Pokémon Go Community Day: December time and date, all Community Day Pokémon and moves listed

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

The Pokémon Go Community Day is a reoccuring, monthly event highlighting a specific Pokémon that encourages players to get out and play together worldwide.

Each event will see increased spawns of the Pokémon for a limited time, and give them an exclusive Community Day move for their final evolution - and several other bonuses you can take advantage of during the event itself.

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Community Day takes place on one weekend day every month and lasts three hours. As well as increasing spawns of the highlighted Pokémon, there are bonuses during that period of time - such as double XP, Stardust or Lure Modules - as additional incentives to get out there and playing.

You may find other Pokémon Go players will be out and about with you, which might make it easier to co-ordinate completing Raids or doing Trades, so keep that in mind during the three hour period.

Pokémon Go's next Community Day: Date and times for December explained

Here is everything you need to know about the next Pokémon Go Community Day:

Featured Pokémon: All 2019 Community Day Pokémon: Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch, Bagon, Turtwig, Chimchar

Exclusive Move: All 2018 and 2019 Community Day exclusive moves

Date: Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th 2019

Time: 9am to 9pm local time (increased spawns), 11am to 2pm local time (increased spawns of specific creatures per day, Community Day bonuses)

Bonus 1: 1/2 Hatch Distance

Bonus 2: 2x Catch XP

Bonus 3: 2x Catch Stardust

Bonus 4: 3-Hour Lures

How useful is December Community Day?

As with 2018's December Community Day, December 14th and 15th is a weekend long celebration of the Pokémon featured in Community Day throughout the year making a return during the hours of 9am and 9pm.

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Not only that, but there are more 'intense' periods where spawns of specific creatures will increase between 11am and 2pm on the Saturday and Sunday respectively, alongside the above set of bonuses.

These are:

  • Saturday 14th increased spawns between 11am and 2pm: Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Slakoth, Bagon
  • Sunday 15th increased spawns between 11am and 2pm: Mudkip, Ralts, Trapinch, Turtwig, Chimchar

If you cannot make the above periods, you won't get the bonus Stardust, XP or Hatch Distance - but you can still catch all of 2019's Community Day Pokémon between the hours of 9am and 9pm.

The entire weekend is a great opportunity to catch up on any Pokémon you missed throughout the year, or want to get some more Candy for the more useful creatures and their evolutions - such as Swinub (one of the best ice Pokémon), Slakoth (a great defense Pokémon), Bagon (a useful Dragon type) and Ralts (a rare and fan favourite Pokémon).

Not only that, but Community Day exclusive moves from 2018 and 2019 make a come back if you evolve any Community Day creature during the weekend period.

This is perfect if you've caught a high IV Pokémon since their debut and want to give them a rare and mostly likely even more powerful legacy move, making them more potent in battle.

The 2018 moves returning is also the perfect opportunity to evolve a Dratini (Draco Meteor), Larvitar (Smack Down) and Beldum (Meteor Mash) for the first time in a year.

How to prepare for Pokémon Go Community Day

First of all, the secret allure of Community Day is the introduction of a shiny version of the highlighted Pokémon, which will have a boosted rate during the event. That, combined with the increased spawns, makes it easy to get a a handful of shinies across the three hours.

Remember, unlike high IV Pokémon, shinies don't appear in the same place for everyone like high-IV Pokémon - there's a random chance of each one you encounter could be a shiny. If you're struggling, try 'shiny checking', by tapping a Pokémon, then backing out without catching, then moving on to the next.

Second, there will be bonus Field Research. Community Days also have their own special Field Research tasks based on the specific Pokémon the day is highlighting. The rewards are usually just consumable items - Berries and the like - but it's an additional thing to complete as you play.

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Third, every Community Day offers 3-Hour Lures. This is the perfect day to catch as many Pokémon as physically possible, and with the increased spawn rate, increase your chances of finding a shiny.

The best way to take advantage of these bonuses is to find a set of PokéStops that are in quick walking distance or one another. You can then set up a Lure Module in one (or in multiple) and then walk between the PokéStops; taking advantage of the Lure and ensuring that you don't run out of Poké Balls or Berries.

It's also an ideal time to experiment with either a Glacial Lure, Mossy Lure or Magnetic Lure Modules. These special lures attract a specific type of Pokémon depending on your chosen Lure. If you wanted to catch Water or Ice Pokémon, for example, then you would use a Glacial Lure Module. These specialised Lure Modules cost 200 PokéCoins from the in-game shop..

There are also specific bonuses for each Community Day, from reduced hatching distance to increased Stardust and XP. Even without the bonuses, remember Community Day is an opportunity to catch a lot of creatures in a short space of time, useful if you want to get through the backlog of Eggs in your roster, or put on a Lucky Egg or Star Piece to increase your gains from catches.

Remember, if there is a deduced hatch rate, you only get bonus on Eggs you put into incubators during Community Day bonus hours. If you have an egg in an incubator before the event starts, it's hatch distance still stay the same. Also, if you don't hatch it before the event ends, it will stay that reduced distance until it does - so worth cramming one last one in before the event finishes!

Also before the event itself, it may also be worth stockpiling Pinap Berries and Great or Ultra Balls. The Pinaps will increase your Candy gains - useful for evolving and powering up after the event ends - and you can really burn through Poké Balls over the course of the event. If you run out, then spin PokéStops or complete the newly added Field Research that appears.

Finally, make sure you evolve the highlighted Pokémon to its third evolution to get an exclusive move. More of this in the following section...


November features a string of events, the latest of which is Friend Fest week. We've recently seen the first Gen 5 Pokémon arrive - these include new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Elsewhere this year we've also seen new Adventure Sync rewards, a Jirachi quest, Team Rocket Invasions and freeing Shadow Pokémon, as well as monthly Field Research rewards. Complete the Looming in the Shadows special research quest line to fight against the invading Team Go Rocket Leaders and Giovanni! Finally, we have details on the next Pokémon Go Community Day.


Pokémon Go Community Day exclusive moves list and how they work

Every featured Pokémon during a Community Day weekend will offer an exclusive move when evolved to its third and final evolution.

Not only are these exclusive to these weekends, but they are more often than not the best move their third evolution can offer, and can propel them up the meta.

You have one hour after the Community Day ends to evolve the Pokémon to get their move, so don't worry about having to sort through your collection during the three hour window.

If you miss out on evolving the Pokémon once Community Day weekend is over, don't panic - so far, every December gives you another chance to get that move during a special December Community Day weekend - even those from previous years.

Pokémon Go Community Day exclusive moves list:

Community Day Pokémon Exclusive Community Day moveDebut
Pikachu Surf
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January 2018
Dratini Draco Meteor
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February 2018
Bulbasaur Frenzy Plant
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March 2018
Mareep Dragon Pulse
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April 2018
Charmander Blast Burn
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May 2018
Larvitar Smack Down
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June 2018
Squirtle Hydro Cannon
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July 2018
Eevee Last Resort
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August 2018
Chikorita Frenzy Plant
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September 2018
Beldum Meteor Mash
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October 2018
Cyndaquil Blast Burn
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November 2018
Totodile Hydro Cannon
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January 2019
Swinub Ancient Power
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February 2019
Treeko Frenzy Plant
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March 2019
Bagon Outrage
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April 2019
Torchic Blast Burn
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May 2019
Slakoth Body Slam
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June 2019
Mudkip Hydro Cannon
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July 2019
Ralts Synchronoise
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August 2019
Turtwig Frenzy Plant
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September 2019
Trapinch Earth Power
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October 2019
Chimchar Blast Burn
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November 2019

Previous Pokémon Go Community Days in 2019

The 23rd Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Chimchar

Exclusive Move: Blast Burn

Date: Saturday, November 16th 2019

Time: 11am to 2pm in all regions, local time

Bonus 1: 1/4 Hatch Distance

Bonus 2: 3-Hour Lures

How useful is Chimchar?

Chimchar is another addition to the Pokémon series tradition of having its Fire-type starter Pokémon gaining Fighting as its second type.

Like its fellow starter Pokémon, Chimchar proves its usefulness once it reaches its final evolution, Infernape. Here you can take true advantage of its ability to deal highly effective damage to both Grass, Dark, Ice and Steel-type Pokémon. This makes Infernape a great choice for for both raiding and gym battling - just make sure you pick a Chimchar with great stats.

Despite being relatively good attackers, Chimchar and its evolutions are not the best gym defenders as they can be easily knocked out by any strong Water-type Pokémon.

As a starter Pokémon Chimchar also has an uncommon spawn rate, so if you're missing its Pokédex entries, then this is the perfect day to fill them in.

The 22nd Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Trapinch

Exclusive Move: Earth Power (Flygon only)

Date: Saturday, October 12th 2019

Time: 11am to 2pm in all regions, local time

Bonus 1: 3x Catch XP

Bonus 2: 3-Hour Lures

How useful is Trapinch?

Trapinch is somewhat rare, somewhat useful that makes it an ideal for Community Day for those who have yet to get it, but for those who happen to miss out, you don't be passing up a meta-changing creature.

Trapinch is a rare wild catch but somewhat common in 10km Eggs, and has a three stage evolution in Trapinch, a Ground / Dragon type. Though Dragons are usually potent fighters, Flygon isn't particularly powerful without the right moves - and with the theory that it'll get Earth move Earth Power, it could make it that much more useful.

If you have a strong IV Flygon then it might have its uses, but otherwise this is a Community Day for collectors wanting to either complete your Pokédex.

The 21st Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Turtwig

Exclusive Move: Frenzy Plant

Date: Sunday, September 15th 2019

Bonus 1: 3x Catch Stardust

Bonus 2: 3-Hour Lures

How useful is Turtwig?

Like all starter Pokémon, Turtwig only becomes truly useful once it has been evolved into its final stage - Torterra.

While there are stronger Grass and Ground type Pokémon, Torterra is still a good choice for battling Water Pokémon in Gym battles. It's dual type nature also makes it immune to Electric type moves. If you haven't been able to add a Manoswine or an Alolan Exeggutor to your team yet, then Torterra is a good choice.

Turtwig is also has an uncommon spawn rate, so this is a good day for anyone missing its, plus Grotle and Torterra's, Pokédex entries.

The 20th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Ralts

Exclusive Move: Synchronoise (Gardevoir and Gallade)

Date: Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance

Bonus 2: 3-Hour Lures

How useful is Ralts?

Ralts is really useful thanks to its evolutions.

This Psychic and Fairy type Pokémon has the choice of two different final evolutions. You can pick between Gardevoir, which continues the Psychic and Fairy type trend, and Gallade, a Psychic and Fighting type Pokémon. You can only get Gallade, however, if you have a male Kirlia and a Sinnoh Stone, making this Community Day the perfect day to hunt down a powerful male Ralts.

Due to their dual type nature, both Gardevoir and Gallade are great at fighting in and defending Gyms. Gardevoir especially thanks to its immunity to Dragon type attacks. This makes it a useful defender against Dragonite and Salamence, two of the strongest Dragon Pokémon currently in Pokémon Go and both strong Gym defenders in their own rights.

Ralts is also a rare spawn and only hatches from 10km eggs,so, if your missing any Ralts related entries in your PokéDex, then this is the day for you.

The 19th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Mudkip

Exclusive Move: Hydro Cannon

Date: Sunday, 21st July 2019

Bonus 1: 3x Catch XP

Bonus 2: 3-Hour Lures

How useful is Mudkip?

Like with most starter Pokémon, Mudkip's true usefulness comes into play when it has been fully evolved into Swampert.

Swampert is a dual type Pokémon - Water and Ground. This gives it a resistance to electric type moves, which would normally deal a critical hit to any water type Pokémon. It's still not a top tier gym defender, but Swampert is good for knocking rival teams out of gyms and the lower tiered raids.

Even if you're not planning on using Mudkip or its evolution for battling, then this is a useful day for collectors. Thanks to being a Gen 3 starter, Mudkip has a fairly uncommon appearance rate in the wild, so this is the perfect chance to fill in any missing, Mudkip related, Pokédex entries.

The 17th and 18th Pokémon Go Community Days:

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Featured Pokémon: Slakoth

Exclusive Move: Body Slam

Date: Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 7th

How useful is Slakoth?

It's pretty useful! Slakoth's third stage evolution is Slaking, the tanky, solid Gym defender that isn't quite as hamstrung by unusual stats as it is in the mainline games.

The exclusive move, Body Slam, doesn't move the needle much in terms of making Slaking more viable, which is a surprise compared to the exclusive moves introduced in previous Community Days that can propel those creatures into being more competitive.

That said, normal types are never great attackers in Gyms or Raids, because Normal-type attacks aren't super-effective against anything, so maybe we shouldn't have got our hopes up. That said, it's worth evolving one to get the move if you're a completionist, so don't forget to do so.

The 16th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Torchic

Exclusive Move: Blast Burn

Date: Saturday, May 19th

Bonus Times: 3pm to 6pm in all regions, local time.

Bonus 1: 3x Catch Stardust

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Torchic?

Fairly. It's not the best Fire-type attacker or defender - there are an awful lot of legendaries for attacking things like Gyms and Raids, and a fair few alternatives for defending, but it's still pretty handy.

The exclusive move, Blast Burn, makes it the best Fire Pokémon in damage output, but it won't last as long as say Moltres - making it useful and powerful, but with some caveats.

Regardless of that, it was still a useful day for the collectors, with Torchic fairly uncommon in the wild thanks to it being a Gen 3 starter, and of course the promise of a Shiny on the day which is always nice to have.

The 15th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Bagon

Exclusive Move: Outrage

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Bonus Times: 3pm to 6pm in all regions, local time.

Bonus 1: 3x Catch XP

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Bagon?

A useful one! Bagon's utility comes from it's third-stage evolution of course, Salamence, which is a top-tier attacking Pokémon, albeit ever so slightly bettered in the Dragon and Flying-type category by Rayquaza and Dragonite.

That said, the exclusive move Outrage puts it around the same footing as Dragonite, so it was worth evolving your best ones on the day to learn it. Even if you forgot, it's still a very strong alternative to those though if you need a few more Dragon-type attackers, or maybe fancy kitting it out as a Flying-type attacker for some variety.

It's also a very rare spawn in the wild and only available in 10km Eggs, so this was a pretty good 'mon for the day!

The 14th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Treeko

Exclusive Move: Frenzy Plant

Date: Saturday, March 23rd

Bonus Times: 3pm to 6pm in all regions, local time.

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Treeko?

As with fellow Gen 2 starters Totodile and Cyndaquil - which were subject to previous Community Day events - Treecko's usefulness comes with its third evolution Sceptile. Though not one to trouble the meta, Sceptile is a very good grass type if that is lacking in your lineup - and that's without factoring in its Exclusive Move.

The 14th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Swinub

Exclusive Move: Ancient Power

Date: Saturday, February 16th (Europe, North America), Sunday, February 17th (Asia-Pacific)

Bonus Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (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

Bonus 1: 3x Catch Stardust

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

Bonus 3: 5 Rewards per day from Trainer Battles against both the computer and other players, meaning there's 10 Sinnoh Stones up for grabs

How useful is Swinub?

Swinub is fairly common, but it evolves into the powerful Piloswine and, debuting on Community Day, the formidable third evolution Mamoswine - the best ice Type in the game - and that's without factoring the exclusive move.

Though you might have both Swinub and Piloswine already, it's worth catching as many as you can to get the most powerful Mamoswine on the day.

Though ordinarily the Community Day exclusive move, Ancient Power, isn't amazing by any stretch, it will be one of the first to offer the new 'stat boost' feature - where it has the chance to raise the user's Attack and Defense for the duration of that match. How effective this will be is unknown, but it's well worth unlocking in case it is, even if you aren't a collector - remember you can always TM over it later!

The 13th Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Totodile

Exclusive Move: Hydro Cannon

Date: Saturday, January 12th

Bonus Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (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

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Totodile?

Totodile is fairly useful - or rather its third-stage evolution Feraligatr is - but it's not really a top-tier Pokémon, especially compared to other, significantly stronger Water-types like Kyogre, for instance.

That said, the Community Day exclusive move Hydro Cannon changes things, with AnujKulkarni on reddit explaining how when coupled with Waterfall, it's the second best Water type in terms of damage. So if you're looking for another water-type to round out your raid squad, this could be a great opportunity.

Even if you are just a collector, Totodile hasn't been appearing in the wild much for some time, so if you haven't caught enough for a Feraligatr already it's at least handy for filling out your Pokédex!

Previous Pokémon Go Community Days in 2018

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.

The fifth Pokémon Go Community Day (May 2018):

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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: Blast Burn

Bonus 1: 3x Stardust when catching Pokémon

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

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 was 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.

As always, there was indeed a shiny Charmander available, too.

The sixth Pokémon Go Community Day (June 2018):

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Featured Pokémon: Larvitar

Date: Saturday, June 16th

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: Smack Down (Tyranitar-only)

Bonus 1: 3x XP when catching Pokémon

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.

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How useful is Larvitar?

Larvitar, alongside the Dratini that were featured earlier, are probably one of the two most useful non-legandary Pokémon you can catch.

That's because it's third evolution stage is Tyranitar, a Rock- and Dark-type Pokémon with excellent stats across the board, much like Dragonite. It's less effective defensively - it has a double weakness to the common attacking type Fighting - but thanks to the strong, STAB-boosted Rock-type moves it has available, it's one of the best Raid attackers available.

All of the flying Legendaries - Lugia and Ho-oh, the legendary birds, and so on - have a weakness to Tyranitar's Rock-type attacks, plus the Fire-types do to, and Flying- and Fire-types are of course doubly weak as well.

It's also the best Dark-type attacker at the moment too, making it a great choice for Mewtwo EX Raids, Latios and Latias, and other prevailant Psychic-type defenders in regular gyms like Gardevoir, Slowbro and Slowking.

There's also the fact that, as it's a three-stage evolution (like all of the Community Day Pokémon so far), a Tier 4 Raid boss, and only available in 10km Eggs or vary rarely in the wild, plenty of people still won't have their first Tyrinatar 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 Tyranitar's Smack Down (remember, you only get the move when evolving Pupitar into Tyranitar during the hours of the event) will come in handy.

The seventh Pokémon Go Community Day:

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Featured Pokémon: Squirtle

Date: Sunday, July 8th

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: Hydro Cannon

Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatching Distance

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

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How useful is Squirtle?

Like other Gen 1 starters Bulbasaur and Charmander - which have also had their own Community Days - Squirtle (and it's eventual evolution Blastoise) is a solid Pokémon to have in your party.

There are better Water Type choices out there - Gyarados, Vaporeon and the Legendary Kyogre come to mind - but the ease in which you can get this through Community Day makes it worth going after. And that's without mentioning the nostalgia factor for fans of the original Red and Blue.

In terms of rarity, it's one of the easiest of the Gen 1 starters, especially when you consider this Community Day comes soon after the Water Festival event, which has seen them spawn in higher numbers.

The exclusive move is the mighty Hydro Cannon, though it's unsure whether it'll be potent as it is in the games. 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 Blastoise using this (remember, you only get the move when evolving Wartortle into Blastoise during the hours of the event) will come more in handy.

How do get Squirtle Squad Squirtle

Something new for Community Day is the addition of a new form - the sunglasses-wearing Squirtle, based on the Squirtle Squad from the anime!

You can earn a chance of catching one by completing Field Research throughout the hours of Community Day. These Field Research quests are usually 'catch three' of the Pokémon, so assuming that's the same here, it should be fairly easy to rack up completed quests throughout the event.

The eighth Pokémon Go Community Day:

eevee

Featured Pokémon: Eevee

Date: Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th

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 Catch Stardust

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Eevee?

Eevee's many evolutions are some of the most recommended of their respective type. Though they have slid down the best Pokemon rankings as the generations have gone on, Espeon is a fantastic psychic type and Flareon is up there as a strong damage dealer, while the rest are worth powering up to fill in any gaps in your offensive output.

Last Resort, Eevee's special Community Day move, is also an extremely strong Normal-type attack in the mainline Pokémon games, but the lack of STAB from using it on the Eevee evolutions means it probably still won't be a viable "competitive" choice.

Though previous Community Day events required you to evolve Eevee during the hours of the event, something different for Eevee was the fact that you had more time - allowing you to evolve until Monday, August 13th at 9pm UK time (4pm EST / 1pm PST).

pokemon_go_community_day_eevee

Why? Our guess is because one of the Eevee evolution method requires you walk Eevee 10km first, and a later deadline makes this easier to meet.

In terms of rarity, Eevee is a fairly uncommon catch - made easier to find since it's become a fairly regular reward from field research - but its usefulness means catching them en mass is certainly welcome.

There were some hopes for debuts of Eevee's Gen 4 evolutions - but no dice this time. That said, hanging on to a few high IV catches until Gen 4 arrives might be worth while!

How do you handle evolving all your Eevee?

In theory, the Eevee evolution naming trick, which we explain and list in that linked guide, should make this simple. This has you rename Eevee to a specific word, guaranteeing it will become a specific evolution.

However, this trick only works the first time you use it. From there, each Eevee evolution is random. Assuming this naming trick isn't 'reset' for each Community Day, or an alternative evolution method isn't made available, then getting a Shiny of each will be very difficult.

If that is true, then it's a case of catching and evolving as many Eevees as possible until you get the full set. A saving grace is if you get duplicates and some missing your from collection, is you can trade them with others after the event is over. Making sure you are Ultra or Best friends is recommended here, as the trading costs are immense!

The ninth Pokémon Go Community Day:

Featured Pokémon: Chikorita

Date: Saturday September 22nd

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: Frenzy Plant

Bonus 1: 3x Catch Experience

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Chikorita?

Chikorita's main value comes from its third-stage evolution, Meganium, but really like the other starter Pokémon we've seen before, it doesn't do much to break into the best Pokemon rankings. It's still handy - there aren't that many strong Grass-types in the game right now - but nothing that's going to change the meta.

pokemon_go_community_day_chikorita

Occasionally the addition of a special Community Day move - in this case Frenzy Plant, which is yet to be added to the game - can up a Pokémon's usefulness in battle, which is worth bearing in mind, but again that's unlikely to push Meganium into the top tiers, even if the move's power in Go matches it's strength in the mainline games.

In brief then, this one was be a case of adding a neat Shiny (presumably) to your collection, or completing the 'dex if you've found Chikorita hard to find!

The 10th Pokémon Go Community Day:

Featured Pokémon: Beldum

Date: Sunday October 21st

Beldum

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: Meteor Mash

Bonus 1: 4x Egg Hatch speed

Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures

How useful is Beldum?

Beldum's main value comes from its third-stage evolution, Metagross, which could arguably be considerded one of the game's best Pokemon thanks to its decent defensive typing and strong all-round stats. It's no world-beater, but it's certainly handy.

pokemon_go_community_day_beldum

Occasionally the addition of a special Community Day move can up a Pokémon's usefulness in battle too, which is worth bearing in mind, but at the same time they can also be more of a collector's item than a meta-changer, so it's a case of wait-and-see. Meteor Mash, in this case, is a new addition to Pokémon Go, but back in the mainline games it's notably strong, so it could be the welcome boost to Metagross' Steel-type moveset that it really needs.

In brief then, this one was a case of adding both a decent battler and a neat Shiny to your collection, or completing the 'dex if you'd found the third-gen Beldum hard to find!

The 11th Pokémon Go Community Day:

Cyndaquil

Featured Pokémon: Cyndaquil

Date: Saturday November 10th

Times:

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (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: Blast Burn

Bonus 1: 2x Catch XP

Bonus 2: 2x Catch Stardust

How useful is Cyndaquil?

Cyndaquil's main value, like so many other featured Community Day Pokémon, comes from its third-stage evolution, Typhlosion, which whilst not quite breaking into the game's best Pokémon tier lists, still remains a fairly decent Fire-type attacker.

The 12th Pokémon Go Community Day:

pokemon_go_community_day_december

Featured Pokémon and Exclusive Moves: All previous Community Day creatures and their exclusive moves returned for the Decemeber event:

  • Pikachu (Surf)
  • Dratini (Draco Meteor)
  • Bulbasaur (Frenzy Plant)
  • Mareep (Dragon Pulse)
  • Charmander (Blast Burn)
  • Larvitar (Smack Down)
  • Squirtle (Hydro Cannon)
  • Eevee (Last Resort)
  • Chikorita (Frenzy Plant)
  • Beldum (Meteor Mash)
  • Cyndaquil (Blast Burn)

Date: Friday, November 30th at 9pm UK / 1pm PST to Sunday, December 2nd at 11pm PST (or 7am UK on Monday)

Bonus Times (December 1st only):

  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK (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

Bonus 1: 2x Catch XP

Bonus 2: 2x Catch Stardust

Bonus 3: 2x Incubator Effectiveness

How useful were these Pokémon?

In short... very! Community Day has played host to some of the game's best creatures - Dratini, Mareep, Larvitar, Eevee and Beldum - so the opportunity to catch them all again across an entire weekend will be most welcome.

Of course, there were others that are less useful in battle - Pikachu and the starters for example - but since they range from uncommon to rare, it was still a great chance to fill out your Pokédex.

Not only that, but you could evolve each one and learn their Community Day-exclusive moves for the duration too - perfect if you missed out on a weekend across the year.

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