Article by NoLucksGiven
Community Day July 2018 Guide
Basics
  • Drastically increased spawns for the Pokemon Squirtle.
  • Release of Shiny Squirtle

    • Obtainable from catches, hatches, and research

    • An increased Shiny rate (roughly 1 in 24.5) during Community Day hours

Date Sunday, July 8
Time Europe, Middle East, Africa, India: 10am to 1pm UK or BST, 11am to 2pm CET
North America, South America and Greenland: 11am to 2pm PST, 2pm to 5pm EST
Asia Pacific: 12pm to 3pm JST

Show Up Early BUT…

Do NOT start Incubating. ¼ Egg Distance only applies to Incubation started during CD hours. Try not to leave your Infinite Incubator with anything other than a 2km egg inside so that you can burn through 5km, 10km, and the new 7km Alolan Eggs for free.

Showing up early to familiarize yourself with the location is good. You can use this time to find parking, restrooms, and take over gyms for additional items per spin. Note that there’s a chance that existing spawns can turn into Squirtle. Stop catching Pokemon 15-30 minutes before the event starts to maximize Squirtle spawns. Also, wait until the start of the event to start your Lure Modules. They will only last 3 hours if started during the event window.

Community leaders may make themselves available before or after the event window to offer check-ins and handshakes to receive The Silph Road July 2018 Community Day badges. This can also be a great time to trigger EX Raids, if a large group is gathered together for CD at a park. Many trainers may not be interested in Raiding immediately as the attention will be on shiny hunting, though Raiding can be a nice break from walking around and catching.

Prepare for Your Day Accordingly

The rest of this guide will cover how best to prepare in-game for Squirtle CD. Top trainers should also prepare for the real weather and everything that comes with that. Bring a comfortable backpack with water, winter jacket, rain poncho, sunscreen, as well as snacks/lunch, water, medical necessities, battery packs, fully charged devices, and, of course, sunglasses.

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Where to Play

Squirtle spawns will be dramatically increased everywhere during the duration of this event. You aren’t required to play anywhere specifically, but here are some tips for getting the most out of the location you choose.

  • Stop Density is Key - Choosing a play area with lot of Pokestops is always important during Community day. This allows you and other local trainers to share Lure Modules for maximum spawns. This CD also introduces an additional themed research task that allows trainers to find event “Squirtle Squad” Squirtle. Since only one research can be obtained per Pokestop, you’ll want to give yourself access to lots of different stops to continue Researching this CD.

  • Exploring the Community - Use Community Day, and Pokemon Go in general, as an excuse to explore local areas. If you’re blessed with multiple, good locations, make use of them throughout various Community Days.

  • Playing with Friends - Community Day should be about the community, both the area and your local PoGo Players. Get together with friends, find your local group using The Silph Road’s League Map, or be the first in your area to create a group. If you see other trainers in your gyms, that means there are others out there playing! More trainers mean more fun, and Lure Modules appear for all players, so you can all share the increased spawns. Returning players- ask around and figure out where established players are planning to play!

  • Nests - Visiting a Squirtle Nest during CD can significantly increase your Squirtle spawns. Trainers without a local Squirtle Nest shouldn’t stress as the world is basically a Squirtle nest during CD. Additionally, consider local nests with other meta-relevant and shiny possible Pokemon.

  • Weather - Pursuing weather-boosted Squirtle will grant you higher CP and IV Pokemon and likely also a little wet, as Squirtle is only boosted in the Rain. This comes with it decreased catch rates (which are offset by an overall catch rate increase). This is difference adds up in both Stardust and in better Squirtle if you have the option of various play areas with different weather. The next thing to look for is always finding a nest whose spawns correlate to the forecasted weather, for a boost of the nesting pokemon.

Getting Prepared: Items to Bring
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Balls and some Berries

We don’t yet know if stops will drop the themed research “Catch 3 Squirtle” with Ultra Ball and Pinap Berry rewards this CD. Most players still probably have an excess of these items from gifts from friends but trainers that are low should definitely stock up in the days leading up to CD. Pinap berries probably aren’t as essential and an increased catch-rate should mean Razz berries are also less important but you’ll want the balls to keep catching and completing research tasks.

5/6 Incense + Lures

Players low on Incense should save them for more important CDs. Having 6 Incense will let you crack open one every 30 minutes and make it last the entirety of the event. Lures started before the posted start times will only last 30 minutes. Lures started any point after that will last the full 3 hours. Keep walking! You’re not just hatching eggs. Incense spawns more Pokémon while you’re moving! Even if you’re stuck at work where nothing spawns during the event window, popping some Incense could help you nab a shiny or two. 25 Incense can be purchased in bulk for 1250 in the Shop at any time for those looking at an alternative to the CD Special Box. 25 Incense is enough for 4 Community Days and an extra to spare.

0 Egg Incubators

While there is definite temptation to clear out egg inventory during 1/4th egg distance, doing so will actually get you less rewards. Trainers that constantly Incubate 9 Eggs will surely have a lot to look forward too for this event, but with bonus Stardust and Candy available as rewards for upcoming Global Challenges, everyone else is much better off holding onto their premium Incubators.

5-6 Star Piece

Community Day is a good Star Piece opportunity for many players that don’t otherwise make room for Star Piece grind sessions. This is made better if you’re by a lot of weather boosted Pokemon though those low on Star Pieces should save for other events, Research Breakthroughs, and batch hatching. As you churn through eggs in your infinite Incubator, Starpieces will add to that value. That said, any players even moderately low on Star Pieces will find them much more useful to break during the reward windows for upcoming Global Challenges.

3 Lucky Eggs

1 Hour Lucky Eggs unlocked during Safari Zone Dortmund will be in effect this weekend in addition to bonus XP for catching, raiding, and hatching. These bonuses are not limited to during CD, though trainers planning on placing actively during these hours can gain a decent amount of extra experience by continually running an egg- and you only need 3!

What’s in the Box?

Legacy Community Day Special Boxes have held a variety of supplies and are available for a short window before Community Day. A list of previous contents can be found on our Legacy Special Box list. Last Community Day introduced Great and Ultra Boxes, amazing deals for an extremely limited time. This section will include a more thorough breakdown upon release of the Special Boxes in the Shop.

New Themed Squirtle Squad Research

During Community Day, Research Tasks are changed to “Catch 5 Squirtle” and reward the special "Squirtle Squad" Sunglasses Squirtle.

Remember that the Squirtle encounter reward can help you towards completing more tasks. Clearing your research encounter bank can be a huge help this CD in more easily chaining together and completing Research. There are 216 possible IV combinations from research, and with the possibility of a perfect Shiny "Squirtle Squad" Blastoise on the line, hardcore players may be researching a lot tomorrow.

Speed up your CD grinding by first clearing your banked research before CD. Then grab 3 "Catch 5 Squirtle" tasks during CD. Complete them by catching 5 Squirtle. Encounter and run from each research reward, banking it. Spin 3 new stops. Catch your banked Squirtle and 2 more wild ones. Repeat. Doing this allows for the most efficient use of time and actually means you can complete more research than you catch wild Pokemon!

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You're likely to still catch a wild non-sunglasses shiny variant while completing these tasks, but make sure to leave time for that too to give yourself a full Squirtle Squad. It is assumed that Sunglasses Squirtle will also be available in shiny form with an increased rate (roughly 1 in 24.5) though this may be even higher.

There are a few additional things to keep in mind when tasks change during Community Day;

  • Research from each stop can only be completed once each day. If you complete a task at a given stop, you cannot receive the “Catch 3 Squirtle” task from that stop. 

  • Tasks revert to their pre-CD tasks when CD is over but you cannot receive research from Stops where you completed “Catch 3 Squirtle” or the original research.

  • Because of this, you may decide to skip over stops during CD that you know give desirable research (from Discord, Facebook, etc.) or complete them before CD starts.

  • This Community Day, many players may do the opposite, choosing not to complete Research in areas they know they will be during CD.

  • Check to see if you have completed the Research Task of a given Pokestop by the indicator in the top right corner of a Pokestop

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Squirtle obtained from existing research encounters that are claimed during CD hours still have the increased chance to be Shiny, allowing Trainers to prepare 3 chances at high IV (min 10/10/10) Shiny Squirtles during CD. Squirtle is a guaranteed encounter reward for the tasks “Evolve a Water-type Pokemon” and "Catch 3 Water-type Pokemon" and a possible reward from “Power Up a Pokemon 5 times” and "Win a Gym battle" in the July set of research tasks. Tasks and rewards are the same for each player (IVs and shiny chance are rerolled) so be sure to network with your Community before Community day if you want to stock up. It is very unlikely that previously unclaimed/incomplete research can reward Squirtle with sunglasses, but report any cases of this happening to NoLucksGiven on Reddit or Twitter.

Hydro Cannon Analysis

This exclusive move on Blastoise specifically likely won’t be making any waves. Blastoise does have a Mega form, but we are 3 generations and likely some years off that becoming relevant to Pokemon Go. Being that Blastoise with Hydro Cannon is so far from being meta relevant, less emphasis should be placed on having high IV versions, as even the most dedicated players will not invest resources into the Pokemon, other than for fun. Players can prioritize high IV versions for fun or highest or even lowest CP. A few years down the line, saving one high IV Hydro Cannon Blastoise may be worth powering up with the addition of Mega forms but Blastoise is still the worst of the water-type starters currently available, meaning if Hydro Cannon is good, Mega Swampert will be better.

Squad Goals

Saving several high IV Blastoise are likely not worth the bag space that they occupy, especially considering Trainers will likely want to save sunglasses and Shiny Squirtle family variants. Trainers without a Pokedex entry for Blastoise should be able to easily complete that. Other trainers may want to keep an eye out for female Squirtle for gender dex completion. A full Squirtle Squad consists of the following:

Optional: Traditional Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise

  1. Shiny Squirtle
  2. Sunglasses Squirtle
  3. Shiny Sunglasses Squirtle
  4. Shiny Wartortle
  5. Sunglasses Wartortle
  6. Shiny Sunglasses Wartortle
  7. Shiny Blastoise
  8. Sunglasses Blastoise
  9. Shiny Sunglasses Blastoise

Unfortunately only one of each in a species can occupy a gym, meaning you’ll want variants to include Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise to properly achieve “squad fam” status.

Completing the squad takes only 442 Squirtle Candy (565 if including the optional and already available options). You’ll also want to ensure at least one female Blastoise is evolved to complete the Pokedex entry. This requires Pinapping, catching, and transferring 65 Squirtle (saving 9) or 83 Pinap, catch, and transfers (saving 12) to include the normal variants. Without Pinapping, catch and transfer 113 Squirtle (saving 9) or 145 catch and transfer (saving 12) to include the normal variants.

Important Egg Info

This has been stated multiple times in this guide already but just to further minimize the amount of trainers that may have missed it; Egg distance has historically only been discounted if Incubated after the start period. Do not Incubate a bunch of eggs minutes before CD as they will take a lot longer to hatch because of it.

From a Stardust perspective, it is the most beneficial to churn through 2km eggs (in your infinite Incubator) at .5km a piece and least effective to hatch 7km eggs during the event. After the event ends, whatever is currently incubating will not have its distance change, meaning it is best to end the event by (infinite) incubating a larger km egg. As discussed above, Premium Incubators will have much more value if saved for upcoming Global Challenge reward windows.

On another egg-related note, during June CD, some trainers who obtained Eggs from spinning photo discs were able to pick up 10km eggs containing Larvitar during an event where Larvitar (and all 10km eggs) were not in the egg pool. Pay special attention to 2km or possibly even 10km eggs during CD. Squirtle hatches from 2km eggs traditionally, though we have only seen this deviation including 10km eggs in the previous CD. This may allow some trainers to pick up a high IV Squirtle with a shiny chance, similar to research.

Set Alarms for Items and Evolving

Consider setting an alarm on your phone for various CD intervals to remind yourself to reapply premium items if you’re using them. For instance, if your event starts at 2:00, set alerts for 2:00. 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 and potentially even again at 4:45. There’s a lot to keep track of during Community Day between quick catching, shiny checking, appraising, and talking and catching up with friends! Setting some alerts the night before could potentially earn you thousands of Stardust you’d lose out on if you forgot to break a Star Piece. Additionally, a final alarm to remind you to evolve some Wartortle can definitely come in handy. Evolving a Pokemon takes 20-30 seconds depending on your device which adds up if trying to attain multiple Hydro Cannon Blastoise.

The Technicals : Catch Rate and IV Checking

Bulbasaur and Charmander likely had their catch rate adjusted to 40% based on research by Reddit user yaminokaabii.

Our easy-to-use catch rate calculator can be found here if you’d like to do your own calculations. Here are the breakdowns for players with a Gold Water badge. These calculations also assume maximum radius Great! throws. Your ability to reliably throw into smaller bonus radiuses may also increase throughout the day, increasing your catch rate.

Squirtle levels 1-7 have an 89% chance or higher to be caught with a curved Poke Ball Great! Throw. Poke Ball Pinap anything under 118 CP and consider up to 157 CP.

Squirtle level 12 and below have a 90% chance or higher to be caught with a curved Great Ball Great! Throw. Great Ball Pinap anything under 208 CP and consider up to 277 CP.

Squirtle level 20 and below have a 90% chance or higher to be caught with a curved Ultra Ball Great! Throw. Ultra Ball Pinap anything under 347 CP and consider up to 462 CP.

Even a level 35 Squirtle has an 82% chance to be caught per throw using a curved Great! Throw Ultra Ball, allowing for proficient throwers to utilize Pinap berries every throw.

When to switch balls assuming no throw circle bonus (still curving every throw) for a 90% or better catch rate.

Poke Ball Squirtle levels 1-4 (63-83 CP and below)
Great Ball Squirtle levels 8 and below (137-182 CP and below)
Ultra Ball Squirtle levels 13 and below (225-300 CP and below)

Ultra Ball Razz Berry Squirtle levels 25 and below (434-577 CP and below)

Great Ball Golden Razz Berries can be used on higher level Squirtle to ensure a 90% catch rate per throw.

The following string can help you quickly check for any perfect IV Squirtle;

7&cp11,cp35,cp60,cp84,cp109,cp133,cp157,cp182,cp206,cp231,cp254,cp277,cp300,cp323,cp346,cp369,cp392,cp415,cp439,cp462,cp485,cp508,cp531,cp554,cp577,cp600,cp623,cp646,cp670,cp693,cp704,cp716,cp727,cp739,cp750

Pokemon with these CP are not guaranteed to be 100% IV but this could help you narrow that search.

You can quickly check a Pokemon’s level by how much Star Dust it would cost to power up.

28/29 - 4500

30/31 - 5000

31/32 - 6000

33/34 - 7000

35 - 8000

High-level options are great and likely battle-ready if you’re not looking to spend Stardust, likely the correct call for this Community Day.

The Future’s So Bright

Though this is one of the least meta-relevant and least exciting shiny variants among CD Pokemon we’ve seen, Niantic listening to the player base and offering trainers the chance to capture members of the Squirtle Squad offers a fun experience for casual and collection completionists alike. Tyranitar CD leaves a big shoe to be filled. The presence of Snorlax as this month’s research breakthrough also shows Niantic’s willingness to deviate, meaning almost any Pokemon is an option for next month’s CD.

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