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Pokémon news (March 22nd, Round 2): Pokémon GO (Water Festival) / Pokkén Tournament Championships

Today’s Pokémon news (Round 2!): the Water Festival event starting today in Pokémon GO, but also…

  • Pokkén Tournament

Pokémon GO

Today, a new event for Pokémon GO was announced: the Water Festival. Starting later today (see below for the exact time), Pokémon such as Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and more (including evolutions) will appear more frequently all around the world.

What’s more, if you go to area where Water-type Pokémon are more common, you will have a greater chance of discovering Water-type Pokémon from the Johto region, but also the elusive Lapras! Finally, a new wardrobe is being added: the Magikarp Hat.

This Water Festival will be live in Pokémon GO from:

  • Europe: March 22nd (9PM) to March 29th (10PM)
  • UK: March 22nd (8PM) to March 29th (9PM)
  • North America (EST): March 22nd (4PM) to March 29th (4PM)
  • North America (PST): March 22nd (1PM) to March 29th (1PM
  • Japan: March 23rdd (5AM) to March 30th (5AM)

Source: Niantic

Pokkén Tournament

Today, The Pokémon Company finally announced the 2017 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series. There will be several qualifying competitons: two in June, and another at the World Championships in August . There will also be a combined $25 000 in prizes on the line.

This year, 16 players will be able to qualify for the World Championships, with only one age division. To be more precise:

  • there will be 8 invites at the two qualifying competitions in June (4 invites for each);
  • there will be 4 invites for players in Japan;
  • there will be 4 invites at the Last Chance qualifier right before the main event at the Pokémon World Championships in August.

The two qualifying competitions will take place:

  • United States: CEO 2017, from June 16th to June 18th (Orlando, Florida)
  • Europe: TBA

Here’s the prizes for the North American qualifying competition:

  • 1st place: $1,250 + travel and an invite to Worlds
  • 2nd place: $1,000 + travel and an invite to Worlds
  • 3rd place: $750 + travel and an invite to Worlds
  • 4th place: $600 + travel and an invite to Worlds
  • 5th place: $450
  • 6th place: $250

Source: The Pokémon Company (1 / 2)


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