'Pokémon Go' Community Day: Shiny Magikarp, Start Time & What You Need to Know

With the Ghastly Community Day in Pokémon Go behind us, the next big spotlight event will feature Magikarp, one of the more iconic Water-type Pokémon in the franchise.

Magikarp may be known as one of the weakest Pokémon of all-time, but its evolution Gyarados is anything but and Pokémon Go players have a huge chance to catch a strong one with an attack exclusive to this event.

Like with other Community Day events, Magikarp will spawn more frequently than usual. Its Shiny form, while already in Pokémon Go, can also be encountered more frequently.

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Magikarp is the featured Pokemon in the August 2020 'Pokemon Go' Community Day event. The Pokemon Company/NewsGeek


The Pokémon Go Magikarp Community Day starts Saturday, August 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.


With the increased rate of finding a Shiny Magikarp, Pokémon Go trainers will likely be able to catch this rare form.

Shiny Magikarp changes from its normal red coloring to gold. And when it evolves into Gyarados, the blue water serpent becomes a bright red. Red Gyarados is one of the most iconic Shiny Pokémon in the franchise, and the first to be introduced back in Gold and Silver in 1999.


Evolving a Magikarp up to two hours after the Community Day event ends will allow Gyarados to learn the exclusive move Aqua Tail. This powerful Water-type attack will give Gyarados a charge move that fills up faster than Hydro Pump.

Gyarados with Aqua Tail can make a splash in the Pokémon Go Battle League.


This Community Day event will give trainers exclusive tasks to complete. While the rewards are not yet known, Niantic teased that trainers will be rewarded with Magikarp Candy to help them evolve their Water-type Pokémon into Gyarados.

Magikarp needs 400 candy to evolve, so completing these tasks will help.

We'll update this section with the tasks when it goes live.


Incense will last for three hours instead of the usual one to give trainers much more time to catch Pokémon.

When players catch Pokémon during the event, the amount of Stardust earned will be tripled. Stardust is used to power up Pokémon in conjunction with candy. It's also used to trade Pokémon with friends.

Niantic also confirms that taking a snapshot with your Pokémon will lead to a surprise, but what that is still unknown.

What do you think of the upcoming Magikarp Community Day? Let us know in the comments section.