Pokemon GO: Water Festival Starts Today – Complete Guide

Right after the Mega Latios and Mega Latias electrified the Skies, Pokemon GO will be testing the waters with a new adventure in the Season of Alola – Pokemon Go: Water Festivals!

As we come closer to the end of Pokemon GO’s Season of Alola, Niantic is bringing back this event that hasn’t seen the light of day for many years. Previously, flying-type Pokemons took the spotlight during the Air Adventures event. Now, it’s time for the Water-type Pokemons to shine in the Water Festival.


Pokemon GO: Water Festival will officially start today (May 12, 2022) at 10 a.m. of your local time. Subsequently, the event will conclude on Friday of next week (May 20, 2022) at 8 p.m. of your local time.

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  • A Lapras wearing a scarf is set to hit the center stage during the Water Festival. Also, Tapu Fini, the guardian deity of Poni Island will be officially available in Pokemon Go. If luck finds you well, a Shiny Lapras will be lurking around in the game. Who knows, it might just be beneath the surface of the water!
Lapras wearing a scarf and a Legendary Pokemon, Tapu Fini, Photo Courtesy of gameort.com
  • Other Pokemons that will debut in the game are Dewpider and Araquanid. Dewpider is a Bug/Water-type Pokemon introduced in Gen VII which will later evolve into an Araquanid. For it to be able to evolve in Pokemon Go, use 50 Dewpider candies to successfully turn it into an Araquanid.
Dewpider and Araquanid, Photo Courtesy of Nirth (via YouTube)
  • Meanwhile, the Shiny Binacle is here! For the first time, this shiny Pokemon will be available in Pokemon Go starting today.
Shiny Binacle, Photo Courtesy of doublexp.com


  • Complete the timed research quest which will be available for the duration of this event. After completing, trainers will be rewarded with 50 Gyarados Mega Energy, 1,000 XP, 1,000 Stardust, and a chance to encounter a Lapras (wearing a scarf).
  • The 4th Special Research story in Season of Alola came out last Tuesday (May 10 at 10 a.m. of your local time), days before the commencement of the Water Festival. The next and final Special Research will be on May 25th.


Starting May 11, 2022 (at 1 p.m. PDT) until May 21, 2022 (at 1 a.m. PDT), a Global Challenge will be held throughout the festival. All trainers, globally, must catch a total of 600,000,000 Water-type Pokemon to earn a special reward – 2x Candy each time you catch a Pokemon.


Wild Encounters:

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


(1-Star Raids)

  • Wailmer*
  • Qwilfish*
  • Rockruff
  • Spritzee
  • Helioptile

(3-Star Raids)

  • Alolan Raichu*
  • Lapras wearing a scarf *
  • Feraligatr
  • Aruzamarill
  • Ludicolo

(5-Star Raids)

  • Tapu Fini

(Mega Raids)

  • Mega Blastoise*

Note: * – means there is a possibility of a shiny variant

EGGS! EGGS! and more EGGS!

The following Pokemon can be hatched from 7km eggs:

1-egg rarity

  • Psyduck*
  • Azurill*
  • Mantyke

2-egg rarity

  • Mudkip*
  • Feebas*
  • Binacle*

3-gg rarity

  • Staryu*
  • Clamperl*

Note: * – means there is a possibility of a shiny variant


  • For two hours, Rainy Lure Modules will be activated during the Water Festival
  • Increased Candy XL from hatching eggs
  • Receive twice the candy from hatching eggs


Show your support to the Lapras that wears a scarf by wearing your own trainer’s Water Festival scarf!

Water Festival Scarf, Photo Courtesy of pokemongolive.com

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