Pokémon GO Water Festival Beach Week 2023

Pokémon GO Water Festival: Beach Week 2023 takes place this June from June 6 to June 12. The special theme of this year’s Water Festival is Beach Week, so bring out your slippers, your flip flops, and your sand castle building tools! It’s time for Sandygast!

The return of the ever popular Water Festival brings debuts of Sandygast and Palossand, Shiny Clauncher and Clawitzer, and a special Global Challenge will be available. Along these surfing bonuses, Water Festival brings 4x Rainy Lures, a ticketed Timed Research quest ($5 USD), and an opportunity to farm Blastoise/Swampert Mega Energy with easy to complete Field Research tasks.

This event is part of the Season of Hidden Gems in Pokémon GO.

Date & Time & Bonuses

  • Date and Time  📅
  • Event icon Event date: From Tuesday June 6, 2023 10:00am local time to Monday June 12, 2023 8:00pm local time
  • Bonuses ⭐
  • Lure icon 4x (2 hours) Rainy Lure Duration
  • Research icon A Global Challenge will be available during the event. Make 300 million nice throws to unlock special bonuses
  • Candy icon If the Global Challenge is completed, there will be increased candy for nice, great and excellent throws.
  • Candy XL icon If the Global Challenge is completed, for trainers level 31 and above, there will be an increased chance of XL Candy for successfully catching Pokémon with nice, great and excellent throws.
  • Research icon US$5 (or local equivalent) Paid Timed Research


Pokémon Debuts

Sandygast and Palossand

Both Sandygast, the Sand Heap Pokémon, and Palossand, the Sand Castle Pokémon, will debut during the Water Festival: Beach Week. These Pokémon were originally discovered in the Alola region from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. These Ground and Ghost type Pokémon are known to possess and curse people, so keep an eye out!

Shiny Clauncher and Clawitzer

For the first time, shiny Clauncher will be available in Pokémon GO. It is a really fantastic bright red shiny. Clauncher is considered to be based on the either the Pistol Shrimp, or a more traditional lobster. Lobsters are typically red, but very rare blue lobsters have been discovered in the ocean. A real like shiny animal! Clauncher reverses those colours, being blue typically, and red when shiny.

Shiny Clauncher Shiny Clawitzer

Beach Week Spotlight Hour

A special Beach Week themed Spotlight hour will occur on June 6, 2023 6:00pm to 7:00pm local time, with a variety of spawns, and a whopping 3x XP for catching Pokémon.

  • XP icon 3× XP for catching Pokémon

Wild Spawns

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild during the event:

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

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available as rewards from field research task encounters:

Task Text Reward
Water Festival: Hatch an Egg Lapras wearing a bow tie
Water Festival: Make 5 Great Throws Binacle
Water Festival: Make 5 Nice Throws Clauncher
Water Festival: Catch 5 Water-type Pokémon Great Ball icon 5× Great Ball
Water Festival: Catch 15 Water-type Pokémon Frillish (Female)
Water Festival: Catch 25 Water-type Pokémon Sandygast
Water Festival: Make 10 Great Throws
  • Mega Energy icon 30× Blastoise Mega Energy
  • Mega Energy icon 30× Swampert Mega Energy

Timed Research

Pokémon GO Beach Week Avatar Items
Pokémon GO Beach Week Avatar Items

Completing the Timed Research quest line will reward you with a selection of PokéBalls, Stardust, and access to the new Surfer Avatar Pose introduced in the event.

This quest costs $5, or the equivalent in your local currency, and keep in mind that this quest will expire on Monday 12th June at 8pm (local time). This means, if you haven’t completed the Water Festival: Timed Research quest by this point, you’ll lose the ability to claim the rewards even though you paid for them.

Stage 1

  • Catch 10 Water-type Pokemon – 1000 Stardust
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – 10x PokéBalls
  • Transfer 5 Pokemon – 5x Great Balls
  • Use 5 berries to help catch Pokemon – 10x Razz berries

Rewards: 1000 Stardust, Clauncher (s), 1000XP

Stage 2

  • Catch 15 Water-type Pokemon – 1000 Stardust
  • Make 5 Great Throws – 15x PokéBalls
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon – 10x Great Balls
  • Use 10 berries to help catch Pokémon – 5x Pinap berries

Rewards: Avatar pose (male and female), Sandygast, 1500 Stardust


The following Pokémon will appear in raids during the event:

One-Star Raids

Related raid guides: Hisuian Qwilfish, Alolan Diglett, Carvanha, Feebas and Sandygast.

Three-Star Raids

Related raid guides: Lapras, Gyarados, Blastoise and Alomomola.

Five-Star Raids

From June 1 to June 15 Uxie, Azelf and Mesprit will appear in five-star raids in their respective regions. They can be shiny.

  • Uxie will appear in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Azelf will appear in the Americas and Greenland
  • Mesprit will appear in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India

Mega Raids

Related raid gudies: Mega Swampert.

Global Challenge

Trainers across the globe are tasked with making 300 million Nice Throws in order to unlock increased Candy and Candy XL rewards for successfully catching Pokémon with special throws.

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