What is Pokémon Go’s Community Day event?
Intended to get players out and playing at a specific time, each constrained time occasion will offer highlighted Pokémon with a one of a kind and selective move that will produce for three hours, nearby an asset reward -, for example, twofold XP, Stardust or Lure Modules – as motivating forces to get out there and playing.
Developer Niantic hopes the regular event will add to the “excitement of local events and meetups”, suggesting it’s a good time to get your friends together at this set time, and possibly make a few new ones while out there.
The heightened player activity might make it easier to take on Raids and Gyms, so keep that in mind during the three hour period, as well as making savvy use of the resource multiplier in effect with things like Lucky Eggs and Stardust, too.
Pokémon Go Community Day date, times, featured Pokémon Mareep explained
The third Pokémon Go Community details are as follows:
Featured Pokémon: Mareep
Date: Sunday, April 15th
- Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or GMT, 11am to 2pm CET
- North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
- Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST
Note that, for now, these times are purely speculative, based on the times for the last few events which have stayed the same – we’re still waiting on an official time from Niantic.
Unique move: TBC (when evolving Flaafy into Ampharos during the event)
Bonus 1: 1/4 Egg Hatching Distance (Eggs take a quarter of the usual time to hatch)
Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.
How useful is Mareep?
Although its evolutions Flaafy and Ampharos aren’t hugely valuable in the current meta, a decent, relatively bulky Eletric-type like Ampharos is always going to be handy, particularly with the abundance of Water and Flying-type Pokémon – and Legendary Pokémon in particular – that are in the game.
Likewise, Mareep spawns have also been pretty rare, even more so than starter Pokémon like Bulbasaur, and so there’s a fair chance a lot of players will stil be without their first Ampharos in the Pokédex.
There’s also going to be an exclusive move that Ampharos can get during this event, as there has been in previous Community Day events, although that’s yet to be confirmed officially. It also looks pretty cool, if we say so ourselves.
Will there be a shiny Mareep?
Though Niantic has yet to confirm specifics, based on previous Community Day events, it’s highly likely shiny Mareep will debut as part of the event, and between a higher quantities of Mareep appearing and the likelihood of an increased shiny spawn rate, it shouldn’t be toodifficult to find.
How to prepare for Community Day
As always, it’s probably worth picking up some Lucky Eggs from the in-game store when you can, as you’ll be cathing and hatching plenty of Pokémon throughout the day. Better yet, Star Pieces will be handy for the increased Egg Hatching rates, especially considering the fact you’ll be getting lots of Stardust just from catching Pokémon in bulk as you go.
If you plan to chain Mareep catches, you may also want to consider staying near a clustered group of PokéStops with Lures enabled (which increases the creatures that spawn round them for all players), as well as using Incense (increase the spawn rate of creatures around you alone).
It may also be worth stockpiling Pinap Berries and Great or Ultra Balls, too. The Pinaps will increase your Candy gains, if there are a few Mareep you want to evolve into Ampharos and power up completely, and you can really burn through Poké Balls over the course of the event. Again, they’re not one of the game’s best creatures, but it’s a capable Electric type to have in your box, especially if it has good IVs.