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Pokémon Go Water Festival event guide

Dewpider and Shiny Binacle make their Pokémon Go debuts

A Dewpider rides on the back of a happy Lapras Image: Niantic
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Go is hosting its Water Festival event, alongside the addition of Dewpider to the game. During the event, water-type Pokémon will spawn more frequently and hatching eggs awards doubled candy. Our Pokémon Go Water Festival guide lists out the Timed Research, spawns, and other bonuses.

The event takes place from May 12-20.

There’s also a Catch Challenge event. If players can catch a combined 600 million water-type Pokémon, candy obtained from catching Pokémon will be doubled.

Water Festival: Catch Challenge Timed Research and rewards

  • Catch 15 Pokémon (20 Poké Balls)
  • Catch 50 Pokémon (25 Great Balls)
  • Catch 25 water-type Pokémon (25 Ultra Balls)
  • Make 25 curveball throws (Dewpider encounter)
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon (50 Gyarados Mega Energy)

Rewards: Lapras (scarf) encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

Pokémon Go Water Festival Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 Magikarp or Wailmer Luvdisc encounter
Catch 5 Pokémon Magikarp or Wailmer encounter
Catch 15 Pokémon Dewpider encounter
Catch 25 Pokémon Lapras (scarf) encounter
Catch 5 water-type Pokémon 10 Poké Balls or 5 Great Balls
Catch 10 water-type Pokémon Binacle encounter, 20 Blastoise Mega Energy, or 20 Gyarados Mega Energy
Evolve 2 water-type Pokémon Marill encounter
Hatch an egg Carvanha encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for the Water Festival event

  • Poliwhirl
  • Tentacool
  • Slowpoke
  • Goldeen
  • Staryu
  • Magikarp
  • Marill
  • Mantine
  • Lotad
  • Surskit
  • Carvanha
  • Wailmer
  • Tympole
  • Alomomola
  • Binacle
  • Dewpider

Binacle is also available Shiny for the first time.

Binacle and Barbarcle’s Shiny versions, which are tinted more with green and blue Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic

7 km event egg hatches

  • Psyduck
  • Staryu
  • Mudkip
  • Azurill
  • Feebas
  • Clamperl
  • Mantyke
  • Binacle

Raid targets for the Water Festival event

  • Qwilfish
  • Wailmer
  • Spritzee
  • Helioptile
  • Rockruff
  • Alolan Raichu
  • Lapras (scarf)
  • Feraligatr
  • Azumarill
  • Ludicolo

The scarf-wearing Lapras may also be Shiny, if you’re lucky.

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