Pokemon GO encounter rate increased for water Pokemon during the water festival

Pokemon GO was released in July 2016, and despite frequent issues that it had on the technical side, it was a global phenomenon. People went out of their homes in search of Pokemon, met strangers, struck friendships, and ended up in the weirdest of places while hunting. As of February 2017, the developer Niantic has announced that Pokemon Go was downloaded more than 650 million downloads.

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An obligatory Pikachu picture because he is the cutest of them all.

About a month ago, Gen 2 was introduced for Pokemon GO. This got a lot of players going again and the game was also patched so that evolution items became a guaranteed drop in weekly streaks. The next step will be the “Water Festival”. It should fit around the World Water Day, which is today, March 22, and is about taking action regarding the world water crisis.

What does this all mean for your collection? Well, the three main Pokemon will be Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, as well as their evolution: Gyarados, Wartortle, Blastoise, Croconaw and Feraligatr. There will be a an increased spawn potential for Lapras. I know, you will say that it is an ice Pokemon. Yet, you are forgetting, ice is also water. Good find, that.

Apparently, water type Pokemon should be more present around water areas in real life. This might include spawns of Azumarill, Chinchou, Corosola, Lanturn, Marill, Politoed, Wooper, Quagsire, Sloking, Qwilfish, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, and Kingdra. Now, the list is not official, but these are Gen 2 water types, at least partially.

It is interesting to see how Pokemon GO plans to keep being relevant. The events such as this “Water Festival” are interesting enough and if they keep up the promise of new Pokemon, it might be enough to keep the game alive for a long time.

P.S. Be on the lookout for the shiny Magikarp. They say it’s out there and it evolves into the red and shiny Garados. Happy hunting!