The Pokémon Go Community Day is something new for the augmented reality game – a monthly event encouraging players to play together worldwide.Each event will see featured Pokémon appear for a limited time – offering an exclusive move – and a resource bonus for the duration.
What is Pokémon Go’s Community Day event?
Designed to get players out and playing at a certain time, each limited-time event will offer featured Pokémon with a unique and exclusive move that will spawn for three hours, alongside a resource bonus – such as double XP, Stardust or Lure Modules – as incentives to get out there and playing.
Developer Niantic hopes the regular event will add to the “excitement of local events and meetups”, suggesting it’s a good time to get your friends together at this set time, and possibly make a few new ones while out there.
The heightened player activity might make it easier to take on Raids and Gyms, so keep that in mind during the three hour period, as well as making savvy use of the resource multiplier in effect with things like Lucky Eggs and Stardust, too.
Pokémon Go Community Day times, featured Pokémon for February
The second Pokémon Go Community details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, February 24th
- Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
- North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
- Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST
Featured Pokémon and unique move: Dratini with unique move TBC
Resource Bonus: Triple Stardust (from catching Pokémon only – not from all sources)
Rare for players who don’t live near lakes and oceans, Dratini is likely to be a popular choice for the second Pokémon Go Community Day, allowing you to farm the three-stage evolution Pokémon in abundance.
What could the unique move be? Well, our bet is Extremespeed, a unique move that only one, special gift Dratini has ever known in the main Pokémon games. It’s only been possible to acquire in Pokémon Crystal and the later remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It’s a highly useful one in mainline games, having second-tier move priority (meaning it always goes first, regardless of Speed stat, even if another Pokémon uses a priority move like Quick Attack) so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s implemented in Pokémon Go if we’re right.
It would make sense, seeing as Pokémon Crystal will have just recently been made available on the 3DS in Virtual Console form at the time of the event – just as Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the first games to actually include the elusive Surf Pikachu, came out soon before the first event.
Likewise, Extremespeed isn’t currently available as a move in Pokémon Go, which could be behind the initial lack of announcement of the unique move itself. We’ll find out soon either way!
It’s unknown at the time of writing whether there will be an increased chance of catching a Shiny Dratini, as there was for Pikachu in the previous event. It would be surprising if the chances were as high – many people caught quite a few shiny Pikachu in just those three hours, and Pikachu already has a Shiny form available in-game, which Dratini does not – but a boost to the chances certainly isn’t out of the question.
Finally, it’s probably worth picking up some Star Pieces from the in-game store when you can, as it’ll provide a huge mutliplier when combined with the 3x Stardust earned during the event, too!