Pokemon Go’s next Community Day is just around the corner. Niantic is hosting this month’s event on Saturday, February 16, and like usual, it’ll offer players around the world a chance to capture rare Pokemon and earn some generous in-game bonuses.
Each Community Day typically runs for only three hours, but the specifics of these events vary month by month. To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up all of the most important details about February 2019’s Community Day below, from the time it starts in each region to what bonuses you’ll be able to earn.
What Is The Featured Pokemon?
Niantic typically designates one “featured” Pokemon for each Community Day. Not only will this monster spawn much more frequently than it normally does throughout the event, but players will also have a chance of finding its Shiny form. The Pokemon will be able to learn a special, otherwise unattainable move if it evolves by the end of the event.
For February’s Community Day, the featured Pokemon is Swinub, a Ground/Ice-type first introduced in Gold and Silver. For the duration of the event, Swinub will be much easier to find in the wild, and if players manage to evolve it into its final form, Mamoswine, up to an hour after the Community Day ends, it will know the Rock-type attack Ancient Power.
What Are Sinnoh Stones?
Swinub was one of several Pokemon to receive a new evolved form in the series’ fourth-generation titles, Diamond and Pearl. Niantic has been gradually introducing these Gen 4 evolutions in Go over the past several weeks, but they’re obtained a little differently than most others. Namely, they can only be triggered using a new evolutionary item called Sinnoh Stones.
Sinnoh Stones can be obtained a few different ways in Go, but the most common is by participating in PvP Trainer Battles. To make it easier to get a Mamoswine, Niantic is giving players a chance to earn up to five Sinnoh Stones from Trainer Battles during this month’s Community Day, on top of an additional five that can be earned from practice battles against Team Leaders.
What Time Does It Start?
Unlike many of Pokemon Go’s other real-world events, Community Days aren’t hosted at a specific location but rather during a designated window of time, which means you’ll be able to participate in the event from any local park or other gathering place. The time it begins varies depending on what part of the world you live in, but regardless of your region, the Community Day will only run for three hours. You can find the full schedule for each region below.
The Americas and Greenland
- 11 AM – 2 PM PT
- 2 PM – 5 PM ET
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- 12 PM – 3 PM JST (February 17)
What Other Bonuses Are There?
On top of increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic also typically offers a couple of other bonuses during each Community Day. For this month’s event, players will receive triple the usual amount of Stardust for capturing Pokemon. Additionally, any Lure modules you use will remain active for three hours, rather than their standard 30 minutes.