Remember when Pokemon GO was new, and everyone was running towards some Pokestop to catch a rare Pokemon? Do you also remember when you would see people huddled together in places they’ve never hung out in, staring and swiping their phones like there was no tomorrow?
While the large crowds have gone, smaller groups of hardcore Trainers still exist, going on raids in local gyms in hopes of getting EX raid passes for everyone and catching Mewtwo.
Now Niantic, the creator of Pokemon GO, are bringing back massive crowds through a monthly global event called Pokemon GO Community Day.
This event invites Trainers from all over the globe to visit their local parks so that they can gain new friends (and people to raid with), and experience what it truly means to be part of the Pokemon GO family. As of April 2017, there are 5 million daily active users all over the globe. While the event isn’t as organic as when there was hype over the game, it’s still special because it brings together the most loyal of its players around the world, and in effect, a warmer community. The first Pokemon GO Community Day will be held on 20 January 2018, and will last for three hours. The schedule is as follows:
Asia-Pacific: 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)
During the event, a special Pokemon will appear frequently on the app for a few hours. Trainers who catch this Pokemon while at the event will learn an exclusive move. Other bonuses will also be available around the park, including Lure Models, Stardust, and increased XP. Trainers are also encouraged to use the hashtag #PokemonGOCommunityDay to see the different communities around the globe coming together on that day.