Festival of Colours 2023

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Pokémon GO Festival of Colors returns in 2023, with the arrival of two new Pokémon (Bruxish and Mega Medicham), colourful PokéStops, 2x Friendship bonuses, Shiny Smeargle surprise photo bombs, and more.

With boosted Lures, increased Friendship gains, and colorful surprises across the game, we hope Trainers will enjoy this year’s Festival of Colors!

Event Overview

An image depicting bonuses during Pokémon GO's 2023 Festival of Colors.
Pokémon GO’s 2023 Festival of Colors infographic
  • Date and Time 📅

  • Event icon From Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 10:00am, to Tuesday March 14, 2023 at 10:00pm local time.
  • Bonuses ⭐

  • Lure icon Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours (this does not include Golden Lure Modules, which will last 30 minutes)
  • Photobomb icon Take a few snapshots during the event for a surprise to potentially encounter a shiny Smeargle!
  • General icon Friendship levels will increase twice as fast
  • General icon Trainers may find a colorful surprise around PokéStops when they walk near them
  • Field Research 🔍

  • Research icon Alolan Grimer, Castform, Sunny Castform, Rainy Castform, Snowy Castform, all Burmy forms and Oricorio for your local region
  • Wild Encounters 🍃

  • Pokemon Encounter icon Regular - Paras, Krabby, Koffing, Natu, Wobbuffet, Shuckle, Wingull, all Burmy forms, Stunky and Bruxish. Rare - Lickitung and Galarian Zigzagoon
  • Raids ⚔️

  • Raid icon T1 - Espurr, Rockruff, Mareanie and Bruxish
  • Raid icon T3 - Exeggutor, Alolan Exeggutor, Cryogonal and Druddigon
  • Raid icon T5 - Ho-Oh
  • Raid icon Mega - Mega Medicham

Bruxish and Mega Medicham debut in Pokémon GO!

Bruxish, the Gnash Teeth Pokémon, and Mega Medicham, will make their debut during the Festival of Colors! Bruxish is a Water and Psychic type, and Mega Medicham is a Fighting and Psychic type.

Bruxish can’t be Shiny at the moment, but Mega Medicham can, as shiny Medicham has been available for a while now. You can see their in-game appearances below:

Bruxish Sprite
Mega Medicham Sprite Shiny Mega Medicham Sprite

Shiny Smeargle Returns

Shiny Smeargle

During this event, Smeargle may be shiny from your snapshots! It will not be available as a shiny after this event ends, so be sure to get your snapshots in daily to have a chance of encountering shiny Smeargle.

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Smeargle. Please note that Smeargle will only appear in snapshots a limited number of times, and while Shiny Smeargle will no longer appear after the event concludes, you may encounter one during future events.

PSA – Make sure you do not take snapshots until after 10am local time to avoid accidentally triggering a non-shiny interaction with Smeargle. You only get a limited amount of Smeargle encounters per day.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild:

If you are lucky, you may also encounter the following:

Collection Challenges

Catch or evolve the following Pokémon during Festival of Colours 2023 event to get 2000 XP and a Lure Module.


Colourful Pokémon will appear during the Festival of Colors event.

One-Star Raids

The following Pokémon will appear in one-star raids:

Related raid guides: Espurr, Rockruff, Mareanie and Bruxish.

Three-Star Raids

The following Pokémon will appear in three-star raids:

Related raid guides: Exeggutor, Alolan Exeggutor, Cryogonal and Druggidon.

Five-Star Raids

The following Pokémon will appear in five-star raids:

Related raid guides: Ho-Oh.

Mega Raids

The following Pokémon will appear in mega raids:

Related raid guides: Mega Medicham.

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will appear as rewards for field research tasks during the event:

NOTE – The Oricorio you are rewarded will reflect the Oricorio available in your local region.

Task Text Reward
Catch 15 Pokemon
Catch 5 different species of Pokemon
Catch 8 different species of Pokemon
Catch 10 different species of Pokemon

Avatar Items

The following new avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop, and will continue to be available once the event ends:

  • Color Throw Pose

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