Pokemon Sun And Moon Player Beats Elite Four With Just A Magikarp

It's an accepted fact that Magikarp is a useless Pokemon until you evolve them into Gyrados. But one player managed to beat Sun and Moon Elite Four with nothing but the flailing fish.

How did Japanese twitter user Nanako_Official accomplish this feat? Patience, grinding and a deep knowledge of Pokemon mechanics. While the Magikarp was level 70 when it managed to make it to the Elite Four, that doesn't account for type differences.

You see, Flail, the only attack it had, doesn't affect Ghost Type Pokemon. According to a translation of their tweets on Rocket News, Nanako_Official would resort to using Struggle — the move that Pokemon use when they're all out of PP on their moves, meaning they can't use any attacks available.

While Struggle is the default action when a Pokemon has depleted their options, it harms all monsters regardless of type. All Nanako_Official had to do was keep Magikarp alive while it Struggled at Ghosts. Struggle also hurts the Pokemon that use it, so on particularly tough battles Nanako_Official would run their opponent's PP down on all their moves so they'd Struggle themselves to death. It can't have hurt that in Sun and Moon, Magikarp can get a powerful Z-Move.

While the theory is sound, the practice must have been brutal. In the few picture updates Nanako_Official provides, the poor Magikarp would get down to slivers of HP in battles. If you play Pokemon as intended, this is a really stressful sight.

At the end, this level 70 Magikarp took their place in the Hall of Fame. And it's well deserved — with a little grit, this Pokemon proves you can do anything.


    Given they'd taken the gym battles out, I'd been playing Sun enjoying the trials, and wondering what I'd face in place of the Elite Four.

    Thanks for the spoilers in the goddamn title.

      they've taken the gym battles out!?
      thanks for the spoilers in the gorram comments!

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