For better or for worse, August Pokémon Go Community Day features Magikarp

Splashing its way into community day is a beloved gen 1 Pokémon.


It’s no doubt that this useless floppy fish is a fan favorite with a fierce evolution. That’s right, the next Community Day in Pokemon Go is all about Magikarp.

Magikarp is one of the few Pokémon in the game that has already had smaller bursts of shiny availability as the first shiny in the game, and if you catch a lot of Magikarp, you may already have a golden Magikarp or a red Gyarados. For everyone else, however, now is the time to get your hands on this gorgeous shiny Pokémon.

red gyarados
Image via Niantic

Magikarp community day will be on Aug. 8, earlier in the month than many, and will feature a few different perks:

  1. Any Magikarp you evolve on community day will learn the rare charged attack ‘Aqua Tail’ as a Gyarados
  2. During the duration of the event incense will last 6x longer, at three hours instead of 30 minutes
  3. When a Pokémon is captured during the event, 3x the normal amount of stardust will be received

Many avid players are disappointed that a shiny Pokémon that has already been available in the game for a long time is the star of a Community Day, but we’re sure casual players couldn’t be more excited for a chance to get one of the most popular shiny Pokémon in the franchise.