Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire in 2003 compared to Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire in 2014
No. 129 Magikarp
Magikarp is a medium-sized fish Pokémon with large, heavy reddish-orange scales. It has large, vacant eyes and pink lips. Its pectoral and tail fins are white, but it has a stiff, three-peaked fin on its back and stomach that are both yellow. It also has long barbels. The barbels are white on a female and tan 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 not a strong swimmer, and currents in the water will sweep it downstream. It is normally seen using its former signature move, Splash, to leap out of the water, which makes them easy targets to predators such as Pidgeot. 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.
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.
Yes, I’m finally continuing my countdown of all the pokemon granted by the time I hit season 3 they’ll probably have even more but you know what that doesn’t bother me.
Anyways Magikarp yes I was one of those people who actually bought a magikarp because why spend countless minutes trying to catch one, psh I mean its not like I could have used an old rod or anything. Magikarp thankfully more recently hasn’t been a hassle to raise to evolve or completely useless like it was in the gen 1 games and if I recall gen 2 (original not remakes) games as well where the only thing magikarp could only use splash, but now it can learn tackle and flail awwww yeah, still a pain to raise, but the effort is highly worth it.