Niantic are celebrating the introduction of the Remote Raid Pass by bringing some familiar legends back to Pokemon Go. The returning Legendary Pokemon include Darkrai, Altered Forme Giratina and Virizion.
Many had thought the next Legendary species to feature in five-star Raid Battles following Landorus would have been a new Pokemon. Kyurem seemed the most logical, although some trainers thought Reshiram and Zekrom might come first. That has proved not to be, though.
Instead we will get Darkrai, Giratina-A and Virizion in each of the next respective three weeks. To kick the event off you can check out our Pokemon Go Darkrai Raid guide.
Darkrai is actually a Mythical Pokemon and is returning to Raid Battles for the third time…
Darkrai: Tuesday, April 28, 1pm to Tuesday, May 5, 1pm PDT (GMT −7)
Altered Forme Giratina: Tuesday, May 5, 1pm to Tuesday, May 12, 1pm PDT (GMT −7)
Virizion: Tuesday, May 12, 1pm to Tuesday, May 19, 1pm PDT (GMT −7)
Maybe that means we can expect the next Legendary Pokemon release on May 19.
Who’d have thought it – Raid Battles can now be played remotely…
Remote Raid Passes
Niantic promised trainers that they’d be able to play Raid Battles remotely and now they have delivered. Remote Raid Passes went live for all trainers on April 27.
Each Remote Raid Pass costs 100 PokeCoins but you can also purchase three of them for a discounted 250. That’s not all however, as to introduce them to the Pokemon Go world you can buy three of them for a one-off purchase of just one PokeCoin.
A lot of scheduled five-star Raid Battles don’t have anyone participating in them because players know how tough they can be. Trainers don’t want to waste a Premium Raid Pass only for nobody else to show up. After all, some of the harder Legendary Pokemon require at least four trainers to take down.
Hopefully the Remote Raid Passes will change that whereby they will be more accessible to more people. If you use them wisely, you might be able to get each of Darkrai, Altered Forme Giratina and Virizion over the next three weeks.
Niantic have revealed details about Pokemon Go’s December Community Day, and we’ve got all the information you need right here.
December is a big month for the popular mobile game. As well as introducing several Gen 6 species including Fennekin and Froakie to the mix for the first time, there’s a Kalos Celebration Event and a rare chance to catch a Shiny Celebi.
Then there’s the final Community Day of the year, which will round off 2020 nicely. This event will actually be a two-day event that runs across the weekend and will feature all the Pokemon from 2019 and 2020’s Community Days.
Pokemon Go’s final Community Day brings back features from across 2019 and 2020
As well as event-exclusive Timed Research tasks and a Special Research story, there are a number of returning exclusive attacks you can unlock, and an increased chance to catch specific Shiny Pokemon.
December Community Day start time and dates
Pokemon Go’s December Community Day will actually take place across two days, just like it did in 2019. It will begin on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 6 AM local time and run until Sunday, December 13, 2020, and 10 PM local time.
This means you’ll have a whole weekend, 40 hours in total, to enjoy the event; catch as many of the featured Pokemon as possible, and try and get any exclusive attacks you missed out on before.
December Community Day featured Pokemon
There are 22 species of Pokemon that will be featured in the weekend Community Day, and there are three different ways to find them, depending on which one you want. They’re split between catching in the wild, raids, or hatching 2km Eggs.
Below is a list of December Community Day featured Pokemon and how to find them:
Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild: Charmander, Weedle, Abra, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Electabuzz, Magmar, Magikarp, Porygon, Seedot, and Piplup.
Pokémon appearing in raids: Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch, Bagon, Turtwig, and Chimchar.
Pokémon hatching from 2 km Eggs: Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch, Bagon, Turtwig, and Chimchar.
22 Pokemon will be featured during Pokemon Go’s December Community Day
December Community Day exclusive moves
As well as featuring the 22 Pokemon from 2019 and 2020, Pokemon Go’s December Community Day will bring back all the exclusive attacks you may have missed from the past two years.
If you evolve one of the following Pokemon during the event, their Evolution will know an exclusive attack. You can find the full list of exclusive attacks below:
Evolve Charmeleon to get a Charizard that knows Dragon Breath
Evolve Kakuna to get a Beedrill that knows Drill Run
Evolve Kadabra to get an Alakazam that knows Counter
Evolve Haunter to get a Gengar that knows Shadow Punch
Evolve Rhydon to get a Rhyperior that knows Rock Wrecker
Evolve Electabuzz to get an Electivire that knows Flamethrower
Evolve Magmar to get a Magmortar that knows Thunderbolt
Evolve Magikarp to get a Gyarados that knows Aqua Tail
Evolve Porygon2 to get a Porygon-Z that knows Tri Attack
Evolve Croconaw to get a Feraligatr that knows Hydro Cannon
Evolve Piloswine to get a Mamoswine that knows Ancient Power
Evolve Grovyle to get a Sceptile that knows Frenzy Plant
Evolve Combusken to get a Blaziken that knows Blast Burn
Evolve Nuzleaf to get a Shiftry that knows Bullet Seed
Evolve Kirlia to get a Gardevoir or Gallade that knows Synchronoise
Evolve Vigoroth to get a Slaking that knows Body Slam
Evolve Marshtomp to get a Swampert that knows Hydro Cannon
Evolve Vibrava to get a Flygon that knows Earth Power
Evolve Shelgon to get a Salamence that knows Outrage
Evolve Grotle to get a Torterra that knows Frenzy Plant
Evolve Monferno to get an Infernape that knows Blast Burn
Evolve Prinplup to get an Empoleon that knows Hydro Cannon
Mega Charizard X will appear more often in raids during December Community Day
December Community Day Shiny Pokemon
On Saturday, from 11 AM to 5 PM local time, trainers will get double Catch Stardust and half Egg Hatch Distance, as well a the usual three-hour Incense. Mega Gengar will appear more often in Raids.
The following Pokemon will have increased Shiny rates:
On Sunday, from 11 AM to 5 PM local time, trainers will get double Catch Stardust and half Egg Hatch Distance, as well a the usual three-hour Incense. Mega Charizard X will appear more often in Raids.
The following Pokemon will have increased Shiny rates:
All that not enough for you? Well, there’s also a one-time-purchase December Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokeCoins that features 30 Ultra Balls, five Lucky Eggs, one Elite Fast TM, and one Elite Charged TM.
There will also be an event-exclusive Timed Research quest, which will bag you an Elite Charged TM and other rewards, and a Special Research story that will cost you $1 or the equivalent in your local currency.
And there you have it, everything you need to know about the December Community Day. For the latest updates and guides, make sure you visit our dedicated Pokemon Go page.