Right now, most people playing Pokemon GO are hunting for one thing: A golden shiny Magikarp. Oh, they're finding shiny Magikarp alright. It just isn't turning out how they'd expect.
GIF source: Pokemon Professor
Last year, Pokemon GO introduced Ditto, a shapeshifting creature who always appears as something else. You might capture a Sentret, for example, only for it to turn into a Ditto once in your Pokeball. Fun fact: Magikarp is one of the monsters Ditto can use as a disguise. Right now, lots of people are capturing what appears to be a shiny Magikarp, only for it to transform into freakin' Ditto. The reactions online are priceless:
Quando a magikarp ta dourada, pega pq na verdade é um Ditto pic.twitter.com/tX5vL6ZXzf
— Feshow (@moreirasnow) March 23, 2017
No joke. I just caught a shiny Magikarp in #Pokémongo THEN it turned out to be a ditto. I feel vialated. And I can't prove a thing. ? !!!
— Den i Mordechai (@denimordechai) March 23, 2017
I had a Magikarp turn into a Ditto today and I don't think I've ever experienced a greater betrayal. #PokemonGO
— Kari (@karsters90) March 23, 2017
— Laney (@lanetea) March 23, 2017
FUCK! I was catching a Magikarp, and used a pinap berry on it and it was a FUCKING DITTO!!!!
— Jenny Gracin (@Rannchan) March 23, 2017
— Linkmaster91? (@thelinkmaster91) March 23, 2017
Pokemon Go: 'goddammit, ditto, i wanted that magikarp'
— Spooky Ghost Rat (@MorsRattus) March 23, 2017
Once upon a time, everyone wanted Ditto because it was somewhat hard to track and find. Now Ditto is causing all sorts of anguish and slight annoyance. So it goes! Really, you can't blame anyone: For minutes, they might believe they're about to capture the rarest monster in the game... only for it to turn into something else. Well-played, Niantic.