The elusive Shiny Pokémon may have been quietly added into Pokémon Go alongside the game’s current Water Carnival event. Users on Pokémon Go subreddit r/TheSilphRoad have reported sightings of shiny Magikarp and shiny Gyarados in the wild.

In the mainline Pokémon RPG series, shiny Pokémon were a mechanic introduced in Generation 2 and in every game since. Shinies offer alternate color palettes and a brief animation where the Pokémon will sparkle. Pokémon Go seems to have brought that concept into the game as well now.

Neither Niantic or The Pokémon Company included an official statement that shinies would be arriving to the game so soon. However, r/SilphRoad users like Fabogon, whose shiny Magikarp is pictured below, have encountered shinies.

So far, users have only encountered shiny versions of Magikarp and Gyarados, which are gold and red respectively. Some sites speculate that these shinies are tied to the Water carnival event, which ups the spawn rate of a number of Water-type Pokémon.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about how shiny Pokémon will figure into Pokémon Go. More shinies will be phased into the game in the future, according to data miners. Until then, best of luck hunting for a shiny Magikarp or Gyarados of your own!

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