Pokémon GO players caught over half a billion Magikarp during the game’s Water Festival event.
The Pokémon GO event increased the likelihood of Water-type Pokémon appearing, including the famous splashing character and even Lapras.
A tweet from the official Pokémon GO account confirmed that players managed to catch over 589 million Magikarp during the event which ended earlier this week. But while most of that figure was likely due to players simply just bumping into more of the creatures, the fact that the Water Festival event also introduced shiny Magikarp was probably the most significant factor. As it stands, Magikarp and Gyarados (its evolution) are the only Pokémon in the game to have ‘shiny’ variations, and so understandably many players have been going out of their way to find one.
Great work, Trainers! Collectively, you caught over 589 million Magikarp during the #PokemonGO Water Festival.