Can Magikarp be Shiny in Pokemon GO?

Shiny Magikarp can be found in Pokémon GO right now, but you should wait for Community Day.
Shiny Magikarp can be found in Pokémon GO right now, but you should wait for Community Day. | Photo by The Pokémon Company

Can Magikarp be Shiny in Pokemon GO? With Magikarp announced as August's featured Community Day Pokémon, players are wondering if this will be the first time Magikarp will be available as a Shiny.

Magikarp's Community Day will take place August 8. In addition to being able to find Shiny Magikarp, you'll also be able to evolve them into Gyarados with a special move: Aqua Tail.

Can Magikarp be Shiny in Pokemon GO?

Community Day won't be the first chance to get a Shiny Magikarp in Pokémon GO. You could go out and catch one right now, but you'll be fighting the one in 450 encounter rate for the Shiny version.

If you wait until Community Day, you'll have much better odds. On Community Day, the featured Pokémon will appear Shiny roughly once every 25 encounters.

Shiny Pokémon won't appear on the map as Shiny, so you'll have to encounter every Magikarp you find. A Shiny Pokémon has a sparkle when you encounter it to let you know it's special. It's hard to miss a Shiny Magikarp, as it is gold instead of red.

Even a Shiny Magikarp is just a Magikarp. It's only purpose in life is to evolve into Gyarados. Luckily, Gyarados is one of the best Water type Pokémon in the game. Shiny Gyarados is one of the mosti iconic Pokémon, so it'll be worth gathering as many Shiny Magikarp you can during Community Day. Get the strongest Shiny Magikarp and evolve it into a Gyarados with Aqua Tail for a strong addition to your team.