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Pokémon Go ‘community days’ try to recapture the magic of the game’s launch

In the spirit of Pokémon Gos early days, Niantic is encouraging players to come together with official monthly meetups in a new initiative its calling Pokémon Go Community Day. The first Community Day kicks off on January 20th, and will feature double XP for trainers and unique items as well as special pokémon with unique abilities for trainers to hunt down. The event will last for three hours across the world at local parks; players in the US should expect the event to last from 11AM to 2PM PT. Were constantly blown away by the passion of Pokémon Go players around the world, and we hope that each Pokémon Go Community Day will help add to the excitement of local events and meetups, Niantic said. Remember always to be alert and stay safe while playing and to be respectful of public spaces when exploring your community. Additional info for each new event will be available on the Pokémon Go website. Niantic pushed community events last summer, which it referred to then as very much an experiment for future events. The developers efforts to revitalize group meetups are a clear callback to the initial frenzy of Pokémon Go, when players would flock to local parks or attend player-initiated bar crawls. When Niantic tried to hold its own official event last summer, the day quickly soured as server and internet issues made the game unplayable and the crowds rowdy. Monthly meetups may not come with all the bells and whistles promised by one giant gathering, but smaller crowds and no admission price make these events far more likely to succeed. Whether or not they can recapture the spirit of the original Pokémon Go launch roughly two years ago remains to be seen.

‘Pokémon Go’ Community Days bring exclusive captures every month

Because you don't have enough surfing Pikachu. Starting this month, Pokémon Go players will be able to participate in monthly events that will bring out special Pokémon with exclusive moves. Community Days will be worldwide events and to take part, you'll just have to head outside to your local park. Each Community Day will feature a special Pokémon that will pop up more frequently for a few hours. Other event perks could include increased XP or Stardust, and Lure Modules activated on Community Days will last for three hours. The first Community Day is scheduled for January 20th and the special Pokémon will be Pikachu, which will boast the exclusive event move Surf. As an added bonus, players will also dearn double XP during the Community Day event. You can see what time your region's event will take place here.