The Pokémon Go Community Day is a reoccurring, 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.
This page features not only the next Community Day date and time and highlighted Pokémon, but also a Community Day list of all previous events and their respective exclusive moves.
On this page:
- What is Community Day in Pokémon Go?
- Pokémon Go's next Community Day: January Community Day date and time explained
- Pokémon Go's next Community Day Classic: January Community Day Classic date and time explained
- How to prepare for Pokémon Go Community Day
- Pokémon Go Community Day list: All exclusive moves list and how they work
What is Community Day in Pokémon Go?
Community Day takes place on one weekend day every month and lasts a total of six 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, including the highlighted Pokémon having an increased chance of being shiny, and the ability to reach the highlighted Pokémon's evolution an exclusive move.
It's a great way to get resources and a rare version of the highlighted Pokémon, but it's as the name suggests, is a great way to team up with other players.
Pokémon Go's next Community Day: January Community Day date and time explained
Here's everything you need to know about January Community Day:
Highlighted Pokémon: Spheal
Date: Saturday, January 16th
Time: 11am to 5pm local time
Bonus 1: 3x Catch XP
Bonus 2: Incense activated during the event will last three hours
Bonus 3: Lure Modules activated during the event will last three hours
Exclusive moves for evolution Walrein: Powder Snow (Fast), Icicle Spear (Charged)
How useful is this Community Day?
Coming off the back of the Holidays 2021 event - which saw a costumed Spheal and the introduction of a shiny Spheal - it's strange to have this highlighted so soon in Community Day.
That said, January is a fitting time for an ice Pokémon - and the introduction of two new moves gives this some real potential in the ice and water typing stakes. How it'll fit into the meta exactly is unknown - but it'll be worth trying to catch a strong one and evolving it during the event if you can.
The bonus, of course, is perhaps the other real reason to get involved - with Spheal being an easy creature to get an Excellent throw, and with 3x Catch XP up for grabs, combined with a Lucky Egg there's the opportunity to gather a lot of XP during the six hour window. Just make sure you wrap up warm and take plenty of breaks!
Pokémon Go's next Community Day Classic: January Community Day Classic date and time explained
The Community Day Classic events in Pokémon Go highlight a past Community Day Pokémon and, alongside a host of bonuses, offers you the chance to a get Pokémon with exclusive attacks you might have missed. It's important to note, however, that Community Day Classic events are shorter than a normal Community Day.
Here's everything you need to know about January's Community Day Classic:
Highlighted Pokémon: Bulbasaur
Date: Saturday, 22nd January
Time: 2pm to 5pm (local time)
Bonus 1: x3 Catch XP
Bonus 2: Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours
Bonus 3: Incense activated during the event will last for three hours
Exclusive moves for evolution (Venusaur): Frenzy Plant
How useful is this Community Day Classic?
The main draw of January's Community Classic event is not the chosen Pokémon, but the x3 catch XP bonus. Thanks to this bonus, you have the opportunity to gather a good amount of XP which might help you reach the next level. You'll also be able to collect 30 Ultra Balls for free from the in-game shop to help you catch as many Bulbasaurs as possible.
Aside from this bonus, catching Bulbasaurs may lead you to finding a shiny one and, if you're lucky, one with perfect IV stats. Since Bulbasaur is a starter Pokémon, it can be hard to find in the wild outside of events so this is the perfect opportunity to achieve both of these feats and, if you're a new player, complete its evolution tree in your Pokédex.
Venusaur is also a strong grass and poison-type Pokémon who becomes even deadlier when it knows Frenzy Plant. During this event, you'll be able to collect enough candy to evolve and power up Bulbasaur to create a perfect Venusaur for both raids and the Go Battle League. Thanks to its poison typing, it's especially useful against fairy-type Pokémon!
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 six 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.
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...
The Season of Heritage continues in 2022, along with the XP Challenge and a refreshed Go Battle League. Ongoing are Arlo, Cliff, Sierra counters and Giovanni counters. The major updates in the previous year include a level cap increase, the introduction of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.
Pokémon Go Community Day list: All exclusive moves list and how they work
Every featured Pokémon during a Community Day weekend will offer an exclusive move when evolved to its 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 two hours 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 six hour window.
If you miss out on evolving the Pokémon once Community Day weekend is over to get the exclusive move, don't panic - you can use an Elite TM, or wait until December, where a special weekend will give you another chance to catch and evolve that previous year's Community Day Pokémon.
Pokémon Go Community Day exclusive moves list:
|Community Day Pokémon||Exclusive Community Day move||Debut|
|Dratini||Draco Meteor||February 2018|
|Bulbasaur||Frenzy Plant||March 2018|
|Mareep||Dragon Pulse||April 2018|
|Charmander||Blast Burn||May 2018|
|Larvitar||Smack Down||June 2018|
|Squirtle||Hydro Cannon||July 2018|
|Eevee||Last Resort||August 2018|
|Chikorita||Frenzy Plant||September 2018|
|Beldum||Meteor Mash||October 2018|
|Cyndaquil||Blast Burn||November 2018|
|Totodile||Hydro Cannon||January 2019|
|Swinub||Ancient Power||February 2019|
|Treeko||Frenzy Plant||March 2019|
|Torchic||Blast Burn||May 2019|
|Slakoth||Body Slam||June 2019|
|Mudkip||Hydro Cannon||July 2019|
|Turtwig||Frenzy Plant||September 2019|
|Trapinch||Earth Power||October 2019|
|Chimchar||Blast Burn||November 2019|
|Piplup||Hydro Cannon||January 2020|
|Rhyhorn||Rock Wrecker||February 2020|
|Abra||Counter (Alakazam only)||April 2020|
|Seedot||Bullet Seed (Shiftry only)||May 2020|
|Weedle||Drill Run (Beedrill only)||June 2020|
|Gastly||Shadow Punch (Gengar only)||July 2020|
|Magikarp||Aqua Tail (Gyarados)||August 2020|
|Porygon||Tri Attack (Porygon-Z)||September 2020|
|Charmander||Dragon Beath (Charizard)||October 2020|
|Electabuzz||Flamethrower (Electivire)||November 2020|
|Magmar||Thunderbolt (Magmortar)||November 2020|
|Machop||Payback (Machamp)||January 2021|
|Roselia||Bullet Seed - Fast Attack (Roserade)
Weather Ball - Charged Attack (Roserade)
|Fletchling||Incinerate (Talonflame)||March 2021|
|Snivy||Frenzy Plant (Serperior)||April 2021|
|Swablu||Moonblast (Altaria)||May 2021|
|Gible||Earth Power(Garchomp)||June 2021|
|Tepig||Blast Burn (Emboar)||July 2021|
|Eevee||Last Resort (catched or hatched Eevee)
Zap Cannon (Jolteon)
Bullet Seed (Leafeon)
Water Pulse (Glaceon)
|Oshawott||Hydro Cannon and Razor Shell (Samurott)||September 2021|
|Duskull||Shadow Ball (Dusknoir)||October 2021|
|Shinx||Psychic Fangs (Luxray)||November 2021|
Hope you enjoy the next Community Day!