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Pokémon Go Mudkip Community Day guide: start times, movesets, and more

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The star of Pokémon Go’s July Community Day is the Hoenn region’s water-type starter, Mudkip.

The event takes place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in your local time on July 21. Note that this is a Sunday, not a Saturday, so don’t miss out on your chance to grab as many Mudkips as you can.

Swampert, Mudkip’s final evolution, is the second best water-type attacker with its Community Day move, coming second to the Legendary Kyogre. That being said, it’s time to nab as many Swamperts as you can.

How do I get a Shiny Mudkip?

Shiny Mudkips will spawn among the rest of them at about a one-in-24 rate. After this event, it’ll be added to the game’s normal Shiny pool and will only be found at a one in 450 chance, so now is the time to hoard them if you want them!

Models of the Shiny and regular forms of Mudkip, Marshtomp, and Swampert, from Pokemon Go
Purple boys!
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What move does Swampert learn?

Swampert learns Hydro Cannon when evolved during the Community Day event, just like its water-type starter brethren. Make sure to evolve your Mudkips to Swamperts within the time period (one hour after the spawns stop, so 8 p.m.) in order to grab this move. Swampert isn’t super great without it.

Pair Hydro Cannon with Water Gun to make it the strongest it can be.

How do I make the most of this Community Day?

This Community Day also offers tripled catch XP throughout the three-hour period, which means you should consider using a Lucky Egg as you catch all your Mudkips. It’ll rake in the XP as you grab the adorable axolotl Pokémon.

Lures will also last for three hours instead of 30 minutes, so dropping down a lure in a nice, shaded area might be a good idea to beat out the heat while still grabbing a bunch of ‘kips.

If you’re deciding which shiny Mudkips to evolve at the end of the day, try using one of the new search strings. Sort your ‘mons by “recent” using the lower right icon, then type “4*” in the search box at the top. This will let you know if you have any 100% IV Mudkips. Most people won’t be so lucky, so next you’ll want to type “3*” in the search box, which will show you any recent ‘mons that are 80% or above. Appraise these to see which one is best and then evolve your new buddy!