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Beating Pokémon Ruby with Magikarp Took Nearly Six Years

[Image: Leomon]
[Image: Leomon]
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Back in 2011, a live-streamer named Leomon began playing with a Shiny of the most useless Pocket Monster. Almost six years later, the trainer has finally become a champion with that fish.

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After the stream, Leomon posted on Twitter that it didn’t matter if you had a strong or a weak Pokémon, that if you were really a skilled trainer, you should try your best to win with the one you like. Leomon likes Magikarp, it seems.

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In the recap clip below, you can see the last thirty minutes (this was originally streamed on NicoNico on May 5, where it racked up 475,000 views).

Leomon’s victory inspired other Twitter users to send congratulations as well as fan art from those who have been following this quest over the past five and a half years.

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Thanks, Roy!


Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Soooo, anyone wanna explain how he managed this exactly?

I have a rudimentary understanding of Pokemon, and zero understanding of Japanese, so have no idea how he was actually winning the battles there? Doesn’t Magikarp have no offensive moves whatsoever? All I saw him do is constantly healing? Would be nice if someone could fill in the details here...