Despite the mostly adverse reaction to Pokémon Go‘s first live event last year, Go Fest in Chicago, it seems Niantic is trying to bring the concept back for another try. However, instead of relegating the excitement to one area of the globe, trainers will experience the new event wherever they are located. Apart from the chance to get together with friends and fellow players, the most significant pull will be a unique Pokémon that can learn an unusual move.
Niantic announced the new monthly event, known as Community Day, through a blog. During the event, a starring Pokémon will appear more frequently for three hours in players’ local parks. Catching the Pokémon is only half the fun, though, as capturing the event creature will reward it with a unique move. In addition to the exclusive Pokémon, the Community Day will extend Lures by three hours and offer double XP.
Thankfully, Niantic already has a Community Day planned to launch the event. On January 20th, players will be able to explore their local parks to find a special Pikachu. The creature will have the unique Surf ability, which harkens to the Surfin’ Pikachu seen in the anime and games. It’s unclear if the Pikachu trainers see on January 20th will have a surfboard, but for now, knowing it can learn Surf should entice players enough.
The current availability of Surfing Pikachu is as follows:
- The Asia-Pacific region: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. JST
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. UTC
- The Americas and Greenland: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT
While we still know very little about Niantic’s plans for Community Day moving forward, it wouldn’t be out of the question for it to be the opportunity for Mythical Pokémon to arrive in the game finally. Creatures like Mew and Celebi are as rare as other Legendary Pokémon currently seen in the raid system, but due to their cute and harmless natures, it would make more sense for Niantic to offer them to capture only. For now, players can look forward to the first Community Day and continue catching the latest wave of Generation III Pokémon.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant