The Pokémon Go Community Day is a regular event in Niantic's augmented reality game - a monthly event encouraging players to play together worldwide.
Each event will see featured Pokémon appear for a limited time - offering an exclusive move - and a resource bonus for the duration.
What is Pokémon Go's Community Day event?
Designed to get players out and playing at a certain time, each limited-time event will offer featured Pokémon with a unique and exclusive move that will spawn for three hours, alongside a resource bonus - such as double XP, Stardust or Lure Modules - as incentives to get out there and playing.
Developer Niantic hopes the regular event will add to the "excitement of local events and meetups", suggesting it's a good time to get your friends together at this set time, and possibly make a few new ones while out there.
The heightened player activity might make it easier to take on Raids and Gyms, so keep that in mind during the three hour period, as well as making savvy use of the resource multiplier in effect with things like Lucky Eggs and Stardust, too.
Pokémon Go Community Day date, times, featured Pokémon Larvitar explained
Niantic has confirmed the dates of the next two Community Days - they are coming on Saturday June 16 and Sunday July 8.
The fifth Pokémon Go Community on Saturday June 16th details are as follows:
Featured Pokémon: Larvitar
Date: Saturday, June 16th
Unique move: TBC
Bonus 1: 3x XP when catching Pokémon
Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.
How useful is Larvitar?
Larvitar, alongside the Dratini that were featured earlier, are probably one of the two most useful non-legandary Pokémon you can catch.
That's because it's third evolution stage is Tyranitar, a Rock- and Dark-type Pokémon with excellent stats across the board, much like Dragonite. It's less effective defensively - it has a double weakness to the common attacking type Fighting - but thanks to the strong, STAB-boosted Rock-type moves it has available, it's one of the best Raid attackers available.
All of the flying Legendaries - Lugia and Ho-oh, the legendary birds, and so on - have a weakness to Tyranitar's Rock-type attacks, plus the Fire-types do to, and Flying- and Fire-types are of course doubly weak as well.
It's also the best Dark-type attacker at the moment too, making it a great choice for Mewtwo EX Raids, Latios and Latias, and other prevailant Psychic-type defenders in regular gyms like Gardevoir, Slowbro and Slowking.
There's also the fact that, as it's a three-stage evolution (like all of the Community Day Pokémon so far), a Tier 4 Raid boss, and only available in 10km Eggs or vary rarely in the wild, plenty of people still won't have their first Tyrinatar in the 'dex, so it's useful for collection purposes alone.
The exclusive moves so far seem to have been deliberately off-meta - more collectors items than actually optimal attacks - but there's always the chance that Tyranitar's (remember, you only get the move when evolving Pupitar into Tyranitar during the hours of the event) will come in handy.
Will there be a shiny Larvitar?
Though Niantic never confirms the existence of a shiny version of its Community Day Pokémon, there's been a shiny one introduced each and every time so far. That means the lime green Larvitar are likely to pop up now and then - and a pretty cool sandy-coloured Tyranitar when you fully evolve one.
Keep your eyes peeled! And remember that Shinies don't appear in the same place for everyone like high-IV Pokémon; there's a random chance of each one that you start a battle with being shiny for you alone.
How to prepare for Community Day
This time, it's better to go with Lucky Eggs, instead of Star Pieces, thanks to the boosted catch XP when you're hoovering up Pokémon. Star Pieces can still come in handy - catching Pokémon is a decent source of Stardust, and over time that's certainly going to add up - but Lucky Eggs should be the priority here.
If you plan to chain Larvitar catches, you may also want to consider staying near a clustered group of PokéStops with Lures enabled (which increases the creatures that spawn round them for all players), as well as using Incense (increase the spawn rate of creatures around you alone).
It may also be worth stockpiling Pinap Berries and Great or Ultra Balls, too. The Pinaps will increase your Candy gains, if there are a few Larvitar you want to evolve into Tyranitar and power up completely, and you can really burn through Poké Balls over the course of the event. Again, they're one of the game's best creatures for competitive play, especially if yours have good IVs.