Pokemon GO's Festival of Colors returns for 2023

Bright times ahead, Trainers

02 March 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Niantic is excited to announce the return of Pokémon GO’s Festival of Colors! This year, two Pokémon will make their vibrant Pokémon GO debuts: Mega Medicham and Bruxish! You can get the full details on this event’s return below.

Festival of Colors: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time

  • Mega Medicham will make its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids!
  • Bruxish, the Gnash Teeth Pokémon, will make its Pokémon GO debut!

Keep an eye out! Trainers will find a colorful surprise around PokéStops as they walk close to them.

Event Bonuses

  • Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • Take a few snapshots every day during the event for a surprise!*
  • Friendship levels will increase twice as fast.

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Smeargle. Please note that Smeargle will only appear in snapshots a limited number of times, and while Shiny Smeargle will no longer appear after the event concludes, you may encounter one during future events.

A Festival of Colors Collection Challenge is coming soon! Complete the Collection Challenge by the end of the event to earn 20,000 XP and a Lure Module!

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

  • Paras
  • Krabby
  • Koffing
  • Natu
  • Wobbuffet
  • Shuckle
  • Wingull
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Sand Cloak Burmy
  • Trash Cloak Burmy
  • Stunky
  • Bruxish
  • Lickitung
  • Galarian Zigzagoon

The following Pokémon will appear in raids.

One-star raids

  • Espurr
  • Rockruff
  • Mareanie
  • Bruxish

Three-star raids

  • Exeggutor
  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Cryogonal
  • Druddigon

Five-star raids

  • Ho-Oh

Mega Raids

  • Mega Medicham

Event-themed Field Research tasks will be available!

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks! A quick reminder, Trainers—the Oricorio you encounter will be of different Styles depending on where they were caught in the world.

  • Alolan Grimer
  • Castform
  • Sunny Form Castform
  • Rainy Form Castform
  • Snowy Form Castform
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Sand Cloak Burmy
  • Trash Cloak Burmy
  • Baile Style Oricorio
  • Pom-Pom Style Oricorio
  • Pa’u Style Oricorio
  • Sensu Style Oricorio

The following new avatar item will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends!

  • Color Throw Pose

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