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The Tragic Reason Pokémon Legends: Arceus' Galaxy Hall Has Magikarps

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus the headquarters of the Galaxy Expedition Team, called Galaxy Hall, is adorned with twin Magikarp statues on the roof, a seemingly innocuous decorative choice that may have tragic origins. The setting of Legends: Arceus is an earlier point in the Pokémon timeline, where the series’ magical beasts were more of a threat to human society. In the franchise’s mainline games Pokémon have been inextricably integrated into the culture, acting as laborers, pets, and trained performers in many cases. People are still afraid of Pokémon in Legends: Arceus due to fresh memories of towns and villages destroyed by rampaging wild Pokémon.  The leader of Galaxy’s Construction Corps, Sanqua, states that her original intention was to bedeck the Galaxy Hall with Gyrados’ likeness, but her design was rejected. Based on information players learn about Galaxy’s Commander, Kamado, and the Pokédex entry for Gyrados, some gamers have deduced a possible reason for the mandate against Gyrados effigies.

The choice of Magikarp over Gyrados to decorate Galaxy Hall is an odd one, without proper context. Gyrados is consistently portrayed as a powerful Pokémon, typically a dual Flying- and Water-type, and its striking appearance certainly fits more in line with how Galaxy would choose to present itself. The Galaxy Expedition Team is split up into several specialized subgroups, all of which work together to defend and improve life in Jubilife Village, and in the Hisui region at large. Magikarp is among the weakest Pokémon in Legends: Arceus, hardly an inspiring image for the proud and ambitious Galaxy Team.

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Gyrados, a water creature that defies reason to soar the skies, would make an appropriate mascot for Galaxy, as they themselves defy the odds to establish a secure human settlement in the wild region of Hisui. Magikarp, conversely, is synonymous with failure, and is described in the Pokédex as a “feeble, pitiful imbecile of a Pokémon that is nonetheless very hardy.” One of Magikarp’s iconic techniques is Splash, a move that “Doesn’t do ANYTHING,” per the move description. Discussions on Reddit may have connected the dots, providing a rationale as to why Sanqua was forbidden from placing Gyrados sculptures atop Galaxy Hall. This theory also provides a good reason why Kamado might have preferred the humble Magikarp over the more majestic Gyrados.

While Legends: Arceus requires a completed Pokédex for its true ending, the Pokédex provides interesting insights into the supernatural creatures of Hisui. In Professor Laventon’s entry for Gyrados, he writes, “I suspect this Pokémon to be the true identity of the dragon written of in ancient texts, which claimed that it razed an entire village with white-hot beams from its maw.” Late in Legends: Arceus’ main story the merchant Beni reveals his true role as a ninja, serving under Kamado, and attempts to thwart the player. Beni lays out a bit of his history, explaining how he and Kamado hailed from the same village, one which was burned to the ground in a Pokémon attack. This has led some speculative fans to conclude that Gyrados was the Pokémon that destroyed Beni and Kamado’s village, which would certainly justify Kamado’s refusal to allow Gyrados imagery on his organization’s headquarters.

The fact that Laventon refers to the incident of Gyrados attacking a village as something chronicled in “ancient texts” does contradict this theory somewhat. Unless this was an intentional slip, hinting that Laventon is from the future, like Legends: Arceus’ Ingo, it doesn’t make sense for an “ancient” text to discuss a recent event that happened within Beni and Kamado’s own lifetimes. It is possible that there had been multiple incidents wherein Gyrados annihilated human settlements, which would make the Pokémon a poor choice for a mascot in Galaxy Hall.

If a Gyrados did in fact raze Kamado’s village, the selection of Magikarp as an alternate statute for Galaxy Hall could have a deeper meaning. While it is possible Kamado didn’t know Magikarp evolve into Gyrados, given the primitive era Legends: Arceus takes place in, it makes sense Kamado would research the Pokémon that laid waste to his hometown. Kamado could have suggested Magikarp statues as an alternative to serve as a spiteful reminder of Gyrados’ pathetic origin state, a Pokémon that could be easily contained or destroyed. The truth is one bit of lore that Legends: Arceus does not explicitly divulge. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is full of mysteries, and fans remain hopeful that DLC will reveal more of the game’s secrets.

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