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Pokémon Go December 2023 Community Weekend event guide

There are tons of Pokémon to nab this weekend

Several Pokémon surround big numbers that say “2023” including Noibat, Slowpoke, Wooper, Chespin, Poliwag, and more. Image: Niantic
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.

The end of the year is here, which means Pokémon Go is wrapping up another one with a huge Community Day Weekend event. The 2023 Community Weekend event will cover all of the Pokémon featured in Community Days throughout the year and it’ll even give you a chance to grab some Pokémon from 2022 days.

The event takes place on Dec. 16 and 17 and most of the perks will be active from 2-5 p.m. in your local time. There are some other perks, like special trades or evolving to get special moves, that take place out of that event period (which we explain below).

If you like collecting shiny Pokémon and you missed out on any of these Community Days earlier, this is your chance. It’s also a great chance to grab powerful Pokémon like Conkeldurr or Blastoise.

The featured Community Day Pokémon from throughout the year will be split among two days. Any Pokémon that were featured in a 2023 Community Day Classic will spawn on both days, but at a rarer rate. Meanwhile, 2022 Community Day Pokemon will also appear in eggs and raids. Below we list out the spawn times, special moves, and other perks of the Pokémon Go 2023 Community Weekend.


Saturday Community Day Pokémon spawns

The following will spawn on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2-5 p.m.:

Slowpoke, Galarian Slowpoke, and its evolutions with its regular and shiny forms. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Togepi, Togetic, and Togekiss in Pokémon Go with their normal forms. Shiny Togepi is a shade of light pink, whereas shiny Togetic and Togekiss get a yellow tint. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Chespin, Quilladin, and Chesnaught with their shiny forms. All of them gain brown accents when shiny. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Fennekin, Braixen, and Delphox with their shiny forms in Pokémon Go. All the shiny forms turn silver and purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny and regular Noibat and Noivern. Both Shiny forms go from purple and black to green, black, and red Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Sunday Community Day Pokémon spawns

The following will spawn on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2-5 p.m.:

Shiny Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, and Politoed in Pokémon Go. Shiny Poliwag and Poliwhirl both turn a lighter shade of blue, Poliwrath turns a moss-green, and Politoed gets a blue and pink color scheme. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Both Paldean and regular Wooper, Clodsire, and Quagsire with their shiny forms. Shiny Wooper and Quagsire turn pink, shiny Paldean Wooper and Clodsire turn a deep purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Timburr, Gurdurr, and Conkeldurr in Pokémon Go with their normal forms. They all turn a bit more golden with bright orange accents. Graphic: JUlia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Axew, Fraxure, and Haxorus with their shiny forms in Pokémon Go. Shiny Axew turns more yellow-brown, shiny Fraxure turns a yellow-green with blue accents, and shiny Haxorus turns black and red. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Froakie, Frogadier, and Greninja with their shiny versions in Pokémon Go. Froakie turns lighter blue, Frogadier gets a darker head but lighter body, and Greninja sports a more cool black and red color scheme. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Grubbin, Charjabug, and Vikavolt with their regular forms. Shiny Grubbin turns red from orange, Charjabug is also red from green, and Vikavolt turns silver and green. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Community Day Classic Pokémon spawns

The following will spawn on both Saturday and Sunday at 2-5 p.m.:

A graphic showcasing all of Charmander’s evolutions with their respective Shiny forms. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic
Shiny Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, and Mega Blastoise in Pokémon Go with their regular forms. There’s also a set in sunglasses. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Mareep, Flaaffy, Ampharos, and Mega Ampharos with their shiny forms in Pokémon Go. All of them turn pink from yellow. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Swinub, Piloswine, and Mamoswine in Pokémon Go with their regular forms. Shiny Swinub turns green, whereas Piloswine and Mamoswine turn yellow Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Larvitar, Pupitar, and Tyranitar. Shiny Larvitar is a brighter green, shiny Pupitar turns purple, and shiny Tyranitar turns a more muted yellow-green. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

2022 Community Day raid and 2 km egg Pokémon

The Pokémon below are from 2022 Community Days, but they’ll be hatching out of eggs and appearing in raids.

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
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 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 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
Shiny Bewear and Stufful. While usually pink, their Shiny forms are golden Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic

December 2023 Community Weekend special moves

When these Pokémon evolve on Dec. 16 starting at 9 a.m. until Dec. 17 at 9 p.m., they will learn a special move (with Ursaluna being a special exception):

  • Charmeleon → Charizard: Dragon Breath and Blast Burn
  • Wartortle → Blastoise: Hydro Cannon
  • Sandshrew → Sandslash: Night Slash
  • Alolan Sandshrew → Alolan Sandslash: Shadow Claw
  • Alolan Geodude → Alolan Golem: Rollout
  • Poliwhirl → Poliwrath: Counter
  • Slowpoke → Slowbro/Slowking: Surf
  • Flaaffy → Ampharos: Dragon Pulse
  • Poliwhirl → Politoed: Ice Beam
  • Skiploom → Jumpluff: Acrobatics
  • Wooper → Quagsire: Aqua Tail
  • Pupitar → Tyranitar: Smack Down
  • Sealeo → Walrein: Icicle Spear
  • Staravia → Staraptor: Gust
  • Togetic → Togekiss: Aura Sphere
  • Piloswine → Mamoswine: Ancient Power
  • Boldore → Gigalith: Meteor Beam
  • Gurdurr → Conkeldurr: Brutal Swing
  • Lampent → Chandelure: Poltergeist
  • Fraxure → Haxorus: Breaking Swipe
  • Zweilous → Hydreigon: Brutal Swing
  • Quilladin → Chesnaught: Frenzy Plant
  • Braixen → Delphox: Blast Burn
  • Frogadier → Greninja: Hydro Cannon
  • Noibat → Noivern: Boomburst
  • Grubbin → Charjabug: Volt Switch
  • Charjabug → Vikavolt: Volt Switch
  • Stufful → Bewear: Drain Punch
  • Galarian Linoone → Obstagoon: Obstruct
  • Ursaring → Ursaluna: High Horsepower
  • Paldean Wooper → Clodsire: Megahorn

Note that Ursaring will only evolve during a special full moon, which Niantic said will occur at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 until 6 a.m. on Dec. 17. The moon will also occur from 2-9 p.m. on Dec. 17.


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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