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Pokemon Go Community Day (September 2019): Start Times, Shiny Turtwig, Event Move, And More

September's Community Day takes place this Sunday and features Turtwig.

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Pokemon Go players still have one more day to take advantage of the game's second set of Ultra Bonuses, but before Niantic rolls out the third wave (which includes the first Gen 5 Pokemon), the developer is hosting another Community Day. This month's event takes place today, Sunday, September 15, and as usual, it gives players around the world a chance to catch a rare Pokemon and take advantage of other in-game bonuses. [Update: The Community Day is over, but right on its heels, Gen 5 Pokemon are on the way.]

Typically, Pokemon Go's Community Days run for only three hours, but the specifics of each event vary month by month. To help you prepare, we've rounded up everything you need to know about September's Community Day below, from its featured Pokemon and new start time to the other bonuses that will be available.

What Is September's Featured Pokemon?

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Each Community Day revolves around a specific Pokemon, which will appear much more often than normal throughout the event. The star of this month's Community Day is Turtwig, the Grass-type starter from Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Turtwig will be a common sight in the wild throughout the event, so you'll have a much easier time of catching some and stocking up on Turtwig Candy. You'll also have your first chance of encountering a Shiny Turtwig. These will appear randomly throughout the event, so you'll need persistence--and a little luck--if you're hoping to add one to your collection.

This time, you won't be limited to just hunting Turtwig in the wild. The turtle Pokemon will also appear as a Raid boss throughout the event, and 2 km eggs that you receive from PokeStops will have a chance of hatching into Turtwig, giving you plenty of different ways to get it. You'll want to catch as many Turtwig as you can during this month's Community Day, as you'll need a lot of Turtwig Candy if you're hoping to evolve it all the way into its final form, Torterra.

What Is September's Community Day Move?

On top of increased Pokemon spawns, each Community Day also presents a chance to get a special move. If you're able to evolve the featured Pokemon into its final form by the end of the event, it'll know a powerful attack that it normally isn't capable of learning in Pokemon Go. This month, that attack is Frenzy Plant. Normally, you'll have up to an hour after the event to get the attack, but this time, any Torterra you evolve up to two hours after the event ends will know the move.

What Time Does September's Community Day Start?

As previously mentioned, each Community Day runs for only three hours. The past few events have all taken place in the evening, from 4-7 PM local time, to account for the summer heat. This month, however, Niantic is holding the Community Day much earlier than usual, from 11 AM to 2 PM local time.

What Other Bonuses Are Available?

Niantic is offering a few other bonuses as an extra incentive to take part in the Community Day. As usual, any Lure Modules that you use during the event will last for three hours, rather than 30 minutes as they normally do. On top of that, you'll earn three times the normal amount of Stardust when you capture Pokemon. This applies to any Pokemon you catch during the event, not just Turtwig.

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Kevin Knezevic

Associate news editor, Star Fox Adventures apologist.

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