Gyarados – Magikarp and its evolved form are famous even in regions where
they are not found for different reasons. For Magikarp, it’s their incredibly
pathetic nature that gets them labeled as one of the weakest Pokémon in the
world, whereas Gyarados are infamous for being highly destructive. Information
from the past claims that ancient Magikarp were once powerful Pokémon, but
their descendants are so weak today that it seems impossible. But at a dig site
in a certain region, a fossil was unearthed and later revived, revealing an Ancient Magikarp. The following is
based upon the research conducted on that individual Magikarp.
Though the appearance of the Ancient Magikarp greatly
resembles its descendants—albeit with a constantly upset expression as opposed
to a witless one—its behavior resembles that of its present day counterpart’s
evolved form: violent and often willing to attack with fatal intent if angered.
Attempts to perform tests on it led to several injured researchers. Because of
its great resemblance, the Ancient Magikarp test subject was placed in a school
of normal Magikarp to see how ancestor and descendants would react to one
another. It led to the Ancient Magikarp attacking and badly wounding most of
the males, but left the females alone in order to mate with them. After placing
the Ancient Magikarp in a tank with all female present day Magikarp, it was
observed that most of its time was spent mating. But unlike ordinary Magikarp,
who are able to breed eggs within days of mating, the Ancient Magikarp was
unable to impregnate any of the females within the span of six months, leading
researchers to create Ancient Magikarp eggs via Ditto breeding.