December Community Day is here!

Ho ho ho hello there, Trainers!

Welcome to this month’s community day report!

Pokemon as a franchise has a pretty great relationship with the holiday season. Despite still being 10 years old, Ash Ketchum has experienced several Christmas seasons! How does that work? No clue. In fact, even during Generation 1, before Stantler was an available choice, Santa was shown to travel around the world using the power of Ponyta!

But we’re not here to talk about episodes of the anime. (I could do that in other articles if you want – let me know in the comments!) You’re here to see what this Community Day has to stuff in your stocking.

Well for starters prepare for trouble, and make it double! You get not one but two community days this month! Talk about gifts! They are December 14th and 15th from 1:00am till 2:00pm on both days! Also, from 9:00am till 9:00pm a range of creatures from this past year’s Community Days will spawn, and more monsters from 2018 Community Days will appear in Raids.

During the 11:00am till 2:00pm periods, these bonuses will be available:

  • Double XP! So, for those of you still working on hitting level 40, throw down a Lucky Egg too for quadruple XP.
  • Double Stardust! My favorite. Drop a Star Piece for triple Stardust!
  • Half distance for any Egg placed in an Incubator during event hours.
  • December 14th and 15th spawns are Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch, Bagon, Turtwig and Chimchar. (With Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Slakoth and Bagon more frequently between 11:00am and 2:00pm on the 14th, and Mudkip, Ralts, Trapinch, Turtwig and Chimchar between 11:00am and 2:00pm on the 15th.)
  • December 14th Raids are Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Eevee, Dratini, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Mareep, Larvitar and Beldum.
  • December 14th will see these Pokemon hatching more frequently from eggs: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, Dratini, Totodile, Mareep, Swinub, Larvitar, Treecko, Torchic, Slakoth and Bagon
  • December 15th will see these Pokemon hatching more frequently from Eggs: Squirtle, Eevee, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Mudkip, Ralts, Trapinch, Beldum, Turtwig and Chimchar
  • All prior Community Day moves will be available for all prior Community Day Pokemon! So if you catch a good one or have one saved, go ahead and evolve it between 11:00am and 2:00pm on either day.
  • Here is a list of Community Day moves and the base level Pokemon that they are attached to.

  • Frenzy Plant – Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treeko, Turtwig
  • Blast Burn – Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar
  • Hydro Canon – Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip
  • Surf – Pikachu (Was caught with this move on its Community Day.)
  • Last Resort – Eevee
  • Draco Meteor – Dratini
  • Dragon Pulse – Ampharos
  • Smack Down – Larvitar (Fast Move)
  • Synchronize – Ralts
  • Body Slam – Slakoth
  • Earth Power – Trapinch
  • Meteor Mash – Beldum
  • Outrage – Bagon
  • Ancient Power – Swinub
  • So, with all of these critters to pick from I decided to do a spotlight on Bagon. This fun little Dragon was the Community Day star right before I started writing these articles.

    Spotlight on Bagon

    Joining us on our journey in Generation 3 is this lively, blue Dragon Type with a rock hard head and big ambitions. We find this li’l blue beastie in Meteor Falls in a secluded area accessible with Surf. The Pokedex tells us that Bagon desires flight due to evolutionary information locked into it’s genes. It climbs cliffs and chucks itself off them every day to try and unlock its ability to fly. This practise has, presumably over the course of many generations, given this Pokemon a rocky head, harder than iron… but being as this critter isn’t Rock or Steel type, we can safely assume this is some kind of keratin or bone. Either way, it smashes rocks with its head in frustration at not being able to fly.

    It, like Larvitar in the Generation before it, goes through an awkward pupae stage… though, it at least has legs. Shelgon is what this stage is called.

    Salamence is the final stage and it’s Dragon/Flying. The Pokedex informs us that the long held desire for flight finally causes the growth of wings. It says this is a mutation but honestly, it seems like it should be this way so I’m not sure they’re using the word right. Anyway, it soars through the air, happy as can be, burninating the countryside in its joy. If you enrage it, however, it will lose all sense of self and destroy the area until tuckered out.

    It has a Mega Evolution in Generation 6 and 7.

    In Pokemon GO It’s got pretty good stats. Max CP of 3749, 277 Attack, 168 Defense and 216 Stamina. Great Attack and mid-range bulk mean it can deal great damage and stick to the field for a good while. For Fast Attacks it has Bite, Fire Fang and Dragon Tail (STAB) And for Charged Attacks you get Hydro Pump, Fire Blast and Draco Meteor (STAB). The Community Day move is Outrage and is the best choice if you can get it. Otherwise go for Draco Meteor. (Though, I do like Hydro Pump as well for a generalist set. Can work well against Ground Types coupled with Salamence being a Flying type and thus resistant to Ground Type attacks.)

    And that should be everything that you need to know trainers! I really like that Niantic gives us the option to go out there and find more that we may have missed getting the first time around. Were there any that you missed out on that you want to snag now that there’s an opportunity? (I only got one Shiny Chimchar. So. Here’s hoping for more of those.)

    Good luck, Trainers!

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