Hey there Pokemon Trainers! 2018 has been a big year for Pokemon GO so far. With updated gym mechanics and the addition of Special Research that leads to a chance to catch Mew, a lot has been going on. One of the coolest additions to the game, however, has been Community Day.

Each month a new, and often much-loved or rarely seen, Pokemon will appear more frequently for a total of three hours. During this time, Trainers can also evolve this Pokemon to learn an exclusive move. Additionally, Trainers will receive special bonuses for playing during the event and have the opportunity to buy a bargain Community Day box. Previous events have featured Pikachu, Dratini, Bulbasaur, Mareep, and Charmander.

So what exactly is in store for June 2018?

June 2018 Community Day Guest of Honor: Larvitar!

If you’re an occasional player, make sure you tune in on Saturday, June 16 for Community Day! This event runs for three hours and will put the spotlight on Larvitar, a very powerful Rock-type Pokemon from the Johto Region. Pokemon GO hasn’t revealed Larvitar’s special move just yet, but this information should become available soon. We do know that participating Trainers will receive 3X XP for each Pokemon caught during the event and that Lure Modules will last three hours.

While Niantic never announces the introduction of a Shiny version of the featured Pokemon, they have been made available at every other Community Day. Here’s to hoping we get one!

Remember, Community Day only lasts three hours, so join in early to take full advantage of the event.

North America

11 AM – 2 PM Pacific Time

2 PM – 5 PM Eastern Time

Europe and Africa

10 AM – 1 PM British Summer Time


12 PM – 3 PM Japan Standard Time

Rock is Rockin’ It Right Now

In addition to the upcoming Community Day, some exciting new Field Research became available on May 24 to feature rock-type Pokemon. Right now, Rock-type Pokemon (like Geodude, Lileep, and Nosepass) will appear more frequently and others (like Aerodactyl and Onix) will be available as rewards for completing certain Field Research tasks.

There’s also new Shiny rock-type Pokemon lurking about! A Shiny Kabuto and a Shiny Omanyte have officially been added to the Pokemon GO lineup. Shiny Arons have been available since January 2018, but with this Pokemon out in force for the event, your chances of catching one may be higher as well.

Additionally, Trainers can expect to earn Candy for walking with their buddy Pokemon 4X faster than normal and they will receive 10X XP for spinning PokeStops and Gyms.

The event doesn’t end until June 5, so there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of it!

New Water-Type Research Tasks

Earlier this year, Niantic began offering certain Legendary Pokemon as awards for completing Field Research tasks. When seven tasks are completed over seven separate days, Trainers reach a Research Breakthrough that gives them an opportunity to catch their very own Legendary Pokemon. Previous Legendary Pokemon available this way include Moltres and Zapdos.

Starting on June 1, 2018, Research Tasks will focus on Water-type Pokemon (like Seel, Kingler, and Horsea) and the Research Breakthrough reward will become Articuno, a Legendary ice and Flying-type Pokemon from the Kanto Region.

Kanto Region Alolan Forms On the Way!

As if there wasn’t enough going on already, Pokemon GO will also be releasing Alolan forms of various Pokemon from the Kanto Region. If you aren’t familiar with the Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon video games, these variations are tropical in nature and, quite frankly, totally rad!

To celebrate Niantic’s upcoming release of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for Nintendo Switch, the first of these Alolan forms became available on May 29, 2018. Alolan Exeggutor will appear all over the world and, for a limited time, can be found more frequently.

Happy Catching!

And there you have it, Trainers! There’s a lot of great stuff going on right now so make sure you hit the streets this month. May the Pokemon be plentiful all your curveball throws be excellent! And, as always, stay safe and have fun!