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 Charmander explained
The fifth Pokémon Go Community details are as follows:
Featured Pokémon: Charmander
Date: Saturday, May 19th
Unique move: TBC
Bonus 1: 3x Stardust when catching Pokémon
Bonus 2: 3-hour Lures.
How useful is Charmander?
While the original starters have really been replaced at the top of the meta by more viable options in their type - Moltres and Ho-oh standing out in particular as better Fire- and Flying-type attackers and Charizard - they're still very handy options to have for padding out your teams.
There's also the fact that, as it's a three-stage evolution (like all of the Community Day Pokémon so far), plenty of people still won't have their first Charizard 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 Charizard's (remember, you only get the move when evolving Charmeleon into Charizard during the hours of the event) will come in handy.
Will there be a shiny Charmander?
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 yellow Charmander are likely to pop up now and then - and a pretty cool black Charizard when you fully evolve one. Keep your eyes peeled!
How to prepare for Community Day
This time, it's better to go with Star Pieces than Lucky Eggs, thanks to the boosted catch Stardust when you're hoovering up Pokémon. Lucky Eggs can still come in handy - catching Pokémon is a decent source of XP, and over time that's certainly going to add up - but Star Pieces should be the priority here.
If you plan to chain Charmander 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 Charmander you want to evolve into Charizard and power up completely, and you can really burn through Poké Balls over the course of the event. Again, they're not one of the game's absolutely best creatures, but it's a very capable Fire-type to have in your box, especially if it has good IVs.