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Pokémon Go Community Day event - date, times, featured Pokémon Dratini, Draco Meteor and bonus explained

Everything you need to know about the monthly Pokémon Go event.

The Pokémon Go Community Day is something new for the augmented reality game - a monthly event encouraging players to play together worldwide.

Each event will see featured Pokémon appear for a limited time - offering an exclusive move - and a resource bonus for the duration.

What is Pokémon Go's Community Day event?

Designed to get players out and playing at a certain time, each limited-time event will offer featured Pokémon with a unique and exclusive move that will spawn for three hours, alongside a resource bonus - such as double XP, Stardust or Lure Modules - as incentives to get out there and playing.

Developer Niantic hopes the regular event will add to the "excitement of local events and meetups", suggesting it's a good time to get your friends together at this set time, and possibly make a few new ones while out there.

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The heightened player activity might make it easier to take on Raids and Gyms, so keep that in mind during the three hour period, as well as making savvy use of the resource multiplier in effect with things like Lucky Eggs and Stardust, too.

Pokémon Go Community Day date, times, featured Pokémon Dratini and Draco Meteor explained

The second Pokémon Go Community details are as follows:

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Date: Saturday, February 24th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Featured Pokémon and unique move: Dratini, while evolution Dragonair will learn Draco Meteor when evolving into Dragonite during event hours

Resource Bonus: Triple Stardust (from catching Pokémon only - not from all sources)

How useful is Dratini?

Rare for players who don't live near lakes and oceans, Dratini is likely to be a popular choice for the second Pokémon Go Community Day, allowing you to farm the three-stage evolution Pokémon in abundance, especially since evolution Dragonite is one of the best Pokémon in the game.

Draco Meteor explained

Though Dratini won't have a unique move on its own, any you evolve from its second to third stage evolutions (from Dragonair into Dragonite) will learn the newly added Draco Meteor.

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You can only learn this move during the three hours of the event - and must be through evolution, and not using a TM.

Though Draco Meteor won't be Dragonite's best Charge Move (for now, anyway - a balance change could make it more useful one day) we'd recommend getting it if you can. You can always change it to something else with a TM later, after all.

(Interestingly, Niantic didn't announce what this special move was when the event was announced. If you're curious, our best guess was that Dratini will learn Extremespeed, a unique move that only one, special gift Dratini has ever known in the main Pokémon games.

It's only been possible to acquire in Pokémon Crystal and the later remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It's a highly useful one in mainline games, having second-tier move priority (meaning it always goes first, regardless of Speed stat, even if another Pokémon uses a priority move like Quick Attack) so it'll be interesting to see how it's implemented in Pokémon Go if we're right.)

Will there be a shiny Dratini?

It's unknown at the time of writing whether there will be an increased chance of catching a Shiny Dratini, as there was for Pikachu in the previous event.

It would be surprising if the chances were as high - many people caught quite a few shiny Pikachu in just those three hours, and Pikachu already has a Shiny form available in-game, which Dratini does not - but a boost to the chances certainly isn't out of the question.

How to prepare for Community Day

It's probably worth picking up some Star Pieces from the in-game store when you can, as it'll provide a huge multiplier when combined with the bonus 3x Stardust earned during the event.

If you plan to chain Dratini catches, you may also want to consider staying near a clustered group of PokéStops with Lures enabled (which increases the creatures that spawn round them for all players), as well as using Incense (increase the spawn rate of creatures around you alone) and Lucky Eggs (doubling XP gains).

It may also be worth stockpiling Pinap Berries, too, which will increase your Candy gains, especially since Dratini is on the rare side and you'll ideally want to be evolving a few into Dragonites, which make for powerful gym and Raid attackers.

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Looking for more Pokémon go tips and tricks? The final wave of Gen 3 Pokémon arrived in February, introducing the likes of Castform and Swablu, as well as changes to 2km, 5km and 10km Egg charts, region exclusives, Buddy distances and Shinies. Put the Pokémon Go Community Day February date in your diary, and while you wait, learn how to catch new Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza. Ever-expanding Pokédex completionists, meanwhile, might want to read about the various Special Items available as well as the various methods for determining Eevee evolutions, too.

What was the Community Day featured Pokémon for January?

The first Pokémon Go Community details were as follows:

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This far from Surfing Pikachu's first time in the spotlight.

Date: Saturday, January 20

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
  • North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
  • Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Featured Pokémon and unique move: Pikachu with Surf

Resource Bonus: Double XP

Pikachu with Surf is a series mainstay, first appearing in Gen 1 mainline game Pokémon Yellow and countless giveaways and cameos since.

Why? Pikachu remains enormously popular and the novelty of giving an electric Pokémon a water move has yet to feel old. Though this form of Pikachu won't come close to troubling the meta of Pokémon Go, it's a nice nod to longtime series fans and yet another themed Pikachu to add to your Go collection.

Meanwhile, double XP will benefit just about every activity in the game, but is particularly useful if you have a Lucky Egg or three spare and a handful of Pokémon ready to evolve, giving you a healthy top up of experience to help get that little bit further to the next level.

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.

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