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Pokémon Go December 2021 Community Day event guide

This is a great time to play catch-up for Community Days you may have missed

Gible, Oshawott, Shinx, and other Pokémon celebrate by a large 2021 Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Go’s huge December Community Day (or weekend, rather) takes place from Dec. 18-19, 2021, and this is the best opportunity for new players to catch up on missed events from the last year. Every Community Day Pokémon from 2021 will be featured during this event. Our Pokémon Go December Community Day guide explains what’s spawning, where to find Shiny Pokémon, and how to make the most of your Community Day weekend.

The Community Day perks will be active on both days from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in your local time.

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Featured Pokémon spawns for December Community Day

All the Pokémon from the 2021 Community Days will be spawning in abundance, depending on the date. All of the featured Pokémon will be attracted to Lures and Incense regardless of the day.

2 KM egg hatches for December Community Day

The Pokémon from the 2020 Community Days will be hatching from 2 KM eggs. This includes the following:

How do I make the most of December Community Day?

Tons of bonuses will be active from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day in your local time, so you should take advantage. Catch XP and Stardust will be doubled, and Incubators will hatch eggs in half the steps, so you should use any bonus items (like Lucky Eggs or Star Pieces) that you have.

From Dec. 17-20, players will also get to do one extra special trade per day, and trades will cost 25% less Stardust, so if you have good Pokémon to swap around, this is also a great time to do it.

That all being said, if you’re missing any of the above Community Day Pokémon or their evolutions, you should definitely use an Incense and catch what you can.

How do I find a Shiny Community Day Pokémon?

The Shiny rate on Community Days is approximately 1 in 25, according to The Silph Road’s research, so you should find Shiny Pokémon quickly.

However, since there are so many types of Pokémon spawning, it can be difficult to find a specific one. Your best bet is to go out on the day that features the Pokémon that you’re looking for and tap every Pokémon you see until you find a Shiny.

What Community Day moves does the Pokémon learn?

From Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. until Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. EST, the following Pokémon will learn these moves when evolved:

  • Charmeleon → Charizard: Dragon Breath
  • Kakuna → Beedrill: Drill Run
  • Kadabra → Alakazam: Counter
  • Machoke → Machamp: Payback
  • Haunter → Gengar: Shadow Punch
  • Magikarp → Gyarados: Aqua Tail
  • Eevee → Vaporeon: Scald
  • Eevee → Jolteon: Zap Cannon
  • Eevee → Flareon: Superpower
  • Eevee → Espeon: Shadow Ball
  • Eevee → Umbreon: Psychic
  • Nuzleaf → Shiftry: Bullet Seed
  • Swablu → Altaria: Moonblast
  • Prinplup → Empoleon: Hydro Cannon
  • Luxio → Luxray: Psychic Fangs
  • Roselia → Roserade: Bullet Seed and Weather Ball
  • Gabite → Garchomp: Earth Power
  • Rhydon → Rhyperior: Rock Wrecker
  • Electabuzz → Electivire: Flamethrower
  • Magmar → Magmortar: Thunderbolt
  • Eevee → Leafeon: Bullet Seed
  • Eevee → Glaceon: Water Pulse
  • Porygon2 → Porygon-Z: Tri Attack
  • Dusclops → Dusknoir: Shadow Ball
  • Servine → Serperior: Frenzy Plant
  • Pignite → Emboar: Blast Burn
  • Dewott → Samurott: Hydro Cannon
  • Fletchinder → Talonflame: Incinerate
  • Eevee → Sylveon: Psyshock

What Pokémon should I be prioritizing for December Community Day?

The fast answer: You should be trying to collect any Pokémon that you don’t have or you don’t have its evolutions for.

If you’ve played all throughout the year and have all these Pokémon, your main targets should be Machop, Roselia, and Gible, as their evolutions (Machamp, Roserade, and Garchomp) are all very powerful. Machamp is one of the best fighting-types, Roserade is one of the best grass- and poison-types, and Garchomp is a great dragon- and ground-type attacker. Having an arsenal of these will help you take down raids and gyms easily.

None of these three Pokémon use their Community Day moves in their best movesets, so you don’t have to rush to evolve them. Just grab as much candy as you can. Their best movesets are the following:

  • Machamp: Counter with Dynamic Punch
  • Garchomp: Dragon Tail with Outrage (dragon) or Mud Shot with Earthquake (ground)
  • Roserade: Razor Leaf with Grass Knot (grass) or Poison Jab with Sludge Bomb (poison)

If you have any Rhyhorn, you should also evolve them into Rhyperior during the event times, so you can get Rock Wrecker, which is Rhyperior’s best move. Rhyperior is super strong as well, so make sure to have one before the weekend ends. Teach your Rhyperior Smack Down to go with that Rock Wrecker and it’ll destroy things quick.

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