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Pokémon Go Players Are Finding Shiny Magikarp

Pokémon Go’s big water event started today, and it holds a cool new surprise: shiny monsters.

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Behold, Pokémon 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 color, rather than the usual orange.

Once evolved, that golden Magikarp turns into a shiny red Gyarados, provided you have 400 Magikarp candies to spare.

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Awesome. I want one of those!

In the main games, “shinies” are extremely rare, with only about 1 in 4,000 monsters appearing with a special coloring. 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’ll be pretty hard to find, too. Guess it’s time to become a shiny hunter IRL, near beaches and bodies of water.

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YES! RED GYRADOS! I’Ve been waiting for nearly a year for this!