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Pokémon Trainers of the Galar region awoke to a surprise April Fools’ prank in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Out in the Wild Areas, Magikarps have flooded Max Raid Battles and you can’t even catch them afterward! This prank, bizarre to say the least, at least tells you upfront you can’t catch these beautiful koi Pokémon.



Initially reported by, even the site’s founder had to clarify it was an actual in-game prank and not a joke he made up!



Ranging from level 17 to 60, these gargantuan Magikarp can be defeated solo. Sure, you won’t be able to catch this beloved Water-type Pokémon, but you can earn items after its defeat. You can check out’s breakdown of the event and the chance rate of getting specific items.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)