The hunt for the best Water Pokémon in Niantic’s Pokémon GO has evolved quite a bit since the early days of finding human bodies near IRL bodies of water while hunting for Magikarp, and you’ve only got one day left to capitalize on the higher spawn rates in the Water Festival.
The Water Festival is the first non-holiday-themed event put out by the hit mobile game, following varying rates of success with events around Halloween, December holidays, and Valentine’s Day. With it has come — per an update from the official website — the opportunity to catch more Water-type Pokémon. For the past week, more Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their evolutions have been popping up. Some players are even reporting Shiny versions of these Pokémon, including the fan favorite Red Gyarados, with odds of finding a shiny hovering around 1:4096. Because there are a lot of Water Pokémon out there, here are the 5 that you really want to try and catch before the Water Festival ends March 29 at 1 p.m. PDT:
Sure, Magikarp itself is next to useless in every Pokémon game, GO included, but its true value comes in its evolved form: Gyarados. You need 400 Magikarp candies to evolve the floppy fish. And, the only way to get the Shiny Red Gyarados is by evolving a Shiny Golden Magikarp, which are extremely rare in the wild. In fact, finding a Shiny Golden Magikarp might as well be your top priority for the rest of the Festival for that very reason.
Chances are that you picked Squirtle for your starter. Whether you did or not, you’ll want to stock up on as many as possible to upgrade and evolve the turtle into Wartortle and then Blastoise. Normally, Squirtle can be quite rare.
The case for this blue crocodile is the same as with Squirtle, but this Generation 2 starter is newer to the game and that much harder to come by. Its evolved forms are also quite formidable for battling, so stock up now while you have the chance.
Plenty of players had never seen a Gyarados in the wild before the Water Festival, and especially if you get the chance, catching one should be a top priority. That’s especially the case because it takes 400 Magikarp candy to evolve Magikarp into this beloved Sea Dragon. So unless you feel like farming Magikarp, go out there and find Gyarados right now.
Lapras was previously so rare that redditors listed it under “Mythical” in most rarity charts, but now, Pokémon GO players have a chance to catch one fairly easily during the Water Festival.