Have you spotted a golden Magikarp in Pokemon GO yet?

With the Water Festival under way, Niantic seems to have more surprises for us than we initially thought. It appears that the first shiny Pokemon has hit Pokemon GO, and it's non other, but Magikarp.

Players all over the world reported that they've been spotting a golden Magikarp in the wild, which was confirmed by Niantic in a blog post. It can also evolve into a shiny Gyarados, bearing the distinct red coloring it does in the old Pokemon games. The odds of coming across a shiny were not made public, but we have yet to come across one. Also, it's not clear whether or not the shiny Magikarp and Gyarados are event-specific, or they will continue to spawn after March 29, when the Water Festival ends.

Now, we have some bad news as well. While a lot of people have shown off their golden Magikarps, a growing number of players have reported that they caught a shiny fish, just for it to turn into a Ditto. So, in case that happens to you too, you're not alone.

Additionally, it appears that what could be a normal Magikarp for one user can turn out to be a shiny for another, so if you're hunting with friends, don't count on getting a golden Magikarp, just because your buddy got one from the same spawn.

In case you were lucky enough to come across a shiny Magikarp, do let us know. And if it was a Ditto, please accept our most sincere condolences.

source: Niantic via Pocket-Lint, Forbes



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i did early on. It was low CP and I didnt pay attention to the color change and murdered it for candy. Havent seen one since... boo!

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Screw magikarp, I want a shiny Lapras!

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

But Shiny Karp = Red Gyarados, only way to get one since Lake of Rage isn't real

3. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Splash, splash, splash.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I had a magikarp appear then disappear on my screen in like .5 seconds, I like to believe that was my shiny... :(

6. Mamichu

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

I caught my shiny magicarp, 135 cpr Had enough candy to evolve it to a 2400 red or shiny gyarados We had 5 phones playing pokemon and only on mine showed up

7. jemblack

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

Got one tonight!

8. sirmustafa

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2017

Caught 1 acouple hours ago:-))))Holographic!!!!

9. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I haven't seen one yet but still catching every Magikarp I see for the candies!!

10. ichooseyou

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

i caught one, and I'm super excited ! I have some candies to go before Gyarados.... 294/400 candies

11. claireleanne

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

I had 240 candys when I first started collecting magicarp looking for a gold on I am now at 1244 magicarp candys and I haven't seen one gold one I am starting to think it's not real so disappointed

12. byronyx

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

I have caught one im 143 candies away from a shiny Gyarados.

13. DeArLi1

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I got one !! Almost transferred it for the candy but then I noticed the color. Did not know why this one was colored differently so decided to keep it a bit and google...lucky I did :)

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