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Pokémon Go December Community Days guide: best movesets and start times

Catch up on what you missed earlier this year

Pokémon Go celebrates the end of 2019 with a special Community Day featuring all of this year’s Pokémon Niantic
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Pokémon Go’s final Community events of the year are upon us, and it’s a mega event throughout the weekend on Dec. 14 and 15.

Throughout the weekend all of this year’s Community Day Pokémon, will have higher spawn rates during the set times. You can also evolve these Pokémon during the event time to learn any of the 2018 and 2019 Community Day moves.

What’s the schedule for the Community Days?

On Dec. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in your local time, Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch, Bagon, Turtwig, and Chimchar will have increased spawn rates.

The Pokémon from last year’s Community Days, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Eevee, Dratini, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Mareep, Larvitar, and Beldum, will appear in raids during this time.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in your local time on both days, there will be doubled catch Stardust and XP, and halved egg hatch distance when you put eggs into Incubators during the event period.

There will also be special spawns that are boosted even further during this three hour time period. On Dec. 14, Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Slakoth, and Bagon will spawn more. On Dec. 15, Mudkip, Ralts, Trapinch, Turtwig, and Chimchar will be boosted.

If that’s all confusing to you, here’s a handy graphic made by koljanowak on The Silph Road subreddit.

What should I do to get the most out of the Community Days?

Definitely head out during the three-hour period (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each day) to catch Pokémon while using a Star Piece and Lucky Egg if possible. There’ll be lots of good Pokémon out there and those doubled bonuses are great.

If you missed out on any of this year’s Community Days, you should also hunt down some of those Pokémon and use Pinap Berries to catch them. Some of these spawns (like Bagon) are rare and require a lot of candy to evolve.

Based off of last year’s December event, all of the featured Pokémon will likely spawn with boosted Shiny rates (though there’s no confirmation from Niantic on this yet).

What Pokémon should I focus on?

While collectors should focus on just grabbing anything missing from their Pokédex, some of the Community Day Pokémon are among the best raid and gym attackers for their type. Note that to get the special Community Day move, you have to evolve your Pokémon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in your local time on Dec. 14 and 15.

Salamence is the strongest non-Legendary dragon-type when paired with Dragon Tail and Outrage, which is its Community Day move. All three of the Hoenn region starters, Blaziken, Sceptile, and Swampert, have high DPS in their respective type when paired with their Community Day moves. Give Blaziken Fire Spin and Blast Burn, Sceptile Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant, and Swampert Water Gun and Hydro Cannon for a pretty solid team.

Gardevoir is the best fairy-type attacker, with Charm and Dazzling Gleam. Mamoswine is the best ice-type attacker in the game, with Powder Snow and Avalanche. But since neither of these are Community Day exclusive moves, you don’t need to worry about evolving these folks during the event. Just focus on gathering as much candy as possible.

If you’re going out raiding for 2018’s Community Day Pokémon, Beldum, Larvitar, and Dratini are all solid grabs. All three of them have extremely strong Community Day moves and should also be evolved during the weekend’s event time.

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