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Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019 | Start time, Raids, bonuses

The Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019 has been officially announced by Niantic. With summer in full swing, there’s no better time for a water-themed event complete with Raids, bonuses, and increased Water-type spawn rates. If you want to know when the release date for this event is, plus its end time, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019 guide for all of the details.

Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019 | End date

Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019

This Water-typed themed event will kick off on Friday, August 23 at 1 PM PT. For those in other time zones, that’s 4 PM ET and 9 PM BST.

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You’ve got a whole week to enjoy all of the activities and bonuses on offer. The festival will finish on Friday, August 30 at the same times that it began so make sure you’ve done everything you want before it ends.

Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019 | Special five-star Raids

Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019

Special Water-type themed Raids will be available all week long. Pokemon like Blastoise, Lapras, and Vaporean will appear in raids more frequently for you to battle and catch.

On Wednesday, August 28 there will an even more special Raid for players to enjoy. From 6 PM to 7 PM local time, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf will appear in five-star Raids in their respective world regions. If you missed out on catching these critters when they were first introduced, you’ll get another chance midway through the event.

Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019 | Shiny Carvanha and Barboach

Pokemon Go Water Festival 2019

It isn’t just Raids that will keep you busy. The 2019 Water Festival will cause Water-type Pokemon to spawn more regularly in the wild and around water. They’ll also hatch more often from eggs, and you may even come across a Shiny Carvanha or Barboach if you’re lucky.

Kingler and Crawdaunt will be able to learn Crabhammer, a new Charged Attack, during the event. Water-type Buddy Pokemon will also earn Buddy Candy in half the time that it normally takes, and you’ll get twice the amount of Hatch candy for each egg you hatch.

If you’ve been neglecting Pokemon Go recently, now is the perfect time to get back into it.