Pokemon Community Day December 2021
Image: Niantic / The Pokémon Company

Monthly Community Days are the main pillar of the Pokémon GO calendar: every month, for six 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 18th December and Sunday 19th December 2021 – All Previous 2021 Community Day Pokémon

  • The next Pokémon GO Community Day will feature all the previous Community Day Pokémon that appeared throughout 2021
  • This Community Day will run over two days from 11am - 5pm local time
  • The chosen Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild for the duration of the event, with an increased chance of finding a Shiny version
  • Community Day Pokémon from 2020 will also be hatching from Eggs
In addition, Niantic has announced the following features and bonuses:
  • For US$1.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the December Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, December Community Day 2021.
  • Event Bonuses
    - Incense activated during the event will last for three hours
    - 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during the event
    - Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours
    - 2x Catch Stardust
    - 2x Catch XP
  • Special bonuses — From Friday, December 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. local time to Sunday December 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. local time, two additional bonuses will be available:
    - 25% reduced stardust cost for trades
    - 1 extra special trade per day

Evolving any of the Pokémon below between the 10am on Friday 17th December and 10am on Monday 20th December will get you the special moves listed:

Pokémon Picture Pokémon Exclusive Move
Charizard Evolve Charmeleon into a Charizard that knows the Fast Attack Dragon Breath
Beedrill Evolve Kakuna into a Beedrill that knows the Charged Attack Drill Run
Alakazam Evolve Kadabra into an Alakazam that knows the Fast Attack Counter
Machamp Evolve Machoke into a Machamp that knows the Charged Attack Payback
Gengar Evolve Haunter into a Gengar that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Punch
Gyarados Evolve Magikarp into a Gyarados that knows the Charged Attack Aqua Tail
Vaporeon Evolve Eevee into a Vaporeon that knows the Charged Attack Scald
Jolteon Evolve Eevee into a Jolteon that knows the Charged Attack Zap Cannon
Flareon Evolve Eevee into a Flareon that knows the Charged Attack Superpower
Espeon Evolve Eevee into an Espeon that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Ball
Umbreon Evolve Eevee into an Umbreon that knows the Charged Attack Psychic
Shiftry Evolve Nuzleaf into a Shiftry that knows the Fast Attack Bullet Seed
Altaria Evolve Swablu into an Altaria that knows the Charged Attack Moonblast
Empoleon Evolve Prinplup into an Empoleon that knows the Charged Attack Hydro Cannon
Luxray Evolve Luxio into a Luxray that knows the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs
Roserade Evolve Roselia into a Roserade that knows the Fast Attack Bullet Seed or the Charged Attack Fire-type Weather Ball
Garchomp Evolve Gabite into a Garchomp that knows the Charged Attack Earth Power
Rhyperior Evolve Rhydon into a Rhyperior that knows the Charged Attack Rock Wrecker
Electivire Evolve Electabuzz into an Electivire that knows the Charged Attack Flamethrower
Magmortar Evolve Magmar into a Magmortar that knows the Charged Attack Thunderbolt
Leafeon Evolve Eevee into a Leafeon that knows the Fast Attack Bullet Seed
Glaceon Evolve Eevee into a Glaceon that knows the Charged Attack Water Pulse
Porygon-Z Evolve Porygon2 into a Porygon-Z that knows the Charged Attack Tri Attack
Dusknoir Evolve Dusclops into a Dusknoir that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Ball
Serperior Evolve Servine into a Serperior that knows the Charged Attack Frenzy Plant
Emboar Evolve Pignite into an Emboar that knows the Charged Attack Blast Burn
Samurott Evolve Dewott into a Samurott that knows the Charged Attack Hydro Cannon
Talonflame Evolve Fletchinder into a Talonflame that knows the Fast Attack Incinerate
Sylveon Evolve Eevee into a Sylveon that knows the Charged Attack Psyshock

When Do Pokémon GO Community Days Usually Take Place?

Community Days are always held on a Saturday or Sunday every month and originally lasted for 3 hours (although this has been extended to 6 hours recently). They are typically held from 11am to 2pm or 4pm to 7pm in your local timezone (or 11am to 5pm recently)

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?

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.

Duskull Pokemon GO COmmunity Day
Image: Niantic / The Pokémon Company

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.

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

Ralts and Shiny Form in Pokémon GO
  • December 2021: 18th Dec — Machop, Roselia, Swablu, Gible, Snivy, Fletchling; 19th Dec — Eevee, Duskull, Shinx, Tepig, Oshawott (see below for exclusive attacks)
  • November 2021: Shinx (Psychic Fangs)
  • October 2021: Duskull (Shadow Ball)
  • September 2021: Oshawott (Hydro Cannon)
  • August 2021: Eevee (Last Resort), Vaporeon (Scald), Jolteon (Zap Cannon), Flareon (Superpower), Espeon (Shadow Ball), Umbreon (Psychic), Leafeon (Bullet Seed), Glaceon (Water Pulse), Sylveon (Psyshock)
  • July 2021: Tepig (Blast Burn)
  • June 2021: Gible (Earth Power)
  • May 2021: Swablu (Moonblast)
  • April 2021: Snivy (Frenzy Plant)
  • March 2021: Fletchling (Incinerate)
  • February 2021: Roselia (Weather Ball and Bullet Seed)
  • January 2021: Machop
  • December 2020: 12th Dec — Weedle, Abra, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Seedot, Piplup, 13th Dec — Charmander, Electabuzz, Magmar, Magikarp, Porygon (see below for exclusive attacks)
  • November 2020: 15th Nov — Electabuzz (Flamethrower), 21st Nov — Magmar (Thunderbolt)
  • October 2020: Charmander (Dragon Breath)
  • September 2020: Porygon (Tri Attack)
  • August 2020: Magikarp (Aqua Tail)
  • July 2020: Gastly (Shadow Punch)
  • June 2020: Weedle (Drill Run)
  • May 2020: Seedot (Bullet Seed)
  • April 2020: Abra (Counter)
  • 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)