As is now tradition, Niantic is already prepping players for the next Pokémon GO Community Day, as it’s been established as a main attraction in the game after two successful months. The new Community Day will be March 25th from 1-4 EST, continuing the three hour tradition even as some fans have petitioned to expand it. And the featured Pokémon is….
Don’t get me wrong, Bulbasaur is a classic, and very cute, and at least my third favorite original starter Pokémon, but he’s kind of a boring pick for Community Day in my opinion. Pikachu wasn’t a great pick either but I understood why he was chosen based on his iconic status. Dratini was an amazing pick because of how fun it was to build shiny Dragonites, and how useful that Pokémon continues to be in Pokémon GO.
But Bulbasaur is a little tough to get excited about, even with a special move and a shiny version. At this point, everyone can kind of agree that whatever special move these Pokémon get is not very gamechanging, and unless Niantic does the thing where it’s the evolved Venusaur that gets the special move, not the Bulbasaur, it’s almost completely pointless as the move is just replaced on evolution.
Rather, it’s clear the main goal of Community Day has turned into getting a shiny version of the Pokémon in three hours, and getting the highest IV version of that shiny you can for a really unique, powerful final evolution.
From what I understand in the handhelds, shiny Bulbasaur doesn’t have a crazy color change like we saw with the Dratini family. Rather he goes from being leaf green to more or less neon green, and I think Venusaur’s flower should be orange, not red, in addition to that. Kind of cool but not anything super out there.
Yesterday, I made the case for my own pick for the third Community Day, which was Eevee, who would come with five different potential shiny evolutions, but it seemed Niantic did not listen to me, or they already have their line-up mapped out for quite a while.
Bulbasaur is an…okay pick I guess as an iconic starter, but a bit boring, and with only 12 of these events a year, I guess I’d hope for some more interesting choices. I suppose this will be the start of the featured original trio getting shiny versions, with Charmander and Squirtle to follow eventually, but it’s not quite as exciting as Dratini was.
I don’t know, I guess it’s fine. It seems like the plan is to do Community Days for some of Pokémon’s most recognizable Gen 1 originals for a while before maybe then moving on to other generations. These are some of the most easy to recognize Pokémon for players, and could motivate people to take part more than others would. Despite my insistence Bulbasaur is a bit of a lackluster pick, as I was writing this article my wife said “aw I love Bulbasaur, he’s so cute,” so there you have it.
You have a month to prepare for Community Day which includes stocking up on berries and balls, but with the way Pokémon GO has been going lately, we might see a decent amount of other events between now and then.