By the looks of the Recent Water Event in Pokemon Go, Niantic is planning on staying. There was a total amount of 589 Million Magikarp caught by all player around the world. This event introduced shiny Magikarp and Gyarados into the game. Pokemon Go: Water Festival STATS Reveled by Niantic
Niantic’s incredible Water Festival stats
With the short-lived Water Festival coming to an end, Niantic is gearing up to reveal how many Magikarps were caught over the course of the week – and the results may surprise you.
Niantic is currently running a Twitter poll in which fans can predict the final tally. The choices are 388 million, 463 million, 507 million and 589 million.
The results will be announced later today, but the possibility that more than half a billion Magikarps were caught over the course of the week shows that Pokemon Go players are still heavily engaged by the app.
It will be interesting to see how many Shiny Magikarps were captured over the course of the week.
If it’s anything like the regular Pokemon games, then the shiny capture rate is one in every 4,096 encounters, which makes it extremely unlikely that fans will encounter one in the wild.
Fortunately, just because the Water Festival is over, Pokemon Go fans can still catch Shiny variants.
Niantic confirmed as much in a recent statement, telling fans that the Shiny variants were still out there.
“The Water Festival has come to an end, but rare golden Magikarp are still out there. Keep an eye out,” reads a Niantic post.
Unfortunately, however, the end of the Water Festival means you’re less likely to come into contact with the likes of Magikarp – unless you do your Pokemon hunting near a stretch of water.
With the Water Festival over, Pokemon Go developer Niantic can move on to the next in-game event.
While the date and theme of the next event remain a mystery, the introduction of Shiny Pokemon gives Niantic endless opportunities to keep fans engaged.
Each new event could coincide with the release of a new shiny Pokemon and give players a better chance of catching that particular Pokemon by increasing spawn rates – much like the Water Festival.
With big updates (like the Gen 2 drop) so few and far between, these mini-festivals are a great way of filling in the gaps.
However, it seems more likely that Niantic will hold a new event for Easter Sunday, which lands on April 16.
Something to do with eggs seems likely, although nothing has been confirmed so far.