I, vadess40, am a HUGE Pokémon fan. I was introduced to Pokémon when it first became a fad in the late 1990s, and have followed the franchise every since. One of my favourite is Magikarp.
Yes, you heard correctly: vadess40 is a fan of Magikarp, and its evolution Gyarados. Magikarp is infamously known for being the weakest Pokémon of all time: It takes forever to go from one level to the next, and it has some of the lowest stats. Furthermore, it has the worst move set in the Pokémon games: Its signature move, splash, does nothing; tackle, which it learns at level 15, does practically nothing since it doesn’t have same-type-advantage and its stats cannot give tackle a boost; finally, it learns flail at level 40 and I have no idea what that move does because I do not have the patience to wait around for Magikarp to learn it.
Yet Magikarp is still my favourite Pokémon, and represents much to me. This is because Magikarp reminds us time and time again to not underestimate the little guy, the outcasted girl, the homeless gay youth, or the disabled senior. Hidden within Magikarp is the power of a sea serpent so feared in the Pokemon world, that many of the characters in the comics and the anime fear encountering a Magikarp.
The sea serpent Magikarp evolves into is Gyarados: A water/flying type Pokémon whose stats jump up high when Magikarp evolves. If one collects a Gyardosite after beating Pokemon X/Y or Alphasaphire/OmegaRuby, Gyarados mega evolves into a Water/dark type. One of vadess40’s favourite Pokémon artists on Deviant Art, catandcrown, left his description about Gyarados on his art:
Magikarp are considered some of the weakest Pokémon in the world. Inelegant, powerless and unable to attack or defend with any prowess, it is little wonder that they are heavily fed upon by other Pokémon and humans alike. However. There is untapped potential deep inside them when they grow.
Magikarp do not evolve like regular Pokémon over time. Instead, they are only capable of evolution when they feel threatened or abused. When this occurs, their tiny minds going into a state of frenzy and berserk rage that triggers their mutation. When Magikarp are forced into this state of panic, their bodies secrete a special growth hormone (the same that is applied by scientists nowadays for the benefits of rare candies) that causes a massive chain reaction in the Pokémon’s biological and anatomical structure. Even over a number of hours, the Pokémon can go from being 3 ft. in length, to over 30, some recorded even being faster. It is an incredibly painful experience for the Pokémon.
The result is a Gyarados, born out of anger and frenzy, who is known for to its berserk rages that it is known for. Gyarados are incredibly wild and fierce creatures, known by many for their destructive and often murderous intent. Gyarados, whilst cunning and powerful hunters, and not particularly intelligent, often working themselves into rages without much reason. However, this is not to say it is un-trainable.
On the contrary, if trained from a young age, Gyarados are quite useful in the field: They are strong, loyal, and protective of their trainers. It is believed by scientists that whatever feeling the Pokémon has for the trainer at the point of evolution, will stay with it for the rest of its life. being that Because of this Gyarados can either be ferociously untameable to a poor trainer, or utterly devoted to a good one. For only the most caring of trainers are able to train these leviathans once fully grown.
It has become common practice to register yourself at the local Pokémon centre when attempting to evolve a Magikarp for this reason. In some sad cases, Gyarados have had to be put down because of poor training, unable to fully comprehend their anger, going into massive rages that can decimate buildings.
Biologically, Gyarados are an interesting species, with a maw of sharp fangs, incredibly eyesight and smell and a set of antennae used specifically for hunting, it is little wonder why they thrive in the wild. They have the ability to wrap themselves around prey and crush them with an incredible amount of force if they chose to do so, along with being able to detach their jaws and swallow large prey like Arbok. They also have access to a myriad of elemental powers aside from tis native water, and, despite its type rating, is considered a powerful dragon. Gyarados live in deep water in most cases, but smaller ones are also present in large bodies of water and lakes. There have been numerous legends surrounding the appearance of the famed ‘Red Gyarados’ of the lake of rage, a popular tourist attraction. Whilst shrouded in myth and magical properties, this is simply a gene defect that occurs when the Magikarp grows too quickly, unable to mutate its scales into the common blue colour of its form.
They are however, prized amongst trainers, despite what it means to have a furious sea monster at your side. Caution is advised.
I always aims to always have a Gyarados in her Pokémon team. Don’t worry, I registered at the nearest Pokemon Centre. Thankfully Magikarps have yet to pose a significant danger for me as a Pokemon Trainers. And now they get to be the blog’s new banner, and mascot :D.