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Oricorio dances into Pokémon GO Festival of Colors

All four Oricorio forms will appear in the mobile AR game’s next global event

Updated: Mar 23, 2022 12:31 pm
Pokémon GO Festival of colors Oricorio

Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, will once again be celebrated in Pokémon GO. This time, another Gen 7 Pokémon will make its Pokémon GO debut – Oricorio, the Dancing Pokémon.

Taking place across the globe in March, 2022, the Festival of Colors is an in-game Pokémon GO event celebrating the real-life Hindu festival Holi. Holi is a Hindu festival originating in India, which takes place at the end of winter and celebrates good triumphing over evil, and the changing of seasons. The festival accumulates with people throwing colorful, fragranced powder over one another in a celebration of color, light and love.

Pokémon GO celebrates Holi Festival of Colors

Pokémon GO is taking the opportunity in 2022 to celebrate the Hindu festival once again. Not only will a selection of colorful Pokémon appear more frequently in the wild, but another Pokémon will make its first Pokémon GO appearance, and you’ll be given the chance to complete another Collection Challenge.

Oricorio makes its Pokémon GO debut

With the Festival of Colors taking place during Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola, one standout Gen 7 Pokémon is perfect for making its debut during the colorful and celebratory event – Oricorio. The Dancing Pokémon, Oricorio, comes in four different forms. According to Pokémon lore, when Oricorio tastes the nectar of different colored flowers, it changes form depending on the nectar’s color.

  • Red Nectar — Baile Style
  • Yellow Nectar – Pom-Pom Style
  • Pink Nectar — Pa’u Style
  • Purple Nectar — Sensu Style

Unfortunately, this isn’t how the mechanic is going to work in the mobile game. The good news is that all four forms of Oricorio will be available in Pokémon GO. The bad news, however, is that Oricorio will be yet another regional Pokémon GO exclusive, so you will unlikely be able to catch them all right away.

Baile Style OricorioEurope, the Middle East and Africa
Pom-Pom Style Oricorio The Americas
Pa’u Style Oricorio African, Asian, Pacific, and Caribbean Islands
Sensu Style Oricorio The Asia-Pacific region

We’d love to be able to catch all four Oricorio styles, or, even better, be able to change the forms using a similar mechanic to Furfrou. However, it is clear to see why these specific regions have been chosen for the Dancing Pokémon’s forms as each of Oricorio’s different appearances is based around a region or style of dance.

Baile style is Spanish influenced, while Pa’u is inspired by Hawaiian/Polynesian Hula dancing. Meanwhile, Pom-Pom style Oricorio is known to be quite the cheerleader, and a Sensu is a traditional Japanese folding fan, such as those Oricorio can be seen holding in it’s Sensu style.

Colorful Pokémon appearing in the wild

Alongside your region’s Oricorio, there is going to be a change in the Pokémon that are appearing most frequently in the wild. Here’s a list of all the colorful Pokémon species that you’ll be most likely to see during Pokémon GO’s Festival of Colors.


All of the above Pokémon can also be found in their shiny form, and -as you can see above – most of their shiny variants are great colors, too, differing vastly from their normal form. Perhaps this is why they are showing up during such a colorful celebration!

While less likely than those above, you may also encounter Alomomola, which can also be shiny, and Beautifly and Dustox, the two evolved forms of Wurmple. Beautifly and Dustox cannot be found in their shiny forms in the wild.

Other Pokémon GO bonuses during the Festival of Colors

New Raid Boss encounters

Pokémn GO Festival of colors Therian Tornadus

During the six-day event, you will also notice a change in the roster of Raid Bosses. Even more brightly-colored Pokémon will be available to battle and catch in Raids, and the majority of them could appear in their shiny form if you’re lucky! That includes Therian Forme Tornadus, who will be taking over from Tapu Koko in Five-Star Raids.

New Field Research tasks

Field research encounters will also change during the event, with an onus again on colorful Pokémon, and Pokémon who have different forms. Expect to encounter the likes of Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander, Castform and its weather-variant forms, Plant, Sand and Trash Burmy forms, and Alolan Grimer, who evolves into the multi-colored Alolan Muk!

Festival of Color Collection Challenge

Another Collection Challenge during the event will give you the chance to add another Elite Collector medal to your collection. This Pokémon GO Collection Challenge will no doubt feature some of the colorful Pokémon listed above, and – upon completion – will reward you with a massive 20,000 XP, 30,000 Stardust and an Oricorio encounter!

Additional Bonuses and Holi avatar items

During the event, Lure Modules will last for three hours when activated during event hours. And don’t forget to take snapshots with your Pokémon, as you may find someone makes a surprise appearance (and they may even be shiny)!

Finally, Festival of Colors avatar items are back in the in-game shop. They are available for free, and will remain so even after the event ends.

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When is the Pokémon GO Festival of Colors?

The Pokémon GO Festival of Colors event will be taking place between 10am March 15 and 8pm March 20, 2022, local time. Holi itself will be celebrated on March 18, 2022.

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