Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke on Pokemon GO Community Day

Niantic Announces Pokemon GO March Community Day Event

Niantic has recently revealed an exciting new event for Pokemon GO players. The upcoming March Community Day will feature the beloved Pokemon, Slowpoke, and its Galarian variant, Galarian Slowpoke. In addition to their increased appearances in the wild, Trainers will have the opportunity to encounter the elusive Shiny Galarian Slowpoke for the first time in Pokemon GO.

Event Details

The March Community Day event will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in your local time. During this three-hour window, Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke will be more commonly found in the game, providing Trainers with increased chances to catch them.

Featured Pokemon and Attacks

Trainers will have the chance to evolve their Slowpoke or Galarian Slowpoke into powerful forms during the event. By evolving these Pokemon or within five hours afterward, players can obtain a Slowbro, Galarian Slowbro, Slowking, or Galarian Slowking, all of which will learn the Charged Attack Surf.

Featured Pokemon:

  • Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowpoke

Evolved Forms and Attacks:

  • Slowbro
  • Galarian Slowbro
  • Slowking
  • Galarian Slowking

Featured Attack: Surf

The Surf attack will have a power of 65 when used in Trainer Battles, Gyms, and raids. It’s a powerful move that will surely assist Trainers in their future battles.

Community Day Special Research Story – Field Notes: Slow and Slower

During the event, Trainers will have the opportunity to purchase the Community Day–exclusive Special Research story called “Field Notes: Slow and Slower.” This unique experience can be accessed for just US$1.00 or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency. Stay tuned for when tickets become available. It’s also worth noting that the Special Research will not grant an in-game medal.

Event Bonuses

The March Community Day event will bring several exciting bonuses that will enhance the gameplay experience for Trainers. These bonuses include:

  • 3× XP for catching Pokemon
  • 2× Candy for catching Pokemon
  • 2× chance for Trainers level 31 and up to receive Candy XL from catching Pokemon
  • Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours
  • Incense (excluding Daily Adventure Incense) activated during the event will last for three hours
  • A surprise awaits Trainers who take snapshots during Community Day
  • Trainers can make one additional Special Trade (for a maximum of two trades) during the day
  • Trades will require 50% less Stardust

These bonuses provide Trainers with increased opportunities to earn XP, Candy, and encounter rare Pokemon for an extended period of time.

A Brain-Teasing Evolution

Galarian Slowpoke’s evolution process is usually dependent on catching 30 Poison-type Pokemon while adventuring with Galarian Slowpoke as the buddy Pokemon. However, during the March Community Day event, Trainers will need to catch 30 Psychic types while adventuring with Galarian Slowpoke to evolve it into Galarian Slowbro. This unique twist is only valid until 10:00 p.m. local time on the event day, adding an exciting challenge for Trainers.

Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day

After the three-hour Community Day event, Trainers will have the opportunity to participate in special four-star Raid Battles. These raids will feature Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke as the main attractions. Engaging in successful Raid Battles against these Pokemon will cause more Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke to appear around the Gym for a duration of 30 minutes.

Four-Star Raid Battles:

  • Slowpoke
  • Galarian Slowpoke

To join these four-star Raid Battles, Trainers will need to use their Raid Passes or Premium Battle Passes. Remote Raid Passes cannot be utilized for these specific Raid Battles.

Upon completing a four-star Raid Battle successfully, additional Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke will temporarily appear near the Gym for 30 minutes. Lucky Trainers may even encounter Shiny versions of these Pokemon during this period.

Timed Research and Field Research

During the event, Trainers can participate in Timed Research and Field Research tasks to earn valuable rewards. Timed Research tasks focused on Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke will be available from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. They offer Trainers the opportunity to earn up to four King’s Rocks by completing tasks related to catching these Pokemon.

Additionally, there will be March Community Day–themed Field Research available, providing Trainers with the chance to catch Slowpoke and receive rewards such as King’s Rocks, Stardust, Ultra Balls, and more. Completing these research tasks will aid Trainers in their Pokemon-catching endeavors.

Slowpoke-Themed Avatar Items and Stickers

During the event, Trainers will have the chance to purchase Slowpoke-themed avatar items from the in-game shop. These items, including a Slowpoke Hat and Slowpoke Tail Shirt, will allow Trainers to show their love for this iconic Pokemon even after the event concludes. Additionally, event-themed stickers can be obtained from PokéStops, Gifts, or purchased from the in-game shop to add a personalized touch to Trainers’ experiences.

As always, it is important for Trainers to be aware of their surroundings and follow local health guidelines while playing Pokemon GO. The upcoming events are subject to change, so Trainers are encouraged to follow Pokemon GO’s official social media channels, enable push notifications, and subscribe to their emails for the latest updates.


The March Community Day event in Pokemon GO promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience for Trainers. With increased encounters of Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke, the opportunity to obtain Shiny Galarian Slowpoke, special research quests, raid battles, and various bonuses, there is plenty for Trainers to look forward to during this event. Mark your calendars and get ready to embark on this thrilling adventure in Pokemon GO!


1. Can I participate in the March Community Day event if I’m not available during the specified time?

Unfortunately, the Community Day bonuses and featured Pokemon are only available during the designated three-hour time window. However, some event rewards may still be attainable through Field Research tasks or special event spawns that may linger after the event concludes.

2. How can I increase my chances of encountering a Shiny Galarian Slowpoke?

Encountering a Shiny Pokemon is a rare occurrence, but there are a few strategies to increase your chances. Make sure to catch as many Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke as possible during the event, as this will provide more opportunities for encountering a Shiny variant. Additionally, utilizing Incense and Lure Modules can attract more Pokemon to your location, potentially increasing your odds of encountering a Shiny Galarian Slowpoke.

3. Do I need a Special Research ticket to participate in the event?

No, the March Community Day event is free for all Trainers to participate in. However, there is a Special Research story available for purchase, offering exclusive quests and rewards for those who wish to enhance their experience during the event.

4. Can I trade my evolved Slowpoke or Galarian Slowpoke during the event?

Yes, Trainers can make Special Trades during the event. The usual limits of one Special Trade per day are relaxed, allowing Trainers to make up to two Special Trades during the event. Additionally, Trading during the event will require 50% less Stardust, making it a great opportunity to exchange powerful Pokemon with your friends.

5. Will there be any follow-up events after the March Community Day?

Pokemon GO regularly organizes events and activities to keep Trainers engaged. While specific details about future events are not available at this time, it’s safe to expect more exciting adventures and opportunities in the game. Stay tuned to official announcements and updates for the latest information.

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