I thought that Niantic might wait a while before announcing when the second Community Day would be in Pokémon GO, but they’ve decided to give us all a month’s notice about round two.
Niantic has announced that the next Community Day will be February 24th, 2018, from 1-4 PM Central time. I assume this blog post is tailored for my time zone, and your own time will be somewhat similar to that, local time, depending on where you live.
This time around we have:
Already this is better than the first Pokémon GO Community Day because well, Dratini is a much more coveted Pokémon than Pikachu at this point, given that you can collect a bunch and evolve yourself a whole crop of Dragonites, while Raichu is not nearly as valuable.
Playing during Community Day this past weekend, Niantic really went all-out with spawning the featured Pokémon, as it seemed like 3/4s of everything appearing were Pikachus with Surf as their special move. Even if people didn’t care much about evolving a bunch of Raichu, an added bonus to the first Community Day was that Pikachu had a higher chance than normal to be Shiny. Now, Dratini does not yet have a Shiny form in Pokémon GO yet, but I do wonder if this might be an opportunity to debut a shiny version of his evolution tree, which would make this quite a can’t-miss event indeed. I mean who doesn’t want a shiny Dragonite?
Even if that doesn’t happen, a Dratini with a special move and the ability to farm a zillion of them to evolve a bunch of Dragonites is going to make this second Community Day appealing. Part of my suggestions to improve the event for the future was to make the featured Pokémon something that people would actually be excited about hunting, and I would say Dratini fits that bill, even if Dragonite may not be the ultra-powerhouse he once was a year ago before Gen 2, 3 and Legendaries.
It’s interesting to note that Niantic is not extending the Community Day times at all. I know some were complaining that the three hour window was too restrictive, but I think that Niantic has gotten enough feedback on social media showing that the idea worked, that people were getting out and playing together like the good old days once again, limited to such a short window, so I can see why they didn’t change it. The first Community Day was a pretty solid success, so I’m excited to see where they take this concept going forward. Dratini is a good start, if you ask me.