Pokemon Go Water Festival Now Live, And It Adds New Shiny Pokemon

A new event is now underway in Pokemon Go. Niantic has brought the Water Festival back for a limited time, giving players around the world a chance to encounter more Water-types and even catch a couple of new Shiny Pokemon.

The Water Festival runs from August 23-30. During that time, Water Pokemon like Magikarp, Wooper, and Wailmer will appear in the wild more often than normal. If you happen to be near a body of water, you’ll also have a greater chance of encountering the Pokemon listed below.

Increased Water Pokemon Spawns

  • Wartortle
  • Poliwhirl
  • Seaking
  • Lapras
  • Qwilfish
  • Mantine
  • Lotad
  • Feebas
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Finneon

On top of that, Water Pokemon will be more likely to hatch from eggs during the Water Festival. Some Water-types such as Blastoise, Vaporeon, and Lapras will also appear as Raid Bosses, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have your first chance of finding Shiny versions of Carvanha and Barboach in the wild.

Returning Legendaries

That isn’t all that’s happening during the Water Festival; on August 28, the Legendary lake trio–Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie–will be back in Gyms in their respective regions for a special Raid hour. You’ll also earn twice the usual amount of Candy for hatching Pokemon throughout the week, and the distance it takes to earn Buddy Candy will be cut in half if your Buddy Pokemon is a Water-type. You can read more details about the Water Festival on the official Pokemon Go website.

Other Pokemon Go Events

It’s going to be a busy few weeks for Pokemon Go players. Niantic recently revealed the game’s Ultra Bonuses, which includes a new Thousand-Year Slumber Special Research quest that leads to the Mythical Pokemon Jirachi. Additionally, the first Gen 5 Pokemon are set to debut starting September 16. There’s also the game’s next Community Day, which takes place on September 15 and features the Gen 4 starter Turtwig.

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