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Pokemon Go July Community Day – Shiny Gastly, exclusive move and more

Published: 19/Jul/2020 2:14

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go July 2020 Community Day is here and it will be headlined by the ghost-type Gastly.

The Community Day starts on Sunday, July 19 at 11am local time. As has been the case since the global health crisis, it will last for a total of six hours, until 5pm local time.


Gastly will headline the July Community Day as it came second, behind Weedle, in a poll back back in May. It may have finished behind the popular bug-type but it beat fellow Kantonian Pokemon Sandshrew and Squirtle.

Egg hatch discount is back

First let’s take a look at the bonuses the July Community Day has to offer. As usual there will be three-hour Incense duration.


The most exciting bonus though, is that eggs will take just a quarter of the time to hatch. Judging by feedback in the Pokemon Go community trainers prefer this bonus ahead of bonus catch Stardust and XP.

Gengar Pokemon Go
Gengar is a powerful attackers but its defensive stats leave a lot to be desired…

Gengar stats

Gastly may be the headliner but trainers will be looking toward its final evolution, Gengar. The iconic ghost-type has the following stats:

  • Attack 261 – 39 of 827
  • Defence 149 – 359 of 827
  • Stamina 155 – 459 of 827

As we can see Gengar has excellent attack but its defense is very limited which unfortunately makes it not suited to GO Battle League. It is, however, one of the most effective ghost options in Raid Battles.


Exclusive move

Gengar’s exclusive move for its Pokemon Go Community Day appearance is Shadow Punch. This fast charging Charge Move only requires 35 energy but only deals 40 damage.

In terms of Raids this won’t be particularly attractive to trainers as its DPE just isn’t good enough, especially when you consider the likes of Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball and Sludge Wave which are already available.

Shadow Punch may be tempt some trainers to try it out in PvP as it can waste some of your opponent’s Protect Shields. Don’t expect it to become part of the meta anytime soon, though.


Shiny Gastly

Another Community Day, another Shiny release. Shiny Gastly will be appearing far more frequently during the six-hour window.

This by no means it will be spawning regularly, but if you’re intending to catch a lot of Gastly you’ll inevitably run into some.


It looks like Niantic will continue the voting system for future Community Days – more on that soon.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.