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Pokémon Go Porygon Community Day guide

Grab a Shiny Porygon or two

Porygon from Pokémon, with its evolutions, Porygon2 and Porygon-Z behind it. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Game Freak/Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
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Pokémon Go is having a Porygon Community Day Classic event on Jan. 20 from 2-5 p.m. in your local time.

As expected with a Community Day event, Porygon will spawn in huge numbers with a high chance for it to appear shiny. There are also several other bonuses and perks, which we’ve list out below.

How do I catch a Shiny Porygon?

As per old research by the now-defunct website The Silph Road (via Wayback Machine), Shiny rates on Community Days are about 1 in 24, which means that if you keep playing throughout the three-hour window, you should find quite a few shiny Pokémon.

Porygon, Porygon2, and Porygon-Z standing next to its Shiny forms. The regular forms are pink and teal, but they become navy blue and purple when Shiny. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

If you’re short on time or Poké Balls, you can pop an Incense, then quickly tap each Porygon to check for shiny ones, running from any that aren’t shiny. Notably, any Porygon you’ve already tapped will face where your player is standing, so that should help identify which ones you may have already checked.

What Community Day move does Porygon’s evolution learn?

If you evolve Porygon2 into Porygon-Z from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. in your local time, it will learn the charged move Tri Attack.

If you miss out on evolving it during this period, you will likely be able to evolve it during a Community Day weekend event in December to get Tri Attack. If you don’t want to wait, you can use an Elite TM to get the move.

How does Porygon-Z do in the meta?

Since normal-type Pokémon in general leave a lot to be desired as raid attackers, Porygon and its evolutions don’t really see any meta gym or raid usage.

Porygon2 sees some Great League PvP usage but is a more niche pick.

How do I make the most of Porygon Community Day?

The following bonuses will be active during Porygon Community Day:

  • Tripled Stardust for catching Pokémon
  • Incense lasts three hours
  • Lure Modules lasts three hours
  • Porygon special photobombs when taking snapshots

That said, you should definitely pop a Stardust and an Incense and try to nab some powerful Porygon.

If you can Mega Evolve Pidgeot or Kangaskhan, you’ll score additional Porygon Candy per catch.

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