The Pokémon Go Water Festival event takes place for one week in March, and with it come a host of bonuses for a short time only.
Trainers will encounter increases numbers of select water Pokémon, such as the hard-to-find Lapras and many Squirtle and Totodile evolutions in the wild, as well as the introduction of a free Magikarp hat.
When does the Pokémon Go Water Day event start and end?
The Pokémon Go Water Day event began at 1am PST on March 22 and will end at 1pm PST on March 29th - that's 8:00pm UK time for each. Though developer Niantic hasn't said as such, the event is likely celebrating World Water Day on March 22nd.
Lapras, Squirtle, Totodile and other water Pokémon included in the Pokémon Go Water Festival event update
According to Niantic, we can expect to see more "water Pokémon" to appear in the wild throughout the event. It has confirmed several by name, as well as the suggestion of more 'Johto' region creatures.
Confirmed Water Festival Pokémon:
- Magikarp (and evolution Gyarados)
- Squirtle (and evolutions Wartortle and Blastoise)
- Totodile (and evolutions Croconaw and Feraligatr)
All Gen 2 Johto Water Pokémon we also may see more of:
- Chinchou and evolution Lanturn (both Water / Electric types)
- Marill and evolution Azumarill
- Wooper and evolution Quagire (both Water / Ground types)
- Quilfish (a Water / Poison type)
- Corsola (region exclusive)
- Remoraid and evolution Octillery
- Mantine (a Water / Flying Type)
With Lapras and the Squirtle and Totodile evolutions being some of the more rare Pokémon in the game, make sure you find as many as you can before the event has concluded.
Other events such as Halloween and Christmas increased appearance rates of seasonal creatures everywhere, not just their natural biomes, and early reports suggest that to be the case with the Water Festival, meaning you'll see increased water creatures outside of rivers, canals and shorelines.
This means rare creatures should appear outside of their usual spawn locations, and so we should be able to find a Lapras before too long, compared to Chansey during the recent Valentine's Day event, which only increased its chances of appearing in its usual spots, going from being incredibly elusive to super rare.
As well as these rarer creatures, the event is also a great chance to get Candy for some of the more uncommon creatures if you haven't evolved and added them to your Pokedex already.
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips, tricks and guides page, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, using Special Items such as the Dragon Scale and other methods. The update also introduced changes to Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, best Pokémon, moves and Buddy distances. Elsewhere, you can read about how Gyms, promo codes and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory works, and the many ways of earning experience with our XP chart.
What else you need to know as part of the Pokémon Go Water Festival event
Alongside the Water Festival, Pokémon Go has introduced Shinies, including a Shiny Magikarp and Red Gyarados, which are perfectly timed with more water creatures swimming about. There are details are in the prior link, but in short, they're very rare variants with a different colour, so look out for as many Magikarps as you can!
The only other headline feature is the addition of a Magikarp Hat for your Trainer to wear.
If you haven't already, you can change the outfit of your Trainer by tapping the profile in the bottom left corner, then the menu icon in the bottom right, and style. Head to Hats, and the Magikarp Hat is there ready to be worn - no money required.
If you want to wear an actual PokĂ©mon on your head, now you can I guess pic.twitter.com/3lHVM9djaK— Matthew Reynolds (@Crazyreyn) March 23, 2017
It's unknown whether this is a limited time offer for the duration of the Water Festival - though no other items of clothing has been temporary - so either way there's no harm in giving it a whirl.
It'll appear in your profile, on the map screen and if you're deposited a Pokémon there, Gyms for the world to see.