Hey guys! This year has been a weird one for the entire world, and therefore Pokemon GO. In terms of Community Days, we saw voting, the possibility of already featured Pokemon having another day, the actuality of an already featured Pokemon having another day (thanks Charmander), Pokemon with already released shinies being given a shot, cancellations and Weedle.
So with that being said, here are my predictions for 2021. Will they come to pass? I dunno…I might do a new wishlist featuring the things that I want to see in 2021.
No Gible, Deino, Axew or Goomy Community Days
I’m going to be frank – this is a given at this point. With Gible, Deino and Axew being so rare already, I can see the same happening to Goomy upon its release. With that in mind, I don’t think these pseudo-legendaries (and Axew) will get Community Days. Axew will have its shiny released, but it means nothing if it’s not even that readily available.
Unova starters won’t get their events
I wanted to say that Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott would receive their events in 2021, but with Snivy’s shiny form being released as part of the Unova celebration event, I don’t see this being likely. I feel that they already have so many plans for Community Days in the future that Unova starters won’t get a look-in. If they do, I’ll eat my hat.
Yes, I think we’ll start to see more opportunities for voting come through in 2021, starting with the leftovers from 2020 – the vote between Bulbasaur, Exeggcute, Magikarp and Starly. Yes, even though Magikarp more recently had its own Community Day, I think it’ll be part of this roster. It’s unclear to me which one will get the second place, but I think that Starly will win this one by a landslide.
Revert back to 3-hour window
During the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic we saw a lot of changes to the way that Community Days were run – from boosting shiny odds on Incense to (at one point) having your buddy bring Poke Balls, there was a lot to take in for when Community Day returned from its cancellation this March. The biggest change that has remained was the 6-hour window we got. And due to the precedent that Niantic has over reverting changes mid-pandemic, I think they’ll revert the Community Day back to the 3-hour window we saw previously. While it doesn’t have a huge impact on me, as I only play the first three hours anyway, I know it’ll impact others greatly.
More previous Community Day Pokemon will get another event
Because now Charmander has had two Community Days (now technically eight if you want to be pedantic), it’s set a huge precedent for another Pokemon to get a Community Day where it has already had one. Dratini and Squirtle were already considered via voting, so now I can assume that others will get the same treatment. I wouldn’t prefer to see this happen, but out of all of them, I would like to see Cyndaquil, for personal reasons, or Larvitar, as long as we were able to teach the Tyranitar Smack Down.
A focus on Mega Evolution
Mega Evolution has been a large part of Pokemon GO’s itinerary for a little while now, and considering that it’s going to continue that way, they may decide to forego utilising fan favourites (yes, even Gible that has a Mega Garchomp) in favour of going through the Mega Evolution roster. This allows them to release a Mega Evolution at least once a month, and putting the focus on that. The only Mega Evolutions that haven’t had a shiny release yet in Pokemon GO (Diancie excluded) are Heracross (a regional), Audino (won’t happen because it’s too easy to grind Stardust) and Numel – so Numel will either be featured as a Community Day or as a joint event with Carvanha.
The December recap will be boring
If it’s anything like this year…I mean, I’m not hurting for Porygon. But I feel that if every month of next year was as successful in terms of shiny claims as this year was, there’d be no point in really trying hard for December’s recap. That’s all I have to say on that.
What are your 2021 predictions for Community Day? Are they the same? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter or any other social media you usually reach me on!