Water Festival 2022 Event

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Pokémon GO’s Water Festival returns for 2022 and brings the debuts of Lapras wearing a scarf, Dewpider, Araquanid, Tapu Fini and shiny Binacle.  Water Festival 2022 lasts from May 12, 2022 to May 20, 2022 and focuses on Water types.

Water Festival 2022 lasts from May 12, 2022 to May 20, 2022, and players can earn double Candy and increased Candy XL from hatching Eggs during the event. Be sure to enjoy increased duration of Rainy Modules, increased Water-type spawns, special 7 KM eggs, a global challenge available to all Trainers and an exclusive free Poni Adventure Special Research .

All of the Pokémon featured in this event are viable for Trainer Battles: Tapu Fini in Pokémon GO PvP BattlesUnder The Lights: Araquanid and Dewpider in PvPBarbaracle in Pokémon GO Trainer Battles.

Date & Time

Event icon Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, May 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time


  • Evolve icon Debut of Lapras w/ scarf, Dewpider/Araquanid, and Tapu Fini
  • Evolve icon Debut of shiny Binacle family
  • Research icon Poni Island Special Research available May 10, 10 am local time
  • Research icon Timed Research and Global Challenge
  • Egg icon 2x Candy from hatching Eggs
  • Egg icon Increased Candy XL from hatching Eggs
  • Egg icon Event Exclusive 7 km eggs and Field Research
  • Lure icon Rainy Lure Modules activated during the event will last for 2 hours
  • Shop icon New avatar items - Water Festival Scarf

New Pokémon

The Legendary Pokémon Tapu Fini, guardian deity of Poni Island, will be appearing in raids! Be sure to read our Tapu Fini Raid Guide for more information on countering it. For players looking at Tapu Fini in PvP, JRE posted an in-depth analysis of Tapu Fini in Pokémon GO PvP Battles.

Dewpider and Araquanid are going to become a main-stay in Trainer Battles, but that’s a topic for another article: Under The Lights: Araquanid and Dewpider in PvP

Lapras wearing a scarf, Dewpider, and Araquanid make their debuts in Pokémon GO! You can use 50 Dewpider Candy to evolve Dewpider into Araquanid. That’s right, ‘Drip Lapras’ as they have become affectionately known on social media, is finally coming to Pokémon GO.

Shiny Binacle


For the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Binacle! This horrifying Water type is a bright green and pink, easy to spot compared to the non-shiny.

Shiny Binacle Shiny Barbaracle

Shiny Binacle has also been a confirmed catch in-game, alongside shiny scarf Lapras:

Field Research

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks:

Task Text Reward
Catch 5 Pokemon
Catch 5 Magikarp or Wailmer Luvdisc
Catch 10 Water-type Pokemon Binacle
Catch 15 Pokemon Dewpider
Hatch an egg Carvanha
Catch 25 Pokemon Lapras Scarf costume
Evolve 2 Water-type Pokemon Marill
Catch 10 Water-type Pokemon
  • 20 Gyarados Mega Energy
  • 20 Blastoise Mega Energy
Catch 5 Water-type Pokemon
  • 10 Poke balls
  • 5 Great balls

Poni Island Special Research Tasks and Rewards

The Season of Alola’s fourth Special Research story will be available on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Step 1 of 4

  • Catch 10 Pokemon – 10 Poke Balls
  • Power up Pokemon 5 times – 5 Razz Berries
  • Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket Grunts – 3 Potions

Rewards: Alolan Raticate encounter, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust

Step 2 of 4

  • Catch 3 Water-type Pokemon – Tentacruel encounter
  • Take a snapshot of a Water-type Pokemon – Wailmer encounter
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon – Wingull encounter

Rewards: 1 Fast TM, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust

Step 3 of 4

  • Walk 2km – Miltank encounter
  • Catch 15 Pokemon – 10 Great Balls
  • Spin 5 PokeStops or Gyms – Stufful encounter

Rewards: 1 Premium Battle Pass, 1000 XP, and 1000 Stardust

Step 4 of 4

  • Send 5 Gifts to friends – 10 Great Balls
  • Catch 15 Pokemon – 7 Pinap Berries
  • Win a Raid – Alolan Exeggutor encounter

Rewards: 15 Ultra Balls, 8000 XP, and 3000 Stardust

Timed Research

Timed Research focused on catching Pokémon will be available throughout the event!
Complete the research to earn 50 Gyarados Mega Energy, 1,000 XP, 1,000 Stardust, and encounters with Lapras wearing a scarf and Dewpider.

  • Catch 15 Pokemon – 25 Poke balls
  • Catch 50 Pokemon – 25 Great balls
  • Catch 25 Water-type Pokemon – 35 Ultra balls
  • Make 25 Curveball Throws – Dewpider
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokemon – 50 Gyarados Mega Energy

Rewards: Lapras w/ scarf, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP


The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild:

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following:

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!


The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids during the Pokémon GO Water Festival 2022:

One-Star Raids

Three-Star Raids

Five-Star Raids

Mega Raids


The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs:

Global Challenge

Available from Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT –7), to Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 1:00 a.m. PDT (GMT –7) a Global Challenge will be happening throughout the Water Festival event!

Work with other Trainers around the world to catch a wave of Water-type Pokémon to earn a bonus for everyone!

  • Global Challenge: Catch 600,000,000 Water type Pokémon
  • Global Challenge bonus reward: 2× Candy for catching Pokémon

New avatar items

Celebrate the Water Festival with wonderful new avatar items! You can snag them from the in-game shop during the event—but don’t worry, they’ll be available after the event ends, too!

Tips and Tricks

  • Mega Evolve Blastoise, Slowbro, or Gyarados while playing Water Festival to get more Candy from Water types you catch over the next few days. Higher level Mega Pokémon can give you XL candy and extra 50 XP
  • You certainly want to collect at least one good Araquanid for the Great League. Araquanid has a unique Water Bug typing, excellent bulky stats for PvP and does wonders in the GL meta
  • Don’t sleep on Tapu Fini, it’s a strong PvP contender and there’s a high chance folks will not spend the time and resources needed to get a strong one. Be ahead of the curve.
  • Shiny Binacle is great.

Related articles: Tapu Fini Raid Guide ● Tapu Fini in Pokémon GO PvP Battles ● Under The Lights: Araquanid and Dewpider in PvP ● Barbaracle in Pokémon GO Trainer Battles ● Ultimate XL Candy Guide ● Best PvP candidates to farm Candy XL ● Best PvE candidates to farm Candy XL

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