Pokemon Go Features Surfing Pikachu In Its First Community Day Event

Pokemon Go Community Day

A year and a half later, Niantic is trying to revive that magic with a new monthly event called Community Day, during which players can meet up at local parks to encounter a special Pokemon. The goal of the event is to encourage players to meet up at local parks with other trainers and experience the full benefits of being part of the Pokemon Go community.

When Pokemon Go launched two summers ago, it was a bona fide phenomenon. This bonuses include increased XP or Stardust, and lure modules will last three hours during it.

The first Community Day will take place on January 20th and it will star Pikachu. If players catch that special Pokemon during the event, it will have a special exclusive move that it wouldn't otherwise be able to learn.

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For January's event, Niantic has already confirmed the special Pokemon will be Surfing Pikachu. You'll also earn double XP for the effort. During these hours, a Pikachu that knows Surf will be catchable in Pokemon Go. Niantic did not specify if these event Pokemon are exclusive to the host parks, or anywhere around the world.

Asia-Pacific Region: 12:00 PM - 3 PM JST. This day's event session will take place at a different time dependent on each trainer's region of the world. Plus, some of these Community Day Pokemon could add some much needed variety to gyms and the Pokemon Go metagame, which often stagnates in between Pokemon releases.

The company is no stranger to fostering a community around their AR games, either - their earlier creation Ingress sees regular "XM Anomaly" live competitive events which still attract a lot of interest from players and fans, and there's a series of #NL1331 events happening in Australia and New Zealand this month (head to ingress.com/events to find out more).

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