Pokemon GO's big water event started today, and it holds a cool new surprise: Shiny monsters.
Behold, Pokemon GO's first shiny monster is none other than the beloved and slightly useless Magikarp, as you can see in this footage by Fabien Parent. As it is a shiny, Magikarp appears in a golden colour, rather than the usual orange.
Once evolved, that golden Magikarp turns into a shiny red Gyarados, provided you have 400 Magikarp candies to spare.
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
Awesome. I want one of those!
In the main games, "shinies" are extremely rare, with only about 1 in 4000 monsters appearing with a special colouring. We don't know how common shiny Magikarp will be during this event, or when the rest of the cast will be available in a special shiny variety, though it would follow that they will be pretty hard to find, too. Guess it's time to become a shiny hunter IRL, near beaches and bodies of water.