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Pokemon Go January Community Day details confirmed

Published: 8/Jan/2020 21:37

by Paul Cot


Time flies when you’re having fun – we’re already looking towards the January Pokemon Go Community Day. Which Pokemon will headline the first one of 2020, though?

It has already been two years since the concept of Community Days were introduced to Pokemon Go and they have become the headlining event of each month. There’s little doubt this will continue into 2020.

Trainers are becoming increasingly familiar with the pattern Niantic use to choose the headliners. Odd months have exclusively been starter Pokemon and, of course, January is an odd month.

Nintendo EnthusiastPiplup seems certain to headline the Pokemon Go January Community Day…

Piplup confirmed

Update: Piplup has now been confirmed as the January headliner.

With the fire starter, Chimchar, headlining in November of 2019, we can assume the final starter from Gen 4, Piplup, will kick off the first Pokemon Go Community Day of 2020. Through generations one to four, Niantic have selected headliners in order of Pokedex number, which also coincides with type – grass then fire and then water.

This is unless Niantic have any wild surprises up their sleeve. If they do though, we’re more likely to see a change up to the ever-present pattern in March, however.

After Piplup, there are only the Gen 5 starters remaining, which themselves have only recently been added to Pokemon Go. It could be these are saved for later in the year, although the release of Gen 6 will be expected around the summer of 2020.

@PokemonGoAppWhen will the Gen 5 starters headline a Community Day?

New time

For the first time in Community Day history, the start time of the event will be different for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

  • Northern Hemisphere: 11am to 2pm local time
  • Southern Hemisphere: 3pm to 6pm local time

January bonuses

Update: The two bonuses for the event will be three-hour lures (surprise surprise) and 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance.

There are no medals for guessing three-hour lures will be one of the January Community Day bonuses. It has been part of every single one (except November 2018) so it’s all but guaranteed to be here again.

Beyond that, Community Days tend to alternate between 3x Catch XP, 3x Catch Stardust and 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance. The latter featured in November (we’re ignoring December as this was an extra special event that included a variety of bonuses) and 3x Catch XP before that. Therefore, 3x Catch Stardust is the most likely other bonus.

Whatever the headliner and bonuses are will likely be announced within the next week. Niantic have also been sharing Community Day dates well in advance following feedback from fans. Hopefully, they will do the same for the first months of 2020, too.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.