Pokemon Go’s popular Water Festival event will make its glorious in-game return starting today, June 7th.
Stardust bonus: Stardust will always be one of the most valuable currencies in Pokémon GO, and so trainers will want to take particular notice of this one. We’ll be getting 3 times the Stardust for all catches of Water-type Pokémon, which should mean a lot of Stardust considering the next bullet point here. In addition, we’re getting 2 times the Stardust for all egg hatches.
Increased Water-type Pokémon Spawns: Like with most limited time events, the Water Festival will be changing up the map with increased spawns from Water-type Pokémon. That’s particularly handy because it will increase the Stardust you’ll be earning, but it’s also pretty handy if you don’t yet have a valuable creature like a Feraligatr or a Swampert. I suppose I’ll take the opportunity to grind towards a Wailord, which I’m still missing.
Special 2-kilometer eggs: 2-kilometer eggs will now hatch creatures like Totodile, Mudkip and Corphish, and the language leaves room for more in there, as well. This should sell some incubators, particularly when combined with the Stardust bonuses.
Kyogre: Kyogre will be out returning to raid battles, which is good because the Water-type leviathan is one of the trickiest creatures out there and it made its debut during a particularly brutal winter.
Shiny Shellder: Just what it sounds like: Niantic is letting shiny Shellder loose, which also means shiny Cloyster. The shiny roster of in-game creatures keeps growing, so the particularly committed collector has a lot options for going crazy catching them all.
Field Research: Special Field Research is a great new tool in Niantic’s arsenal, and changing the missions up to reflect events does a long way toward creating a particular ambiance. Expect more tasks focused on Water-type Pokémon.
I’ll be out challenging Kyogre, that’s for sure: I missed the whale thing the first and second times around, and I appreciate the chance to make up for that. But to be honest, I might not be playing all that much Pokémon GO on my walks: I’ve become interested in Jurassic Park World Alive recently, a Pokémon GO-style game that manages to make some important improvements, even if it lacks the magic that makes GO tick.