If you’ve ever ground up a magikarp at the very beginning of the game so you can have a Gyarados to eat everyone’s faces by like, the second gym, you’ll know that this is exactly what it feels like.
I was turned on to your comic by a friend of mine who stalks you on deviantart,
This is one broad chested man who would like to say thank you, and keep up the good work.
Oh there once was a hero named Ragnar the Red who came to Whiterun from ‘ol Rorikstead.
And the braggart did swagger and brandish his blade, as he told of bold battles and gold he had made
But then he went quiet, did Erik the Red, when he met the shield-maiden Matilda who said;
“Oh, you talk and you lie and you drink all our mead, now I think it’s high time that you lie down and bleed”
And so then came clashing and slashing of steel, as the brave lass Matilda charged in full of zeal
And the bragger named Erik was boastful no more, when his ugly red head rolled around on the floor!
I don’t thing the Dovakhiin will be at the agency. Or the Vault Dweller, or the Paladin of the Nine, or Corvo, or the Courier, or any Bethesda game.
Cola? Do you play Bethesda? ‘Cause i just realized that Corvo could enter the agancy, he’s not player-made.
to be fair, the dohvakhiin can enter the agency, the default iron helm version from the trailers
Now I was reminded by the scene from Röde Orm (The Long Ships in translated form) where Toke gets in a dispute with another man at a feast, they both leave “to pee” and Toke comes in shortly thereafter, with a little blood, stating “Now I’ve finished pissing”.
I would’ve liked seeing a bit more of that understatement in Skyrim (a fine game in any case).
I too have taken a magikarp at the beginning of the game and grounded it up to a Gyarados. It is a fun time.
I’ve tried that with a Slowpoke…. does not work as well.
Actually, yes it DOES work well. Slowbro is VERY much an awesome pokemon in its own right because it can tank through just about anything in the game that has a physical attack on it and is equipped to boost its own defenses. The one you should not be trying it on is Goldeen.
You can easily catch slowbro at some point in the game…
Sadly it won’t go to slowking on red or blue…
And I can’t trade anything no matter what on my cell phone.
Speaking of tanks, I HATE FIGHTING MILOTIC!! I WANT ONE SO BAD BUT THOSE THINGS HAVE LIKE NO VISIBLE WEAKNESS! AAAAAAAARRGH!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY TIMES I’VE LOST OR COME CLOSE TO LOOSING BECAUSE OF THAT THING!! AND AT THE SAME TIME, IT’S THE HARDEST FREAKING POKEMON TO GET IN THE ENTIRE SERIES!! EVEN HARDER THAN THE EVENT ONES!!
Dude, just evolve a febass
look up how to catch a febass first, then repost
Also you have to get the beauty stat up and not all feebas like the poffin you need to do that with, besides milotic aren’t even that good, it’s straight water and has mediocre stats though if it has a status affect it has higher defense, still not a concern.
Did you know, that if a Slowbro ( or a Slowpoke, I forget which) is bitten on the tail, it will not feel the pain for awhile after the battle? Read the bottoms of Poke’mon cards,the facts are rather interesting…
See in Black and White, the only way to get Magikarp is to buy him. (at least when you haven’t played pokemon for 7 years) Right after you buy him at lvl 5, there is a rotation battle down the road. The pokemon in that battle are lvl 65. If you have one of the exp boosting items, such as lucky egg, on magikarp when he is the first pokemon in your party, by the time you knock out the three other pokemon, he has jumped to lvl 21. You then have the choice of evolving him after one more level, or grinding him up to lvl 30 to learn flail.
I choose the latter. Any time he gets in the red, 200 base dp. If the other pokemon somehow survives, I wasn’t winning that battle anyway…
no. the hardest is fucking chansey in r/b/g/y. ohmygawd that was terrible
Oh Gods YES.
Fought one in LG/FR, it maxed out its evade stat and with it’s high defence, it took forever to hit it all the way down and out.
I put my Magikarp in the daycare center after Cerulean City and ground the rest of my Pokemon to let time pass. I would pull it out right before level 20 and made up the difference with rare candies. Then, BOOYA! Kick-ass time! And he never leaves my party after that.
All the wasted EV’s. T_T
Just to note, you gain EV’s by fighting, but there’s a max of 255 for any pokemon. So sure, if he left the ‘karp in the daycare center for the entire level progression, waste of EV’s, but if he took it out at 20 and used it, it would still gain EV’s as normal… Chances are it’ll take more than 255 fights to get to lvl 100.
Ok, there’s 255 Points for ANY ONE move- the true total points is double that.
The maximum amount of EV’s you can get in a stat is 255, however since you get 1 Stat point for every 4 EV’s in a stat, the 3 extra EV’s past 252 do nothing so it is best to only put 252 EV’s in a stat.
The maximum amount of EV’s that you can have on a Pokemon across all of it’s stats is 510. That means you could put 252 EV’s into two stats and 4 EV’s into another with 2 EV’s leftover (those 2 leftover are useless).
You don’t have to put 252 though. You could spread EV’s out across all stats like 100 in HP, Speed, Defense, Special Defense, and special attack and then 10 in attack. You can distribute the 510 EV’s however you want.
A Pokemon gets EV’s by participating in a battle that the opposing Pokemon faints in. If holding an exp. share though, a Pokemon receives any EV’s even without participating in battle.
Different Pokemon offer different EV’s for different stats and different Pokemon offer either 1, 2, or 3 EV’s upon being defeated. It’s not randomized, you can google for more information. Various sites have the information that shows which EV’s and how many a Pokemon gives when defeated.
needs more rainbows and sparkles in the last panel
Haha, definitely! Lots more!
Don’t forget the Nyan-cat! You never forget Nyan-cat (when it comes to rainbows and sparkles), EVER….. }8C
This fighting style is invincible.
Also where the manliness comes in again, I suppose.
I think I’ve come to believe that the Gyarados is the Manly Guy in this comic, rather than the trainer.
Also, I still remember how to spell Gyarados after all these years. Shit yeah.
xD Booyah! I can still spell it too.
I was sent here by a friend too; Awesome.
I agree. But you have to admit, slamming a magikarp against a poliwag a couple of times has got to be a great workout for your lats.
You got linked off of the Nuklear Power forums. Directly afterwards, you gained a reader. I believe they call this the Circle of Life.
Heeyyy, I know you from OotS forums! Small Internet.
… OotS? oh wait, Order of the stick? I don’t believe I’ve ever been there :O
Oh, phft, my apologies. I just get these comments via email, I didn’t see that it was a response to somebody.
Indeed. I get around, strampy little webwhore that I am.
YOU ARE EVERYWHERE, RUTSKARN
i know this because i stalk you.
or i just keep finding you wherever i go on the webernet.
… wonder which is creepier
rutskarn is on Goblins too! fucken everywhere
Dammit! Another Goblins fan! We’re everywhere man.
Rutskarn… I know him from Chocolate Hammer and Shamus Young’s video thing.
WHY ARE YOU ARE EVERYWHERE I LOOK?
I just know one of these days I will run into you on TF2 as well.
He’s probably someone you know IRL too, which is probably the creepiest thing at all.
Suppressing urge to yell “Adventure Time”…
please do :|
>So Mr Fish and I went off to try our hand at the fighting games
>The only way we knew how
Is this a reference to Black Dynamite?
Not intentionally, but I’ve watched the movie enough times it’s entirely possible.
So it might have been subconscious?
“WHO THE HELL IS INTERRUPTIN’ MY POKEMON TRAININ'”
“AHA! i threw that magikarp before i came in the room!”
“But Jeff, I sell pokeballs to the community!”
I feel like this is a wonderful threat that’s very underused: “I will STAB you with f**king GOLDFISH!!!!!” >:|
This is my new DA sig now :D
i think Mr. Fish might have sustained brain damage from all that fighting… he dosent look to owell in the last pannel.
I name my Magikarp “Kraken” specifically because I know what the payoff will be. Also, raising my Magikarp this most recent time around was a lot easier this time around thanks to the power of the Pokewalker. Who says walking isn’t a useful exercise?
Also, if you’re interested, I put up a TVTropesWiki page for you last week. It’s not much, but you might want to check it out.
Oh man, rad!
You returned KRAKEN to the wild. Goodbye KRAKEN!
Should’ve just skipped the last three panels.
It would make the joke more concise, but it wouldn’t move the story forward. He has a gyarados when he walks into the office and a magikarp in his flashback, the magikarp has to turn into a gyarados sometime before the day is out.
Do not make such a big deal of it. SRSLY BRO
No man, the last three panels are the best thing I have ever read in any webcomic.
This was actually posted on the Nuklear Powered Forums thread for funny pics, expect an influx of people to see this awesome comic.
Also, the trainer is a lucky bastard that he didn’t fight a fire type.
You mean grass type.
no i think its still fire
itll cook that fish gooooood
No, it’s grass and electricity. It’s an element thing.
Grass+electricity can make fire…
This page is made of so much win. And I don’t even know anything about Pokemon! Until now. Yes, you convinced this metalhead to go out and google and read up on cute Japanese critters just because of the awesomeness that is Mr Fish…
Never underestimate the awesomeness of cute japanese critters, they can breath fire and shoot lasers out of their mouth. Mr.Fish is a prime example of how cool they can be.
Kirby is another example of a incredibly adorable yet dangerous Japanese creature.
Very impressed with this new strip, keep up the good work.
Just for this comic I’m gonna start a new game of pokemon, get a magikarp, and name it Mr. Fish.
JARED RUN: No pokeballs, no party, Gyarados only. Final destination.
You get stuck as soon as you need to start using HMs.
not exactly, unless u get am action replay to walk everywhere XD
Gyarados is Water / Flying. It Surfs. It Flies. It Cuts. What more do you even need?!
I’ve been using Gyarados as my Swiss Army Mon since Red.
Gyarados is a flying type but it can’t learn fly.
*coughs* It’s only been you know, months if not years since this comment was posted, but I actually did my own “Jared Run” of FRLG. It was a self-imposed ruleset. You CAN capture other Pokemon, but you cannot use them in Battles, only as HM Slaves. In essence, they do not truly exist.
Long story short I was able to beat the E4, my HM Slaves including Snorlax, Farfetch’d, Raichu, and ONE other I forgot…
I also added that if you play a Gen 3+ or 5+ game, you can have other Gyarados named Mr. Fish in your party to cover Double and Triple/Rotation Battles.
It was fun, needless to say.
I wasn’t even aware of this until earlier today. Awesome work, ‘Squid.
Gyarados looks so manly with that pink background.
that’ss because its manly pink
I know exactly how you feel, Jared.
Also, this comic rocks. Keep up the awesome work!
This comic is AWESOME!
Quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. That’s one sexy hunk of Gyarados. Also, just for the record this comic made me remember about Gyarados, a pokemon I’ve never used seriously: So I caught a Magikarp, named it Cuddlefish, and now we’ll destroy everything in our path.
Hello! Just wanted to say that I randomly stumbled onto your webcomic today. This is absolutely genius! Please keep making pokemon related comics! :D
And that’s about the only way to combat level a ‘karp. Well done oh squidy one, consider me hooked. (see what I did there? with the fish and the….I’ll be quiet now)
Got linked to you by a friend on Twitter. And I must say, I love your work. Keep it up! :D
Also, there are only two known ways to level a Magikarp. This way, and beating up inanimate objects. Poor Magikarp…
Well, you know how Magikarp are. Obnoxiously slow levelers, horrible attack, terrible exp earnage, but still with just enough defense to be aggravatingly durable. Jared’s way is probably the only way to level it without the grindy feel. Unless you use that pokewalker thingy that those dern whippersnappers are yammering on about. *cantankerous old lady grumble*
I wanna hit things with a magikarp…I love how that poliwag just deflated/flattened when it got hit. The bored expression on the face of the gyrados is precious :P
Isnt that how you train your pokemon? I mean seriously, the pokemon aren’t going to bludgen themselves to death. Duh…..
I didn’t know Pokemon Trainers use Flail as so…
This is going to make my Yellow playthrough much easier
Magikarp- the deadliest pokemon in the entire game.
I find it funny that even the in-game Pokedex in some games ACTUALLY SAYS that magikarp is the WORST POKEMON IN EXISTENCE. And, like Feebass (may it soon become much…MUCH…easier to find), it becomes a freakin’ tank when it evolves. BUT, FERALIGATER is a HECK of a tank when you give it Surf and Ice Punch, along with two other moves that I can’t remember.
I jumped on Wikipedia and read the article, but it was a lot like walking through pudding: slow going and afterward I felt kinda dirty.
MAN. Now you have me imagineing this as the way I have my Sandshrew* uses Cut, Headbutt, and Rock Smash. Makes SO much more sense.
*Shrewbert. No where near the manliest name, but the pun was too good to pass up.
First, awesome. Second, I have pretty much the same outfit, minus the beanie. And I’m a chick.
Best use of a Magikarp
I wish you’d make a desktop of the last panel, I laughed so hard when I read this one.
You mean like this?
You sir, have just gained a new reader.
LOL I love your comic so much! It’s like extremely manly!
HAHA, This is the best thing EVER.
That explains gyarados’ face in all the panels. He has brain damage.
Few ways to fight your foes in this world are manlier than smashing them to death with a Magikarp.
Best use of a magikarp, EVER!
Dude, I am 19 years old and had never touched Pokemon in my life. A little while back, a newfound friend of mine, who’s a rather dedicated fan of the game, encouraged me to take a shot at it. I figured with everything I picked up about it from the internets, I owed it a playthrough. As of five days ago, I am hooked.
Two days ago, I got my first fishing rod and caught my first Magikarp. I remembered this comic. I named him Mr. Fish.
As of yesterday, Mr. Fish reached level 20, and as you so succinctly put it, I became the king of everything.
Thank you for being awesome.
Brilliance in a nutshell. I love your work!
GREATEST BACKROUND EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
I like how Stumbleupon is making this comic so popular.
Magikarp used Flail!
One of the best Pokemon-related comics I’ve ever seen.
AWESOME! Gamefreak should make a game more like this.
oh wow, your webcomic is hilarious, just looked through them all, loving the pokemon ones, nostalgia brings the best kind of lols
Dude, I play pokemon competitively, and after five generations, the Dragon Dancer I have on my team is still a major threat to contend with.
His name is Tiny. He is my enforcer. Major props on the best comic I’ve read in probably close to 3 years. In fact, I dare say that brofists are in order.
Is Mr. Fish looking sad because of brain damage or is there another reason for it?
Awesome comic, keep it up!
and btw, you should update your DA page with your latest comic.
Oh man, I wish you could have done that in the game. It’s not too late for Nintendo to change Black and White, right?
Do you have a desktop background sized version of that last frame? If so that would be the last background I would ever need.
It’s up on my “extras” page.
Is there any way of having the “I am the king of everything” text there too? ><
I feel the need to share this little story here. There’s a guest speaker who comes into my science class every once in a while but I can never remember what his name is. He mentioned the first time he came in that he studies fish so I always refer to him as Mr. Fish, mostly because of this comic. I feel like if he knew he was being compared to a giant gyarados, he would appreciate it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev3VwmpBXyo i imagine this is Mr.Fish’s cruisin’ theme
my now level 20 gyarados is stronger than my level 30 wartortle
I now understand this
So THAT’S how you evolve a Magikarp without constantly switching it in and out!
Hmmm as soon as I get back from China I am going t get my Gameboy and train TWO Magicarp so I can become the KING OF EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE!
Though yea, now that facial expression is well explained.
that poliwag was flattened in like one hit… what a battle!
It’s sort of funny how as soon as Mr. Fish the Gyarados is introduced, your comments suddenly triple or something like that.
Damn scouts are overpowered now
I love this comic soo much…
It just occurred to me (having never played anything over gold/silver) why is a bug trainer using a poliwag? I mean I know the outcome would have been the same either way…
Because I drew the Pokemon before the trainer, and when I started inking bug catcher was the only one I could remember the look of.
Why the hell does a bug catcher have a Poliwag?
this page is awsome!
I have decided. ._.
I want to collect Pokemon based off the characters.
Who would be good for Jared, Sarah, Commander, and Canadian Guy? .o.
/is starting with Mr. Fish 8|
I laughed so much it hurts! This comic is fantastic!
I think you can add some more pictures to your post. Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert. ~Robert Brault,
you are one clever and hilarious individual for writing this comic
Funniest comic I’ve read in a while!
I actually did that. Fished up a Magikarp at the start (old rod), ground it up and sealed the deal with rare candies. Cue my Gyarados just wrecking stuff for the next three gyms.
I’m tempted to raise another Gyarados nicknamed “Mr. Fish” thanks to this. =D
Reading back over these I had a thought: someone should do a flash game of Jared bludgeoning little pokemon into red, bloody lump lumps… or maybe even a mini game in a pokemon version. I would play it no question
I can’t even remotely describe how I LOLed to this comic.
I always put a Magicarp at the 1st slot of the party, so for every battle I could pull him back quickly and he’d get half exp without needing to be anywhere. ‘Cause I’m too impatient to wait for Rare Candies or the Daycare
i love the fact that he equiped mr fish and poor poliwag……..
my god i think my spleen bursted from laughing
Love it! Gyarados for the win! Especially my Red Girl Gyarados from Silver/Soul Silver.
I catch a magikarp…and then let it sit in my pokemon box for decades until I have beaten the game with my army of tanks. Then, if I get bored or decide it’s about time I got working on it, I start trying to level him up by teaching it the most powerful moves I can, giving it the Exp. Share, and doing battles with it or tanking through the Elite Four and Champion multiple times until my Rayquaza is level 100 (maybe), Magikarp has evolved, I get bored, or I decide to go on a shopping spree with the 200,000 pokedollars I gained from all the Elite Four runs. I’ve actually done that, but I don’t think Magikarp was in my party at the time. When I finally got Rayquaza to level 100, I decided to take a break and get some more potions and whatnot for more pokemon leveling. I looked at my money and was like “HOLY FUDGE!!!! WHERE’D ALL THAT COME FROM!?” Yeah, let’s just say I had enough to buy like 99 Hyper Potions and then some. I never lost a battle again. Even if it took half my Hyper Potions to do it.
That’s pretty much how it goes with Magikarp.
I wanted to see the gyarados eating the other pokemon.
fuck yes! always buy the magicarp for JUST this reason XD fuck misty and her starmies I HAZ MR.FISHEZ BROTHER
In the darkened dawn of morn, hours past, fate had brought me to this page from lands ye shalt not witness with thine eyes nor comprehend with thy mind. Deep within myself welled a curious state, entranced and bemused by what lay before me. My visage contorts in an alien manner, and with even more fervor, unwilling guttural contractions assault my constitution, ceaseless and violent. Yet, this pleases me. It begs me to proceed and to return again. I must have more of this strange phenomenon, this thing you call… “Laughter”.
Man, I wish you could do that with a Magikarp in the games. Those F***ing pokemon are useless until they evolve. Then they are F***ing awesome!
Dude may I please uses this page for a motivational poster to prove a point about magikarp?
“And I guess if you bludgeon enough creatures into submission….” Hahahaha! Beautifully written.
*I meant critters lol
seriously the single best coming strip I have ever loved so hard
This is the best comic ever. It’s fukken sweet.
Bludgeoning foes with the Magikarp is a joke my brother and I have been making since we first played Pokemon R/B. How dare you steal it out of our heads!
And too right we went Magikarp grinding. We KNEW something THAT useless had to be frikkin’ awesome at some point, and boy howdy did it pay off!
I hear nyan-cat. All over the last panel.
That is nice.
Good timing, too. If it happened before we switched, WE WOULD ALL HAVE EXPLODED.
You know, I have to wonder. Because of this comic, how many people went back to the games and get a Magicarp/Garyados just to name him Mr. Fish?
I just found a Game Boy emulator for my tablet and started up a classic game of Gen 1 Pokemon. I specifically got the Magikarp as soon as possible so I could name him Mr. Fish. He’s been an asset on my team ever since.
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