“Water Festival” Pokémon GO Event starts today

Niantic announces a special Water Pokémon event — Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile and more spawning as part of the “Water Festival”.

If you were looking for a cool reason to whip out Pokémon GO again, or just never got around to getting enough Magikarp Candy, today’s your lucky day. Niantic has announced that from 1 PM Pacific, the “Water Festival” will begin globally.


Get ready to make some waves in Pokémon GO! There’s a global Water Festival in progress, and Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and friends are looking forward to celebrating with you! Starting today at 1 P.M. PDT, you’ll be more likely to encounter Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their evolutions all around the world. Additionally, when you’re out exploring areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear, you’ll have a greater chance to encounter several of the Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, and maybe… you might even encounter Lapras.

Also, starting later today, you’ll notice a new avatar wardrobe item—the Magikarp Hat!

The Pokémon GO Water Festival is a limited-time celebration and will come to an end on March 29, 2017, at 1 P.M. PDT, so get outside and GO catch some Water-type Pokémon!
—The Pokémon GO team

Don’t miss your chance to catch (and transfer) Magikarp! (Or catch a Totodile!)

Thanks to Achromatic for the tip!