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Community Day June 2018 Guide


  • Drastically increased spawns for the Pokemon Larvitar.

  • Release of Shiny Larvitar

    • Obtainable from catches, hatches, and research

    • An increased Shiny rate (roughly 1 in 22) during Community Day hours

  • 3-Hour Lures.

  • 3x Bonus Catch XP

  • Tyranitar’s Exclusive Move is the Fast Move Smack Down

    • Cannot be TM'd.

  • All Pupitar, new and old, are guaranteed to learn Smack Down on evolution. All Tyranitar caught from Raids and in the wild will also know the move
Date Saturday, June 16th
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…

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 Larvitar, and catches will be worth 3 times the XP during the event. Stop catching Pokemon 15-30 minutes before the event starts to maximize experience and Larvitar 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 March 2018 Community Day Shiny Tyranitar badge. The best time to raid is also probably before or after the event, with many players focused on catching during CD. The exception to this, of course, is Tyranitar Raids. If an egg appears towards the end of your Community Day, link up with other trainers and find a group willing to keep the Community Day party going. This can also be a great time to trigger EX Raids, if a large group is gathered together for CD at a park.

Prepare for Your Day Accordingly

Water, winter jacket, rain poncho, as well as snacks/lunch, water, medical necessities, battery packs, fully charged devices, and water!

Where to Play

Larvitar 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.

  • 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. Choose areas with heavy spawn and Stop density so that you can light it up with Lure Modules.

  • 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!

  • Weather - Pursuing weather-boosted Larvitar will grant you higher CP and IV Pokemon, albeit with decreased catch rates. This is difference adds up in both Star Dust and in better Larvitar. You can’t control the weather but you can control where you play. Pay attention to weather reports for local areas if you’re trying to obtain the best Tyranitars possible. Larvitar is boosted in Sunny and Partly Cloudy weathers. Normally, the next best thing to consider is choosing to play at a Nest where the nesting Pokemon is boosted by the predicted weather, though during the 2018 Water Festival, Water-type Pokemon will grant more bonus Stardust.

  • High Gym Density - The ability to find and Raid Tyranitar Raids during this event will depend on how many nearby Gyms there are. Tyranitar caught from Raids during Community Day will come with the exclusive move Smack Down Saving the 123 Candy needed for Evolution and will have minimum 10/10/10 IVs at level 20 or 25 if weather boosted.

Getting Prepared: Items to Bring


6 Lucky Egg

3 times the XP on catches can lead to a LOT of XP. 6 Eggs keeps you earning double the whole event period. You won’t lose any value out of the Eggs while evolving or Raiding during the event so stay Egged up the whole time. The Bonuses for Curved, Nice, Great, and Excellent Throws are also trippled (or sextuppled on an Egg) so aim for consistent Great throws as those bonuses really add up. Catching in a reasonably dense area should compete with a full Lucky Egg mass evolve.

6 Incense and Lures

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! 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.

Raid Passes

If you don’t have a stockpile of Premium Raid Passes in your Item Bag, consider holding on to at least your free Raid Pass(es) for CD. It’s not usually recommended that you waste time Raiding during the CD window if the bonuses or Pokemon is desirable though this can be a great time to trigger EX Raids, so pay special attention to Raid Eggs that hatch before or after the CD window.

We’ve also seen CD make its way into affecting the Research feature. Could we see CD-specific Raids during future Community Days? Tyranitar Raids during CD will be extremely coveted and an increase in their spawn rates would be welcomed by many hardcore players who wish to obtain Smack Down Tyranitar with good IVs. Note that Tyranitar (and any evolved Pokemon) obtained from Raids have 0% chance to be Shiny. It is currently unknown whether or not the Raid Boss Tyranitar can/will have Smack Down as its fast move but any Tyranitar caught from Raids during Community Day will have the move.

Pinaps, Razz, and Ultra Balls

With triple Stardust bonuses, you’ll want to waste as little time as possible so every throw counts. Using Pinaps will help you quickly amass candy from the otherwise uncommon Larvitar, while Razz Berries and Ultra Balls will decrease the amount of times you need to throw. Here is a small demonstration of the Skip Catch Animation Manipulation on a Raid Boss (the concept is the same on a Larvitar) for those looking to speed up thier play even further. The CD Research : Catch 3 Larvitar will also help keep players stocked on these needed items (outlined below).

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. June CD overlaps with Water Festival 2018, making it a great time to break a Star Piece, even with no Stardust related bonuses this event.

Pokeballs for Go+ Users

Catching everything will likely be impossible. The GO+ may give you some free catches you wouldn't otherwise have time for. Again, some may find that the Skip Catch Animation Manipulation works quicker once you get the hang of it. It is not recommended that you attempt to learn this trick during CD, but if you can practice enough before hand till you are comfortable with it, consider using it to maximize your CD grinding.

Set Alarms for Items and Evolving

Consider setting an alarm on your phone for various CD intervals to remind yourself to reapply Lucky Eggs, Starpieces, and Incense. 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 Pupitar can definitely come in handy. Evolving a Pokemon takes 20-30 seconds depending on your device. Assuming you evolve 7 Tyranitar, that’s 5-7 minutes of just evolving. You may also need to Appraise newly caught Larvitar which also takes time.

What’s in the Box?

June 2018 Community Day Box
6 Lucky Eggs
4 Premium Raid Pass
20 Pinap Berry
30 Ultra Ball

With the current available Legacy Special Boxes offering much better deals on premium items, this month’s CD box is extremely hard to justify. The Raid Passes are the only real premium item up for grabs here, and you’ll pay more for this box than simply buying them in the shop. 6 Lucky Eggs for 6x catch xp during this CD is nice though it’s trivial to pick up Lucky Eggs in other discounted Legacy Special Boxes for essentially free while also grabbing better items at a discount.

As it stands, the only reason to purchase this box is ultimately as a quick way to pick up Ultra Balls and Pinap Berries during CD. As discussed below, it’s impossible to get enough Larvitar Candy, and you should be Pinaping each one you see. That is still possible to be done with Great and occasionally even Pokeballs with an over 90% success rate, so Ultra Balls shouldn’t be in too high of a demand either.

Considering a consistent discounted rate of at least 38.33% on Raid Passes (historical low and last three available Ultra Boxes), that essentially equates to paying 233.33 coins for the remaining 20 Pinap Berries, or 11 ⅔ each.

Catch 3 Larvitar

During Community Day, a majority of Research Tasks are changed to “Catch 3 Larvitar” with the following rewards;

  • 500 stardust.

  • 2 Ultra balls.

  • 5 Great balls.

  • 2 Pinap berries.

This wonderful move by Niantic allows you to not stress about Research during the event and concentrate on catching. It also means that Trainers can rest easy knowing that Community Day itself will help provide them with additional Pinaps, Ultra Balls, and Great Balls! There are a few additional things to keep in mind as far as how this functioned last 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 Larvitar” 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 Larvitar” 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.

  • 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


Nest Shift Targets: Houndour and Treecko Nests

To facilitate Dratini Community Day, Dratini was added to the list of nesting Pokemon, causing a nest shift. A nest shift is unlike a nest migration. Nest migrations happen every other Wednesday and are unpredictable. Nest shifts happen during new nestable Pokemon releases and are predictable.

Imagine all nestable Pokemon as equal slices on a pie chart. When a nest migration occurs, all nests are randomly assigned a point around the circumference of the circle and are assigned the nesting species slice that degree lays on. When nesting Pokemon are added, that species then takes up a portion of the pie, placed in Pokedex order. Nests still retain their degree around the circle, though now all slices are smaller to accommodate new nesting species.

In this way, not all nests will shift, Charmander is extremely unlikely to shift, and Pokemon next to (in terms of Pokedex number) new additions are the most likely to shift. Houndour and Treecko are the nestable Pokemon that border Larvitar in the Pokedex. Assuming a nest shift, each of these nests has just below 50% chance to convert.

The release of A-Exeggutor without a nest shift potentially points towards there being no shift for this Community Day though reportedly April Fools did cause a roughly 25 minute shift which was then reverted. No shifts were reported during Mareep CD which may be attributed to Niantic fixing the issue, Dratini originally being a nesting species when the game launched, or even just no one noticing a shift. Kabuto and Chikorita border Mareep in the Pokedex but a shift from either of those to Mareep would be difficult to spot. Rather, a shift of Omanyte -> Kabuto or Totodile -> Chikorita (etc.) would be a much more noticeable shift as the whole world looked like a Mareep nest. If anyone noticed signs of a nest shift during Mareep CD or notices during Larvitar CD, submit reports to NoLucksGiven though Twitter or Reddit.

The Low-Down on Smack Down

Current data present in the code for the move Smack Down indicates it will be identical to Rock Throw. This move on a Pokemon as powerful as Tyranitar will be meta-defining. It will outperform any other Rock-type users for the foreseeable future in DPS and TDO including Rhyperior, the evolved form of Rhydon. Double Rock Ttar will even give insane Legendaries like Kyogre and Raikou a run for their money. This article also includes analysis for potential nerfs to Smack Down. Remember that Blast Burn never changed once it was in the code. It was just previewed differently by Youtubers.

Trainers with already invested Tyranitars fear not, this new moveset does nothing to affect the Rating of Bite/Crunch Tyranitars in the same way that non-Blast Burn Charizard and non-Frenzy Plant Venusaur now pale in comparison. The candy obtained from June Community Day will be the most useful candy possible and it is likely impossible to get too much for players that don’t already have a maxed Tyranitar army.

Setting Goals and Getting Prepared

Set realistic goals for yourself based on previous Community Days as a benchmark in terms of how much candy you’ll need to collect beforehand and how many good IV Larvitar to save.

Evolving 6 Tyranitar will require 123 * 6 + 1, or 739 candy. Assuming you also wish to Evolve your best Shiny Larvitar, that will require 862 candy, though evolving your Shiny during the CD window should not be a priority. If you’re still lacking a few Bite/Crunch Tyranitar, you’ll want to grind even harder to have Candy for them too. On top of this, it will cost 118 to 304 candy to power each Tyranitar up to 40. Even those with a maxed squad of B/C Ttars can easily make use of 2,000-3,000 Larvitar Candy and expect none to go to waste.

It’s not feasible to expect to gather 5,000 Larvitar Candy during CD, but if you typically catch around 100 CD Pokemon, that’s 700 candy with Pinap Berries. Last Community Day seemed to offer fewer spawns than previous for a lot of Trainers, so doing everything you can to earn candy beforehand can help. The following can also be utilized by players with limited time during CD to make sure they don’t miss out.

Make a Tyranitar your Buddy Pokemon - With Adventure Week drawing to a close, it’s still worthwhile to make Tyranitar earn extra candy. It’s recommended to make a Tyranitar your buddy specifically so you can still use it in battles while Larvitar can be thrown in gyms.

Incubate 10k Eggs - Adventure Week’s Legacy Special Boxes offered the cheapest deals ever on Incubators. 10k Eggs offer a chance at high IV Larvitar and 16-32 candy. This mechanic may feel slightly Pay-to-Win but can still be done within reason and responsibly. Keep in mind that the Water Festival means all new eggs will be 2km and contain Water-type Pokemon only, limiting this strategy.

Research “3 Excellent Throws in a Row” - The most difficult and rarest research rewards a Larvitar encounter, level 15, minimum IV 10/10/10. Make sure to Pinap as it can’t flee and earn yourself 6 Larvitar Candy. Our guide and video can help towards completing this task, which can certainly pose a challenge. Larvitar obtained this way that have yet to be encountered also have the increased CD Shiny chance if you wait till CD to complete/claim. Research is currently being conducted to see if both incomplete tasks and unclaimed encounters can yield shiny Pokemon. Currently, only incomplete tasks have been proven. Data from this CD can be submitted to NoLucksGiven on Reddit or Twitter.  

Raid Tyranitar - Completing Tyranitar Raids offers a shot at a high IV Tyranitar and 20 Larvitar Candy if Pinapped.

Raid for Rare Candies - Rock Ttar is going to be so good that it’s worth sinking some Rare Candy into to ensure you can evolve a full team, or if playing on limited time. The best way to earn Rare Candy is from shortmanning Raids using the counters provided here on GamePress. Also, take advantage of the free Rare Candy to be earned through Research tasks, notably "Win a Raid," increased during Water Festival.

Place in Gyms and Berry - Keeping Larvitar family Pokemon in gyms and feeding all excess Berries to them can result in the occasional bonus candy. You can continue to put in other Pokemon if another trainer has put in a Larvitar already. Consider naming your Pokemon to easily locate which should be put in gyms. Take special care to only put in Larvitar you don’t plan on evolving in case you don’t get them back before CD. Also consider when you put them in gyms, as you’ll likely want to Transfer them for extra candy before CD.


Transfer your excess Larvitar - Name any you plan to keep with their IVs so you can continue to Transfer as you can get better ones to replace them with including during CD. Know your goals and determine the amount of candy you will need for evolutions. Hanging onto Larvitar for double Candy transfers after CD definitely adds up, but only do so after hitting your evolution targets. Because many trainers will want to transfer Larvitar family Pokemon before/during CD, consider helping fellow travelers by booting out Tyranitar, Pupitar and Larvitar found in gyms as CD draws near but leaving in those being aggressively berried in the week to come.  

Remember too, you can always TM a SD/SE Ttar to B/C if you change your mind later, but you won’t be able to do the other way around, so take full advantage!

The Technicals : Catch Rate and IV Checking

Larvitar has a Base Capture Rate of 40%. This is the same value we’ve seen for Dratini and likely the adjusted rate seen for both Bulbasaur and Charmander according to the legwork done 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 Gold Ground and Rock badges. These calculation 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.

  • Larvitar levels 1-7 have a 89% chance or higher to be caught with a curved Poke Ball Great! Throw. Poke Ball Pinap anything under 135 CP and consider up to 176 CP.
  • Larvitar 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 237 CP and consider up to 310 CP.
  • Larvitar 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 395 CP and consider up to 517 CP.
  • Even a level 35 Larvitar 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 Larvitar levels 1-4 (72-94 CP and below)
  • Great Ball Larvitar levels 8 and below (156-203 CP and below)
  • Ultra Ball Larvitar levels 13 and below (257-336 CP and below)
  • Ultra Ball Razz Berry Larvitar levels 25 and below (494-646 CP and below)

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

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


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

In addition to those, IV check at least your highest CP Larvitar and encourage others at your CD to do the same, shouting out any good spawns to your fellow trainers.

Smack Down Tyranitar is so good that it’s worth IV checking every one you get and evolving the best ones, with a priority placed on Larvitar with 15 Attack IV to ensure you hit every breakpoint.

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 but Tyranitar is one of the best investments in Go- and that goes double now that we have Rock Ttar. The lower a Pokemon’s level in regards to its CP, the higher IV it will generally have. Higher level Pokemon are more battle-ready but lower level Pokemon with similar CP will have higher potential when powered up. It is recommended that hardcore players prioritize evolving six 15 Attack IV Pupitar while farming candy to power them up. Some players may have more success evolving less, though there are 0 ways to currently attain legacy movesets in Pokemon Go, so it may be worth sacrificing the candy now for the ability to create an army of Rock Tyranitar in the future.

Here is a hypothetical to illustrate the importance of Attack IVs. Let's say you want Ttar's Crunch to deal 76 damage to Mewtwo (an arbitrary example). You have a 15/0/0 level 1, a 10/10/10 level 20, and a 3/15/15 level 30.

The level 1 will cost 148k dust and 148 Candy to hit level 32.5 where it deals 76 damage.

The level 20 will cost 137k dust and 130 Candy to hit level 35 where it deals 76 damage.

The level 30 will cost 121k dust and 140 Candy to hit level 38.5 where it deals 76 damage.

And the one with 15 attack still has so much more potential.

Who wants to Rock the Party?

More important than securing 6 15 Attack IV Tyranitar, is really just making as many strong Tyranitar as possible. Having 6 0% IV Tyranitar is better than having none at all. It will still be a solid Pokemon moving forward. Some more casual players may consider also saving candy for powering up both Rock Ttars, and the still incredibly powerful Dark Tyranitar. Even assuming nerfs and horrible Rock Tyranitar will still have a supreme point (a level in which it out performs a maxed Golem) of somewhere in between level 35 and 27.

This Community Day brings us the most relevant Pokemon ever introduced this way up until this point. Double Rock Ttar is a #gamechanger whose existince will change the difficulty rating on many Raid bosses. There is no other way to put it. Tyranitar rocks. Any players serious about Raiding and maintaining a powerful team need to get out there this Community Day and likely want to plan beforehand with some of the tips above.

Looking forward, Smack Down is such a stand-out move, that it could see a return. Limited release Legacy moves are great at encouraging players to get out and play so there’s a balance to be struck. Those completely unable to participate can still take solace that their Tyranitar are still amazing and their Pokemon are not getting any worse. Optimistically, future opportunities for Breeding and trading Legacy moveset Pokemon may exist, though that too is at odds with moves intentionally removed from the game for balance purposes.

There may never be a comparable CD, or at least not until future Pokemon are released. Its importance cannot be understated. Because of this, take extra care to leave time for evolutions during CD. Evolution animations take 20-30 seconds depending on phone performance, so leave yourself 4 minutes if you plan on evolving 7 Tyranitar. Those unable to fully Evolve all your Pupitar during Community Day are still left with the extremely viable Bite/Crunch Tyranitar.

Even following all of the above tips, it will be almost impossible to get all of the candy required to max out full teams in just one day. Save for Raid Champions with 1,000s of stacked Tyranitar candy, many players will find themselves buddied up with Tyranitar for the foreseeable future. That’s at least one new buddy everyone can make this Community Day, and with millions of trainers out there doing the same, there’s sure to be a few more willing buddies out there. Summer months and recent announcements have encouraged some to get back out into the game, so be sure to share this guide with new friends so everyone can Rock out!