Pokémon GO community day comes a little bit early this month. This afternoon we'll be questing after Squirtle, giving players a chance to round out their collections of Gen 1 starters with an adorable tiny turtle that is objectively superior to Bulbasaur and Charmander. That's not all, however. In addition to the usual spawn rate changes, shiny availability and progression bonuses we've got a little something extra: you're going to be able get Squirtle with sunglasses. And trust me, you're going to want that.
Sunglasses Squirtle will be made available through field research, so getting it is a little more complicated than just wandering around until you encounter a shiny. The best thing to do will be to clear out all your research tasks just before community day starts: there's a little trash can icon in the upper right-hand corner of each task that will allow you to discard it.
When community day starts, you'll want to spin photo discs to get new research tasks. The ones you're looking for are the ones where the reward is a little circle with a question mark inside of it: those are the ones that will reward you with a Pokémon encounter, and some of these will be Squirtle with sunglasses.
We'll update with any information about which research tasks you're looking for in particular, but if you really want to be efficient about things you just need to discard any research tasks that don't reward you with a Pokemon encounter and you'll be sure to get a sunglasses in no time.
Fans of the Pokémon anime will know the sunglasses from Squirtle's introduction in the original, Kanto based series from way back in 1997. There was a team of ne'er do well, sunglasses-wearing Squirtles that called themselves the Squirtle Squad, and the just sort of went around doing whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. The leader--who it should be noted wore angular sunglasses as opposed to round sunglasses of the rank and file--eventually decided to join Ash on his journey, giving up both his place in the squad and his eyewear.
I've been waiting for this one since launch. and while I'm curious to see whether or not the sunglasses translate to Waroturtle and Blastoise, they really only count when they're on Squirtle. The real prize here, one assumes, will be a shiny sunglasses Squirtle.