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Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have been out for ten days already and aside from being Nintendo’s most preordered game of all time as well as GameStop’s most preordered game of the past five years, the bar has already been set high for challenge runs.

Nakano, a Japanese gamer who has been playing the game since release, beat the game with a single Pokémon as seen on his Twitter page. Not a legendary, not a starter, not even a Rattata. A fish. A fat, floppy fish.

Pokemon Sun and Moon

This one.

Yes, Nakano beat the entirety of the seventh generation Pokémon titles using only a Magikarp that only had one move, Flail. And yes, this does mean the Magikarp couldn’t even use Z-Splash to boost its attack. Nakano doesn’t specify which version he beat, but the fact remains that he did it!

Nakano used a few strategies, with the most interesting and elegant being explained by Rocket News 24 who translated the Twitter page. He would stock up on healing items, then keep healing his Magikarp until the enemy ran out of PP. The enemy would then struggle, which hurts itself as well as the player, until it eventually fainted. Yes, Nakano literally let his enemies beat themselves to death.

How he dealt with Ghost-type enemies that he had to fight was to have have his Magikarp struggle against them, which hits any type of Pokémon. Other than that, the only move Yashoku (the Magikarp) had is Flail, which does more damage the lower her HP is.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Artist’s rendition. Via FluffyBlueCow

On Nakano’s Twitter page, you can see the stats, moves and other proof of completion in Japanese. Quite impressive, to say the least. Your move now, Pokémon Sun and Moon players! Time to come up with an even more insane challenge!


Quick Take

I’m not surprised to see challenge runs for Pokémon games, but never so soon! The game hasn’t even been out for two weeks! I’m floored that he did this challenge at such an early stage of the game’s life. Not to mention, since this is the first major challenge, it only means things will get crazier. What do you think will come next?


Connor Foss

Staff Writer

I'm a writer here at TechRaptor and can also do translation work between English and Spanish. You can usually find me playing horror games or Zelda!



  • Vernify

    The little fish that could. Remember people, respect the karp. And I would have loved to watch this run oddly enough (at least for a bit), at least for the novelty of an actual Magikarp “sweeping” through the last few battles.

  • Sarusig Musicman

    Look Persona 4 was great, but as pointed the first time the player is named in the article, the name is Nakano. Every single following time, you wrote Nanako instead. 😀

  • gotta wonder where he kept getting the pokecash to buy those healing items. until you reach the berry island you would have to spend quite a bit of money to pp-out trainers. especially considering early level trainers have pokemon with early level moves which usually have 30 or sometimes even 40 ish pp.