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Pokémon Go Water Festival event guide: Field Research and rewards

This event releases the move Crabhammer, which is shaking up the meta

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A new water-based event has started in Pokémon Go to end the summer. The 2019 Water Festival ups the spawns of water-type Pokémon, brings more water-types to eggs, and also releases a new set of Field Research for players to complete.

The event will increase the spawns mostly around bodies of water, with Wartortle, Poliwhirl, Seaking, Lapras, Qwilfish, Mantine, Lotad, Feebas, Piplup, Buizel, and Finneon spawning around any lakes, rivers, and oceans you may be near. Magikarp, Wooper, Wailmer, and other water-types will spawn more often even when you’re not around water, luckily. Shiny versions of Barboach and Carvanha can also be found if you’re lucky.

Carvanha, Sharpedo, Barboach, and Whiscash with their Shiny variants in Pokémon Go Niantic via Polygon

This event features doubled hatch candy as well, so if you desperately need to power up or evolve any of those water-types, this is a good chance.

If the water-type you need isn’t available from any eggs or you can’t find them in the wild, fret not. Water-types that are set as your buddy will also earn double buddy candy.

The biggest change coming with this event is the release of Crabhammer, a special charge move for Kingler and Crawdaunt. This is mainly important for hardcore raiders, as this move makes Kingler the new best water-type DPS attacker. Paired with Bubble, Crabhammer has made Kingler out-DPS Kyogre, which has been the best water-type DPS Pokémon since its release. Once the event starts, players will be able to TM this move on to their crab (and lobster) Pokémon freely.

Water Festival Field Research

Research Task Reward
Research Task Reward
Water Festival: Earn a candy walking with your buddy Barboach encounter
Water Festival: Catch 10 water-type Pokémon 1,000 Stardust
Water Festival: Catch 5 water-type Pokémon Krabby encounter
Water Festival: Evolve 3 Carvanha or Barboach Clamperl encounter
Water Festival: Hatch 5 eggs Blastoise encounter
Water Festival: Win 2 raids Azumarill encounter
Water Festival: Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt Carvanha encounter
Water Festival: Take 5 Snapshots of water-type Pokémon Seel encounter

Note that you might have similar Research Tasks in your list, but they have to have the Water Festival tag on them in order to get these rewards.

Water-types will also be taking over raids and on Aug. 28, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf will be featured in the Legendary Raid Hour from 6-7 p.m. for their respective regions.

This Pokémon Go event lasts until Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. ET.

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