Niantic Announces Squirtle Community Day Classic for Pokemon GO’s 7th Anniversary
Niantic, the developer of Pokemon GO, continues to delight players with new events and content. In celebration of the game’s 7th anniversary, they have announced a special Community Day Classic featuring Squirtle, Pokemon No. 0007. On July 9, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, Trainers can expect to encounter Squirtle more frequently in the wild. There is even a chance to come across a Shiny Squirtle if you’re lucky!
Exciting Squirtle-themed Research Tasks
During this special event, Trainers will have the opportunity to take on Squirtle-themed research tasks. By completing these tasks, they may be rewarded with a Squirtle wearing sunglasses. It’s a unique chance to add this stylish variant of Squirtle to your collection. Keep your eyes peeled, as you might even encounter a Shiny Squirtle during your research adventure!
Evolving Wartortle and the Power of Hydro Cannon
Trainers who evolve their Squirtle into Wartortle during the Community Day Classic or up to two hours afterward will receive a Blastoise with the exclusive Water-type Charged Attack, Hydro Cannon. Hydro Cannon is a powerful move that can only be learned during special events or by using an Elite Charged TM.
Blastoise offers a variety of Charged Attacks to choose from, but if you’re planning to use this Pokemon in raids or the GO Battle League, Hydro Cannon is considered one of its best moves. The addition of Hydro Cannon to your Blastoise’s moveset can significantly enhance its battle potential.
Mega Blastoise: A Force to Be Reckoned With
It’s worth noting that Blastoise is also one of the Pokemon in Pokemon GO that can Mega Evolve. This means that by training up an extra-tough Blastoise, you can have an edge in Raid Battles where a powerful Water-type Pokemon is needed. During Mega Blastoise’s raid battles, Water-type attacks from all Trainers’ Pokemon deal increased damage. If you already have a Blastoise or any other Water-type Pokemon that can Mega Evolve, make sure to Mega Evolve it during this Community Day Classic event. Doing so will grant you bonus Candy when catching Squirtle or any other Water-type Pokemon!
Event Bonuses Galore
In addition to the exciting Pokemon encounters and research tasks, the Community Day Classic event offers several bonuses to enhance the gameplay experience:
- 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance: Eggs placed in an Incubator during the event period will only require a quarter of their usual distance to hatch.
- Extended Lure Modules: Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours, allowing Trainers to attract Pokemon to PokÃ©Stops for an extended period.
- Extended Incense Duration: Incense activated during the event (excluding Daily Adventure Incense) will last for three hours. This provides more opportunities to encounter Pokemon wherever you are.
- Surprise with Snapshots: Take a few snapshots during the Community Day Classic event for a surprise. Keep your camera ready and capture some fun memories!
Special Research and Gifting Options
Squirtle Community Day Classic comes with a Special Research story that Trainers can access for just US$1.00 (or the equivalent in their local currency). The Special Research story is an exciting way to delve deeper into the Squirtle festivities and earn unique rewards. Trainers can also purchase tickets and gift them to friends they have reached a Friendship level of Great Friends or higher with. Just tap the “Gift” button instead of the “Buy” button to share the research adventure!
1. Can I participate in Community Day Classic if I don’t have a Squirtle?
Yes! Squirtle will appear more frequently in the wild during the event, making it a perfect opportunity to catch one and join in on the fun. Keep an eye out for Squirtle’s distinctive appearance to ensure you don’t miss out!
2. Is there a way to increase the chances of encountering a Shiny Squirtle?
While Shiny Pokemon encounters are rare and rely on luck, participating in Squirtle-themed research tasks provides additional chances to encounter a Shiny Squirtle. Completing these tasks is worth the effort to increase your odds of finding a Shiny Squirtle!
3. Can I evolve my Wartortle outside of the event hours and still receive the exclusive move?
Yes! As long as you evolve your Wartortle during the Community Day Classic event or up to two hours afterward (from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time), your resulting Blastoise will know the exclusive Charged Attack, Hydro Cannon. Make the most of this timing to obtain a powerful Blastoise with this sought-after move!
4. Do Mega Evolved Pokemon have any additional benefits besides increased damage?
Yes! Mega Evolved Pokemon gain enhanced stats and increased CP, making them formidable opponents in battles. Mega Blastoise, in particular, boasts increased Water-type attack power, strengthening your team’s chances of success in raids and battles that require Water-type Pokemon.
5. How long will the bonuses from the event last?
The bonuses, such as reduced Egg Hatch Distance, extended Lure Module duration, and extended Incense duration, will be active during the entire Community Day Classic event. Take full advantage of these bonuses to enhance your Pokemon GO experience!
Mark your calendars for July 9, 2023, and get ready for the Squirtle Community Day Classic in celebration of Pokemon GO’s 7th anniversary. Enjoy increased Squirtle spawns, exclusive research tasks, the chance to evolve Wartortle into Blastoise with Hydro Cannon, the power of Mega Evolution, and various event bonuses. Remember to stay aware of your surroundings and follow local health guidelines while playing Pokemon GO. Keep an eye on official Pokemon GO communication channels for any potential event updates or changes. Have a blast, Trainers!