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Pokémon GO’s long-running monthly event, Community Day, turned 5 years old in 2023. Five years means a plethora of Pokémon have been shown off with special, event-exclusive attacks and increased Shiny rates. (And now that we’re in 2023, it’s five years’ worth!) Yet, for newer Trainers, chances are they’ve missed out on most of these gatherings.

In January 2022 (during the Season of Heritage), Niantic brought back a Community Day from 2018 (Bulbasaur’s Community Day) and called it Community Day Classic. This event was based on the old Community Day format (hours, previous Community Day Pokémon, and more), with a slight upgrade (namely photobomb encounters).

What was thought to be a one-time event (or a simple test) is now a new spin-off series of Community Day events. Niantic held a second Community Day Classic in April 2022 and continues hosting Community Day Classic events. Read on for all the details about this month’s event which will transport you to July 2018’s Community Day.


NOTE: This is a makeup event for the original July 2023 Community Day Classic event featuring Squirtle. Trainers that log into the game via the Pokémon Trainer Club account method were unable to participate (due to login issues). Therefore, on Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. PT, official Pokémon social media channels announced a makeup event would be held (with Pokémon GO accounts retweeting/resharing the post).


When will Pokémon GO’s July 2023 Community Day Classic makeup event take place?

July 2023’s Community Day Classic makeup event will be happening on Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time.


What Pokémon is showcased in July 2023‘s Community Day Classic makeup event?

The Pokémon featured for this July 2023’s Community Day Classic makeup event is Squirtle. You’ll find that Squirtle will be appearing more frequently in the wild and, if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny one!

Not only that, but the Squirtle wearing sunglasses (referred to as Costumed Squirtle going forward) will also be included in this event, but limited to catch reward encounters from event-exclusive Field Research.


What is the exclusive attack for July 2023‘s Community Day Classic makeup event?

Evolve Squirtle into their final evolution (Squirtle to Wartortle to Blastoise) and you’ll have a Blastoise that will know Hydro Cannon (Charged Attack).

Hydro Cannon is the Charged Attack that Blastoise could learn during its original Community Day event in July 2018. Its stats are the following:

  • Trainer Battles: 80 power
  • Gyms and Raids: 90 power



  • These attacks can only be learned when Wartortle is evolved into Blastoise on Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time.
  • Costumed Squirtle can be evolved into Costumed Wartortle as well as Costume Blastoise.
  • Squirtle Candy requirements:
    • To evolve Squirtle into Wartortle, you’ll need 25 Squirtle Candies.
    • To evolve Wartortle into Blastoise, you’ll need 100 Squirtle Candies.
    • In total, you’ll need 125 Squirtle Candies when evolving Squirtle to Blastoise.


Are there any bonuses for July 2023‘s Community Day Classic makeup event?

Yes, the bonuses for Community Day Classic makeup event are:

  • 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during the event period.
  • Incense activated during the event will last for three hours (Daily Adventure Incense excluded).
  • Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise! (Squirtle photobomb spawn. Can be repeated up to 5 times.)


What is the Special Research Story for July 2023‘s Community Day Classic makeup event?

The Community Day Special Research Story, Squirtle Community Day Classic, will be available again. It’s a paid-for quest that costs $0.99 USD OR $1.00 USD (or the equivalent pricing in your local currency). Niantic has yet to confirm if it’s repeatable (chances are it won’t be).


Squirtle Community Day Classic
Step 1/4Reward
Make 5 Nice Throws15 Poké Balls
Catch 15 SquirtleSquirtle* Encounter
Power up Pokémon 10 times20 Squirtle Candies
Completion Rewards3,000 Stardust, Squirtle* Encounter, and 1 Incense
Step 2/4Reward
Transfer 10 Pokémon10 Pinap Berries
Catch 15 SquirtleSquirtle* Encounter
Evolve 3 Squirtle30 Squirtle Candies
Completion Rewards4,500 XP, Squirtle* Encounter, and 1 Incubator
Step 3/4Reward
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws15 Great Balls
Catch 15 SquirtleCostumed Squirtle* Encounter
Evolve 1 Wartortle50 Squirtle Candies
Completion Rewards4,500 Stardust, Wartortle* Encounter, and 1 Rocket Radar
Step 4/4Reward
Claim Reward!15 Ultra Balls
Claim Reward!Squirtle* Encounter
Claim Reward!2 Silver Pinap Berries
Completion Rewards5,500 XP, Blastoise* Encounter, and 3 Rare Candies


Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”


What is/are the Field Research task(s) for July 2023‘s Community Day Classic?

Niantic has stated that Squirtle-themed Field Research will be made available during the event. A complete list of Field Research task(s) and their reward(s) will be updated once the event is live. This was Field Research available during the initial event:


  • Task: Catch 3 Squirtle
    • Reward: Costumed Squirtle* Encounter



  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Costumed Squirtle can be obtained only from event-exclusive Field Research task(s). It is unclear if the task associated with them will be a standard Community Day task or something brand new.


Are there any Event Bundles for July 2023‘s Community Day Classic makeup event?

There may be special Event Bundles released for the event. The following bundles were released during the initial event:

  • Great Box (480 PokéCoins, purchase limit 1): 30 Ultra Balls, 1 Incense, 3 Super Incubators, and 1 Lure Module.
  • Community Day Box (1,350 PokéCoins, purchase limit 1): 50 Ultra Balls, 5 Super Incubators, 1 Elite Charged TM, and 5 Lucky Eggs.


Are there any special event-themed stickers for July 2023 Community Day Classic makeup event?

No – unlike the standard Community Day event, there are no special stickers being released for Community Day Classic.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)