It's the Year of Magikarp: Pokemon's Weakest Monster is Apparently a Pokemon GO Raid Boss

It's the Year of Magikarp: Pokemon's Weakest Monster is Apparently a Pokemon GO Raid Boss

And what a strange year it is.

We're definitely in the Year of Magikarp, folks. Having received its very own mobile game, Pokemon's weakest monster is now appearing as a boss in some Pokemon GO raids.

As reported by Kotaku, Magikarp has been popping up at various high-level raid locations, where it is being rapidly smacked down.

Magikarp has been spotted in a Sprint store in Kansas, a Starbucks in Florida, and other locations, with Pokemon GO players taking to Twitter to report sightings.

One Youtuber asked, "Is Niantic trolling me because I'm spooofing?"

These Magikarp sightings are part of a brand new update in which multiple players can fight powerful monsters together. The update was initially only open to level 35 players, but it's been dropping throughout the day and is now available of players who are level 28.

Magikarp, of course, doesn't make for much of a raid boss, as it can be defeated in approximately 10 seconds. But at least it's yielding some pretty decent rewards in Niantic's notoriously stingy mobile game.

If you end up fighting a Magikarp raid battle yourself, let us know in the comments. In the meantime, check out our guide to Pokemon GO's raid battles.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

Read this next

Pokemon Go Gen 5 List: Gen 5 Release Date, Unova Region Detailed

Here are all of the Pokemon that will make their way to Pokemon Go as part of the Gen 5 update.

Pokemon Go Jump Start Research Guide

There’s some brand new Special Research to take on in Pokemon Go. Here’s what you need to know about the Pokemon Go Jump Start Research.

Pokemon Go September 2019 Community Day

Here’s what you’ll begetting up to for the Pokemon Go September Community Day.

Pokemon Go Catches One Billion Downloads

Three years since its debut, Pokemon Go endures like a Metapod that's used "Harden" 100 times.

Pokemon GO Raid Tips and Tricks - Rayquaza Raid Bosses

Pokemon GO Raid Bosses are a tough bunch, so bring a friend or two, and know who you're facing. Use our guide and you'll be beating them in no time!

More News

Remnant: From the Ashes is Quickly Becoming 2019's Breakout Hit

A multiplayer Souls-shooter is picking up steam.

Former Artifact Designer Says Expansions Were in the Works Prior to His Departure

He hopes the maligned card game can still find an audience.

More on Android

Pokemon Go Gen 5 List: Gen 5 Release Date, Unova Region Detailed

Here are all of the Pokemon that will make their way to Pokemon Go as part of the Gen 5 update.

Gears Pop Brings Funkos and Tactics to PC and Mobile Later This Week

If POP! and Gears are your thing, we have good news.

Call of Duty Mobile Release Date - Android, iOS, Battle Royale Details

This is our guide on Call of Duty Mobile, including the release date, platforms including Android and iOS, battle royale details, and more.

Fortnite Memorial to a Cube - How to Visit a Memorial to a Cube in the Desert or by a Lake

Here's our guide to the Fortnite cube memorial locations, within the desert and by a lake.

Epic Will Pull Fortnite's Reskinned Battle Pass Pup and Issue Refunds

The pet was just a bit too similar to another pass-exclusive puppy.

Pokemon Masters Already Has 5 Million Pre-Registrations

You get to be a Pokemon Master! And you get to be a Pokemon Master!