Water Festival 2019 Begins August 23rd

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Returning Event: Water Festival 2019

On August 15th, 2019, Niantic officially announced the return of the Water Festival for 2019.

From August 23rd to August 30th, players will have the following bonuses active:

  • Water-type Pokemon will spawn more frequently in the wild
  • Specific Pokemon will have their spawns increased around geographic areas with water:
  • Kingler and Crawdaunt will learn Crabhammer, a new Water-type charged attack(stats currently unknown)
  • Shiny Carvanha and Barboach will be available
  • Blastoise, Vaporeon, Lapras, and more featured in raid battles
  • A Legendary Raid Hour on August 28th featuring the Lake Trio
  • 2x Candy for Eggs
  • 1/2 buddy distance for Water-type Pokemon

Check the post here for the full details.

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Time to make a big splash! Even if you don’t live near the water, you can look forward to Water-type Pokémon coming to you soon in Eggs, raids, Field Research, and the wild.

That’s right—the long-awaited Water Festival is back!

Date + Time

  • Friday, August 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT until Friday, August 30, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT


  • Water-type Pokémon like Magikarp, Wooper, Wailmer, and more will appear more frequently in the wild.
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild around water: Wartortle, Poliwhirl, Seaking, Lapras, Qwilfish, Mantine, Lotad, Feebas, Piplup, Buizel, and Finneon.
  • Water-type Pokémon will hatch more often from Eggs.
  • Kingler and Crawdaunt will be able to learn Crabhammer, a Water-type Charged Attack that is newly available in Pokémon GO.
  • If you manage to surf the waves of luck, you might encounter Shiny Carvanha or Shiny Barboach!


  • Water-type Pokémon like Blastoise, Vaporeon, Lapras, and more will appear in raids.
  • On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time, you’ll be able to encounter Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf in five-star raids in their respective regions!


  • 2× Hatch Candy
  • If you have a Water-type Pokémon as your Buddy, the distance to earn Buddy Candy will be halved.

There’s no need to swim or use a fishing rod to encounter these Pokémon, Trainer. All you have to do is get up and GO!

—The Pokémon GO team

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