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How would Magikarp survive if after it hatches it will be Level 1 and only know Splash? I'm sure it doesn't find Rare Candies floating around in the water........

Game Freak logic. 'Nuff said.

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If we're talking about you as a human trainer playing a Pokemon game, then logistically all you'd do is use switch training and get the Magikarp levelled up that way.

If we're talking about within the Pokemon universe, then here's an explanation. Splash is useless in battle, but:

Platinum, BW, B2W2 dex entry
>A Magikarp living for many years can leap a mountain using Splash. The move remains useless, though.

Diamond dex entry
>It is said to be the world's weakest Pokémon. No one knows why it has managed to survive

But then, there are cases where it doesn't survive...

SS dex entry
>For no reason, it jumps and splashes about, making it easy for predators like Pidgeotto to catch it mid-jump.

Sooo... to answer your question, most Magikarp probably don't make it. That's why there are so many of them, like in real life where animals - notably water creatures such as salmon, frogs, octopuses - lay a lot of eggs so it increases the chance of at least a few surviving. However, an older Magikarp's Splash is exceptional and allows to escape from predators by splashing (hopping, as the Japanese name for it is) away from them, since its Splash is so powerful it can carry it long distances. That's the most logical reason as to how the species survive, since there are so many of them that they outnumber how much their predators can eat, and the older ones become tougher & are capable of Splashing away from their predators.


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u said OLDEr Magikarp, not newly-hatched ones could jump over mountains. and how do they even grow if they only know Splash?
because the natural way of things means everything grows >:D
The older the Magikarp get, the more they use Splash, right? The more they use Splash, the better they get at flopping about, to the extent where they can flop longer and longer distances, and even hop away from predators.

Humans in the PokeUniverse say Splash is useless, but in "real life" situations, it isn't. Splash is useless if you want to deal damage, but if you want to hop away from a threat, then Splash works perfectly fine.
Then why d we keep seeing magikarp!?!??!?!
I already explained that? There are a lot of Magikarps that are laid (like the real life animals I mentioned in my answer), in hope that some of them will survive and hopefully become powerful enough to hop away from predators or evolve into a powerful Gyarados.
It's notable that Magikarp has one of the fastest egg cycles of all Pokemon, meaning their eggs hatch incredibly quickly & they can lay more eggs as soon as they've hatched.
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Well I think that they survive due to their parents, even if they are magikarp, at least they know tackle and flail, their parents probably take care of them until they are able to fight for themselves.
Hope I helped!

Yeah. Although magikarp's attack stat is too low to fight almost any Pokemon.