Because you can never have too many Magikarp. Okay, that’s actually not true, as it’s quite possible in many Pokemon games to have too many Magikarp and not be able to do much with them. Luckily, they aren’t the only Pokemon who are appearing in greater numbers in the week-long Water Festival in Pokemon GO.
Beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time on March 22 and running through the same time on March 29, the Water Festival will make Water-type Pokemon more available to catch in the wild. According to Niantic’s blog post, the list of Pokemon you can expect to see away from their usual habitats includes Magikarp (of course!), Squirtle, Totodile and their evolutions.
Plus there’s this:
Additionally, when you’re out exploring areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear, you’ll have a greater chance to encounter several of the Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, and maybe… you might even encounter Lapras.
So to sum up, more Water-types where they don’t usually spawn, and even more Water-types where you would run into them anyway. Got it.
Plus there’s a Magikarp Hat on the way as a new avatar item just to keep the theme of the flopping fish Pokemon going for this entire article. You’ve got a week with the Water Festival, so make the most of it.