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Pokémon Go Mudkip Community Day Classic event guide

Niantic is bringing back an older Community Day for a powerful Pokémon

Artwork of Mudkip on a river bed from Pokémon Go’s Community Day Classic event Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
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Pokémon Go’s April 2022 Community Day Classic focuses on Mudkip, the water-type starter Pokémon from the Hoenn region. Mudkip Community Day will feature a heavily increased spawn rate for Mudkip, with increased chances to find it Shiny, as well as special moves for its evolution Swampert to learn.

Our Pokémon Go Mudkip Community Day guide explains how to find Shiny Mudkip, Swampert’s meta relevance, and how to make the most of your Community Day.

The Community Day event takes place on April 10, 2022 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in your local time.

As usual with all Community Days, you can buy a special Mudkip Community Day ticket for $1 to unlock extra Special Research Tasks that reward more Mudkip and candy.

How do I find a Shiny Mudkip?

Community Day events have a heightened Shiny rate for the featured Pokémon, so if you’re playing, you should be able to find several Shiny Mudkip.

If you don’t have time to play all day, you can find a Shiny Mudkip by popping an Incense, and tapping each Mudkip that pops up. The Shiny rate on Community Days is approximately 1 in 25, according to The Silph Road’s research, so you should find a Shiny Mudkip quickly.

Models of the Shiny and regular forms of Mudkip, Marshtomp, and Swampert, from Pokemon Go Image: Niantic via Polygon

What Community Day move does Mudkip’s evolution learn?

When evolved from Mudkip into Swampert on April 10 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. in your local time, Swampert learns the charged attack Hydro Cannon.

You can also use an Elite TM to teach legacy Community Day-only moves.

How does Swampert do in battle?

In PvE content like raids and gyms, Swampert is a well-known strong water-type choice. While it lags behind things like Megas and other Shadows if not in its Shadow form, it’s still very worth having and powering up. Swampert’s best moveset is Water Gun and Hydro Cannon.

Swampert is also pretty decent in lower PvP leagues, since it counters lots of popular Pokémon types in both the Great and Ultra Leagues. Set it up with Mud Shot, Hydro Cannon, and Earthquake.

How do I make the most of Mudkip Community Day?

During the Community Day event period, catch XP will be tripled. This means that you can rake in XP by using Lucky Eggs if you plan on catching a ton of Mudkip. Incense and Lures will last for three hours as well, so you should use those to increase your Mudkip spawns even further.