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Pokemon GO players mad after Charmander gets another Community Day event

Published: 24/Aug/2020 22:56 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 8:06

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon GO’s October Community Day event voting contest ended in controversy after fans chose Charmander. Some players of the mobile game became outraged over the Gen I Fire type winning more than once. 

Pokemon GO made its groundbreaking debut in 2016, and became an absolute cultural phenomena. Mobile users from around the world ventured outside to catch their favorite monsters in the real world.


In 2018, developer Niantic introduced Community Day celebrations that gave Trainers a chance to catch a specific ‘mon. However, for this October’s event, some players became furious after fans voted for Charmander for a second time.

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Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The popular fire Pokemon gets another Community Day event this October.

Pokemon GO Charmander Community Day sparks outrage

On August 20, the official Twitter account for Pokemon GO announced that they were holding a voting poll to decide September and October’s Community Day events. Players had the choice between Caterpie, Grimer, Porygon, and Charmander.


After 24 hours, the votes were tallied and the two monsters that the community chose were Porygon at 55%, and Charmander at 36%. The other two Gen I characters didn’t stand a chance. However, the results immediately sparked backlash from players.

Charmander began trending on Twitter after fans took to social media to vent their anger. Many GO fans were furious that Gen I Fire starter won, since the monster already had a Community Day Event in previous years.

Players such as ‘CraigStmar82’ hit out at fellow voters, exclaiming, “If you voted Charmander, please remove yourselves from this game. You are not considered apart of this community.” ‘AnaKelkel’ said, “I’m skipping October then. As are probably a lot of players since Charmander is such a sh**ty choice.” Trainer ‘ValarMorales’ agreed, “Pokemon GO community is so stupid.”


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Not every GO Trainer was as angry over the results, as some found a bright side to the repeat Charmander event. ‘Ravearite’ tweeted, “I knew the simps would vote charizard. I don’t have it so it will be new to my collection.” Poke fan ‘BNJM37’ posted, “Jesus f**k it’s a game, some people didn’t play when it was out last time.”

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For those interested in the upcoming events, Porygon will be the star of September’s celebration. The Normal-type could eventually be upgraded to a Porygon-Z with the powerful Tri Attack move.

October belongs to the wildly popular Gen I Fire starter Charmander – whether some like it or not. The adorable dinosaur-like creature can evolve into the mighty Charizard with Dragon Breath.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.