Pokémon GO: Shiny Pokémon are Finally Here!

To my surprise, Niantic has officially launched a new event to come to the Pokemon Go app.

The event rightfully named the Water Festival is an event which focuses on some of our most beloved water types, such as Lapras, Gyarados and Squirtle.

We can expect to see water Pokemon spawning more frequently, which is good news to those still on the tedious 300 candy quest to Gyarados. All water types will be up for grabs during this week-long event, even the elusive generation 2 starter, Totodile.

However, what makes this event even more tantalising is the chance to get our mitts on new shiny Pokemon. Yes, you heard correctly, shiny Pokemon have finally made their ever so shiny appearance to the Pokemon GO app!

Members of Pokemon GO and Reddit communities have been sharing their new shiny captures since the app’s update yesterday. However, for now, shiny Pokemon is limited to Magikarp and, for those who are lucky, Gyarados.

Some players have even been fortunate enough to evolve their shiny Magikarps, and the result is undeniably bad ass.


A red Gyarados is enough to frighten any competitors away, and will surely look most noble standing (swimming?) next to trainers in a gym. However, if you’re wanting to get your hands on this new addition I recommend you get your hands on a shiny Magikarp as soon as you can, given the event only lasting a week long. Whether players will be able to get their hands on a shiny Magikarp prior to the event is unknown, so I suggest you act fast.

To celebrate the Water Festival event, Niantic has given the players the opportunity to sport their own Magikarp cap, which is adorable if I do say so myself.

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For those who are price conscious, I am happy to report that the Magikarp cap is indeed free to wear!

Whether Niantic will add more shiny Pokemon during the event is still up for question. Although, I believe Niantic still have a few surprises up their sleeves, as 2017 is the year for Pokemon Go.


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