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Shiny Rowlet, evolution chart, 100% perfect IV stats and Decidueye best moveset in Pokémon Go

How to get the most out of Rowlet's Community Day!

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Rowlet, the Grass Quill Pokémon, is flying in for January's Community Day - a reoccurring Pokémon Go event that celebrates a specific Pokémon, while boosting shiny rates and offering an exclusive move, not to forget a whole host of other bonuses!

Due to being a starter Pokémon, Rowlet can be difficult to find at times in Pokémon Go, making this Community Day perfect for newcomers and anyone who wants to catch a Rowlet with perfect IV stats. If you are planning on doing this, then it's also a good idea to know Decidueye's best moveset.

Even if you don't fancy adding Decidueye to your team, then you'll still want to partake in January's Community Day as it marks the release of shiny Rowlet, Dartrix and Decidueye in Pokémon Go! Thanks to the increased shiny rates, this event is the perfect time to hunt down these new shinies for your collection.

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Rowlet 100% perfect IV stats in Pokémon Go

January's Community Day is a great opportunity to catch a Rowlet with perfect IV stats in Pokémon Go.


For Rowlet, the CP values which correspond to perfect 15/15/15 stats are as follows:

  • Level 30 (wild CP maximum) – 907 CP
  • Level 35 (weather-boosted wild CP maximum – 982 CP
  • 'Perfect' means two things in Pokémon Go, depending on how you plan to use a given Pokémon. First, there's the maxed out, 100% IV version, which is the 15/15/15 you're looking for your 4* Pokédex, raids and Master League. Yet, because of how CP is calculated using three stats, a perfect IV Pokémon is generally only ever the best version of itself in the Master League.

    Of course, you can't see the IV of a Pokémon without catching it first, but, with a little research beforehand, you can quickly spot a perfect Rowlet based on the CP alone. The wild CP value aligns with your Trainer Level until you reach Level 30 and, due to the majority of the player base now being above this level, we've kept to these values for the sake of simplicity. These values will, however, be different if you're currently below Level 30.

    Perfect for the Great League and Ultra League are completely different, as the goal is to get the highest level you can without going over the CP cap (1500 for Great League and 2500 for Ultra League). Since attack raises CP more than defence, the highest-level Pokémon in these leagues tend to have low attack and high defence.

    If you want to run Decidueye in those two leagues, you're looking for different stats:

    • A perfect Great League Decidueye is 0/14/11, reaching 1497 CP at Level 20.5
    • A perfect Ultra League Decidueye is 0/14/13, reaching 2497 at Level 38
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    Rowlet evolution chart: What does Rowlet evolve into?

    Rowlet evolves into Dartrix with 25 Rowlet Candy and, after using an additional 100 Candy, Dartrix can be evolved into Decidueye in Pokémon Go. This means you need a total of 125 Rowlet Candy to fully evolve this little owl.

    Rowlet and its evolutions are very clearly inspired by owls, with the focus they all have on their wings and feathers being in keeping with this inspiration. All three Pokémon use their wings for attacking other Pokémon, keeping their feathers neat and tidy as they do so.

    You can learn more about each Pokémon from their official Pokédex entries below:

    • Rowlet - It sends its feathers, which are as sharp as blades, flying in attack. Its legs are strong, so its kicks are also formidable.
    • Dartrix - This narcissistic Pokémon is a clean freak. If you didn't groom it diligently, it will stop listening to you.
    • Decidueye - It fires arrow quills from its wings with such precision, they can pierce a pebble at distances over a hundred yards.
    While Rowlet and Dartrix are Grass and Flying-type Pokémon, Decidueye is a Grass and Ghost-type Pokémon.

    January's Community Day event runs from 2pm to 5pm (local time), so you'll have three hours to gather as much Rowlet Candy as possible to ensure you can fully evolve it!

    The double catch candy bonus will help you gather a good amount of candy quickly, but you can further increase this yield by using Pinap Berries and Silver Pinap Berries. Having a Rowlet as your Buddy Pokémon will also allow you to gather candy as will having a Grass-type Pokémon Mega Evolved, such as Mega Venusaur, Mega Abomasnow or Mega Sceptile.

    Decidueye's moves and best moveset recommendation

    When it comes to using Decidueye, we recommend having a moveset of Leafage as a Fast Move and Energy Ball as a Charged Move. Ideally, you should also unlock Decidueye's second Charged move if you are planning to use it in PvP to further diversify its moveset with Spirit Shackle being the ideal choice.


    It's also worth experinmenting with Frenzy Plant (the exclusive move for this Community Day) as it deals 100 damage, costing 45 energy in the Go Battle League and 50 energy in both Gyms and Raids. While this is less damage than Brave Bird, it does require less energy to charge so you'll be able to use it quicker. This makes Frenzy Plant useful for forcing someone to use their shield or when fighting Pokémon weak to Grass attacks like Water-types.

    If you do decide to try out Frenzy Plant, then it's worth having Magical Leaf as Decidueye's Fast Move.

    The real question though is whether Decidueye is good in PvP?

    While the answer was once 'no', thanks to the inclusion of Spirit Shackle and Frenzy Plant in its moveset, Decidueye has had quite the improvement to where it saids in the Pokémon Go meta. It's still not as powerful as Kartana or Mega Sceptile when it comes to the best Grass-type Pokémon on offer, but if you're looking for a non-Shadow and easy to find Grass-type option for your team, then Decidueye is a good choice. This is because it now ranks close to Roserade and Meowscarada in this aspect of the meta and, like we mentioned before, it's all down to those two new moves.

    For this reason, we again recommend considering either or both Spirit Shackle and Frenzy Plant in your Decidueye's moveset. These changes have made it a good contender for both newcomer teams or people who haven't had the chance to catch a powerful Grass-type like Kartana yet.

    Below you'll find Decidueye's full moveset:

    Possible Fast Moves

    • Astonish (Ghost)
    • Magical Leaf (Grass)
    • Leafage (Grass)
    • Razor Leaf (Grass)

    Possible Charged Moves

    • Brave Bird (Flying)
    • Energy Ball (Grass)
    • Frenzy Plant (Grass) - exclusive move
    • Shadow Sneak (Ghost)
    • Spirit Shackle (Ghost) - available from January's Community Day onwards

    The World of Wonders Season is coming to an end in Pokémon Go. Make a start on the Masterwork Research: Catching Wonders quest for a Master Ball, Glitz and Glam quest for a Diancie and catch up on the World of Wonders quest before it ends! Don't forget to try out Routes, Gift Exchange and Party Play while you're hunting down rare Pokémon, fighting in the Go Battle League or competing in PokéStop Showcases.

    What do shiny Rowlet, Dartrix and Decidueye look like?

    The opportunity to catch a shiny form of the highlighted Pokémon is one of the biggest draws of any Community Day event. This is thanks to the increased shiny rate for the event's highlighted Pokémon combined with how catching Pokémon of the same type naturally increases said rate making it easier to encounter shinies.

    To find a shiny Pokémon, you need to either start a catch encounter with a Pokémon in the wild or earn said encounter by completing an activity like a raid. From there, it's easy to see if you've encountered a shiny Pokémon due to its alternative colouring, the sparkles that appear when the encounter begins and the shiny icon next to the Pokémon's name.

    This Community Day sees the release of shiny Rowlet, Dartrix and Decidueye so, if you want to add these shinies to your collection, now is the perfect time to do so!

    Below you can take a look at shiny Rowlet, Dartrix and Decidueye:

    Rowlet family shiny comparison from r/The Silph Road

    Thanks to Reddit user JEREMIE for the preview!

    Shiny Rowlet, Dartrix and Decidueye swap out their greens for varying shades of blue and teal, and their browns for shades of blue and black. These are interesting colour choices, making the trio look a lot more like Water-types than Grass-types.

    If you want to evolve shiny Rowlet, we recommend waiting until the event nearly draws to a close to ensure it can still learn the exclusive move. This way you'll have ample time to, hopefully, catch a couple of shiny Rowlets, along with gathering enough candy to evolve them, without having to worry about sorting through your collection at the same time. Remember, it's a good idea to check your shiny Rowlet's stats, because it might have perfect IVs - making it even better for battle!

    Evolving a shiny Rowlet will add a shiny Dartrix to your collection and, if you evolve that Pokémon, you'll gain a shiny Decidueye. If you complete this evolution line during event hours, the resulting shiny Decidueye will know Frenzy Plant - the Grass-type Charged attack for this Community Day.

    Other Rowlet Community Day bonuses

    Community Days in Pokémon Go always come with a string of bonuses, and the Rowlet Community Day is no different.

    Some of these bonuses are always the same - like increased spawns and shiny rates. There are, however, a rotating set of other bonuses for Community Days, such as double or triple catch Candy, Stardust or XP.

    Here's a full list of Rowlet Community Day bonuses can be found below:

    • Increased spawns
    • Increased shiny rate
    • Triple catch Stardust
    • Double catch Candy
    • Double chance to receive Candly XL from catching Pokémon (for trainers Level 31 and up). This stacks with your Mega Evolution bonus, so, if you have an active Level 3 Mega Evolved Pokémon, you will have whatever 'double excellent chance' works out to be!
    • 3-hour Incense duration (not including Adventure Incense)
    • 3-hour Lure duration (not including Golden Lures)
    • Photobombs - Take a snapshot of your buddy to earn a surprise encounter with Rowlet, and increase your Cameraman medal, up to five times during the event.
    • Field Research - Spin PokéStops to get event-exclusive tasks, similar to previous Community Day events. This is likely to be 'Catch 3 Rowlet' for a couple of Great Balls or Ultra Balls, Stardust or a Rowlet encounter.
    • Special Research - For $1.00, or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency, you can take part in the Rowlet Special Research story.
    • Stickers - Get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts and from the in-game shop.
    • One additional Special Trade can be made for a maximum of two for the day (until 10pm local time).
    • Trades made will require 50% less Stardust (until 10pm local time).
    • Exclusive move - Evolve Rowlet during the event to get a Decidueye which knows the exclusive attack Frenzy Plant (Grass-type Charged Attack).
    • From this event and onwards, Decidueye can learn Spirit Shackle (Ghost-type Charged Attack)
    • Dartrix raids - After the three-hour Community Day event ends, players will be able to take part in four-star raids. Defeating a Dartrix will cause Rowlet to appear in a 300m raidus around the Gym for 30 minutes. These Rowlets will have the same increased shiny rate as those appearing during event hours. Note: Remote Raid Passes cannot be used for these raids.
    • PokéStop Showcases for Rowlet

    Good luck finding a perfect Rowlet!

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