Magikarp Evolution Scarlet and Violet: Everything You Need To Know

Magikarp is arguably one of the weakest Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Many have made fun of this little flippy-floppy fish until the tables are turned on them. This ‘useless’ fish can evolve into the fiery dragon-like Pokemon Gyarados.

Gyarados is a fierce water Pokemon with enormous fangs and one powerful tail that can cause great havoc when unleashed.

The evolution of Magikarp into Gyarados is based on a Chinese legend about carp leaping over a waterfall to become dragons. The waterfall in the legend is called the Dragon Gate, and it is said that carp that can successfully leap over the waterfall will be transformed into dragons.

So how can our lovely little fish transform into a powerful beast that is not one to mess with? Read on to find out how you can do this in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Evolve Magikarp into Gyarados
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How To Evolve Magikarp into Gyarados in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

There are two ways to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet:

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Level up. The most common way to evolve Magikarp is to level it up to level 20. Once Magikarp reaches level 20, it will automatically evolve into Gyarados.

Feed Magikarp Exp. Candies or Rare Candies. You can also evolve Magikarp into Gyarados by using a Rare Candy.

Rare Candies are items that can be used to instantly level up a Pokemon. To use a Rare Candy, simply open your bag and select the Rare Candy. Then, select the Magikarp that you want to evolve and press the “Evolve” button.

How To Find Magikarp in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Magikarp can be found anywhere near water locations. It is reported to have higher spawn rates near lakes, rivers, oceans, harbors and canals. With a bit of luck, you might also encounter a Shiny Magikarp.

Wild Gyarados on the other hand can be found in the outskirts of Paldea near water, mostly in the ocean.

Magikarp has access to a wide pool of moves of moves unlike Magikarp. It can learn moves such as the Giga Impact or the powerful outrage.

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