Pokémon Go Community Days are exactly what the name implies — a way to get trainers out catching and raiding together. As an incentive, Pokémon Go is throwing in bonuses like extra XP, Stardust, faster egg hatching, lure modules that last three hours, and a special Pokémon with an exclusive move. All once a month, for three hours. Here's how it works!

The September 2018 Community Day will be... Chikorita!

Yes, Pokémon Go is beginning the Gen 2 starters, which will likely cycle in every other month for the next 6 months, starting with Chikorita in September.

  • Evolve a Magnamium with a special move (maybe Frenzy Plant, but they're not saying yet.)
  • 3x XP for catches
  • 3-hour Lures

What are the dates for the October and November Community Days?

  • Sunday, October 21
  • Saturday, November 10

No word yet on the October Pokémon, but November should be Cyndaquil, maybe with Blast Burn Typhlosion. And, yeah, that would make January, 2019, Totodile, maybe with Hydro Cannon Feraligatr.

What time does Pokémon Go Community Day start and end?

While the servers might start up or shut down a few minutes early or late, here are the official start times for the major geographies. You'll need to adjust for your local time accordingly.

  • Asia-Pacific: 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
  • Americas and Greenland: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8) / 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST (GMT -5)

What is Pokémon Go Community Day?

It's all part of Pokémon Go's ongoing efforts to encourage players to get out, discover new places, and meet new people.

From Pokémon Go:

Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community.

Once a month, we'll host a Pokémon GO Community Day event starring a special Pokémon, which will appear frequently around the world for just a few hours. When caught during the event, this special Pokémon will know an exclusive move. Other bonuses will be in effect during the event, such as increased XP or Stardust, and Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.

We're constantly blown away by the passion of Pokémon GO players around the world, and we hope that each Pokémon GO Community Day will help add to the excitement of local events and meetups. Remember always to be alert and stay safe while playing and to be respectful of public spaces when exploring your community. Stay tuned to our social media channels and check out the Pokémon GO Community Day event page each month to learn about that month's featured Pokémon, special bonuses, and event times.

Will the Chikorita have an exclusive move?

According to the official Pokémon site:

A Grass-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, Chikorita will appear in the wild for three hours. And if you evolve a Bayleef into Meganium during that three-hour window, your Meganium will know a special move to be announced later. Put those TMs away, Trainers! This move will be available only to Meganium caught or evolved during Community Day.

Are Shiny Pokémon Go part of Community Day?

The first Pokémon Go Community Day had Shiny Pikachu. The second Pokémon Go Community Day had Shiny Dratini. The third, Shiny Bulbasaur. The fourth, Shiny Mareep. The fifth, Shiny Charmander. The sixth, Shiny Larvitar, And so on, and so on. So, while anything can change, it's a pretty safe bet right now.

And the odds of catching a Shiny Pokémon on Community Day is higher?

It seems to be. Almost 1/25, in fact, which are the best odds in the game.

What does 3x catch XP work out to?

A lot:

  • 300 Stardust per base-level Pokémon caught.
  • 900 Stardust per second-evolution Pokémon caught.
  • 1500 Stardust per third-evolution Pokémon caught.

Can you get even more if you use a star piece?

You can! Drop a 30-minute star piece and, for the duration, get:

  • 450 Stardust per base-level Pokémon caught.
  • 1350 Stardust per second-evolution Pokémon caught.
  • 2250 Stardust per third-evolution Pokémon caught.

What were the previous Pokémon Go Community Days?

Starting with the most recent one and working our way back, here's what Pokémon Go has offered for the previous Community Days.

  • August 11 & 12, 2018: Pokémon Go Community Day featured Eeevee with Last Resort, Shiny Eevee and the Eevee-lutions, and 3x Stardust for catches.

  • July 8, 2018: Pokemon Go Community Day featured Gen 1 starter, Squirtle, which you could evolve into Blastoise with Hydro Cannon, the Shiny Squirtle family, Sunglasses Squitle, and 1/4 egg walking distance.

  • June 16, 2018, Pokémon Go Community Day featured Gen 2's, Larvitar, which you could evolve into Tyranitar with Smack Down, the Shiny Larvitar family, and 3x XP for catches.

  • May 19, 2018, Pokémon Go Community Day featured the Gen 1 starter, Charmander, which you could evolve into Charizard with Blast Burn, the Shiny Charmander family, and 3x Stardust for catches.

  • April 15, 2018, Pokémon Go Community Day featured Gen 2's Mareep, which you could evolve into Ampharos with Dragon Pulse, the Shiny Mareep family, 1/4 walking distance for Eggs.

  • March 15, 2018, Pokémon Go Community Day featured the Gen 1 starter, Bulbasaur. It also offered 3x XP bonuses for catches, 3-hour lures, the Shiny Bulbasaur family, and the ability to evolve a Venusaur with Frenzy Plant.

  • February 24, 2018, Pokémon Go Community Day featured everyone's favorite — and only! — base-level Gen 1 dragon-type: Dratini. It'll also offered 3x Stardust on any Pokémon you caught in the wild, 3-hour lures, Shiny Dratini family, and the ability to evolve a Dragonite with Draco Meteor.

  • January 20, 2018, Pokémon Go Community Day featured Pikachu with the unique Surf move. It also offered double XP on anything and everything, three-hour lures, and increased odds to catch Shiny Pikachu.

Any Pokémon Go Community Day questions?

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