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Pokémon Go Community Day Event Guide

Pokémon Go’s second monthly Community Day kicks off on February 24, 2018, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET. Here’s what you need to know!

Pokémon Go Community Days are exactly what the name implies — a way to get trainers out catching and raiding together. As an incentive, Pokémon Go is throwing in either double XP or double stardust, lure modules that last three hours, and a special Pokémon with an exclusive move. All once a month, for three hours. Here’s how it works!

What is Pokémon Go Community Day?

It’s all part of Pokémon Go’s ongoing efforts to encourage players to get out, discover new places, and meet new people.

From Pokémon Go:

Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community.

Once a month, we’ll host a Pokémon GO Community Day event starring a special Pokémon, which will appear frequently around the world for just a few hours. When caught during the event, this special Pokémon will know an exclusive move. Other bonuses will be in effect during the event, such as increased XP or Stardust, and Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.

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. Remember always to be alert and stay safe while playing and to be respectful of public spaces when exploring your community. Stay tuned to our social media channels and check out the Pokémon GO Community Day event page each month to learn about that month’s featured Pokémon, special bonuses, and event times.

What’s the February 2018 Community Day?

This month’s Pokémon Go Community Day will feature everyone’s favorite — and only! — base-level Gen 1 dragon-type: Dratini. It’ll also offer 3x Stardust on any Pokémon you catch in the wild.

The Dratini Community Day event will run on February 24, 2018, from 11am to 1pm PT / 2pm to 5pm ET.

What was the January 2018 Community Day?

From Pokémon Go:

Mark your calendars, Trainers. The first Pokémon GO Community Day will take place on January 20, 2018, and it features Pikachu! Explore your local parks with family and friends to catch Pikachu that know the exclusive event move Surf. While you’re out exploring your local parks and making new friends, you’ll also earn double XP during event hours.

What time does Pokémon Go Community Day start and end?

While the servers might start up or shut down a few minutes early or late, here are the official start times for the major geographies. You’ll need to adjust for your local time accordingly.

  • Asia-Pacific: 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
  • Americas and Greenland: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8) / 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST (GMT -5)

Are Shiny Pokémon Go part of Community Day?

The first Pokémon Go Community Day had Shiny Pikachu. The second Pokémon Go Community Day had Shiny Dratini. So, while past isn’t always prolog, it’s safe to assume Shiny Pokémon will at least sometimes be part of Community Day.

And the odds of catching a Shiny Pokémon on Community Day is higher?

It was for Shiny Pikachu during the first Community Day — some think as high as 1/16! We’ll have to see how it works out for subsequent Coomunity Day Shiny, when and if available.

What will the XP rewards be for double XP community days?

It will be exactly like having a lucky egg running for 3 hours.

Double XP for catching Pokémon:

  • Curve Ball bonus: 20 XP
  • Nice Throw bonus: 20 XP
  • Pokémon Flees: 50 XP
  • First Throw bonus: 100 XP
  • Great Throw bonus: 100 XP
  • Excellent Throw bonus: 200 XP
  • Catch a Pokémon: 200 XP
  • Catch 100th Pokémon of a species: 200 XP
  • Add a Pokémon to your Pokédex: 1000 XP
  • Daily Catch Streak (Days 1-6): 1000 XP
  • Daily Catch Streak (Day 7): 4000 XP

Double XP for spinning PokéStops and Gyms:

  • Spin a PokéStop: 100 XP
  • Spin 10th PokéStop in a row: 200 XP
  • Spin a PokéStop for the first time: 500 XP
  • Spin 10th PokéStop for the first time in a row: 1000 XP
  • Spin a rival Gym (Basic): 50 XP
  • Spin a rival Gym (Bronze): 100 XP
  • Spin a rival Gym (Silver): 150 XP
  • Spin a rival Gym (Gold): 200 XP
  • Spin a friendly Gym (Basic): 62 XP
  • Spin a friendly Gym (Bronze): 126 XP
  • Spin a friendly Gym (Silver): 188 XP
  • Spin a friendly Gym (Gold): 300 XP
  • Daily Spin Streak (Days 1-6): 1000 XP
  • Daily Spin Streak (Day 7): 4000 XP

Double XP for hatching Pokémon:

  • Hatch a 2K egg: 400 XP
  • Hatch a 5K egg: 1000 XP
  • Hatch a 10K egg: 2000 XP
  • Add a Pokémon to your Pokédex: 1000 XP

Double XP for evolving Pokémon:

  • Evolve a Pokémon: 1000 XP
  • Add a Pokémon to your Pokédex: 1000 XP

Double XP for battling at Gyms and Raids:

  • Feed a berry to a friendly Pokémon: 50 XP
  • Beat a Gym defender: 200 XP
  • Beat all Gym defenders: 50 XP
  • Beat a Raid Boss: 6000 XP
  • Beat a Legendary Raid Boss: 10,000 XP

Can you double dip — quadruple dip! — with a lucky egg?

You could during both the Thanksgiving and Spring events, effectively giving you 4x the XP for the duration of the Lucky Egg. Same for the Solstice event, effectively giving you 6x XP for catches and a whopping 10x for hatches.

There’s no reason to think te community event will be any different.

What will the stardust rewards be for double stardust community days?

It should work out like this:

  • 40 Stardust per Berry fed to a friendly Pokémon on a Gym.
  • 200 Stardust per base-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 600 Stardust per second-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 1000 Stardust per third-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 800-1600 Stardust per KM Egg hatched.
  • 1600-3200 Stardust per 5 KM Egg hatched.
  • 3200-6400 Stardust per 10 KM Egg hatched.
  • 1200 Stardust for each Daily Catch Bonus.
  • 6000 Stardust for the 7-day Weekly Catch Bonus.
  • 1000 Stardust for completing a Raid.

Will star pieces work for 3x stardust on stardust community days?

They should!

What about triple Stardust for catches?

That’s the reward for the second Community Day.

  • 600 Stardust per base-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 900 Stardust per second-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 1500 Stardust per third-level Pokémon caught in the wild.

Any Pokémon Go Community Day questions?

If you have any comments, questions, or tips to share about Pokémon Go Community Day, drop them below!

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A leak might’ve revealed when Apple plans to hold its biggest event of 2018

WWDC 2018 Date

It goes without saying that Apple’s annual September iPhone event is the company’s most hotly anticipated press conference of the year. The iPhone is one of the most successful consumer electronics products in history, and people spend the entire year waiting for new iPhone models to be made official in the late summer. In terms of size, however, there’s another Apple event that is far larger than the company’s iPhone unveiling each year.

We’re talking about the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC, of course. Apple kicks off WWDC each year with a big keynote, during which the company unveils the next versions of its various software platforms including iOS and macOS, and there are even a few new products unveiled here and there. We still have a while to go before Apple sends out invitations to WWDC 2018 and confirms the dates for the show in the process, but an Apple blog did some detective work and likely revealed exactly when the conference will take place this year.

WWDC is a hugely important event each and every year, but WWDC 2018 is particularly important. Apple has always been known for quality and consistency when it comes to software, but iOS 11 has been anything but typical for Apple. The latest mobile software from Cupertino has been riddled with bugs, security flaws, memory management issues, and other problems that have been driving users crazy. Thankfully, rumor has it that Apple is making it a priority to refine things in iOS 12. In fact, multiple reports have suggested that Apple is delaying some new features until next year in order to ensure iOS 12 fixes all of the issues that have marred iOS 11.

So, when can we expect iOS 12 to finally be unveiled? According to some sleuthing, this year’s WWDC 2018 keynote will be held on June 4th.

MacRumors has a source who says this WWDC 2018 will take place at McEnery Convention Center, which is the same location Apple chose for WWDC 2017 last year. And of course, WWDC takes place in June each year. Well, the blog did some digging and found that McEnery Convention Center is booked during every single week of June except for the first week, which suggests that WWDC 2018 will begin on June 4th, the first Monday in June.

Nothing is confirmed until Apple sends out invitations to the press, of course, but odds are looking good that we’ll see iOS 12 along with everything else Apple has planned for WWDC 2018 unveiled during a keynote presentation on June 4th.

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Sony posts vague teaser for its MWC event

Sony is keeping its cards close to its chest – it announced that it will hold an MWC event on Monday, February 26, and it just posted its first teaser. The teaser is a short video showing the wavy lines, evoking the Xperia wallpapers, and a hand holding them up. Join us. 26.02.2018 #SonyMWC— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) February 19, 2018 How does this tie into the rumored 18:9 screen of the Xperia H8266 (which is, perhaps, the Xperia XZ2)? An OLED screen? The potential lack of a 3.5mm jack? People on Twitter are trying to guess, but the company’s official… – Latest articles

‘Pokémon GO’ Honors the Lunar New Year with a Safari Zone Event in Taiwan

Pokémon GO [Free] is gearing up for the Lunar New Year. There will be a special Safari Zone Event in Taiwan later this month and it will be at the Chiayi Lantern Festival. The event will see Drantini, Mr Mime, Growlithe, and more appear alongside lanterns during the day. Once evening (5 PM) hits, Chinchou and Lanturn will start showing up. Outside the Safari Event Zone, there will be more Pokémon to find around the rest of Chiayi County.

The Safari Zone Event will take place in Taiwan at the Chiayi Lantern Festival. This event is being hosted by the Chiayi County government and will go on from February 26th until March 3rd. In addition to gazing at the lanterns in the festival, you can now get some quality Pokémon GO time in while celebrating.

While this event is in Chiayi County, some people have reported success with using a VPN in Pokémon GO but it depends on how the VPN functions and even on the phone model if you’re on Android. If this does work for you, let us know in the comments. Check out our forum thread on Pokémon GO here for more discussion around it.