We don’t know what Pokémon GO’s next big global event will be, but Niantic has announced something interesting that will now be happening every month going forward..
To make sure that people are playing Pokémon GO at least one day a month, Niantic is introducing “Community Day,” a new type of event that will be live for a short window during a single day once a month. It’s a neat concept once you hear what’s planned.
The point of a Community Day will be that one specific Pokémon is going to spawn around the world with great frequency for a few hours. That Pokémon will probably be something you don’t see in the wild all that often, but as an added bonus, this version of that Pokémon will spawn with a special move that no other “normal” version of that Pokémon has.
This month’s Community Day Pokémon will be Pikachu (of course), where his special move is Surf. So use him for uh, all your anti-fire needs, I guess. Here are the times and dates for the inaugural event:
- The Asia-Pacific region: January 20, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: January 20, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
- The Americas and Greenland: January 20, 2018, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)
And yes, January 20th is a Saturday, so Niantic isn’t doing this on a workday, thank god. Three hours is a very short window of time, so you’ll have to make a note of when this is live in order to snag a couple special Pikachus.
There are other bonuses during this time window as well. For those hours, there will be increased XP and Stardust gains, and lures will last for three hours so hopefully you can make SURE you find that special Pokémon.
I…like this? It’s obviously a pretty small-scale event, but it’s an interesting concept, and I like the idea of getting Pokémon GO players out of the house guaranteed for a few hours. I feel like Niantic may be trying to recreate that launch-window feeling where everyone was outside playing the game at the same time. This may not work exactly like that (the playerbase just isn’t that massive anymore), but it’s a novel idea all the same.
I also really like the idea of a Pokémon with a unique move that you can never find anywhere else. Granted, Pikachu isn’t the most exciting character for the first run here, but if they start doing some really solid Pokémon with truly unique and useful moves, that could be gamechanging. In Pikachu’s case, however, or any Pokémon that evolves, I do wonder what the point is as presumably a unique move on that Pokémon means you can never evolve them, lest you lose it. So you’re supposed to what, just keep a base-level Pokémon around for its cool move, and never be able to evolve it into something more useful? That seems odd, but maybe I’m missing something, like the fact that the move might carry over.
Regardless, I will be curious to check out this first Community Day event in just over a week. With only 12 of these a year, I hope Niantic chooses some really cool Pokémon for these in the future.
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