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REVEALED: Niantic announce Pokemon Go community day schedule ahead of time

Published: 5/Apr/2019 9:23 Updated: 5/Apr/2019 9:57

by Paul Cot


Up until now, Niantic have kept community day dates unannounced until a few weeks before the day itself. However, they have announced the Pokemon Go community day schedule for the next four events.

Summer community days for Pokemon Go

In an unprecedented step, Niantic have confirmed the May, June, July and August community days. To be clear, that isn’t the Pokemon or bonuses, but the actual dates they will fall on.

They are as follows:

  • May Community Day – May 19
  • June Community Day – June 8
  • July Community Day – July 21
  • August Community Day – August 3

The advanced notice on the schedule appears to be in response to sections of the Pokemon Go fan base, who were complaining that the current notice isn’t enough. Previous community days were announced with only a couple of weeks notice, which wasn’t sufficient enough to arrange time off work and other commitments.

Presumably the events will all take place from 3pm to 6pm local time. This is a recent change which has been met with praise from many Pokemon Go players.

Pokemon FandomGible could feature in one of these Pokemon Go community days…

Community day dates

With the April Community Day taking place on April 13, the May Community Day will take place just over a month after.

Interestingly, there’s a period of one and a half months between the June and July monthly events.

Following that, there is less than two weeks until the August Community Day.

Which Pokemon will headline?

The headliners for May and July look pretty certain at this point. March saw the Gen 3 grass-type starter Pokemon, Treecko, headline the event.

A pattern of starter Pokemon featuring in odds months has occurred since Pokemon Go community days were introduced. Consequently, the fire-type Torchic and water-type Mudkip are expected to headline May and July, respectively.

Elsewhere, Ralts was favored to headline in April but this honor was given to Bagon instead. As a result, we might see Ralts headline in June. Slakoth and Trapinch are other contenders and could also feature in August.

Another interesting contender, should Niantic want to center a community day around an as yet unavailable Pokemon, is Gible. The dual ground and dragon-type evolves into Gabite before evolving into its final form, the powerful Garchomp.


Pokemon Go January 26 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Phanpy, 2x Candy bonus, more

Published: 26/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 26/Jan/2021 21:34

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is celebrating Gen II ‘mon Phanpy on January 26. The special Spotlight Hour will give players a chance to catch the adorable Gold & Silver elephant in a rare Shiny form, and more.

Niantic is closing out the first month of 2021 with a celebration of the Johto region. Pokemon Go players are getting a chance to re-experience the 1998 RPG with special in-game events.

January’s final spotlight hour fittingly highlights beloved second generation elephant, Phanpy. The 60-minute celebration is also giving Trainers the chance to build up Candy with a transfer bonus.

Screenshot of Shiny Phanpy in Pokemonn 3DS.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The beloved Gen II elephant gets a Spotlight Hour in January 2021.

Pokemon Go Phanpy Spotlight Hour date & start time

Phanpy’s event kicks off the same day as the Johto Celebration makes its debut on January 26. Like all previous Spotlight Hours, the limited-time event will begin at 6PM and end at 7PM local time.

Trainers who log in during this time will see a massively boosted rate of the Gen II Pokemon. Those participating will even be able to run into its rare Shiny variant. Evolving one into a Donphan is pretty epic – so keep an eye out!

Even those not looking for more of the cute elephant will want to jump in as the week’s mystery bonus is actually incredibly useful with a boosted Candy rate.

Screenshot of shiny Donphan in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players can evolve Shiny Phanpy into Donphan.

Pokemon Go Mystery Hour bonus

For January’s final mystery hour, players will get a 2x transfer Candy boost. This actually applies to all characters, so those hanging onto multiple Pokemon will want to offload their duplicates for twice the Candy.

There are some pretty hefty evolution requirements for some ‘mon, making this the perfect time to build up the Candy you need to evolve them. Trainers also looking to strengthen their monsters should take advantage of this hour.

Many will be out trying to get a head start on completing their Johto collection anyway, so utilizing the Spotlight Hour’s 2x transfer Candy is a quick way to get a Typhlosion or Feraligatr.

As the first month of 2021 wraps up, Niantic is getting players ready for the Kanto Tour which launches on February 20. The Gen I event will celebrate Pokemon’s 25th anniversary.