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Community Day October 2019 Guide

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Basic Info and Overview

  • Drastically increased spawns for the Pokemon Trapinch

  • 2km Eggs obtained during Community Day hours may contain Trapinch

  • The release of Shiny Trapinch

    • Obtainable from catches, hatches, research, and raids

    • An increased Shiny rate (roughly 1 in 23) during Community Day hours

  • Themed Field Research “Catch 3 Trapinch” for balls, berries, and Stardust

  • 3-hour Lures

  • 3x Catch XP

  • All Vibrava evolved during Community Day hours learn the exclusive move Earth Power!

    • Charged TMs and learning a New Move will not give you this exclusive move

    • Must evolve a Vibrava during CD in your region (or up to two hours after)

    • Have a stable internet connection and consider doing a test evolve, as Niantic acknowledges server issues can and do happen during CD, yet refuses to compensate/correct this known issue.

Community Day Date and Time
Date Saturday, October 12
Time 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM in your local time zone. Exclusive move available until 4:00 PM.
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Get Ready for Community Day Overview!

Don’t forget to also prepare for the real weather and everything that comes along with that. Keep your real bag fully upgraded and, depending on the weather, make sure to bring along a jacket, rain poncho, water, sunscreen, as well as lunch, snacks, water, medical necessities, battery packs, fully charged devices, comfortable shoes, other protective gear, and water again, for good measure. Community Day is a full 5 hours, so pace yourself and take breaks to not get burnt out.

Most importantly, keep it fun!

This guide will cover all of the in-game knowledge you’ll need to make the most out of Trapinch Community Day.

Before the Event

  • Decide where to play

  • Get your items ready

  • Acquire Trapinch and Trapinch Candy

  • Set reminder alarms

During the Event

  • Check out key reminders for CD mechanics

  • Consider the analysis for CD sale box

  • Review additional ways to acquire Trapinch (Trapinch Raids, Eggs, and Rocket Battles)

  • Research the Exclusive Move analysis

  • Set goals accordingly

  • Know when to Pinap and which balls to use

After the Event

  • New Appraisal Tips!

  • Find a trading partner

  • Evolve your Pokemon

  • Start preparing for the next event!

Updates from New Zealand

Where applicable, this section will be updated to include new information as our friendly NZ “beta testers” experience CD before anyone else in the world. On Community Days with new, unpredictable features, the only way to know for sure how they’ll function is having others experience it first. Check back here before CD to see if there’s any last-minute tips you need to know!


Playing in NZ? Thanks! We monitor reports on The Silph Road carefully, though you can also submit reports here on GamePress or directly to NoLucksGiven on twitter. Additionally, it is even more recommended you have a stable internet connection and consider doing a test evolve, as Niantic acknowledges server issues can and do happen (especially in your region) during CD, yet refuses to compensate/correct this known issue.


No signs of Shadow Trapinch - Looks like Team Go Rocket has left us alone this event. Expect Shadow Trapinch to be encounterable soon, but for now all Trapinch are safe!

The egg pool seems very diverse, with Trapinch remaining a rare hatch.

Trapinch is now encounterable as a research reward for the Community Day research, "Catch 3 Trapinch." Golden Razzberry is another new possible reward.

  • CP range for these encounters is 507-546.

Where to Play

Trapinch 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.

*New Notes for October*

With an overlapping date and a plethora of 1:00 PM invites, there’s a great chance your EX Raid invite overlaps with Community Day. Plan accordingly to make sure you don’t miss your chance at a Shiny Shadow Ball Mewtwo.

Also, remember that this Community Day is the first since the radical shakeup to spawn points. Consider visiting prospective play areas in the days leading up to CD to get an idea of the spawn rates. Lure-able areas just got significantly better too. Ask experienced players where the best new places to play are!

Time Travel

Since this event is 11AM-2PM based on local time, By playing near a timezone shift, players in some parts of the world can take advantage by starting an hour earlier or ending an hour later. Start East then make your way West sometime after the first hour. This shouldn’t affect most players but can be a nice bonus to players willing to travel a little more during CD. Remember to stay West as you evolve for the exclusive move.

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 PokeNav, or be the first in your area to create a group. If you see other trainers in your gyms, that means there’s others out there playing! More trainers means more fun, and Lure Modules appear for all players, so you can all share the increased spawns. Returning and new players- ask around and figure out where established players are planning to play!

Gyms for Raids

Players should be focused on catching this CD, but playing near gyms may lead to easy raid completion before or after the event, while everyone is already out.

Clusters and Lures

If you want to catch the most Trapinch, focus on cluster spawns in areas with lots of network traffic such as parking lots and apartment complexes and high Pokestop dense areas that can be easily Lured up.

Weather

Pursuing weather-boosted Trapinchwill grant you higher CP Trapinch so it’s advised to hunt in forecasted Clear areas. This comes with it decreased catch rates but is offset in Stardust gained and saved from catching weather boosted Pokemon. Pay attention to official weather reports as well as other trainers playing in different level 11 S2 cells (in-game weather boundaries).

Weather boosted Pokemon have an IV floor of 4/4/4. This means their IV spreads are more likely to be better for PvE, but likely impossible to have ideal IV for PvP.

Note About Nests

From February to July, nesting spawns stopped or are at least extremely dulled during CD hours. Every Community Day is slightly different in regards to spawn rates but it is worth noting that players can likely visit nests and not worry about diluted Trapinch spawns.

During Ralts Community Day, a forced nest shift occurred, causing many nests to be overrun in some regions with Poocheyena, Bulbasaur, or other spawns. This was fixed before the end of CD, but it’s a good reminder that every Community Day is different and presents a new opportunity for new/returning bugs. This guide covers what you can reasonably expect, but having backup plans is always smart!

Items To Bring

Items

Probably 0 Star Pieces

With the Stardust Blast event recently concluding, and this being a Community day with 0 Stardust incentives, it’s probably time to put those Star Pieces away, trainers!

Players with Star Piece burning a hole in their pocket (either because they don’t play often or because they buy a lot of boxes) may still find a Community Day grind session as a good use of a Star Piece.

0-6 Incense

Having 6 Incense will let you crack open one every 30 minutes and make it last the entirety of the event. How many Incense you choose to use depends on availability, meta-relevancy, and rarity of the featured Pokemon. 25 Incense can be purchased in bulk for 1250 in the Shop (50 each) at any time for those looking at an alternative to various Legacy Special Boxes. 25 Incense is enough for 4 Community Days and an extra to spare.

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. Remember that “quick catching” your Incense spawns will still make them visible on the map after the catch.

Lure Modules

Lure modules placed during Community Day hours will last 3-hours long. Playing in an area with a lot of stops will allow you access to a lot more spawns too.

This Silph Road study concludes that the new specialized Glacial, Mossy, and Magnetic lures double the amount of lured spawns, with half of the spawns coming from a specific list and half coming from the biome, which should be taken over during Community Day. Because of this, using a new, upgraded Lure Module quickly becomes worthwhile, during CD’s 3-hour lure bonus.

These lures can bring rarer catches including some evolved forms with bonus Stardust, but you may want to still focus on the feature Pokemon spawns with their limited window exclusive moveset and increased shiny chance.

If you don’t plan on purchasing Glacial, Mossy, and Magnetic lures yourself, it may be smart to plan for when you do run into them. Select and rename desired Eevee, Nosepass, and Magneton so that you don’t detract from your time playing during Community Day to fumble through your Pokemon Collection.

PRO-TIP: Use a new Lure at 5:59. It will still last 3 hours and you can catch a few Pokemon while you evolve and trade Trapinch. You won’t be able to lure anything Lured during Community Day, but there's usually a few unlured Pokestops, hopefully ones in air conditioning or with comfortable seating. This may not be possible in urban and extreme rural playing without a lot of communication.

0-6 Lucky Eggs

Community Day can be a great time to coordinate Friendship level ups for both players to egg and receive double XP as it’s likely you’ll both be playing. Make sure to coordinate with your friends as it is usually easier to plan for level ups in the minutes before Community Day starts so that the actual event can be spent catching.

This event also features 3x Catch XP. While the XP you can recieve catching pales in comparison to the possibilities with friendship level ups, that still makes this Community Day a great time to coordinate those level ups and get even more out of each Lucky Egg.

Berries and Great/Ultra Balls

These tips may be even more relevant this Community Day which immediately follows the Stardust Blast event.

It’s always a good idea to stock up before CD. The themed research “Catch 3 Trapinch” can be easily accomplished to help keep the Pokeballs flowing during the event. So it may not be necessary to stock up beforehand in all areas. Active Pokemon from Lures and Incense can also deplete your resources. Players low on resources should remember to always open 20 daily gifts and to upgrade item bag storage as soon as possible. It is an investment that quickly pays for itself, especially if you’re able to occasionally grind and stock up on items.

Saving Incubators

One of the best uses in the game for paid Incubators is Community Day events featuring 10km hatchable Pokemon. During Ralts, Larvitar, and possibly Beldum CD, the featured Pokemon was obtainable via eggs at an increased rate. For Ralts CD, 100% of eggs acquired contained Ralts (Note: Egg contents are determined when the eggs enter your inventory, though the shiny rate is only increased if hatched during Community Day). Because of this, saving incubators to use for future Community Days featuring rare Pokemon is extremely advisable.

While it is unknown what percentage of eggs will hatch Trapinch, this may be a feature worth taking advantage of, based on your personal preferences.

Trapinch is largely considered not meta relevant, meaning it may be best to save incubators for a future Community Day

Acquiring Trapinch

Trapinch is currently unavailable in research and Rocket Grunt battles. It is a rare, non-nesting species. It is available to hatch from 10km eggs (2km during Community Day) and is a 5km buddy Pokemon.

Any previous Trapinch/Vibrava obtained with undesirable IVs should be traded at least for candy and to reroll IVs, preferably with a Best Friend. Using a Lucky Trade is also a good idea for players with limited CD time. Additional Trapinch candy can be earned prior to the event by making Trapinch your Buddy Pokemon, and by making Trapinch a Gym Defender and stuffing it full of berries! If you have limited time to play this CD and are close to the candy needed for another evolution, these tips can put you over the threshold for evolving another Trapinch for the exclusive moveset.

Before Community Day Starts

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Here are a few other things to keep in mind right before Community Day starts for making the most of the granted bonuses.

  • If coordinating Lucky Egg friendships, encourage your friends to egg and advance friendships before the event starts. This allows you to focus on catching once Trapinch start spawning!

  • Existing spawns can change to Trapinch. Clicking on Pokemon to catch or even just to shiny check will prevent them from turning into Trapinch. It’s fine though to check for shinies you don’t yet have. If you want to catch the most Trapinch, avoid clicking on spawns as Community Day is about to begin. Catch them for triple dust instead!

  • You can only complete research from each stop once daily.  If you complete a task at a given stop, you cannot receive the “Catch 3” task from that stop during Community Day. Occasionally, receiving the task from a stop will lock it into its non-CD task.

  • If you wish to pick up eggs with a higher chance of hatching Trapinch, it can be beneficial to hatch some eggs before CD starts. If you do so, avoid spinning stops and opening gifts before Community Day starts.

Now, with those in mind, there is still room for choice. If you’ll be playing all Community Day then you might not care about one spawn point here and there, and catching weather boosted Machop or shiny checking a Wailmer may be worth it to you. Likewise, you may not find it necessary to fill your inventory with Community Day eggs.

Use this time before the event starts to prep; spin stops, transfer Pokemon, open gifts (and level up friendships), Raid, check-in, and obtain/give out Meltan boxes.

Set Alarms for Items and Evolving

Before the event, consider setting an alarm on your phone for various CD intervals to remind yourself to reapply premium items if you’re using them. 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.

With 11:00AM Community Days, a wake up alarm doesn’t hurt either!

Research

During Community Day, Research Tasks are changed to “Catch 3 Trapinch” with the following rewards;

  • 500 Stardust.

  • 2 Ultra Balls.

  • 5 Great Balls.

  • 2 Pinap Berries.

  • NEW: Trapinch encounter

    • CP range for these encounters is 507-546.

  • NEW: 1 Golden Razzberry

This 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 Trapinch” 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 Trapinch” 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.

  • Many players may do the opposite, choosing not to complete Research in areas they know they will be during CD for easy rewards.

  • 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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What's in the Box?

Legacy Community Day Special Boxes have held a variety of supplies and are available shortly before the start of Community Day. A list of previous and current contents can be found on our Legacy Special Box list (as well as cost analysis breakdowns). Some Community Days also feature Great and Ultra Boxes, which can be amazing deals for an extremely limited time, disappearing at the end of CD in America. This section will include a more thorough breakdown upon release of the Special Boxes in the Shop.

Expect 0-3 new boxes to be added during CD and removed shortly after.


2 Incubators and 2 Star Piece is not a discount.

Players low on resources should remember to always open 20 daily gifts and to upgrade item bag storage as soon as possible. It is an investment that quickly pays for itself, especially if you’re able to occasionally grind and stock up on items.

October 2019 Community Day Box

Community Day Raids and Eggs and Rocket Grunts

Ralts and Turtwig Community Day introduced new ways to acquire high IV versions of the featured Pokemon during Community Day!

Updates to this section will appear in “Updates from New Zealand” at the start of the article, as Niantic and New Zealand reports offer us more information.

Raids

Ralts/Turtwig raids appeared as normal Tier 1 Raids during Community day. This means the earliest they can hatch is 11:45, and some will extend past Community Day. Other raids will still spawn normally.

Eggs

Ralts hatched from every egg obtained during Community Day. The only non-Ralts eggs available were 7km gifted eggs (and those obtained prior to CD).

Turtwig certainly wasn’t in every egg. It was likely slightly boosted, like seen with Larvitar and Beldum, but specific rates are unknown.

Trapinch could function like either of these two previous CDs. Ralts’ 100% may have been deemed too high, or we may see a return of that with this month also featuring a 10km egg Pokemon. Trapinch will appear in 2km eggs during Community Day, per the in-game announcement. We still don't know at what rate.

Rocket Grunt Battles

A few Community Days have been followed by the release of the featured Pokemon available as a Shadow Pokemon from Rocket Grunt battles.

Turtwig Community Day was the first to have Shadow Turtwig released prior to its featured CD. There has yet to be a Shadow Pokemon launched on its respective CD, though this is certainly possible.

During Turtwig CD, a majority of Rocket Grunt encounters rewarded Shadow Turtwig. While you’ll have to decide if these are worth pursuing for yourself, it can be a fun way to obtain high-IV Trapinch. Optimal counters for Trapinch Rocket Grunt battles are currently unknown (though Ice seems like a safe bet).

From TSR user u/Hazyd who tested out Shadow/Purified Turwig for us all:

Shadow+single move - frustration

Shadow+ double move - frustration/stone edge

Purified+single move - frenzy plant

Purified+double move - frenzy plant/earthquake. Found a rocket to confirm this myself

Also purified both shadow forms and received return+normal move

Community Day has also been used as a time for Niantic to test/tease/experiment with new features. Could Flygon Rocket Admin Battles be a thing?

Exclusive Move Analysis : Earth Power

Flygon isn’t getting anyone excited. This Pokemon showed up on the 5th page of the DPS TDO spreadsheet for Electric-type counters and is a suspect last round Pokedraft pick at best. Things don’t look great for Flygon.

EarthPower

Earth Power Flygon rankings against Electric-type Pokemon

Sadly, Earth Power isn’t really enough of a jump to get Flygon on most people’s radar. It still wont crack a unique 6 challenge or the 9th round of a Pokedraft.

Being the 7th best in one of Pokemon Go’s worst types isn’t a great sell (Though, to be fair, the 2-bar Earth Power may edge out Earthquake Rhyperior). This Community Day will likely not push hardcore grinders to thier fullest, though the shiny is sweet.

This Community Day is most comparable to Typhlosion, another Pokemon around 7th best with its exclusive move, and limited meta relevance.

A Giga Impact

Another apt Community Day comparison is Mareep, a once sought after Pokemon for its rarity and cuteness alone. Mareep was also notable in that it received a Mega evolution, something Game Freak neglected to do for this fan favorite. Rumors and wishes lead many to believe that Flygon will be a featured Gigantamax Pokemon, a new temporary evolution type coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield. While it’s unknown how such things will impact Pokemon Go (perhaps as cross-promotion?) it does mean that players may wish to prepare one good Flygon this Community Day.

Flygon in PvP

Flygon is a respectable PvP Pokemon, though better options tend to exist. It is equipped with the PvP-viable Mud Shot, which is a great start. Read more about its current PvP applications on the Flygon page.

Earth Power is technically a side-grade here to the current Earthquake. Earth Power is an upgrade in terms of energy, but not raw damage output. EQ still has a higher base power and higher Damage Per Energy (DPE), which could be useful for nuke plays. Despite this, Mud Shot + Earth Power + Dragon Claw is likely Flygon's most useful moveset.

It's unlikely you’ll want Mud Shot + Earth Power + Earthquake, as this opens you up to being easily farmed by Flying-type Pokemon with no drawback.

Earth Power is likely the correct call over the current Earthquake because Flygon's role is to spam, since it won't last too long in battle.

Look for PvP-ready CPs

Finding Pokemon that can be evolved to be near the CP-cap in PvP leagues can save a lot of Stardust. Before evolving, consult a CP/IV calculator to confirm your Trapinch will stay below the CP thresholds. Looking for Trapinch with CP around or below these thresholds can be great for trainers interested in PvP with limited resources;

For Great League Flygon, look for Trapinch with CP 668-716 and below. Vibrava will have 644-686 CP in this range.

For Ultra League Flygon, look for Trapinch with CP 1136-1191 and below. Vibrava will have 1110-1143 CP in this range.

Setting Goals

Determine how many Vibrava you want to evolve this Community Day and plan accordingly as far as resources and acquiring high IV Trapinch goes. Set goals and pay attention to how much candy you earn. Keeping track can help you determine play patterns for future CDs.

As mentioned previously, especially if your CD availability is low, swap Trapinch with local players leading up to CD and make use of the Lucky friend feature if your desperate and don’t want to wait till December to evolve them.

Set goals based on previous Community Days as a benchmark. Use this to let you know how aggressively you need to hunt and Pinap, as well as how many high IV options to target.

Each evolution costs 123 Trapinch candy which is 31 catches + transfers or 18 catches w/ Pinaps + transfers. Maxing out a Pokemon will cost between 118-304 candy depending on the level (248 for level 20 Pokemon). Evolving and Powering Up a full team (with average level 20) will cost 2227 candy. This can be accomplished with 382 Pinap catches + transfers or 557 catches + transfers. Adjust your goals to make the most out of your Trapinch candy. However, you only have to evolve them today, not power them up. You can continue to earn Trapinch candy after the event to Power Up evolved Flygon!

As noted in “Looking Forward” evolving extra Shiny Trapinch with the exclusive move may make great future trades with Lucky Friends.

Making Trades

You (probably) have until 1 hour after the event ends to IV check, trade, and evolve for the exclusive moveset. Set alarms and keep track of how long different activities take you so you can be better prepared for future CD events.

When picking a trading partner, there are now three different options to consider each with their own benefits.

Play Community Day with your trading partner.

  • Carpool

  • Catch the same spawns (for even trades) and split the role of IV checking

  • Can start trading even before CD ends

Play 10km (6.21 mi) distance from your trading partner.

  • 1 additional candy per trade.

  • Very possible this CD if you meet someone at an EX Raid, though Trapinch aren’t super useful.

Trade with a Lucky Friend!

Obviously, this will can a combination of one of the previous two options. Coordinating with a Lucky Friend during CD can allow you to swap a day 1 shiny Trapinch to reroll IVs. Coordinating with multiple Lucky friends can allow you to reroll a few for IVs, though you can only do one special trade each day.

Here are some additional features to keep in mind about trading:

  • Players are limited to 100 trades + 1 special trade per day. This is reset after your phone goes past midnight.

  • Swapping a Shiny will count as a Special Trade and can also be done once daily.

  • Pick a trade partner you have high friendship with. IV floor increases with friendship tier.
    Good Friendship - 1/1/1 IV floor
    Great Friendship - 2/2/2 IV floor
    Ultra Friendship - 3/3/3 IV floor
    Best Friendship - 5/5/5 IV floor

  • Pokemon caught farther than 10km (6.21 mi) apart award 2 candy when traded.

  • Lucky Pokemon have an IV floor of 12/12/12. Read more about Lucky Pokemon here

The Technicals: Catch Rate and IV Checking

Trapinch will likely have its Base Catch Rate changed to 40% as we have seen with previous CD spawns.

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 Grass 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.

  • Trapinch levels 1-7 have an 89% chance or higher to be caught with a curved Poke Ball Great! Throw. Poke Ball Pinap anything under 197 CP and consider up to 248 CP.

  • Trapinch 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 346 CP and consider up to 437 CP.

  • Trapinch 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 577 CP and consider up to 728 CP. Even a level 35 Trapinch 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. Consider not quick-catching Trapinch above 577 CP or using a Razz Berry while doing so.

Throwing with no bonus will eat through your resources faster making it worthwhile to learn how to consistently throw Great! Throws (+ video link) The following will result in a 90% catch rate with curveballs and no throw bonus:

  • Poke Ball Trapinch levels 1-4 (105-133 CP and below)

  • Great Ball Trapinch levels 8 and below (227-287 CP and below)

  • Ultra Ball Trapinch levels 13 and below (375-473 CP and below)

  • Ultra Ball Razz Berry Trapinch levels 25 and below (722-910 CP and below). Great Ball Golden Razz Berries can be used on higher level Trapinch to ensure a 90% catch rate per throw.

Searching “4*” will display all perfect Pokemon. Searching “4*&Trapinch”, ”4*&328”, or “4*&+Trapinch” will display all perfect Trapinch. 4* and sorting by recent should also suffice. More tips on using the new appraisal system to its fullest can be found in the below section New Appraisal Tips.

Knowing how dust cost relates to Pokemon level can also help in quickly determining a Pokemon's level and IV. Here are the associated dust costs for the following levels;

35 - 8000

34/33 - 7000

32/31 - 6000

30/29 - 5000

28/27 - 4500

26/25 - 4000

These values can be used to determine high-level Pokemon at a quick glance.

New Appraisal Tips

Many Pokemon IVs can now be quickly viewed using the new visual IV system. It should be feasible to scan all Trapinch within the 1-hour timeframe to scan for optimal IVs. But what should you look for while IV scanning?

For PvE (and Master League PvP), you’ll want to sort by CP, search “3*” and save any with 15 Attack IV. Rename them in a way you can easily recognize without having to check again. Consult your set goals and Trapinch candy. If you need more with high IVs, consider repeating this process and looking for 14 Attack IV or searching “2*”. If you have more than your set goals, trim from the worst you’ve selected.

For PvP, optimal IV sets will almost all be 1* options. 2* will contain some ideal IVs as well though 1* will be better on average as that allows for 0 attack IV combinations. Scanning the search range "1*,2*" for low attack and high defense and stamina will allow you to look for ideal PvP IVs. Remember to look below the previously specified IV caps from the section “Look for PvP-ready CPs”. Consult with a CP calculator to verify the Pokemon will evolve under the cap. Some trainers may also chose to skip IV checking during this step or/and evolve shiny Pokemon. Evolve extra below CP caps for future trade fodder.

Then trade any Pokemon you haven’t marked as favorites. Leave yourself time to evolve at the end of this process. Searching “Traded” or sorting by new can allow you to easily view your new Pokemon. Compare these to your previously selected best options. Consider evolving any Lucky Pokemon for a huge dust discount. After evolving to satisfy your goals, evolve extra Trapinch with high CP, below PvP caps, or shiny for future trade fodder. Remember to save some candy if you wish to Power Up some Flygon!

Looking Forward

When Trapinch’s Community Day is over, there are still plenty of opportunities to get good Flygon with the exclusive move through trading. Evolving extra Vibrava can be a great idea to attempt to trade with friends afterward for high IV rerolls.

Lucky Friendship is a total game-changer for exclusive movesets. Interacting with Best Friends can now create Lucky Friendships! This will make your next trade a guaranteed Lucky! One of the best uses for these trades will be shiny Pokemon, rare Pokemon, and Pokemon with exclusive legacy movesets. CD brings all three! For this reason, evolving extra shiny Trapinch gives you the perfect Lucky Trade fodder. Encourage your Best Friends to do the same.

Using up all your Trapinch candy on evolutions gives you an additional incentive to catch future Trapinch, which will then allow you to power them up and unlock additional moves. Trapinch in Raids and Rocket Grunt Battles will provide future Trapinch candy income to take advantage of. In addition, these options could provide high IV Trapinch to make use of.

It’s not too late to find some high IV Trapinch too. Whether it be Trapinch in your collection you didn’t notice/have the time to evolve during CD or new ones you catch, December is likely to have another CD weekend where exclusive moves become available again. If you don’t manage to find a good Trapinch worthy of your Stardust this weekend, evolve some anyways, attempt some lucky trades (on evolved and unevolved), keep looking, and evolve some in December! Note: This event is not confirmed for December, it's just what happened in 2018.

About the Author(s)

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