Pokemon Go May Community Day: Swablu, schedule & how to prepare


Niantic laid the foundations for their Pokemon Go May Community Day with the Luminous Legends X announcement, and have now confirmed that Swablu will be the next Headliner. 

On April 26, the developers of the mobile game – available on both iOS and Android devices – confirmed some important details for this month’s event. The start date and time was announced, and now the final few details have been uncovered.

A quartet of headliner Pokemon have been announced in 2021, including Machop, Roselia, Fletchling, and Snivy, and it’s now been revealed that Swablu will be joining that lineup.

Here’s everything we know about the Pokemon Go May Community Day so far.

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When’s the next Community Day in Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go players can look forward to a Community Day event going live on May 15, 2021. 

These events are local time, so no matter where you’re playing the game you can enjoy the new content from 11AM to 5PM.

How to prepare for Community Days

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Pokecoins will be really handy, but that’s not all!

What to collect

There’s a number of things Pokemon trainers can do to prepare for these, and our tips are full of the essentials.

  1. Rack up as many Pokecoins as you can in Pokemon Go!
  2. Spend your Pokecoins to get at least two Incenses!
  3. Bring a lot of Pokeballs with you!
  4. Collect as much Pokemon Candy as you can for the Headliner, if you want to catch and evolve it!

Exclusive move

Trainers who evolve Swablu during or up to two hours after the May Community Day event will get an Altaria that knows the exclusive move Moonblast, a powerful Fairy-type attack.

You’ll need 400 Candy to evolve Swablu into Altaria, so you’ll have to catch loads and use Pinap Berries to get double Candy – but it’s definitely worth it as Altaria is one of the best Pokemon for the Go Battle Great League.

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Swablu leads the May 15 Community Day

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Swablu could be our Community Day Pokemon for May 2021!

After being discovered by PokeMiners in April, it’s now been confirmed by Niantic that Swablu will be the Headliner for the Community Day taking place on May 15, 2021.

Swablu will be appearing more frequently in the wild during the event, and lucky trainers might even stumble across a Shiny Swablu.

As soon as the Community Day ends, Mega Altaria will begin appearing in Mega Raids, meaning trainers will be able to get their hands on that all-important Mega Energy to Mega-Evolve their own Altaria.

Catch rate and Shiny Odds

For Pokemon Go Community Day events, the catch rate of the featured Pokemon will be increased for a period of time – and so too will the Shiny catch rate.

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Shiny Pokemon are very rare in-game, though many trainers have credited Community Days in the past for their successful encounters.

May Research Tasks

  • Catch 5 Pokemon reward – Nidoran or Nidoran
  • Catch 5 Pokemon with Weather Boost reward – Poliwag or Vulpix
  • Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon reward – Dratini
  • Catch 10 Pokemon reward – Magikarp
  • Catch 10 Grass-type Pokemon reward – Chikorita

May Spotlight Hours

A new set of Spotlight Hours will be available in Pokemon Go for May, too, as confirmed by Niantic.

These include the following:

  • Cottonee – May 4
  • Dratini – May 11
  • Alolan Rattata – May 18
  • Marill – May 25

All Community Day Pokemon 2021

Here is a list of all confirmed Community Day Pokemon since the turn of the year.

Four have been announced in total, but May’s addition will take that tally up to five.

Pokemon Month
Machop January 2021
Roselia February 2021
Fletchling March 2021
Snivy April 2021
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That’s everything we know about Pokemon Go’s May Community Day for 2021. For more information, check out our Twitter page @PokemonSwordNS and stick with Dexerto for more Pokemon Go guides.

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