August is almost here, and one of the first events Pokemon Go players have to look forward to is August’s Community Day. This month’s event takes place next Saturday, August 8, and as usual, it’ll give players everywhere a chance to catch a Shiny Pokemon, learn a special event-exclusive move, and more. To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about August’s Community Day below.
August’s Featured Pokemon: Magikarp
This month’s featured Pokemon is an unexpected choice: Magikarp, the notoriously useless fish Pokemon. All throughout August’s Community Day, Magikarp will appear in the wild much more often than normal, and you’ll have a greater chance to encounter a Shiny Magikarp during the event.
Although Magikarp itself isn’t particularly exciting, August’s Community Day is a good opportunity to stock up on Magikarp Candy. You’ll need to have a lot of those on hand if you want a Gyarados, as it takes a whopping 400 Magikarp Candy to evolve the Pokemon, so take advantage of the increased Magikarp spawns while you can.
August’s Community Day Move: Aqua Tail
If you manage to collect enough Candy to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados, it’ll learn the exclusive Community Day move Aqua Tail. Gyarados cannot normally learn this attack in Pokemon Go, making this your only chance to get it.
In order for your Gyarados to learn Aqua Tail, you’ll need to evolve Magikarp up to two hours after the Community Day ends. Any Magikarp you evolve during this time frame will know Aqua Tail when they become Gyarados, even if you caught them prior to the event.
August Community Day Hours
Just as the past few Community Days, August’s event will run for six hours instead of the traditional three, from 11 AM to 5 PM local time. This means you’ll have until 7 PM local time to evolve Magikarp and obtain a Gyarados that knows Aqua Tail.
Community Day Special Research
Niantic will offer an event-exclusive Special Research story called “Making a Splash” during August’s Community Day. To access it, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from Pokemon Go’s in-game shop for $1 USD. There will also be event-exclusive Field Research tasks. These will be available to all players and will net you additional Magikarp Candy, helping you stock up on enough to get Gyarados.
In addition to increased Magikarp spawns, Niantic will offer a couple of other bonuses during August’s Community Day. This time, you’ll earn triple the usual amount of Stardust for catching Pokemon. On top of that, any Incense you use during the event will remain active for three hours rather than the usual 30 minutes. Finally, Niantic will be selling a special Community Day box that contains the following items:
- 30 Ultra Balls
- 1 Elite Charged TM
- 6 Star Pieces
- 1 Incense
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