Magikarp Cameos
Cameo information
Birth name Magikarp (Western translations)
コイキング (Koiking) (original Japanese name)
First appearance February 27, 1996
Pokémon Red and Blue
Physical description
Hair None
Eyes Black
Based on
Magikarp Based On
Appearance information
Appeared in Ash Ketchum vs Charles Darwin
During Ash Ketchum's second verse
Location(s) The sea

Multiple Magikarp made a group cameo appearance in Ash Ketchum vs Charles Darwin.

Information on the cameo

Magikarp is a Water-type Pokémon which evolves into Gyarados at level 20. Its species is the Fish Pokémon. It is commonly seen in water areas and can easily be caught with fishing rods, especially the Old Rod. It is known for being one of the weakest Pokémon in the Pokémon universe, resulted from it being unable to learn a physical attack move up until level 15.

One Magikarp was infamously sold by a Magikarp salesman to James, only to be later kicked out into the ocean after deeming it useless, where it evolved into a Gyarados and assaulted James and the group. Later, the same salesman sold a Magikarp to Jessie as well in the disguise of a Feebas, where it was shortly after released upon revelation it was actually a Magikarp.

Appearance in the rap battle

Several Magikarp appear in Ash Ketchum's second verse when he rides on a Lapras. They fly out of the water after Ketchum says the line, "Set sail and Galápago-suck on these!"


  • Magikarp is the only Pokémon to cameo within the battle that Ash Ketchum has never owned a variant of during his career as a Pokémon Trainer. Ketchum has befriended both a Lapras and a Butterfree during the series, currently possesses a Charizard and a Pikachu, and was forced to catch a number of Exeggutor during the course of one episode.
    • Magikarp was likely included in the battle due to its infamous reputation as a humorous Pokémon, as well as being a poor choice to battle with.