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Pokémon Go December 2022 Community Day, Timed Research guide

It’s more like a Community Weekend

A big 2022 with several Community Day Pokémon around it, including Deino, Hoppip, Spheal, Litwick, and Stufful Image: Niantic

Pokémon Go is ending its year as usual with a Community Weekend, bringing back Pokémon featured in Community Days from the past year. On Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 players will be able to find previous Community Day Pokémon in the wild, with a high chance to find them shiny.

From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on both days, the Community Day Pokémon will be spawning in large numbers, but perks like doubled XP and Stardust will only be active from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in your local time. In addition, specific Pokémon will spawn on each day from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., making it easier to find specific Pokémon you missed.

The shiny rate from 2-5 p.m. will be at the usual Community Day rate for the featured Pokémon, meaning it’s about a 1 in 25 chance to find a shiny. Just keep tapping the Pokémon you’re looking for a shiny of, and it’s bound to turn up. Make sure to use an Incense to boost your spawns as well.

Pokémon from the 2021 Community Day events will also be available in two km eggs and raids to help people catch up even more.

All of the Pokémon from both 2021 and 2022 will be able to learn their special Legacy moves when evolved during the event, with Ursaluna having a specific time slot.

Below, we list out the Timed Research, perks, and schedule for the Community Day Weekend.


December Community Day 2022 Timed Research and rewards

Step 1 of 5

  • Power up Pokémon 7 times (Hoppip encounter)
  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (Roselia encounter)
  • Catch 15 Pokémon featured during December Community Day 2022 (Starly encounter)

Rewards: Sandshrew encounter

Step 2 of 5

  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (Alolan Sandshrew encounter)
  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (Stufful encounter)

Rewards: Oshawott encounter

Step 3 of 5

  • Evolve 2 Pokémon (Eevee encounter)
  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (Machop encounter)
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (Spheal encounter)

Rewards: Tepig encounter

Step 4 of 5

  • Power up Pokémon 7 times (Snivy encounter)
  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (Gible encounter)
  • Catch 15 Pokémon featured during December Community Day 2022 (Galarian Zigzagoon encounter)

Rewards: Litwick encounter

Step 5 of 5

  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (Geodude encounter)
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (Teddiursa encounter)
  • Power up Pokémon 10 times (Fletchling encounter)

Rewards: Deino encounter


Featured Community Day Weekend Pokémon and dates

In addition to the spawns below, the three Pokémon from the Community Day Classic events (Bulbasaur, Dratini, and Mudkip) will be spawning on both days at a rarer rate.

Saturday (Dec. 17 from 2-5 p.m.)

Alolan and regular Sandshrew and Sandslash with their Shiny forms. Shiny regular Sandshrew is green and Sandslash gets red spikes. Shiny Alolan Sandshrew and Sandslash both get darker blue accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic
Alolan Geodude, Graveler, and Golem with their Shiny forms. Each Shiny turns orange from brown or grey. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic
Shiny Hoppip, Skiploom, and Jumpluff with their regular forms. Hoppip goes from pink to green, Skiploom goes from green to pink, and Jumpluff goes from blue to pink. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic
Shiny Spheal, Sealio, and Walrein with their regular forms. Their Shiny forms are all purple or pink instead of blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Mihoyo
Shiny Bewear and Stufful. While usually pink, their Shiny forms are golden Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic

Sunday (Dec. 18 from 2-5 p.m.)

Teddiursa, Ursaring, and Ursaluna with their Shiny forms. Teddiursa and Ursaring both turn lime green, but Ursaring gets a red tint. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon, Linoone, and Obstagoon with its normal version. The Shiny versions are bright pink and sky blue, rather than black and white. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny Starly, Staravia, and Staraptor with their regular forms. All three Shiny forms are more light brown. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Roggenrola, Boldore, and Gigalith with their normal forms. Shiny Roggenrola is red and orange. Shiny Boldore and Gigalith have blue crystals instead of orange. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny Litwick Lampent and Chandelure with their regular forms. The normal forms all have purple flames and golden eyes, but Shiny Litwick has a blue flame with blue eyes, Shiny Lampent has a magenta flame with blue eyes, and Shiny Chandelure has orange flames and orange eyes. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Deino, Zweilous, and Hydreigon stand next to their Shiny forms, which turn their blue body green. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

December Community Day raid and 2 km egg Pokémon

All of these Pokémon are from 2021 Community Days:

Shiny Machop, Machoke, and Machamp with their regular versions. The Shiny versions are all tinted green, rather than blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: The Pokémon Company/Niantic
A comparison between Shiny Eevee and its evolutions to its normal forms. Shiny Eevee is silver, Shiny Vaporeon is purple, Shiny Jolteon is green, Shiny Flareon is brown, Shiny Espeon is neon green, Shiny Umbreon has blue accents, Shiny Leafeon is darker, Shiny Glaceon is lighter, and Shiny Sylveon is blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny and normal Swablu and Altaria. Shiny Swablu and Altaria are both golden instead of light blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image: The Pokémon Company/Niantic
Shiny Duskull, Dusclops, and Dusknoir with their regular forms. Shiny Duskull and Dusclops turn red, whereas Shiny Dusknoir gets a blue wash over it. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shinx, Luxio, and Luxray with their Shiny forms. All three turn gold from blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
A comparison between Shiny Budew, Roselia, and Roserade. Shiny Budew’s bib is purple instead of green, Shiny Roselia’s flowers are blue and black instead of red and blue, and Shiny Roserade’s flowers are purple and black instead of red and blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: The Pokémon Company/Niantic
Shiny Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp side by side. Shiny Gible is a more teal-blue with a yellow tummy. Shiny Gabite is a brighter blue with neon teal highlights. Shiny Garchomp is a more faded blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image source: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny and normal Snivy and its evolutions. Shiny Snivy and its evolutions are slightly bluer shades of green. Shiny Serperior has more neon-like colors and Shiny Servine has deeper orange colors instead of gold. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
A comparison between Tepig, Pignite, and Emboar’s normal and Shiny colors. Shiny Tepig is more golden and red. Shiny Pignite is a lighter orange with light purple accents. Shiny Emboar has blue flames and accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny Oshawott, Dewott, and Samurott with their normal forms. Shiny Oshawott is more blue than teal, Shiny Dewott is more teal than light blue and Shiny Samurott is a darker blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic
Fletchling and its evolutions compared with its Shiny versions. The Shiny versions are more golden yellow. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

December 2022 Community Weekend special moves

When these Pokémon evolve on Dec. 17 or 18 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., they will learn a special move:

  • Ivysaur → Venusaur: Frenzy Plant
  • Sandshrew → Sandslash: Night Slash
  • Alolan Sandshrew → Alolan Sandslash: Shadow Claw
  • Machoke → Machamp: Payback
  • Alolan Geodude → Alolan Golem: Rollout
  • Eevee → Vaporeon: Scald
  • Eevee → Jolteon: Zap Cannon
  • Eevee → Flareon: Superpower
  • Eevee → Espeon: Shadow Ball
  • Eevee → Umbreon: Psychic
  • Eevee → Leafeon: Bullet Seed
  • Eevee → Glaceon: Water Pulse
  • Eevee → Sylveon: Psyshock
  • Dragonair → Dragonite: Draco Meteor
  • Skiploom → Jumpluff: Acrobatics
  • Mudkip → Swampert: Hydro Cannon
  • Swablu → Altaria: Moonblast
  • Sealeo → Walrein: Icicle Spear
  • Staravia → Staraptor: Gust
  • Luxio → Luxray: Psychic Fangs
  • Roselia → Roserade: Bullet Seed and Weather Ball
  • Gabite → Garchomp: Earth Power
  • Dusclops → Dusknoir: Shadow Ball
  • Servine → Serperior: Frenzy Plant
  • Pignite → Emboar: Blast Burn
  • Dewott → Samurott: Hydro Cannon
  • Boldore → Gigalith: Meteor Beam
  • Lampent → Chandelure: Poltergeist
  • Zweilous → Hydreigon: Brutal Swing
  • Fletchinder → Talonflame: Incinerate
  • Stufful → Bewear: Drain Punch
  • Galarian Linoone → Obstagoon: Obstruct
  • Ursaring → Ursaluna: High Horsepower

Note that Ursaring will only evolve during a special full moon, which Niantic said will occur at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 until 6 a.m. on Dec. 18. The moon will also occur from 2-9 p.m. on Dec. 18.


December Community Day bonuses and perks

From 2-5 p.m. on both days, the following bonuses will be active:

  • Catch XP doubled
  • Catch Stardust doubled
  • Catch candy doubled (XL included)
  • Hatch distance for eggs put into Incubators during the above time halved
  • Lures last for three hours
  • Incense last for three house

From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on both days, you’ll also be able to do two special trades per day. Plus, Stardust costs for trading will be halved.

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