Pokémon GO announce monthly Community Day with Surfing Pikachu

The first one is the 20th of January – but the event itself only lasts three hours!

Niantic have kept up the news releases today by announcing a monthly Community Day in Pokémon GO. Each month, a Pokémon will appear in droves with a unique move. Other bonuses such as increased XP may also occur.

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.

Starting on the 20th of January the first Pokémon is Pikachu, with the attack of Surf. Lures will last for 3 hours, and XP gains will also be doubled.

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.

See below for event hours in your region:
The Asia-Pacific region: January 20, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: January 20, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: January 20, 2018, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)

It has also been stated that special Pikachu will not just appear in local parks; just more often there.

Special Pikachu won’t be exclusively appearing in parks, however, you may be more likely to encounter it and other Trainers when visiting local parks.

Are you excited about this event? Is a three hour window too short in your opinion?