Pokémon Go is one of the games that took over 2016. It’s an augmented reality (AR) mobile game developed and published by Niantic in collaboration with The Pokémon Company for iOS and Android devices. A part of the Pokémon franchise, the game results from a collaboration between Niantic, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company. It uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location. The game is free-to-play; it uses a freemium business model and supports in-app purchases for additional in-game items. The game launched with around 150 species of Pokémon, which had increased to about 600 by 2020.
Well, in a recent tweet, fans of the game will be able to vote from a selection of four Pokémon to pick for the next two Community Days. Community Days is an opportunity for Trainers worldwide to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this exclusive community. Once a month, Niantic hosts a Pokémon GO Community Day event starring a Pokémon, which frequently appears worldwide for just a few hours. When caught or evolved during the event, this special Pokémon will know an exclusive move. Other bonuses are in effect during the event, such as increased XP, Stardust, shiny rate, and Lure Modules activated during the event last for three hours. It has been a popular attraction, garnering tens of thousands of votes from all over the world, and this time, we have an exciting selection before us.
The four potential Community Day Pokémon are:
These will be for the September and October Community Days. The poll is not yet live for voting. This is just the announcement, so you can start gearing up for your lobbying campaigns. What are the favorites? The clear early favorite appears to be Porygon, with a vast breadth of support among the community. Porygon is such a potential frontrunner that the Pokémon itself is trending on Twitter. Besides that, I see support for Caterpie, where its shiny is gold and shiny Butterfree, where its shiny is Pink. Some strong early support for seeing another Charmander Community Day, where the black Charizard is one of the most popular in the game, and fans hope that he may return with Blast Burn as a special move. I am…. not seeing a whole lot of Grimer cheerleaders. Fun fact: Grimer was the last original 150 Pokémon I got. I even got a Muk before I found a Grimer in the wild because he was a raid boss. Grimer does have an Alolan Muk evolution, but again, he does not seem like he’s going to place anywhere above fourth for this, judging by the early buzz I’m seeing. With Porygon being an almost guaranteed winner, it will just be between Caterpie and Charmander. And between those, even as exciting as shiny Caterpie and his family may be to some people, I think Charmander and Charizard are just too popular and potentially strong for him to lose. I would frankly be amazed if the top two were not Porygon and Charmander when all is said and done. Voting does not open up yet, and when it does, players will know what special move that these Pokémon will have, which could potentially change the equation if one of them gets some great move for battling as we saw with Beedrill previously. But until then, I think the frontrunners are locked in stone here.