Pokemon GO Players Are Trolling Gyms With Magikarp

Gyms are supposed to be arenas where the best trainers in the world achieve glory with the help of the most powerful Pokemon. Somehow, gyms everywhere have turned into a non-stop Magikarp train instead. Those of you playing Pokemon GO may have noticed that it has become a thing to challenge and defeat a gym, only to replace the crowning champions with low-level Magikarps. Apparently, this has a name: "Karping," according to Babycastles co-owner Todd Anderson.

On social media, people are posting dozens of screenshots daily of gyms with Magikarp defenders. Sometimes, it's just for fun — I mean, it's pretty funny to see a Magikarp gym leader, even if you know it will get dethroned quickly. Other times, the gym Magikarp is meant as an insult against the defeated team. And some trainers clearly just want to watch the world burn, one splash at a time. Here's a small taste of the silliest trends in Pokemon GO:


    I think there has been some more tweets about this; you better update your story,

      Real journalism in action... just reposting twitter shit.

    *goes to complain about number of tweets*

    *notices who 'wrote' the article*

    Business as usual I see.

      Business as usual indeed.

      Can't have a Hernandez piece without somebody pointing out she is doing her job.

    Early during the beta, this kind of made sense as an experience farm: you could then train against it with your higher level pokemon at zero risk. You'd also end up with a ludicrously high prestige gym. At some point they tweaked things so you'd get zero experience and gym prestige for such battles though :(

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