Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the Hisui region, modern-day Sinnoh, you will join the Galaxy Expedition Team (Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be tasked to meet every species of Pokémon from the Hisui region to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
The Galaxy Team will task the player to do missions in the game. Various people will also ask for help from the player in the form of requests. One of these requests is Request 117, titled “Magikarp’s Path of Solitude.” This guide will teach you how to complete the “Magikarp’s Path of Solitude” request.
Magikarp’s Path of Solitude
To unlock this request, the player must first complete the “Massive Mass Outbreak in the Icelands” request (request 101) and the “Daybreak” request (request 102), where the player must investigate the massive mass outbreaks in the Alabaster Icelands and complete the Daybreak DLC.
After doing the requirements mentioned above, you can now start this request! To do that, head on to the Training Grounds in the northwest of the Jubilife Village, and on the left side of the building (or behind Ingo), the player will find Gared, who is a member of the Security Corps. Talk to Gared, and he will ask if the player has yet tried Ingo’s Path of Solitude Battles.
After selecting ‘Path of Solitude?’ on the prompt, he will explain that the Path of Solitude is a chance to master the art of battling with a single Pokemon. He will say that battling a formidable opponent with just one Pokemon in the player’s party feels like reaching for the stars as the player would have to know their Pokemon well to develop the best strategy.
Then, Gared will say that he has a request for the player about the Path of Solitude which is said to be tough to beat, so that is what he wants the player to do. Then, after that, a bunch of requests will start, and one of them is the “Magikarp’s Path of Solitude” Request!
After that, Gared will tell the player to show him the mark in the player’s Pokedex once the player has completed the Path of Solitude with any of the Pokemon he mentioned.
To complete this request, the player must defeat Ingo and his Hisuian Electrode in the Path of Solitude with only a Magikarp in the player’s party.
Check the request description; it will give the player a tip to battle with a sturdy Magikarp that can withstand much damage. So, before talking to Ingo to start the Path of Solitude, ensure that the player has a Magikarp around Level 85-90, and you will understand why as we go.
The highest level Magikarp that the player may find is up to Level 56 in the waters of Lake Verity in the Obsidian Fieldlands. The player can also find a Level 55 Alpha Magikarp at the bottom of the Obsidian Falls and in the Obsidian Fieldlands. Magikarp can be found in these locations at all times of the day and in every condition.
It is recommended that the player’s Magikarp has a Nature that boosts Defense, like Bold, Impish, Lax, and Relaxed. Then, the player can boost Magikarp’s Effort Levels, focusing on boosting Magikarp’s Defense and HP, using Grit items.
As for Magikarp’s moves, the only move it can do is Splash, which does absolutely nothing, so there is no point. All that Magikarp needs to do is survive.
After training your Magikarp, head to Ingo on the left side of Captain Zisu in the Training Grounds and talk to him. Select the ‘Path of Solitude’ on the prompt, and select ‘Accept the challenge’ on the next prompt. Then Ingo will let you choose one Pokemon, so put your Magikarp in the party and remove all the other Pokemon so the player will only use Magikarp. After that, select ‘Begin’ on the next prompt, and the player can now begin the challenge!
It is worth noting that Ingo’s Hisuian Electrode is a Level 60 Electric and Grass-type Pokemon which means it has a weakness to the Bug-type, Fire-type, Ice-type, and Poison-type moves (super effective), a resistance to Grass-type, Steel-type, and Water-type moves, and immunity to Electric-type moves (no effect). Ingo’s Hisuian Electrode will only use Self-Destruct, a powerful physical Electric-type attack that deals major damage on the opposing Pokemon but also to the user, which is super effective against Magikarp.
As mentioned in the request description, all the player’s Magikarp needs to do is withstand a lot of damage from Ingo’s Hisuian Electrode. The player’s Magikarp should be as “sturdy” as possible as Ingo’s Hisuian Electrode will only use Self-Destruct not once but two times. That is why the player’s Magikarp should be around Level 85-90 with a Nature that boosts Defense, and the Defense and HP Effort Levels. The player’s Magikarp should survive two Self-Destruct attacks from Ingo’s Hisuian Electrode which will be enough for it to kill itself and for the player to win the battle.
After surviving and defeating Ingo’s Hisuian Electrode, Ingo will say that the player’s Magikarp has reached the final station on its Path to Solitude and added a mark on Magikarp’s page in the Pokedex that signifies its victory. Then, Ingo will reward the player with three Exp. Candy L as a prize for having completed the Path of Solitude.
Afterward, head back to Gared, still near Ingo, and talk to him. Gared will say that it was a thrill to see the player’s Pokemon best the Path of Solitude. Then, finally, the player will be rewarded with one Seed of Mastery and one Exp. Candy L, for your efforts, and the “Magikarp’s Path of Solitude” Request is now completed!
Now that you have completed the “Magikarp’s Path of Solitude” Request, you can try to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task for you,, which is to catch ’em all!