Shiny Magikarp And Shiny Gyarados Have Been Found In Pokemon GO!

Shiny Magikarp And Shiny Gyarados

What an eventful couple of days for Pokemon GO… First, we got an update that gives a guaranteed evolution item from the 7-day streak. Then, we got an awesome Water Festival event. And now, it’s been confirmed that shiny Magikarp and shiny Gyarados have been found in Pokemon GO!

Around 15 minutes after the Water Festival event went live, reports started pouring in that shiny Magikarp had been caught in-game. Not long after, it was confirmed that shiny Magikarp did in fact evolve into shiny Gyarados, as well. Here’s a (brief) account of everything we know so far about how shiny Magikarp and shiny Gyarados behave in Pokemon GO:

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First off, since, you can no longer hatch Magikarp from an egg, the only way to obtain a shiny one yourself is to catch one. Lucky for you, we’ve just been given a water-Pokemon event, so catching heaps of Magikarp shouldn’t be too difficult. When it comes to shiny Gyarados, however, we’re not sure yet if it can be encountered in the wild.

The second big thing is that Magikarp won’t appear as a shiny on the world map. It’s only after you engage in battle that you’ll see if the Magikarp is shiny or not, which means all of your maps and trackers simply will not be able to help you here. Niantic: 1, Spoofers & Bots: 0.

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Sadly, we know that a shiny Magikarp will not transform into a shiny Ditto. If the Magikarp reveals itself as a Ditto, it’ll transform into a normal, non-shiny Ditto. Can you imagine encountering a shiny Magikarp and then having it turn into a normal Ditto? It would suck. Funnily enough, it’s already happened to this guy on Reddit!

We also know that just because one player encounters a shiny Magikarp, it doesn’t mean that the same Magikarp will be shiny for another player. Someone on Reddit told the story of their friend who caught a shiny Magikarp at work, but for all of the other coworkers, it was just a regular Magikarp.

How rare is it to encounter a shiny Magikarp? We’re not sure yet. If the main games are anything to go by, it could be as rare as a 1 in 4096 chance. However, Pokemon GO is a totally different game, so the encounter rates could be significantly higher (or lower). We’ll just have to wait and see what the research tells us.

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One last thing: The shine is purely cosmetic. Multiple shiny Magikarp have had their IVs analyzed, and they’re just as strong (or weak) as regular Magikarp. But still, even if they’re not stronger, they still look badass!

But what about you? Have you managed to catch a shiny Magikarp or shiny Gyarados yet? Do you think you’ll be lucky enough to find one before the event is over? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. I found one today! I caught it for myself, two kids and husband and only mine was shiny. And, not very shiny but the Giardos is really pretty when it evolves. My kids are sad and I’m taking them back!!

  2. I caught a shiny magikarp that was only a level 28 and didn’t have amazing stats, but I went ahead and evolved it into a red gyrados and then started powering it up. It’s already at 2462 and still has room to power up a couple more times. How did that happen? Nothing I’ve ever caught powered up that much.

  3. I got shinny magkarp , really cool butI prefer Lapras . I accidentally transfered my Lapras to the prof , huhuhuhu ! Kindlly be nice to have this water event back again soon .

  4. No shiny ones here. I’ve collected over 1,000 magikarp candies. I’ve gone to 3 different states & haven’t really gotten anything 😖

  5. Have seen more lapras but have not seen any gyrados,frustrating.also collected over 300 magicarp candies and no shiny ones,frustrating.i play in Eagleby and Upper Coomera ,Gold Coast Queensland Australia.cheers.

  6. I just found one, granted with crap cp (17), I am at level 25 just shy of 25. I was going to trade it in but kept it for novilty sake. Location exiter rd (red bus) Singapore

  7. Yes i caught one a shiny gyrados,

    The event is ool we had to go to another city
    we do not find to manny cool stuff were we live.Temlle tx

  8. I caught shiny Magikarp . I almost traded it in to the Professor because I thought it was a glitch. Found out 2 days later from an experienced player, (Thanks Nick) that it is a a rare pokemon. CAN’T WAIT TO EVOLVE IT.

  9. I have found a crazy pokestop with eyes like a Haunter. It is at a boost mobile in Pascagoula, MS. It is double sided and you spin one side, get stuff, then spin the other side. Has anyone else found one of these?!?!? I have apparently been one omg the users selected to try the new tracker because it is now on my game–but I have no idea how to use it. Any clues about these things???

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