Community Day Classic featuring Bulbasaur! Strange, Isn’t It?

Hey, Trainers! Welcome to the first Pokemon GO Community Day Classic!

I’m a fan of this idea – it’s a really good balance of allowing for newer players to get older Community Day ‘mons and moves while seasoned players can pick up more or skip it depending on their level of interest! And Niantic can hopefully concentrate more on new Pokemon for the main event days!

The date and time are Saturday, January 22, 2:00pm till 5:00pm.

Bonuses are:

  • 3X Catch XP! Level 50, let’s GOOOOOOO!
  • 3 hour duration on Incense and Lures activated during event times.
  • For $1 or your local equivalent, you’ll get to participate in a Special Research quest – Bulbasaur Community Day Classic!
  • For 1280 Pokecoins you can get a special Even Box containing 50 Ultra Balls, 5 Lucky Eggs, 5 Star Pieces and an Elite Charged TM.
  • 30 Ultra Balls will be available in the Shop for no cost.
  • Photo bombs!
  • Herds of Bulbasaur meandering hither and yon.
  • Evolve your ‘Saur all the way to Venusaur during event hours or up to 2 hours after and snag Frenzy Plant.
  • You might get a Shiny or two!
  • So, the star of the show, National ‘Dex #001, the original Onion Turtle, Bulbasaur!

    Spotlight on Bulbasaur

    My favorite thing about Bulbasaur is that it’s Japanese name translates in an interesting way; Fushigidane is the word, with Fushigi translating into Miracle, Weird and Mysterious in English as it has no exact, single word translation. Tane is the Japanese word for seed, but it’s softened to Dane and when these words are combined in Japanese, the whole thing translates, roughly, into “Strange, isn’t it?” I love this.

    It’s also my Wife’s favorite Gen 1 Starter.

    Anyway! The Pokedex tells us that this Pokemon is born with the bulb on its back and it grows progressively larger as it ages. It stores nutrients in this bulb and this stored fuel means it doesn’t need to eat more than once every few days. It naps in a sunny spot to replenish its energy stores.

    It evolves into Ivysaur (Which, by the way, was designed before Bulbasaur – they worked backwards from Ivysaur’s design.) and then into Venusaur.

    Venusaur is known to wander in search of sunlight which it collects using the flower on its back. This flower releases a scent that attracts other Pokemon and soothes people.

    So, can it soothe its opponents in Pokemon GO?

    With a Max CP of 3075, Attack of 198, Defense of 189 and Stamina of 190, it’s fairly average. Stats across the board are good, not great. Grass/Poison means it has 4 vulnerabilities in Fire, Ice, Psychic and Flying. It has 5 resistances in Fighting, Water, Fairy, Electric and especially Grass.

    In terms of Fast Attacks it’s STAB city! Vine Whip and Razor Leaf. It’s also all STAB for Charged Attacks. Sludge Bomb, Solar Beam, Petal Blizzard and Frenzy Plant.

    Venusaur also comes in Mega! Stats are: CP 4181, Att 241, Def 246, Sta 190.

    It also has a Gigantamax version, which, who knows? We might get one day.

    Shiny Bulbasaur is a warmer, more yellow green so not the most distinct Shiny but not as hard as some to spot.

    And that’s all I got for you, Trainers! As per usual, I wish you the absolute best of luck! Stay safe and have fun!

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