Last week, Niantic kicked off the Pokemon GO Water Festival. They announced that water-type Pokemon will spawn more frequently throughout the week-long event. But there’s one more thing the company failed to disclose: there’s also a Shiny Gyarados in the game!
To be fair, only the Shiny Magikarp has been caught in the wild so far but players who have enough candies can evolve it into a Shiny Red Gyarados. Members of the Pokemon GO and Silph Road Reddit communities were the first ones to discover the gold-colored Magikarp within the mobile game—the first of its kind. Since the news of its existence broke, people have been sharing screenshots of the shiny version on Twitter.
According to BGR, those who have caught the new shiny Magikarp claimed it didn’t appear any differently on the map. They reportedly looked like the normal ones until they actually tapped to encounter it. There is also no pattern or reason to the appearance of the Shiny Pokemon. It’s basically random and based on luck.
Furthermore, some trainers have spotted Shiny Magikarps that have turned out to be Dittos. This is how Ditto usually appears, so don’t be too surprised when you experience this. Unfortunately, those Dittos that disguise as the shiny Pokemon don’t retain the shininess when they reveal themselves.
— Karl Hallquist (@Karl_Hallquist) March 22, 2017
HOLY SHIT GUYS I FOR REAL JUST CAUGHT A SHINY MAGIKARP IN POKEMON GO
WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING pic.twitter.com/EV6QRbGHBQ
— ?Mad P? (@pancakeparadox) March 23, 2017
In homage to many players' first shiny (the red Gyrados in the Lake of Rage) Niantic has made Gyrados/Magikarp the 1st shiny variant family: pic.twitter.com/k3IQK2T4Cw
— The Silph Road (@TheSilphRoad) March 22, 2017
We can recall that Shinies were originally introduced in Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver on the Game Boy Color. In those games, Shiny Pokemon were incredibly rare too. Forbes notes that players had a 1 in 8,192 chance of finding one. In future games, that probability somewhat changed, but from Gold and Silver in 2000 all the way to Sun and Moon in 2016, Shiny Pokemon have naturally become one of the most sought-after prizes in the Pokéworld.
The odds of finding one in Pokemon GO remains unclear. But the numbers should be different from the older games since Niantic has only rolled out one in the wild so far.
The company has yet to clarify whether the Shiny Pokemon will still exist after the Water Festival event is over. But given the significance of these rare types in the franchise, many players are positive that the gold-colored Magikarps will continue appearing in the wild. Although it’s likely there will be less of them by then compared to what we’re seeing now.
As for the rest of the Shiny Pokemon, Niantic will likely roll them out one by one, or in small groups at best, as part of future events like this week’s Water Festival. In the meantime, players can take advantage of the increased spawn rate of water Pokemon. This includes the shiny Magikarps until March 29, 1 p.m. PST.