Community Day Pokemon Go Guide - Tips for Event Pokemon, Event Moves, Schedule UPDATED

Everything you need to know to do great in the monthly Community Day in Pokemon Go. 
Community Days in Pokemon Go take place every month, typically on a weekend schedule. For many players this is their favorite event, where you can hunt increased spawns of the featured pokemon and increased shiny drops.  In this guide, you will find the advanced tips and strategies for getting the most out of  a Community Day, the monthly calendar for the event, and tips for catching the best, most powerful Pokémon. Also a list of all the details of the current community day and a list of the the featured Pokemon of all past events. 

Come back each month for the details of all upcoming Community Day events.

What do you think?  Do you have any other tips for killing it in Community Day events?

November 2020 - 2 Community Days  - Featuring Electrabuzz and Magmar

For the first time, there will be two community days in one month. November  2020 will have two community days, as a celebration of the beginning of the holiday season in many countries. As with previous months the Community Days will run for 6 hours, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on local time.   

Here are all the details:

Sunday, November 15, 2020 Community Day: Electrabuzz

  • Event Date:  November 15.
  • Event time:  6 hours, running 11 AM to 5 PM local time.
  • Featuring Electrabuzz.
  • Evolves into Electavire.
  • Featured exclusive special move for Electavire: Flamethrower.  
  • Extra time to evolve and get special move: 2 hours - until 7 PM
  • Elekid hatching from 2 km Eggs.
  • Community Day Box in Store  with:
    • Elite Fast TM
    • 3 Super Incubators
    • 30 Ultra Balls.
  • Event Bonuses:
    • 1/4 hatch distance for eggs placed in incubators during the event.
    • 3-hour Incense.

Saturday, November 21, 2020 Community Day: Magmar

  • Event time:  6 hours, running 11 AM to 5 PM local time.
  • Featuring Magmar.
  • Evolves into Magmortar.
  • Featured exclusive special move: Thunderbolt.  
  • Extra time to evolve and get special move: 2 hours - until 7 PM. 
  • Magby hatching from 2 km Eggs.
  • Community Day Box in Store  with:
    • Elite Charged TM
    • 3 Super Incubators
    • 3 Lucky Eggs
    • 30 Ultra Balls.
  • Event Bonuses:
    • 1/4 Hatch Distance of eggs that you place in an incubator during the time of the event.
    • 3-hour Incense.

What to Expect In Pokemon Go Community Days

Pokemon Go Community Day Guide
Community Days in Pokemon Go typically last for 3 hours and take place once each month, on a Saturday or a Sunday.  These days offer opportunities to play the game with friends or meet new people - at least in the pre-COVID-19 world.  As one COVID-19 accommodation, recent Community Days have lasted 6 hours instead of the usual 3 hours due to social distancing. 

Don't depend on extended time and check here to confirm how long the event will last. 

But even with social distancing you can get real in-game benefits:
  • Event Pokemon spawns - you'll find literally hundreds of the featured Pokémon during the 3 hours of the event.  So catch as many as you can!  Each month a different type of Pokemon is featured.
  • More Shiny versions of the event Pokemon - about 5%-10% of the special event Pokemon will be shiny versions. This is significantly more than at other times, and offers the best opportunity to get shinies.
    • You will not be able to tell if a Pokemon is shiny until you tap on it and catch it. So catch as many as you can and you will have a good chance of getting a few shinies during the event.
  • A special move. which the featured event Pokemon learns if you FULLY evolve it within the given time of the Community Day.  These event exclusive moves are usually the most powerful move for the Pokemon, so you want to get this special move during the event!
  • Aditional bonuses:  at least one of these special event bonuses appears for each Community Day event:
    • double candy
    • triple stardust
    • three-hour incense
    • 3x XP for every caught Pokemon
    • 3-4x egg hatch speed.
  • Event Special Tasks.  Typically these are special research tasks themed around catching the event featured Pokemon.
  • Lures Last 3 Hours. During the Community Day event, lures last a full 3 hours.
  • Event special photo bomb - when taking pictures.
  • Special Research Story - for $1 (or local currency equivalent) - usually including stardust and other items.
  • Community Day Box in Store
  • Global Friendship:  Many Pokemon Go trainers view Community Days as something that brings the whole world together.  After all, millions of people globally are playing at the same time, having fun, and getting the great benefits.  You can make new friends or reinforce old rivalries with other players. But the major goal is to catch lots and lots of the Community Day Pokemon! 

Advanced Tip: Prepare for the Community Day

The early phase begins before the Community Day even begins in your Pokemon Go app.  During the event, you will be catching dozens or hundreds of the special event Pokemon.  So, in the days before the event begins do the following to prepare for it:

Clean Out your Pokemon Bag!

Before the day starts, you should either enlarge your bag, or transfer out all your unwanted excess Pokemon to make space for the new ones that you catch during the event.  You still will need to empty out the weaker and unwanted event Pokemon during the event, because you still probably will fill it up all the way.  However, the more space you make in advance, the less you will have to do emptying out your bag during the event.  During the event, you'll be busy with other things, so this will eliminate one unwanted distraction. 

Get Pokeballs and Berries.  You Will Need Lots of them During the Event

Stack up on items such as poke balls, berries (especially pinap berries for up to 12 extra candies during a double candy event), and lucky eggs. Star pierces, lures, incenses, and incubators provide exceptional value in addition to event-specific bonuses. Always make sure to have enough to last the entire event.

I like to have as many ultra balls as possible, since they make catching the featured Pokemon so much quicker!

Get Lures

Using lures can make it a lot easier to catch more of the event Pokemon.  So, many people like to stock up on lures and use them during the Community Day.

Get Incense

Incense are like lures but they allow you to attract more Pokemon wherever you are.  These increased spawn rates from incense can help a lot, especially if you are playing from home due to social distancing.  All you'll need are one or two incense for a Community Day.  You can get them in the shop or in various in-game activities like leaving one or more of your Pokemon in a gym.

COVID-19 Community Day Preparation Tips

We can't ignore the big elephant in the room!  If COVID-19 is still a concern in your area, be sure to bring along your pandemic supplies, like your hand sanitizers and a face mask!

Tip:  Event Beginning Strategy

  • Catch A lot of the Featured Pokemon!
For the first two hours of a 3-hour Community Day event, you want to focus on catching as many of the event Pokemon as you can.  For an extended 6-hour Community day, you should do this for the first 5 hours, or until you decide you have played long enough.  

  • Transfer Weaker Pokemon to the Professor to Keep some space in your bag.
You should transfer in the weaker Pokemon that you do not want to save during this period, and accumulate candies.  
  • Save Special Items Until After The Event Starts
Do not activate any special items such as incenses and lures before the start of the event, as you might receive extra bonuses for using special items during the event.  So save your items for after the event has started.

You also can spin Pokestops and Gyms to get more pokeballs as you go on. 

Tip:  Last Hour Community Day Strategy

  • Make Sure You Have Enough Candies:  If you have already played for 2 hours, go through your Pokemon bag and see if you have accumulated enough of the event Pokemon's candies to evolve and power up the evolved Pokemon.  If you do not yet have enough, catch more!  Keep that up until you have enough.  My strategy usually is to keep catching the event Pokemon up to about 20 minutes before the end, if I still have the time available to play, and am having fun.  After all, you can never have to much candy!
  • Mark the event Pokemon you will want to evolve, in order to get the powerful exclusive special move available during the event. 
  • Evolve the best of the Community Day special event Pokemon!  I like to do this before the end of the event to be safe, but it is possible to do the evolution for up to two hours afterwards and still get the special move set for the evolved Pokemon. 

List of Past Community Day Featured Pokemon

2020 Community Days Calendar

  • December 2020: Repeats of all previous spawns (expected)
  • November 2020 two community days: 
    • Electabuzz > Electivire
    • Magmar > Magmortar
  • October 2020: Charmander > Charmeleon > Charizard
  • September 2020: Porygon > Porygon2 > Porygon-Z
  • August 2020: Magicarp > Gyrados (Aqua Tail)
  • July 2020: Gastly  > Haunter > Gengar (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)

2019 Community Days Calendar

  • December 2019: Repeat of all previous spawns, listed 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)

2018 Community Days

  • December 2018: Repeat of previous 2018 spawns.
  • 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)

Past Community Day Event Details:

September 2020 Community Day Snapshot:

  • Event Date:  September 20, 2020.
  • Event time:  6 hours, running 11 AM to 5 PM local time.
  • Featuring Porygon.
  • Evolves into Porygon2 and then Porygon-Z.
  • Featured exclusive special move: Tri Attack.  
  • Extra time to evolve and get special move: 2 hours - until 7 PM
  • Surprise photo bomb when taking pictures.
  • Community Day Box in Store  with:
    • Elite Fast TM
    • Three Incense
    • Six Lucky Eggs
    • 30 Ultra Balls
  • Event Bonuses:
    • 3x Catch XP

August 2020 - Featuring Magicarp

The August 2020 Community Day takes place on August 8 and lasts 6 hours. The featured Pokemon is Magikarp. Magikarp is a particularly useless orange fish that  flops around on your screen.  However, Magicarp evolves into Gyarados, who is one of my favorite Pokemon. 

If you evolve a Magicarp into Gyarados during the event, your new Gyardos will get the Aqua Tail special move.  So, if you’re looking to add a powerful water type attacker to your roster, now is your chance.  The Aqua Tail move requires very low energy, making this special Gyardos terrific for the Go Battle League - in the Ultra and Master Leagues.

August 2020 Community Day Features:

  • Event Date:  August 8, 2020.
  • Event time:  6 hours, running 11 AM to 5 PM local time.
  • Featuring Magicarp.
  • Evolves into Gyardos.
  • Featured exclusive special move: Aqua Tail.  
  • Extra time to evolve and get special move: 2 hours - until 7 PM
  • Surprise photo bomb when taking pictures.
  • Community Day Box in Store  with:
    •  30 Ultra Balls
    • Elite Charged TM
    • 6 star pieces 
    • 1 incense.
  • Event Bonuses:
    • 3x Stardust - triple catch Stardust
    • 3-hour incense (instead of the usual 30 minutes).


Oliver said…
Great tips, nice to find this page! Oliver
Telly said…
Hello Oliver, and welcome! Check back around the beginning of each month to get the details on the next, upcoming Community Day. See you next time.