Pokémon Sword & Shield Kick Off The New Year With Shiny Magikarp Raid Battles

Nintendo’s Pokémon Sword & Shield are planning to kick off the New Year in a way that is sure to entice players — particularly those who hunt for Shiny Pokémon. A mini-event has been announced that pertains to Shiny Magikarp and how players can catch one through a raid battle.

Starting now and running until January 3, there will be an increased chance of Magikarps appearing in raid battles, and an even higher chance of them being Shiny (when compared to coming across one in the wild). In other words, those who wish to complete the entire Pokédex with Shiny Pokémon are certain to use this event to help them out.

According to the Pokémon database Serebii, the chances of encountering a Shiny Magikarp are 8% while the chances of encountering a normal Magikarp are 52%. Although the odds of encountering the Shiny variation may seem somewhat small, it’s still better than trying to obtain one via traditional methods like egg hatching or encountering one in the wild.

Any Pokémon player who knows anything about the classic Pokémon knows that Magikarp evolves into Gyarados. In return, if they are lucky enough to catch a Shiny Magikarp from this event, they can evolve it into a Shiny Gyarados. And of course, old-school Pokémon fans may be eager to get their hands on a Shiny Gyarados since the Pokémon made a famous appearance in Pokémon Gold and Silver (as well as the remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver).

This is not the only festive event going on in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Earlier in December, an announcement was made that allowed players to redeem three different codes in exchange for various, rare Poké Balls. The codes are currently valid until January 15, 2020, meaning that it would be a good idea to use the codes as soon as possible, and use the special Poké Balls to catch a Shiny Magikarp.

Pokémon Sword & Shield were released in November, yet have seen a decent amount of in-game events and updates. It seems that as time will go on, the latest Pokémon games will continue to receive healthy support from the developers, including events such as this one and potentially more.

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