The Pokémon Go Community Day is a regular event in Niantic's 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 Charmander explained

The fifth Pokémon Go Community details are as follows:

Featured Pokémon: Charmander

Date: Saturday, May 19th

Times:

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

Unique move: TBC

Bonus 1: 3x Stardust when catching Pokémon

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

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How useful is Charmander?

While the original starters have really been replaced at the top of the meta by more viable options in their type - Moltres and Ho-oh standing out in particular as better Fire- and Flying-type attackers and Charizard - they're still very handy options to have for padding out your teams.

There's also the fact that, as it's a three-stage evolution (like all of the Community Day Pokémon so far), plenty of people still won't have their first Charizard in the 'dex, so it's useful for collection purposes alone.

The exclusive moves so far seem to have been deliberately off-meta - more collectors items than actually optimal attacks - but there's always the chance that Charizard's (remember, you only get the move when evolving Charmeleon into Charizard during the hours of the event) will come in handy.

Will there be a shiny Charmander?

Though Niantic never confirms the existence of a shiny version of its Community Day Pokémon, there's been a shiny one introduced each and every time so far. That means yellow Charmander are likely to pop up now and then - and a pretty cool black Charizard when you fully evolve one. Keep your eyes peeled!

How to prepare for Community Day

This time, it's better to go with Star Pieces than Lucky Eggs, thanks to the boosted catch Stardust when you're hoovering up Pokémon. Lucky Eggs can still come in handy - catching Pokémon is a decent source of XP, and over time that's certainly going to add up - but Star Pieces should be the priority here.

If you plan to chain Charmander 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).

It may also be worth stockpiling Pinap Berries and Great or Ultra Balls, too. The Pinaps will increase your Candy gains, if there are a few Charmander you want to evolve into Charizard and power up completely, and you can really burn through Poké Balls over the course of the event. Again, they're not one of the game's absolutely best creatures, but it's a very capable Fire-type to have in your box, especially if it has good IVs.

Looking to catch yourself some more Pokémon go tips and tricks like this? We cover everything you need to know about the new Research quests feature, as well as all you need for finding out how to unlock Mew in Pokémon Go, and we've also got some advice on where to find Ghost-type Pokémon if you're having trouble. Other current events include April's Community Day, while you can finish off your Gen 3 Pokémon collection, and learn how the new creatures changed 2km, 5km and 10km Egg charts, region exclusives, Buddy distances and Shinies. 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.

What previous Community Days were like

The first Pokémon Go Community Day (January 2018):

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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.

The second Pokémon Go Community Day (February 2018):

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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.)

Elsewhere, the event even saw the debut of a shiny Dratini, which could be evolved into a green Dragonite.

The third Pokémon Go Community Day (March 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Bulbasaur

Date: Sunday, March 25th

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

Unique move: Frenzy Plant (when evolving Ivysaur into Venusaur during the event)

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

How useful is Bulbasaur?

As with other first generation starters, Bulbasaur has remained a somewhat uncommon find in the game, being able to be discovered across fields and parks.

Though Bulbasaur candy can be easily obtained from Ivysaur raid encounters, finding a fleet of Bulbasaur was valuable to simply evolve to get Pokédex entries Ivysaur and Venusaur if you don't already have them.

Venusaur, meanwhile, is a strong grass-type creature, and though grass isn't particularly popular in the game's meta, it certain has its uses when it comes to toppling Gyms and in Raids.

If you evolved Bulbasaur's second evolution into its third - Venusaur - during the hours of the event, it would have then learned the exclusive move Frenzy Plant.

To clarify, you could only learn this move during the three hours of the event - and must be through evolution, and not using a TM.

The fourth Pokémon Go Community Day (April 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Mareep

Date: Sunday, April 15th

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

Unique move: Dragon Pulse (when evolving Flaafy into Ampharos during the event)

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatching Distance (Eggs took a quarter of the usual time to hatch)

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

How useful is Mareep?

Although its evolutions Flaafy and Ampharos aren't hugely valuable in the current meta, a decent, relatively bulky Eletric-type like Ampharos is always going to be handy, particularly with the abundance of Water and Flying-type Pokémon - and Legendary Pokémon in particular - that are in the game.

Likewise, Mareep spawns have also been pretty rare, even more so than starter Pokémon like Bulbasaur, and so there's a fair chance a lot of players were still without their first Ampharos in the Pokédex.

There's also the fact that Ampharos' exclusive move, Dragon Pulse, is particularly useful on its Mega Evolution form in the mainline Pokémon games. Mega Ampharos gets the Dragon typing in addition to its Electric type, hence the Dragon-type move being available - maybe this is a suggestion that, one day in the distant future, we'll get Mega Evolution in Pokémon Go.

Either way Ampharos just looks pretty cool, if we say so ourselves, so it's good to have for that reason alone.

There was indeed a shiny Mareep, too - it looks like a shiny version is certainly the rule for Community Days from here on out.

Additional reporting by Chris Tapsell.

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