Monthly Community Days are the main pillar of the Pokémon GO calendar: every month, for three hours on a Saturday or Sunday, a featured collectable monster is set loose in greater numbers than usual. With a selection of great perks – increased shiny rates, exclusive moves and other boosts – it’s an excellent opportunity to get out in numbers, meet other players and work on completing your Pokédex.
In this regularly updated guide, we’ll let you know when to catch the next Community Day, as well as what to expect and how to prepare.
Latest Community Day Information: Saturday 25th April 2020 – Abra (Previously postponed from March)
- The next Pokémon GO Community Day will feature Abra (originally postponed from March)
- Evolving Abra into Alakazam during this period (and up to two hours afterwards) will get you the exclusive attack 'Counter' and players have an increased chance of encountering a shiny Abra
- The Community Day will run for 6 hours instead of the usual 3 hours, from 11am - 5pm local time.
- The event was originally planned to run on Sunday 15th March 2020 at 11am - 2pm in your local time-zone in the Northern Hemisphere, or 3pm - 6pm in your local time-zone if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, but was been postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- The chosen Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild for the duration of the event
- You will earn 3x Catch Stardust, and incense (replacing lures for this Community Day) will last for 3 hours during the event
- For the first time ever, a Community Day exclusive Special Research story titled 'Investigating Illusions' is unlockable via a $1 USD ticket (or the equivalent in your local currency). Completion of this story will earn you 13,000 Stardust, a Poffin, a Rocket Radar and 'other rewards'
In addition, Niantic has announced the following changes to Pokémon GO, effective until further notice:
We're continuing to prioritize Pokémon GO experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings. Here are some things we’re temporarily changing for Community Day: Play at Home Edition.
- Community Day will now run for six hours instead of the regular three.
- The bonus will now be 3× Catch Stardust. This will be the perfect time to collect Stardust and power up your Pokémon for the GO Battle League!
- Instead of Lure Modules, Incense will last for three hours for the duration of the event.
- Buddy Pokémon with a Buddy Level of Great Buddy or higher will bring you helpful items, such as Poké Balls, throughout the event.
- There’ll be a special one-time purchase April Community Day bundle, featuring an Elite Charged TM, 30 Ultra Balls, three Super Incubators, and three Incense for 1,280 PokéCoins.
- Take a snapshot during Community Day for a surprise!
When Do Pokémon GO Community Days Usually Take Place?
Community Days are always held on a Saturday or Sunday every month and last for 3 hours, typically held from 11am to 2pm or 4pm to 7pm in your local timezone.
Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way of predicting exactly when the next Pokémon GO community day will fall. Looking back at past dates, we can say that community days are:
- More commonly held on a Saturday rather than a Sunday
- More commonly held in the second or third weekend of the month
However, Niantic appears to schedule the event to both avoid and complement other events in their calendar. Expect Community Days to be announced anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks ahead of the event.
What Can I Expect from Pokémon GO Community Days?
A Significant Increase in Spawns for the Featured Pokémon
Featured Pokémon are typically among the more powerful, popular and rare in the game – in a single Community Day hour, you can expect to see many months’ worth of spawns for the featured Pokémon. Stick around for all three hours and you should be able to fully evolve several of the Pokémon in question.
Increased Odds of Encountering a Shiny Version of the Featured Pokémon
Driving fans mad with anticipation and frustration in equal measure, the featured Pokémon is a lot more likely to be shiny when it spawns during Community Day. In the wider context of the Pokémon series, GO actually presents one of the most time-efficient and least tedious ways of catching Shiny Pokémon. Lucky players can net several shiny versions during the event – but there’s always the chance that you’ll come away empty handed.
One key piece of advice for newcomers – Shiny Pokémon do not appear Shiny on the Pokémon GO map. You have to tap on them and enter catching mode to see if they are shiny or not.
Event Exclusive Moves for Featured Pokémon Evolutions
During the event (and for one hour after), the featured Pokémon will receive a unique attack if evolved into its final evolution. Note that the Fast/Charged TM item will not give you the attack. Event exclusive moves are generally announced a few days before Community Day.
Increased Lure Duration
Every Community Day to date has featured an extension of the timeout on Lures to 3 hours. Stick one on a Pokéstop and everyone who passes by can benefit from an increase in Pokémon spawns.
Hatching, XP or Stardust Boosts
Niantic adds one last perk (from the following list) into the Community Day package:
- A 3x increase for XP gained from catching a Pokémon, or
- A 3x increase fo Stardust gained from catching a Pokémon, or
- A 4x increase for Egg hatching speed
These perks stack with rate increasing items – So consider stocking up Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces and Super Incubators, to further boost their respective perks.
Community Day Box Available in Shop
Niantic offers a Community Day Box for 480 Pokécoins in the shop. This usually contains 30 Ultra balls and some combination of Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces, Lure Modules and Egg Incubators.
Themed Field Research
Pokéstops will dispense field research tasks and rewards themed around the featured Pokémon.
How Can I Prepare for Pokémon GO Community Day?
Assuming the headlining monster is one you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to start stockpiling useful items a week or two ahead of Community Day. You should get:
- Enough Pokéballs and Pinap Berries to catch and evolve your Pokémon, (or as many Pokémon as you want to have):
- At bare minimum you need 32 Pokéballs (or 18 Pokéballs and 18 Pinap Berries) to catch and evolve a single three-stage Pokémon from scratch (assuming you never miss and ‘transfer’ all but one Pokémon to Professor Willow)
- Obviously, we recommend going into Community Day with two to three times the above numbers to be safe – and watch out for featured Pokémon with higher candy requirements/split evolutions
- Keep some Ultra Balls and Razz Berries (preferably Silver/Gold) in reserve for any hard to catch Shinies
- Lures – the 3 hour duration perk means Community Days are great time for trying the 200 PokéCoin Glacial, Mossy and Magnetic Lures (they lure different Pokémon and will allow you to obtain Glaceon/Leafeon/Probopass and Magnezone)
- Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces and Super Incubators – Their effects stack with whichever of the XP, Stardust and Egg hatching perks Niantic has planned for the event
Previous Pokémon GO Community Days – List of Pokémon and Event Exclusive Moves from Past Community Days
- February 2020: Rhyhorn (Rock Wrecker)
- January 2020: Piplup (Hydro Cannon)
- December 2019: Repeat of all previous spawns (See below)
- November 2019: Chimchar (Blast Burn)
- October 2019: Trapinch (Earth Power)
- September 2019: Turtwig (Frenzy Plant)
- August 2019: Ralts (Synchronoise)
- July 2019: Mudkip (Hydro Cannon/Muddy Water)
- June 2019: Slakoth (Body Slam)
- May 2019: Torchic (Blast Burn/Blaze Kick)
- April 2019: Bagon (Outrage)
- March 2019: Treecko (Frenzy Plant)
- February 2019: Swinub (Ancient Power)
- January 2019: Totodile (Hydro Cannon)
- December 2018: Repeat of 2018 spawns (See below)
- November 2018: Cyndaquil (Blast Burn)
- October 2018: Beldum (Meteor Mash)
- September 2018: Chikorita (Frenzy Plant)
- August 2018: Eevee (Last Resort)
- July 2018: Squirtle (Hydro Cannon)
- June 2018: Larvitar (Smack Down)
- May 2018: Charmander (Blast Burn)
- April 2018: Mareep (Dragon Pulse)
- March 2018: Bulbasaur (Frenzy Plant)
- February 2018: Dratini (Draco Metor)
- January 2018: Pikachu (Surf)