Pokémon GO’s Water Festival finally is finished and it seems that general public has a positive reaction from the game.
The event increased spawn rates for Water Pokémons across all areas, but there was another twist, it also introduced a golden Magikarp and red Gyarados, two Pokémon with “shiny” color variants that quickly became the latest trophy for pokemon hunters all over the world.
Now that the festival is over, fortunately, the shiny Pokémon will be sticking around. Here’s the official tweet from Niantic:
The Water Festival has come to an end, but rare golden Magikarp are still out there. Keep an eye out, Trainers!
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) March 29, 2017
How to increase your chances of getting a shiny magikarp
A player on the Silph Road reported on March 28 that they’d caught a shiny Magikarp on two consecutive days at 8:13 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.
So since the new shiny Magikarp no longer hatches from eggs, your best chance is to go to your body of water to increase Magikarp spawns that you’ll get from being in a water biome. Sure it’s not as easy as it would be if you could just show up at a particular spawn point every morning for an easy shiny Magikarp,
It’ll still take you 400 candies to evolve that shiny Magikarp into a red Gyarados, so you should probably try to prolong the excitement of each Magikarp potentially being your first shiny for as long as you can.
Golden Magikarp and red Gyarados are just the start, if the game is going forward, it stands to reason that other shiny Pokémon are going to make their way into the game as well, it semms that the players and the developers liked it enough to keep it around.
Maybe Niantic will throw in more shiny Pokémon in one at a time like the developer did with the Water Festival, or it might just unlock shiny variants for all types, every event like this.
It serves as a master stroke for the developers, simple yet effective to throw at endgame players. People can reach level 40 and fill the Pokédex, but collecting shiny variants of all those Pokémon will be next to impossible. Sought-after rare Pokémon are sure to become valuable if Niantic makes the thoroughly problematic decision to implement a trading system as well.