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Water Festival 2022 Event Overview

Updated: May 11, 2022

📅 Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. → Friday, May 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. (local time)

The always-popular Water Festival returns to Pokémon GO with a Splash! Dive into this special event and meet some new Pokémon, challenge a new Legendary Raid boss, help complete a Global Challenge, and more!

Event Features

Pokémon debuts

The following Pokémon (or forms) will be available in Pokémon GO for the first time:

  • Tapu Fini

  • Dewpider and its Evolution, Araquanid

  • Lapras wearing a scarf

  • Shiny Binacle and its Evolution, Barbaracle

Note: Evolving Dewpider into Araquanid will require 50 Dewpider candy

Event Bonuses

The following bonuses will be available for the duration of the event:

  • 2-hour Rainy Lure Modules

  • 2× Candy from hatching Eggs

  • Increased Candy XL from hatching Eggs

A new avatar item, the Water Festival Scarf, will also be available in the in-game shop during and after the event.

Global Challenge

A Global Challenge will accompany the Water Festival event, and will be available from 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT –7) on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, to 1:00 a.m. PDT (GMT –7) on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Trainers will work together to catch Water-type Pokémon to unlock a special bonus.

  • Global Challenge: Catch 600,000,000 Water-type Pokémon

  • Global Challenge reward: 2× Candy for catching Pokémon

Timed Research

Trainers will be able to complete Time Research focused on catching Pokémon throughout the event to earn the following:

  • 50 Gyarados Mega Energy

  • 1000 XP

  • 1000 Stardust

  • An encounter with Lapras wearing a scarf

  • An encounter with Dewpider

Special Research: Poni Island

Trainers will be able to collect the Poni Island Special Research story as a part of the Season of Alola starting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 (local time). Remember to complete all the Alola Special Research stories by June 1 to unlock a bonus Special Research line!

Featured Pokémon

Wild Encounters

  • Tentacool✨, Slowpoke✨, Goldeen✨, Staryu✨, Magikarp✨, Marill✨, Lotad✨, Surskit, Carvanha✨, Wailmer✨, Tympole✨, Binacle✨, Dewpider

  • Rare: Poliwhirl, Mantine✨, Alomomola✨


7km Eggs (Note: Eggs are ordered by rarity, from one 🥚 being most common to three 🥚 being the rarest.)

  • 🥚 - Psyduck✨, Azurill✨, Mantyke

  • 🥚🥚 - Mudkip✨, Feebas✨, Binacle✨

  • 🥚🥚🥚 - Staryu✨, Clamperl✨

Field Research

Trainers will be able to complete Field Research tasks to earn the following rewards:



​Catch 5 Pokémon

​Magikarp✨, Wailmer✨

Catch 5 Water Types

5 Great Balls, 10 Poké Balls

Catch 5 Magikarp or Wailmer


Catch 10 Water Types

Binacle✨, 20 Mega Gyarados energy, 20 Mega Blastoise energy

​Catch 15 Pokémon


Catch 25 Pokémon

Lapras wearing a scarf✨

Evolve 2 Water Types


Hatch an Egg


Raid Bosses

  • 1-⭐Raids: Qwilfish✨, Wailmer✨, Spritzee, Helioptile, Rockruff✨

  • 3-⭐Raids: Alolan Raichu✨, Lapras wearing a scarf✨, Feraligatr, Azumarill, Ludicolo

  • 5-⭐Raids: Tapu Fini

  • Mega Raids: Mega Blastoise✨

(✨= shiny form available)


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