Pokemon Go Features Surfing Pikachu In Its First Community Day Event

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It was announced today that Pokemon Go is having a "community day" event on Saturday January 20th 2018, from 10am until 1pm GMT.

"We're 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", the developers said in a blog post on Friday revealing the new event. Players will have a limited window of time to catch this Pokemon that will have an exclusive move. Considering how much of Pokemon as a brand is built upon completion, the bragging rights of having a complete collection, making a specific Pokemon available for a few hours then never again feels like a real misstep.

Pokemon Go is launching a new monthly worldwide event.

This is a smart move on Niantic's part, as the Pokemon Go Community Day creates a special limited event for players to look forward to each month regardless of where they live.

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In addition to the special Pokemon, there will be additional bonuses as well, such as increased XP or Stardust and extended Lure Modules. Surfing Pikachu is a popular Pokemon first introduced in Pokemon Yellow and was recently brought back as a mini-event prize in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Niantic did not specify if these event Pokemon are exclusive to the host parks, or anywhere around the world. Pokemon Go uses OpenStreetsMap as a source for its overworld map, and seems to use the open source database to limit where EX Raids appear.

What better way to kick off the Pokemon Go Community Day than to feature the beloved mascot Pikachu.

Asia-Pacific Region: 12:00 PM - 3 PM JST.

Please note that each region gets only one window for the Community Day event, so be sure to pay attention to how these times line up with your local timezone.