The latest Pokémon game on mobile devices, Magikarp Jump, allows Trainers to evolve their pathetic Magikarp into its more formidable form known as Gyarados.
Unlike in other Pokémon video games, evolving the Water-type Fish Pokémon does not happen automatically at level 20 in Magikarp Jump. Instead, players must simply trigger an in-game event called “Adios, Gyarados.”
Repeatedly tapping on Magikarp while it’s swimming around in the pond will crack and break its Everstone, a held item that prevents it from evolving. Determined tappers will eventually see the following message displayed on their screen: “Huh?! Your Everstone cracked and broke!” Then, when Magikarp reaches level 20, it will evolve into the much more powerful Atrocious Pokémon Gyarados. Magikarp above level 20 will successfully evolve the next time they gain a level.
You can even evolve a Red Gyarados! Just fish up a Gold Magikarp (the shiny equivalent) with an Old Rod, break its Everstone, and evolve it. Landing a Gold-patterned Magikarp is extremely rare, but catching one also unlocks Pattern No. 99 in the game’s Pattern Dex and rewards the player with Diamonds.
There are some things worth noting, however. Perhaps most importantly, your behemoth-sized Gyarados won’t be able to compete in league battles — old man Mayor Karp will immediately take possession of it, forcing it to retire. In addition, it doesn’t seem possible to trigger the evolution event more than once. (One player apparently tried tapping Magikarp for a solid 20 minutes without any luck.)
YouTube user The Nostalgic Duo recorded some video footage (below) showing the process of evolving Magikarp into Gyarados.
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump launched this month on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. While free to play, it does offer micro-transactions.