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Magikarp, the koi king Pokémon that has had a bad rap over the years. Sure, the Water-type’s moveset is limited at first, but with enough training, you’ll get a powerful Gyarados that is ready to decimate almost any match it’s thrown into. With such determination, it’s no wonder that Niantic is picking Magikarp as the star of August 2020’s Community Day

After we recover from the two-day celebration that was Pokémon GO Fest, we’ll have another catching marathon to participate in! On Saturday, August 8th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. your local time, Magikarp will be spawning all over the world! Here’s what Niantic has revealed so far about this upcoming Community Day on the official Pokémon GO blog


  • Magikarp will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Magikarp.
  • Evolve Magikarp during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Gyarados that knows Aqua Tail.
  • Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!
  • It takes quite a bit of Candy to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados! Complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks to earn additional Magikarp Candies.
  • There’ll be a special one-time-purchase August Community Day Box, featuring 30 Ultra Balls, an Elite Charged TM, six Star Pieces, and an Incense!
  • For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Community Day–exclusive Special Research story Making a Splash! Follow Professor Willow as he learns about Magikarp and its epic Evolution journey!

Stay tuned for when tickets for the Making a Splash Special Research story go live! Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.


  • 3× Catch Stardust
  • Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.


Rest up, Trainers, and prep your Pokémon storage in time for the Magikarp catching-frenzies! This will be the perfect opportunity to finally catch a Shiny Magikarp and also evolve one into a Shiny Gyarados. Gotta relive those playthroughs of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and/or Crystal, after all!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)