The Pokemon Go March Community Day has been announced. As expected the Gen 3 starter Pokemon, Treecko, will headline the event.
Treecko Community Day
Since Pokemon Go community days began in January 2018, their pattern has been clear. Each month alternates between starter and non-starter Pokemon.
January saw the last Gen 2 starter, Totodile, while the following month, February, had Swinub as the headliner. Consequently, the first of the Gen 3 starters, Treecko, is the featured Pokemon for March.
The grass-type Treecko evolves into Grovyle and then Sceptile. Of course the community day provides the best opportunity to get Sceptile.
As predicted the three-hour lure is one of the bonuses. At this point it appears to be a mainstay in community days as it lines up with the three-hour duration of the event.
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The other bonus is that eggs will take a quarter of the time to hatch. In other words incubators will be four times as effective. The bonuses of the March Community Day are as follows:
- Increased Treecko spawns
- Three-hour lures
- 1/4 egg hatching distance
Exclusive move - frenzy plant
Niantic have revealed that the exclusive move for the March Community Day will be frenzy plant. Grovyle must be evolved up to one hour after the event to ensure Sceptile knows this move.
Frenzy plant provides high damage per second. While this makes it one of the best grass-type moves, it is still less effective against water-types than electric-types of Pokemon are.
:loudspeaker: Attention, Trainers!
:loudspeaker: The March #PokemonGOCommunityDay exclusive move = Frenzy Plant :leaves:
Evolve Grovyle up to one hour after Community Day to obtain a Sceptile that knows this #PokemonGOCommunityDay exclusive move! pic.twitter.com/IPl5esV6D6
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) March 20, 2019
New feature - starting time
The Pokemon Go March Community Day will take place on March 23 at 15:00. Time zones don't need to be mentioned because the event will take place at 15:00 in all times zones!
That's right, wherever in the world you are, the event will start at 15:00. Pokemon Go trainers have been asking for a clearer start time and Niantic have delivered. Previously events between 10:00 and 12:00 and this will be the first one to start at the later time.
March Community Day tips
One of the biggest advantages of a Pokemon Go community day is reduced egg hatching distances. To maximize this, make sure all your current eggs are hatched prior to the event. Then, at 3pm start incubating again. It is also worth noting any eggs put in an incubator before the event ends will start get the egg hatching bonus.
When you have caught as many Treecko's as you're happy with, take a screenshot of all and insert them into your Pokemon Go IV checker all at once. This will save a huge amount of time. Stardust levels aside, your best IV Treecko is the one to evolve.