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Pokemon Go Community Day (October 2019) - Start Times, Shiny Trapinch, And More

This month's Community Day takes place today, October 12.

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Update: Pokemon Go's October Community Day is now over, but a new event is set to kick off in the game soon. Niantic has now revealed the details of this year's Pokemon Go Halloween event. The festivities begin on October 17 and include the appearance of special costumed Pokemon, Shiny Yamask, and the debut of a new Legendary, Darkrai. The original story follows.

October's Pokemon Go Community Day has finally arrived. This month's event takes place around the world today, October 12, and as usual, it gives players a brief window of time to catch some rare Pokemon, earn a special event-exclusive move, and take advantage of other in-game bonuses.

Each Pokemon Go Community Day typically only runs for three hours, but the event details tend to vary month by month. To help you prepare for this month's event, we've rounded up everything you need to know about October's Community Day below, from its start times and featured Pokemon to the special event-exclusive move you'll have a chance to learn.

What Is October's Featured Pokemon?

Each Community Day stars one specific "featured Pokemon," which will spawn in the wild much more often than normal for the duration of the event. This month, the featured Pokemon is Trapinch, the termite-like Ground-type from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. Not only will Trapinch be much easier to find throughout October's Community Day, you'll also have your first chance to encounter a Shiny Trapinch in the game. These, however, will be rare, so if you're hoping to catch a Shiny Trapinch, you'll need to be persistent.

What Is October's Special Community Day Move?

In addition to increased Pokemon spawns, each Community Day gives you a chance to earn a special event-exclusive move. Typically, if you can evolve the featured Pokemon into its final form by the end of the event, it'll automatically know an attack that it couldn't otherwise learn in Pokemon Go.

This month, the special move is the Ground-type attack Earth Power. If you can evolve a Trapinch all the way into a Flygon up to two hours after the Community Day ends, the Pokemon will know Earth Power. This applies to any Trapinch you evolve, even if you've caught it prior to the event. However, Flygon will only learn Earth Power if it evolves during the designated window of time--so if you catch a Trapinch during the event but don't evolve it until the following day, it will not learn the attack.

What Time Does October's Community Day Start?

Much like last month's event, October's Community Day will take place early in the day, from 11 AM to 2 PM local time. That means you'll have until 4 PM local time to evolve Trapinch and learn the aforementioned Community Day move.

What Other Bonuses Are Available?

On top of increased Pokemon spawns and the special event-exclusive move, you'll be able to take advantage of a few other bonuses during October's Community Day. First, you'll earn triple the normal amount of XP when you capture Pokemon during the event. This applies to any monster you catch, not just the featured Pokemon. As usual, Lure Modules will also last for an extended period of time. Any that you use during the event will remain active for three hours rather than the usual 30 minutes.

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Kevin Knezevic

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