Community Day September 2019 Guide

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Basic Info and Overview

  • Drastically increased spawns for the Pokemon Turtwig (also potentially increased in Eggs)

  • The release of Shiny Turtwig

    • Obtainable from catches hatches

    • An increased Shiny rate (roughly 1 in 24.5) during Community Day hours (shiny not available from Rocket Grunt Battles)

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

  • 3-hour Lures

  • 3x Catch Stardust

  • ½ Incubator distance (from the overlapping Ultra Bonus unlocks)

  • All Grotle evolved during Community Day hours learn the exclusive move Frenzy Plant

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

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

    • Shadow Pokemon will not learn exclusive moves. Purified Pokemon may also be buggy. For more, check out Acquiring Turtwig : Seeing Shadows.

Date Sunday, September 15th
Time 11:00AM - 2:00PM in your local time zone. Exclusive move available till 4:00PM

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 Turtwig Community Day.

Before the Event

  • Decide where to play

  • Get your items ready

  • Acquire Turtwig and Turtwig Candy (Shadow/Purified may be bugged)

  • Build up your Research "Bank" to Star Piece Like a Beast!

  • 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 Turtwig (Turtwig 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!

Eggs and raids seem to be functioning as they did during Ralts CD. That means any eggs received from stops/gyms during CD will be 2km eggs that hatch Turtwig.

Thanks to 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 recieved return+normal move

Also rocket encounters are mostly turtwig

Where to Play

Turtwig 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.

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 Turtwig, 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.


Pursuing weather-boosted Turtwigwill grant you higher CP Turtwig 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 UPDATED!

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 Turtwig spawns.

During Turtwig Community Day, a forced nest shift occurred, causing many nests to be overrun in some regions with Poocheyena, Bulbasaur, or other spawns in. 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

6 Star Pieces

Plan on taking full advantage of triple dust by running a Star Piece throughout this Community Day! You’ll want to have plenty of Pokemon Storage space too and use this event as an opportunity to clear through your research banked encounters. Triple the dust also provides an additional reason to Incense. 3x dust means you are making a profit even if only playing at ⅓ the pace. Even if your time is limited, a few Star Piece can go a long way!

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 Turtwig. 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.

0-1 Lucky Egg

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.

Berries and Great/Ultra Balls

These tips may be even more relevant this Community Day, only 2 weeks after July’s Mudkip CD.

It’s always a good idea to stock up before CD. The themed research “Catch 3 Turtwig” 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.

Should you be Incubating?

While this section is typically reserved for Community Days with Incubation Bonuses, this event overlaps with Ultra Bonus unlocks offering ½ hatch distance. This Community Day provides 0 benefits for Incubating, but if you’re already using a Star Piece, now is a fine time for a few incubations.

You’ll certainly want to keep an egg in your infinite orange incubator throughout the event, but don’t be tempted by the ½ hatch distance for paid incubation. For many players, this is not a bonus at all.

Though you’ll hatch eggs faster, this bonus will not allow you to hatch more eggs. If you’re low on Incubators, this is basically an irrelevant bonus.

In the same way that we view Incubators and Super Incubators the same in price analysis on the legacy special box list, 1/2 hatch distance doesn’t really improve what you’re hatching. 

If you’re currently batch hatching, feel free to keep doing so, and do so throughout Community Day, if you please. If you’re not batch hatching now, there’s 0 reason to start during CD. It's not crazy to start incubating but this event shouldn't be considered as a factor as it wont give you extra candy, dust that it wouldn't outside of the event. Reasons to not hatch includes saving incubators for future, events, future Pokemon and shiny releases, as well as not wanting to bother with hatch animations during CD.

While the last point is certainly valid during Community Day, you should still keep an egg in your infinite orange incubator at all times. The 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance bonus actually does allow your orange incubator to hatch more eggs, since it has unlimited uses. Though mitigated with this bonus, 7km eggs in your orange incubator should still be avoided. Two more things to consider;

  • Only incubations started during CD will have reduced distance

  • Reduced distance remains in effect after the event ends

Avoid incubating as the Community Day hours approach (based on your level of activity) so you’re not left with half-baked eggs. It can be quicker to wait a few hours instead if you’re not playing or walking in the time leading up to Community Day.

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 Turtwig CD, 100% of eggs acquired contained Turtwig (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.

This has since been announced for this Community Day as well, though your desire to spend incubators for this purpose is up to your discretion.

Acquiring Turtwig

Turtwig is currently unavailable in research. It is a reasonably common spawn and a nesting species. It is available to hatch from 2km eggs and is a 3km buddy Pokemon.

Turtwig is encounterable from Male Rocket Grunts with the phrase “Don’t tangle with us!”

One high-IV Turtwig can be obtained from Jump Start Special Research 4/6 “Hatch 3 Eggs.” As a reminder, this is the third encounter. Claiming this during Community Day increases its odds to be shiny.

Any previous Turtwig/Grotle 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 Turtwig candy can be earned prior to the event by making Turtwig your Buddy Pokemon, and by making Turtwig 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 Turtwig for the exclusive moveset.

Seeing Shadows

Turtwig was recently added to the list of possible catchable Shadow Pokemon. This came with it some unforeseen bugs, and leaves us with a few questions going into Community Day.

Turtwig and its evolutions will now appear as shadows on you nearby until you’ve registered them again. This will temporarily make it easier to hunt Turtwig prior to CD.

Players should exercise caution when evolving Shadow or Purified Pokemon to try and receive exclusive moves. While Niantic has stated that Pokemon must be purified first before evolving to receive exclusive moves, understand that this type of feature is unprecedented for Community Day- so there’s likely to be growing pains.

Shadow/Purified Pokemon may need to be TMed or/and have additional moves unlocked before evolving. While we’re not sure exactly how this will work just yet, Rocket Grunt battles may allow players to pick up high IV Turtwig options.

For updates before Community Day starts in your region, check back on the Updates from New Zealand.

Breaking the Bank

The Research “Bank” or “stack” aka queue is a feature that is officially not supported by Niantic. This means proceed with caution. Niantic’s official stance is that they will not in any way compensate any errors that arise from using this feature. That all said, it can be very helpful on CDs offering bonus Stardust.

When you run from a research encounter (or an error occurs or your collection is full), the encounter is stored above your existing research tasks. This gives the appearance of having 4 research tasks.

Fleeing from additional tasks (simply claim your reward then run away from the encounter) will allow you to store multiple encounters this way. This is what is commonly referred to as the “bank” “stack” or “queue”. The research will appear here from oldest to newest, meaning if you accidentally run from an encounter, you will have to clear through your entire bank to find it again. Rewards will appear in the order that you complete the task, with only one visible at a time. They’re not gone. Even though you can only see one at a time, the other research is “underneath” the top encounter in your stack. Catch that Pokemon and the next will be visible. While you can store breakthrough encounters and Special research encounters, these follow different rules and do not appear in the same bank.

What’s the Catch?

There is a limit of 100 banked Pokemon. When exceeding this limit, Pokemon will be deleted from the bank. This is the part Niantic now claims no responsibility for. Bank carefully. If you’re going to make use of this feature, consider downloading a counting widget to track your capacity. Recent reports have the oldest banked Pokemon being deleted (though it's always possible this can change). It’s a good idea to know the first Pokemon you have banked and check to see if that changes after acquiring more rewards. If so, you’re at capacity and should catch a few before completing more research.

Using the bank can be a very rewarding element to quickly completing research tasks. After becoming familiar with throwing at task rewards, banking them will allow you to quickly encounter Pokemon that are easy to throw at. The Research Task List can give you a full list of currently available task rewards.

Even if you currently have 0 banked research encounter rewards, start saving today!

Star Piece Like a Beast

You’ll want to make room in your Pokemon Storage if you haven’t already. Delete room for Turtwig so you can IV check them after. Clear 100 slots for your banked encounters (which may also have good IV) and clean even more space for wild encounters. You’ll want as much room as possible going into CD and you’ll want to make sure you spend as little time switching menus as possible so that you can catch anything that pops up. Even common spawns during this even grant as much dust as you’d normally receive for a Stage 1 Pokemon on a Star Piece.

1st catch of the day or 7th streak catch of the day is additional bonuses added to the dust value based on evolution stage.

If you will catch around 21 Pokemon before Community Day, it is more beneficial to not bother having your 1st catch of the day occur during CD. This counts after midnight the night before too. Most players shouldn’t aim to capitalize on this bonus- but if you really only play during CD, this is fine to do. Put simply, just play the game and don’t worry about this niche min-maxing.

However, players with their 7-day streak on Sunday will benefit from waiting if they wouldn’t otherwise earn 13,200 Stardust in the meantime. Accounting for weather boosted and evolved spawns this number is probably closer to 115 spawns. Basically, if you’re planning on playing the morning before CD, you can do so as normal or you can not play and basically receive the same amount of Stardust or more!

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.

  • Trainers on their 7th streak catch of the day should wait till CD for their first catch. See “Star Piece Like a Beast”.

  • Existing spawns can change to Turtwig. Clicking on Pokemon to catch or even just to shiny check will prevent them from turning into Turtwig. It’s fine though to check for shinies you don’t yet have. If you want to catch the most Turtwig, 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.

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.

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.


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

  • 500 Stardust.

  • 2 Ultra Balls.

  • 5 Great Balls.

  • 2 Pinap Berries.

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 Turtwig” 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 Turtwig” 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

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). June Community Day introduced Great and Ultra Boxes, 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.


A 2-2 split on Raid Passes and Incubators is a continuation to the mediocre 4% discount. This box is basically the Special Box with a different name and a Star Piece instead of an Incense.

Adding a Star Piece makes this sale a 12.73% discount. That ranks it 134th all time, compared to other sales featuring those three items.

Read the full Community Day Guide here.

Community Day Raids and Eggs

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


Ralts raids appeared as normal Tier 1 Raids during Community day. This means the earliest they can hatch is 11:15, and some will extend past Community Day. Other raids will still spawn normally.


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).

It is unknown is Turtwig will hatch at this 100% rate or just in increased numbers, as there does seem to be a distinction between CDs featuring starter Pokemon, and CDs featuring Pokemon that hatch from 10km eggs.

Exclusive Move Analysis : Frenzy Plant

Torterra is basically a Venusaur, with some tradeoffs. Torterra has 4 higher attack, 26 higher stamina, and only 1 lower defense stat point. However, a worse fast move and likely worse defensive typing means it generally falls right behind the Gen 1 starter.

Kyogre counters in Clear weather.

To break it down, Razor Leaf has worse energy gains than Venusaur’s Vine Whip, meaning it’s using less Frenzy Plants. However, Torterra’s Ground typing brings some advantages and disadvantages.

Grass types are used for attacking Water, Rock, and Ground-type Pokemon. Torterra now packs a Rock resistance. It also has a resistance to Ground (that Grass-Poison types do not have). It also loses a ket Water resistance.

Against Kyogre, Torerra has an impressive triple resistance to Electric attacks but a double weakness to Ice and neutral to Water. Improving in the easiest matchup while falling farther behind in the other two isn’t a great sell (Alolan Exeggutor is much better against an unknown moveset). Against Groudon, Torterra is a Grass-type that doesn’t resist Solar Beam, a key utility that other Grass types bring. Venusaur in the same matchup will have twice the TDO.

Torterra is a great Grass-type. Top 6 means it finds a great home in unique challenges, Pokedraft, and in the raid parties of new and returning players- or those who just like to mix it up. While it isn’t a game changer, Torterra is still a Pokemon that can improve many players raid parties!

Torterra and Grotle in PvP

Both of the Turtwig options are outclassed by other Grass-types in PvP which all compete for the same slot on your roster. You can read more about their uses in PvP on their individual pages.

With Frenzy Plant, Torterra doesn’t improve much, if at all. Razor Leaf is great at dealing damage, not so much at powering up Charge Moves. It’s also redundant coverage. Out initial data shows Torterra performing better with Razor Leaf + Stone Edge + Earthquake overall. Frenzy Plant does allow a cheaper option for shield baiting, but you’ll probably appreciate the flexibility more.

While neither are particularly impressive, Torterra’s role as the only Ground-type Razor Leaf user will give it niche in Silph Cups to come.

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 Turtwig will stay below the CP thresholds. Looking for Turtwig with CP around or below these thresholds can be great for trainers interested in PvP with limited resources;

For Great League Torterra, look for Turtwig with CP 558-597 and below. Grotle will have 932-960 CP in this range.

For Great League Grotle, look for Turtwig with CP 898-940 and below.

For Ultra League Torterra, look for Turtwig with CP 929-1003 and below. Grotle will have 1553-1604 CP in this range.

Setting Goals

Determine how many Grotle you want to evolve this Community Day and plan accordingly as far as resources and acquiring high IV Turtwig 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 Turtwig 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 Grotle evolution costs 123 Turtwig 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 Turtwig candy. However, you only have to evolve them today, not power them up. You can continue to earn Turtwig candy after the event to Power Up evolved Torterra!

As noted in “Looking Forward” evolving extra Shiny Turtwig 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.

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 Turtwig 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

Turtwig 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.

  • Turtwig levels 1-7 have an 89% chance or higher to be caught with a curved Poke Ball Great! Throw. Poke Ball Pinap anything under 183 CP and consider up to 231 CP.

  • Turtwig 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 323 CP and consider up to 407 CP.

  • Turtwig 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 538 CP and consider up to 678 CP. Even a level 35 Turtwig 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 Turtwig above 538 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 Turtwig levels 1-4 (98124 CP and below)

  • Great Ball Turtwig levels 8 and below (212-267 CP and below)

  • Ultra Ball Turtwig levels 13 and below (212-267 CP and below)

  • Ultra Ball Razz Berry Turtwig levels 25 and below (672-848 CP and below). Great Ball Golden Razz Berries can be used on higher level Turtwig to ensure a 90% catch rate per throw.

Searching “4*” will display all perfect Pokemon. Searching “4*&Turtwig”, ”4*&280”, or “4*&+Turtwig” will display all perfect Turtwig. 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 Turtwig 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 Turtwig 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 Turtwig with high CP, below PvP caps, or shiny for future trade fodder. Remember to save some candy if you wish to Power Up some Torterra!

Looking Forward

When Turtwig’s Community Day is over, there are still plenty of opportunities to get good Torterra with the exclusive move through trading. Evolving extra Grotle 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 Turtwig gives you the perfect Lucky Trade fodder. Encourage your Best Friends to do the same.

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

It’s not too late to find some high IV Turtwig too. Whether it be Turtwig 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 Turtwig 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.

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