This month has certainly been a busy one for Pokemon Go. Armored Mewtwo recently made its debut in Raid Battles, and a special One Piece crossover event is set to kick off next week. Before that, however, Niantic is hosting another Community Day. This month’s event takes place this Sunday, July 21, giving players around the world another chance to capture some rare Pokemon and take advantage of extra in-game bonuses.
Most Pokemon Go Community Days typically only run for three hours, but the specifics of each event–such as what time it begins and what its featured Pokemon will be–tend to vary month by month. To help you prepare for this month’s event, we’ve rounded up all of the most important details about July’s Pokemon Go Community Day below, from its start times to the special event move this month’s featured Pokemon will be able to learn.
What Is July’s Featured Pokemon?
Ahead of each Community Day, Niantic designates one featured Pokemon, which will spawn much more frequently than normal during the event hours. This month, the featured Pokemon will be Mudkip, the Water-type starter from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. Throughout July’s Community Day, Mudkip will appear in the wild more often than usual, making this a good opportunity to stock up on Mudkip Candy. On top of that, you’ll have your first chance to come across a Shiny Mudkip during the event.
What Is July’s Community Day Move?
In addition to spawning more frequently than normal, each featured Pokemon is also capable of learning a special event-exclusive move during its Community Day. To obtain this move, however, you’ll need to evolve the Pokemon into its final form by the end of the event. That holds true for this month. Any Mudkip you evolve all the way into Swampert will learn the powerful Water attack Hydro Cannon, even if you originally captured it before the Community Day began. However, the Pokemon will only learn the move if you can evolve it up to an hour after July’s Community Day ends, giving you a fairly brief window of time to obtain it.
What Time Does July’s Community Day Start?
During the first year of their run, each Community Day would take place during a specific window of time, which would vary depending upon what region you lived in. Beginning this past March, however, Niantic changed the Community Day schedule so that the event runs from 3-6 PM local time, no matter where you live. To make the event a bit more enjoyable during the grueling summer months, Niantic has pushed July’s event times back slightly to 4-7 PM local time, when the weather is a little cooler. Niantic says the schedule will return to normal once summer is over.
What Other Bonuses Are There?
On top of increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic offers a few other bonuses during each Community Day as an extra incentive to participate in the event. This month, you’ll earn triple the normal amount of XP for capturing Pokemon during the Community Day. Additionally, any Lure Modules you use will last three hours, rather than their usual 30 minutes.