Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event – Dates, Sandygast & Palossand debut, shiny Clauncher, more

Ezequiel Leis
Sandygast debut in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is kickstarting its new season with a summer event and players have the chance to get debuting Pokemon. Here’s everything you need to know about the Water Festival: Beach Week event, including dates, Sandygast and Palossand debut, and more.

A new Pokemon Go season is right around the corner, and while players wait for an official announcement, Niantic revealed a new event coming very soon. Trainers are in for a treat thanks to new debuts and bonuses coming to the AR game with the Water Festival: Beach Week event.

We’ll go through everything you need to know about this summer event, including dates, debuts, shiny Pokemon, and much more.

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event dates

The Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event takes place from Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 10 AM to Monday, June 12, 2023, at 8 PM (local time).

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event debuts

Both Sandygast and Palossand will debut in Pokemon Go during the Water Festival: Beach Week event. The Sand Heap Pokemon will be available through Field Research tasks and Raids. However, players will need to spend 50 Sandygast Candy to evolve it into Palossand, the Sand Castle Pokemon.

Since both Pokemon are debuting, trainers won’t be able to find them in shiny form yet.

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event Global Challenge

A Global Challenge will take place throughout the Water Festival: Beach Week event in Pokemon Go. Players will need to work together to make a grand total of 300 million Nice Throws to unlock the following bonuses:

  • Increased Candy for Nice, Great, and Excellent Throws.
  • Increased chance for Trainers level 31 and up to receive Candy XL for successfully catching Pokemon with Nice, Great, and Excellent Throws.

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event wild encounters

The following Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild during the Water Festival: Beach Week event, with shiny Clauncher finally making its debut in Pokemon Go:

  • Tentacool
  • Shellder
  • Krabby
  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Horsea
  • Staryu
  • Marill
  • Wingull
  • Wailmer
  • Spheal
  • Finneon
  • Dwebble
  • Frillish
  • Clauncher
  • Mantine
  • Popplio

With shiny Clauncher’s debut in the game, Popplio is the only Pokemon on the list that players can’t catch in shiny form.

Water Festival: Beach Week Spotlight Hour

On June 6, 2023, from 6 PM to 7 PM (local time), trainers will have the chance to celebrate a special Spotlight Hour with boosted spawns of Krabby, Kabuto, Corphish, Clauncher, and Crabrawler. The active bonus will be 3x Catch XP.

Pokemon Go trainers with beach avatar items
The Water Festival: Beach Week event will introduce new avatar items.

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event Raids

The following Pokemon will headline Raids in Pokemon Go during the Water Festival: Beach Week event:

1-Star Raids

  • Alolan Diglett
  • Hisuian Qwilfish
  • Carvanha
  • Feebas
  • Sandygast

3-Star Raids

  • Blastoise
  • Gyarados
  • Lapras wearing a scarf
  • Alomomola

5-Star Raids

  • Uxie (Asia-Pacific)
  • Mesprit (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India)
  • Azelf (Americas and Greenland)

Mega Raids

  • Mega Swampert

All Raid bosses can appear shiny, except for Sandygast and Hisuian Qwilfish.

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event bonuses

This additional bonus will be active during the Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event:

  • 4x Rainy Lure duration
Pokemon Go surfer pose
A new Ticketed Timed Research will reward players with an avatar pose.

Pokemon Go Water Festival: Beach Week event Field & Timed Research

Pokemon Go players that spin PokeStops during the Water Festival: Beach Week event might get an event-exclusive Field Research task. Completing these tasks will let trainers encounter the following Pokemon:

  • Lapras wearing a scarf
  • Frillish
  • Binacle
  • Clauncher
  • Sandygast

Additional Field Research tasks have Blastoise and Swampert Mega Energy as rewards.

There will also be a Ticketed Timed Research for players to enjoy. Those who complete the research tasks will earn a surfer pose for their avatar as well as encounters with event-themed Pokemon.

The Water Festival: Beach Week Timed Research Ticket will only be available in the in-game shop from Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at 10 AM to Sunday, June 11, 2023, at 8 PM (local time), and it will cost $5.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency).

And that’s everything there’s to know about the Water Festival: Beach Week event in Pokemon Go. For more content, make sure to check our other guides:

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