Community Day June 2021 Guide

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Basic Info

  • Drastically increased spawns for the Pokemon Gible
    • Obtainable from catches, and research
    • An increased Shiny rate (roughly 1 in 23) during Community Day hours
  • 3-hour Incense
  • New: 3-hour Lure Modules
  • 3x Catch XP
  • Take a Snapshot during Community Day for a Photobomb (up to 5 times)
  • One-time purchasable Community Day bundle
    • 1,280 PokeCoins
    • 1 Elite Charge TM
    • 50 Ultra Balls
    • 5 Incense
    • 5 Lucky Eggs
  • New: Pokemon Storage increased to 4500
  • New: One-time purchasable "buy one get one" 2 storage upgrades for 200 coins available until Monday Niantic time
  • Special Research story: Just a Nibble
    • $1 or equivalent local currency
    • does not include an in-game medal
  • All Gabite evolved into Garchomp during Community Day hours learns the exclusive Charge Move Earth Power
    • TMs and learning a New Move will not give you this exclusive move
    • Must evolve a Gabite 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.
Date Time
Sunday, June 6th, 2021 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM in your local time zone. Exclusive move available until 7:00 PM. Mega Altaria Raids begin at 5:00 PM.

Community Day and Covid-19

Niantic has altered Community Day events to be more suited to the pandemic allowing them to be fully enjoyed while at home. For additional Coronavirus considerations, check out our article on that subject as well.

Those looking for additional Community Day tips can check out February 2020's guide, our last before worldwide lockdowns. Consult local guidelines for information on how to play safely, so that you can keep enjoying future events. Be considerate of others.

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.

Items to Bring

2+ Incense

Each Incense lasts 3 hours, meaning 2 will allow you to play the entire event while Incensed, a necessity for those hoping to play while at home.

Turn on vibrate or connect your Pokemon Go+. Incense Pokemon are actually invisible for a few seconds after spawning. Navigating through other menus can help reload the map and make these Pokemon appear quicker.

Stacking Incense will allow you to run additional Incense for 3 hours, past the end of the event. This can be good for finding extra spawns. Even if you only click 1/3 of those incensed spawns, that's as efficient as an normal Incense. Anything after that is bonus!

Some Lure Modules

This CD will now also feature 3-hour Lure Modules! Whether or not this bonus will last for future CDs in unknown at this time.

Community Day can also be a great time to earn the Picnicker Badge for other trainers using your Lure Modules that are also out playing.

Maybe Some Star Pieces

If Community Day is one of the only times you find yourself putting in a full 30 minute grind, then this Community Day can be a fine time to use one. This tip could also apply to players with excess Star Pieces. This Community Day provides little to no bonuses otherwise for Stardust, other than Clear or Windy weather resulting in a ton of boosted spawns.

Star Pieces are even more effective if you'll be hatching during the event.

Lucky Egg

This Community Day features 3x Catch XP.

Excellent throws are a great way to earn experience. Because Community Day consists of catching the same Pokemon over and over again, Lucky Egging after you've gotten the hand of hitting Excelent throws, a Lucky Egg can double your experience earned. That said, for Gible Community Day, you might rather use Great throws since you'll want to focus more on catching as many Gible as possible rather than completing as many excellent throws as possible.

Because your friends might also be playing during CD, now may be the perfect time to coordinate friendship level ups. 6-hour Community Days are long enough that you don't miss much by cracking an egg, though this also means coordinating level ups might be more difficult to agree on a time for. More experience can be gained saving lucky eggs for friendship level ups.

Plenty of Pokeballs

Make it a priority to open as many gifts as possible each day to restock on Pokeballs before the event. After the event, keep opening to prepare for the next one!

Increase your storage capacity so you can keep opening. This will allow you to stockpile more balls when you’re not playing as much to prepare for events like this.

Don't forget to check the in-game shop for 30 free Ultra Balls.


Despite there being no bonus related to hatching this event, Community Days for rare Pokemon are arguably the best time to use paid incubators. While we cannot currently confirm this for Gible CD, many previous CDs have included increased hatch-rates for the featured Pokemon (despite it not always being announced). We'll update this space and the Updates from NZ section if this seems to be the case for this Community Day. If the rates are increased, paid incubators could be a great way to obtain high IV shiny Gible.

Before Community Day Starts

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 the featured Pokemon starts spawning!
  • Existing spawns can change to the featured Pokemon. Clicking on Pokemon to catch or even just to shiny check will prevent them from turning into the featured Pokemon. It’s fine though to check for shinies you don’t yet have. If you want to catch the most of the featured Pokemon, avoid clicking on spawns as Community Day is about to begin.
  • 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.
    • Tasks revert to their pre-CD tasks when CD is over but you cannot receive research from Stops where you completed “Catch 3” 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

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 for Silph badges, and catch up with friends.

Mega Options

Community Day is the best time to make use of the bonus catch candy for Mega Evolving!

While you have a Pokemon Mega Evolved, any caught Pokemon that share a type will award bonus candy.

For Gible Community Day, the following Mega Pokemon will award bonus Gible candy; Altaria, Ampharos, Charizard X.

Note: Mega Garchomp is not currently available.

Research "Just a Nibble"

This has mostly been an over-costed bad buy in the past, but it's only a buck, so many players will purchase it anyway. Also note that this will not award an in-game badge. Research does not need to be completed before the end of Community Day, though it is beneficial to do so for the increased shiny odds and for the exclusive move. Only base encounters can be shiny.

During Community Day, Field Research Tasks are changed to Catch 3 of the featured Pokemon with the following possible rewards;

  • 500 Stardust
  • 2 Ultra Balls
  • 5 Great Balls
  • 2 Pinap Berries
  • 1 Golden Razzberry
  • Gible encounter (CP Range: 441-477)

Community Day has also been a time when Niantic has experimented with new research ideas, such as all AR tasks giving 3 Rare Candy. Keep an eye out for other limited tasks.

Item Bundle with an Elite Fast TM

The featured Community Day Bundle will be a one-time purchase, costing 1280 PokeCoins and containing 1 Elite Charge TM, 50 Ultra Balls, five Lucky Eggs, and five Incense.

Community Day Bundle boxes are limit 1 per account per month and alternate between Fast and Charge TMs. Elite TMs are priceless items and can save a ton of dust powering up a new Pokemon when an exclusive move is released. Most exclusive moves are Charge moves, so boxes featuring Elite Charge TMs are a better buy. The value lies mostly in how you value an Elite TM, which is generally considered a good buy, but the utility of Elite Fast TMs falls off after you've already obtained a few. This box is probably the worst that features an Elite Charge TM, considering Lucky Eggs and Incense are generally less desired than other premium items.

A Quick Pic (x5)

Taking a snapshot of one of your Pokemon will trigger a special Photobomb during this event. This occurs during the first picture in any photo shoot. The featured Pokemon will photobomb up to 5 times during the event! This is only 5 extra spawns in the grand scheme of things, but can be helpful for those that are low. Spawns follow similar rules to Incensed spawns (one on the map at a time and quick catching is funky). It's also an easy way to progress the Photobomb bagde.

Shiny Pokemon do not appear shiny in the Photobomb and on the world map. This is a change to previous Shiny Photobomb encounters. Make sure you click it after taking a pic!

Garchomp PvE Analysis

Garchomp was already a great Ground-type attacker. Access to Earth Power is a DPS increase plus allows Garchomp to be more energy efficient with the cheaper move.

Garchomp also has uses as a Dragon-type attacker where it ranks along the likes of Palkia, Salamence, Zekrom, Dragonite, and other Dragon-types that aren't Rayquaza.

Garchomp can also Mega evolve (not currently) which will make it the best Dragon after Mega Rayquaza and the best Ground-type by an incredible margin.

Attackers against an Electric-type Raid boss. These are sorted by DPS but Garchomp rates even higher when factoring TDO. It's Dragon/Ground typing makes it triple resistant to Electric attacks.

Garchomp PvP Analysis

Gabite and Garchomp don't see much play in the Great and Ultra Leagues, but Garchomp is certainly a force in the Master League. It boasts wins against popular picks Melmetal, Tyranitar, Metagross, Dialga, Zekrom, Ho-Oh.

You'll generally want Outrage for coverage, but picking Garchomp's Ground-type Charge move is a little more difficult of a choice. For an in-depth analysis, check out our article on the subject!

Xtra Reasons to Play

The addition of XL candy to Pokemon Go provides an additional incentive to take Community Days seriously. Events that contain a lot of one spawn allow players to stock up on this otherwise rare resource. Candy can also be converted to XL candy at a rate of 100 to 1. While this rate is obviously unreasonable for rare and Legendary Pokemon, Community Days can allow you to take advantage of this rate. It takes 296 Candy XL to Power Up a Pokemon to level 50.

Community Days are also just a great time to knock out 1/3 of one of the Level 47 requirements which requires that you fully max out 3 Pokemon.

Weather or Not

Weather boost has interesting trade-offs in Pokemon Go that might mean you want to tailor your play towards specific areas and times based on the weather. Gible is boosted in Clear or Windy weather.

Weather boost will result in higher leveled Pokemon with higher IVs, which may be worse for GL, IV-wise. It will also give you higher chances to earn XL candy for each catch and transfer, as the drop rate is tied to Pokemon level. This makes looking for boosted weather a good idea this CD for those looking to max a Garchomp for MLXL.

Looking Forward

Gible Community Day is an excellent return to form, giving us the best Community Day since... well arguably ever!

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NoLucksGiven is a Digital Card Game Streamer and YouTuber with a specialty in "limited" formats. With a lifetime of powering up his skills in resource management, quick analysis, and on-the-fly ranking, Pokemon Go has become a perfect fit for NLG. NoLucks makes it a goal (and succeeds) to reach the top echelon of players in any game he plays including being the #1 Ranked Drafter in Solforge. Through his articles and stream and YouTube content, his goal is to help other players that are looking for tips to level up their own game.