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How to get Carbink in Pokémon Go during Go Fest 2023

Including Carbink’s counters and weaknesses.

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Carbink is a Gen 6 Pokémon whose global release in Pokémon Go occurred during the Go Fest Global 2023 in August of that year.

While it was previously available to players who purchased their Go Fest Global 2023 tickets before Wednesday 5th July or those who attended an in-person Go Fest event, Carbink can now be caught by every Pokémon Go player. Also, if you've purchased a Go Fest 2023 ticket, you can earn Carbink by completing the third quest step in the Fascinating Facets special research quest.

Below you’ll find out how to get Carbink during Go Fest 2023, along with Carbink’s counters and weakness so you can defeat it in a two-star raid.

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How to get Carbink during Go Fest 2023 in Pokémon Go

Carbink has a rather interesting release history in Pokémon Go. It first became available via the In The Rough timed research quest, which was available to players who purchased their Go Fest Global 2023 ticket before Wednesday 5th July 2023. Carbink then made an appearance during the in-person Go Fest 2023 events at London, Osaka and New York before having its global release during the worldwide Go Fest event.

During both days of Go Fest Global 2023 - Saturday 26th August and Sunday 27th August - Carbink can be caught through the following means:

  • Two-star raids
  • Event-exclusive field research task - Spin 10 Pokéstops or Gyms, or catch 10 Pokémon.
  • Fascinating Facets Special Research quest - Complete quest step three.
  • In the wild while using Incense

The method you choose to catch Carbink depends on whether you’re able to defeat it in a two-star raid. Keep in mind that, by being a two-star raid boss, Carbink is weaker than a three-star raid boss, which means there is the possibility you can defeat it alone. Still, this all depends on how powerful your Pokémon are and ensuring you pick the right counters - check out the section below for some ideas.

If you don’t think you can defeat Carbink in a raid alone, or try and sadly fail, then we recommend using an app like Poke Genie and Remote Raid Passes to fight it. The Remote Raid Pass limit has been raised to 20 for each day of Go Fest Global, so, if you have the Passes to spare, it’s worth using at least one on Carbink.

Mega Diancie. | Image credit: The Pokémon Company

Defeating Carbink in a raid will also reward you with some Mega Diancie Energy.

When it comes to earning Carbink by completing a field research task, it’s important to remember that the tasks offered by PokéStops change on a daily basis and you can still earn the seasonal field research tasks during Go Fest. This means that you may encounter a little difficulty when hunting down Carbink’s specific task.

If you are having trouble finding it, then we recommend joining a Pokémon Go group for your local area. Somebody might already know which PokéStop is giving out the task you’re looking for!

Once you’ve found the field research task, you’ll be able to complete it at your leisure since it won’t expire when Go Fest Global 2023 ends.

We do recommend catching at least one Carbink during Go Fest Global 2023 to ensure it's in your Pokédex, especially if you haven’t attended an in-person Go Fest event or had access to the In The Rough quest. This is because, like many of the recently released Pokémon, we don’t know when Carbink will next be making an appearance in Pokémon Go. Thankfully, Carbink doesn’t evolve so there’s no need to collect any additional Carbink candy.

Carbink counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Knowing what Carbink’s counters and weaknesses are will help you defeat it in a two-star raid:

  • Carbink type - Rock and Fairy-type
  • Carbink is weak against - Grass, Ground, Steel and Water-types
  • Carbink counters - For Grass-types, Venusaur, Sceptile, Leafeon and Tangrowth. For Ground-types, Groudon, Mamoswine, Rhyperior and Therian Landorus. For Steel-types, Scizor, Metagross, Excadrill and Zacian. For Water-types, Feraligatr, Swampert, Kyogre and Samurott.
  • Other Carbink notes - Carbink is especially weak to Steel-type Pokémon, so make sure you focus on your strongest Steel-types first when planning your team. Just keep in mind that, since Carbink is part Fairy-type, it will have an advantage over Fighting-types, so you can use Pokémon like Lucario.
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Carbink CP in Pokémon Go

Carbink has the following CP ranges in Pokémon Go:

  • Raid Boss CP for Carbink - 780-838 CP.
  • Carbink max CP at Level 40 - 1,467 CP.
  • Max normal CP for catching Carbink - 8083 CP.
  • Max weather boost CP (Partly Cloudy and Cloudy) for catching Carbink - 975-1047 CP.

The Shared Skies Season is here! The Better Together event is currently running, bringing both Tandemaus and Maushold to Pokémon Go. Go Fest 2024 may have been and gone, but you can still play around with the Fusion mechanic. Meanwhile, ticket holders can finish Go Fest 2024: A Shadowy Caper and The Dusk Settles. Don't forget to try out Routes, Gift Exchange and Party Play while you're hunting down rare Pokémon, fighting in the Go Battle League or competing in PokéStop Showcases.

Carbink moveset in Pokémon Go

For Carbink’s best moveset in Pokémon Go, we recommend Rock Throw (Fast Move) and Rock Slide (Charged Move). If you want to take advantage of Carbink’s Fairy-typing, then it’s worth unlocking its second Charged move and having it learn Moonblast. Keep in mind that, while powerful, Moonblast can take a while to charge in battle.

Below you’ll find Carbink’s full moveset in Pokémon Go:

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Possible Fast Moves

  • Rock Throw (Rock)
  • Tackle (Normal)

Possible Charged Moves

  • Moonblast (Fairy)
  • Power Gem (Rock)
  • Rock Slide (Rock)

Good luck catching Carbink in Pokémon Go!

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