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Pokemon Go Water Festival Returns August 23

Pokemon Go has announced the return of the Water Festival later this month, giving land-locked players a chance to add some Water-type Pokemon to their collection.

During the event, Water-type Pokemon such as Magikarp, Wooper, and Wailmer will appear more often in the wild; they will also hatch more frequently from Eggs. Kingler and Crawdaunt can learn Crabhammer, a new Water-type Charged Attack. If you're lucky, you'll have the chance to encounter two Shiny Pokemon: Shiny Carvanha or Shiny Barboach. The following Pokemon will also appear more frequently around water:

  • Wartortle
  • Poliwhirl
  • Seaking
  • Lapras
  • Qwilfish
  • Mantine
  • Lotad
  • Feebas
  • Piplup
  • Buizel
  • Finneon

Expect more Water-type Pokemon like Blastoise, Vaporeon, and Lapras to appear in raids. Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf may also appear in five stars raids on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Finally, the event will feature 2x Hatch Candy and the distance to earn Buddy Candy will be halved if your buddy is a Water-type Pokemon.

This news follows another exciting announcement regarding Professor Willow's Global Challenge Ultra Bonus Unlock. Though Niantic has not shared all the details, the Ultra Bonus will unfold over three weeks in September, introducing several new and unusual Pokemon into the mix. During Week 1 (September 2-9), you can expect some never-before-seen Pokemon from the Johto region to hatch from Eggs. Week 2 (September 9-16) will include a special appearance by an unnamed Mythical Pokemon, which you can challenge in Raids. Week 3 (September 16-230 will feature Kanto region Pokemon, including some noteworthy raid opponents.

Though it's run into a few snags along the way, Pokemon Go continues to pull in a large user base. As of July 2019, the mobile game had brought in $2.65 billion in revenue since its July 2016 launch.

The Pokemon Go Water Festival runs from Friday, August 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT until Friday, August 30, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.