Niantic is launching Pokémon Go Community Days, a monthly event where players are encouraged to go out and play the game together. Not only is it a good way to meet fellow trainers, but Niantic is also offering a special incentive for participants.
During Pokémon Go Community Days, players will have a few hours to find and capture a rare Pokémon. For the first event, which will run Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT, a Pikachu that knows the move Surf will be out in the wild. Lure Modules will also last a full three hours to help out trainers looking out for surfin’ Pikachu, and everyone will benefit from bonus experience points as well.
Surfing Pikachu is a fan-favorite variation of the electric-type Pokémon, and it’s appeared in several of the series’ games over the years. Its first appearance was in Pokémon Yellow, which features a special minigame called Pikachu’s Beach. Using a Pikachu that knows Surf, players can get Pikachu on a little surfboard to ride some nice, pixelated waves. Since then, the beach boy has appeared in games like Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Channel, as well as mainline games via special events.
We’re not sure that Pokémon Go will hand this Pikachu a surfboard, unfortunately. Other special Pokémon will feature in subsequent Community Days, so plan to spend at least one day a month hanging out in the park with other players if you’re a collector.