a Magikarp. It is then returned to the salesman. Jessie uses another one in the Pokémon Triathlon in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team.

Cerulean Gym's MagikarpEdit

Jimmy's MagikarpEdit

Jimmy easily captured a shiny Magikarp prior to Judgement Day and he traded it away for a Charmeleon.

Oralie's MagikarpEdit

Another, in Ya See We Want An Evolution, was nicknamed the strongest. This male Magikarp was unique in that it was in fact able to battle surprisingly well, even giving Pikachu a hard time.


A Magikarp appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village.

A Magikarp was seen in a Pokémon Center in Hypno's Naptime.

Multiple Magikarp also appeared in the banned episode The Legend of Dratini.

A Magikarp appeared in Electric Soldier Porygon.

Magikarp also appeared in Holy Matrimony!, The Evolution Solution, A Friend In Deed and Friend and Foe Alike.

Multiple Magikarp were among the Pokémon seen at Professor Oak's Laboratory in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral.

A Magikarp was being studied by Professor Oak in Poké Ball Peril.

A Magikarp was among the Pokémon controlled by Cassidy and Butch in Pikachu Re-Volts.

A school of Magikarp appeared in The Power of One.

Totodile juggled three Magikarp with its Water Gun in Love, Totodile Style.

A Magikarp appeared in Dueling Heroes.

Magikarp also appeared in Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

A Magikarp was seen swimming in a lake in The Legend of Thunder! and Journey to the Starting Line.

A Magikarp was used by a competitor in the Tour de Alto Mare, a water chariot race, in Pokémon Heroes.

A Magikarp appeared in Arriving in Style!.

It was also seen as part of Lila's famous "Tiger Lily Smile" background in Battling the Generation Gap!.

Another Magikarp also appeared in Historical Mystery Tour!.

A group of Magikarp appeared in The Needs of the Three!.

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

Multiple Magikarp appeared in Destiny Deoxys, Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokédex entriesEdit

20px Magikarp, the Fish Pokémon. Magikarp can live in the dirtiest of water. It jumps very well and can evolve into Gyarados. 20px
Ash's Pokédex in Ya See We Want An Evolution.

Game dataEdit

Pokédex entryEdit

20px Famous for being very unreliable. It can be found swimming in seas, lakes, rivers and shallow puddles. 20px
Pokédex entry in Pokémon Yellow Version.



In The Ties That Bind, during a flashback, Gary Oak mentions the only attacks Magikarp can use are Splash, Tackle and Flail.