Some random events in Magikarp Jump that can cause your Magikarp to die, such as getting caught by a Pidgeoto while jumping for a berry in a tree.

After seeing my last Magikarp's life tragically cut short, I'm paranoid about random events killing my next Magikarp.

What are all the ways Magikarp can die in Magikarp Jump?

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    As a general rule, I avoid doing anything after the game asks me a second time if I want to do something. The berry in the tree is the perfect example.
    – Coronus
    Jun 24, 2017 at 21:35
  • I only avoid them if I've waited the 90min for Pikachu/Piplup/Training/League to reset. Otherwise I figured if the Magikarp dies not much was lost. Jun 25, 2017 at 0:42
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    @Coronus has the right of it - that's actually a deliberate tell. A double-confirm means you're risking Magikarp's life. A single-confirm means you'll suffer a minor drawback but nothing so serious. Jul 1, 2017 at 21:34

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There are several events that cause your Magikarp to "retire". Not all of these involve Magikarp actually dying, but either way they force you to get a new Magikarp to train. Taken from this list, the events that force your Magikarp to retire are as follows, with the bolded events ending in Magikarps untimely demise:

  • Is it Treasure?: You find a Pokeball on the ground. When you go to pick it up, either its filled with many coins or it's a Voltorb that will self-destruct.

  • Out of Nowhere: You come across a tree with fruit. If Magikarp jumps up to grab a fruit, it will either get a massive JP boost or it'll get snatched in mid-air by a Pidgeotto.

  • Macho Karp: After losing a match, a scientist will come up and ask for help in an experiment. Magikarp with either gain +1 max level, or it'll evolve into Gyarados.

  • Hop, Skip, Whump!: If you scroll your screen to the top of the feeding pond and tap on Magikarp, it will jump out of the water. Do this enough times, and a Pidgeotto will grab it for dinner.

  • Adios, Gyarados!: If you tap on Magikarp enough times while it's in the feeding pond, the Everstone it's holding will break. Once it reaches level 20, it will evolve into Gyarados.

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    Possibly worth noting that Serebii's event guide lists the chance of the first three of these events ending your run at around 1/3 Jun 25, 2017 at 0:34
  • Also worth noting is that "Hop, Skip, Whump!" and "Adios, Gyarados!" can only be triggered once each, and in fact you should do them for game completion (Event Dex). Jul 1, 2017 at 21:35

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