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Starting in January 2018, Community Day is a monthly event in Pokémon GO that shines the spotlight on a particular Pokémon. For one day each month, a Pokémon selected by Niantic will have its spawn rate increased during a block of hours. Also, the Shiny appearance rate for the starring Pokémon will be boosted. There are also other perks to Community Day – such as the featured Pokémon knowing at least one exclusive attack through evolution, increased duration for Lure Modules, Event Boxes, and more.

While Community Day is only one day a month (typically), Pokémon appearing in Community Days from January to November of the same calendar year will come back in December. The Community Day hosted in December is a two-day event where Community Day Pokémon from the same and previous year will return via Raids, Eggs, and increased spawns. So if you’re unable to partake in a specific Community Day, there’s always another chance to catch that Pokémon again (and its Shiny version)!

In addition to that, starting in January 2022, Niantic is bringing back Community Days of old with Community Day Classic! These events will resemble Community Days from 2018, but with some additional event bonuses (namely photobomb encounters).


When will Pokémon GO’s January 2022 Community Day take place?

January 2022’s Community Day will be happening on Sunday, January 16th, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. your local time.


What Pokémon is showcased in January 2022’s Community Day?

The Pokémon featured for this January 2022’s Community Day is Spheal. You’ll find that Spheal will be appearing more frequently in the wild and, if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny one!


What is the exclusive attack for January 2022’s Community Day?

Evolve Spheal into their final evolution (Spheal to Sealeo to Walrein) and you’ll have a Walrein that will know Icicle Spear (Charged Attack) and Powder Snow (Fast Attack).

Icicle Spear is a brand new Charged Attack that will debut during this event. Its stats are the following:

  • Trainer Battles: 60 damage
  • Gyms and Raids: 60 damage


Note: These attacks can only be learned when Sealeo is evolved into Walrein on Sunday, January 16th, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. your local time.


Are there any bonuses for January 2022’s Community Day?

Yes, the bonuses for Community Day are:

  • 3× Catch XP
  • Incense activated during the event will last for three hours
  • Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours
  • Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise! (Spheal photobomb spawn. Can be repeated up to 5 times.)


What is the Special Research Story for January 2022’s Community Day?

The Community Day Special Research Story is called The Spheal Deal. It’s a paid-for quest that costs US$1.00 (or the equivalent pricing in your local currency). If purchased, here are the tasks and rewards associated with the research:


The Spheal Deal
Step 1/4Reward
Power up Pokémon 10 times15 Poké Balls
Catch 15 SphealSpheal encounter
Make 5 Nice Throws20 Spheal Candies
Completion Reward2,000 Stardust, Spheal encounter, 1 Lucky Egg
Step 2/4Reward
Catch 15 Spheal30 Spheal Candies
Transfer 10 PokémonSealeo encounter
Evolve 3 Spheal10 Pinap Berries
Completion Reward1,500 XP, Spheal encounter, 1 Incense
Step 3/4Reward
Make 3 Great Curveball Throws50 Spheal Candies
Evolve a Sealeo1 Star Piece
Transfer 10 Pokémon15 Great Balls
Completion Reward2,500 XP, 1 Rocket Radar, 15 Ultra Balls
Step 4/4Reward
Claim Reward!2 Silver Pinap Berries
Claim Reward!Spheal encounter
Claim Reward!3,500 XP
Completion Reward3,000 Stardust, Walrein encounter, 2 Rare Candies


Are there any Event Bundles for January 2022’s Community Day?

There are two Event Bundles – one free and one paid.

  • Community Day Box (1,280 PokéCoins, purchase limit 1): 50 Ultra Balls, 5 Super Incubators, 5 Lucky Eggs, and an Elite Fast TM.
  • Event Bundle (free, next to your free daily box, limit 1): 30 Ultra Balls


Are there any special event-themed stickers for January 2022’s Community Day?

Yes – there is an assortment of Spheal-themed stickers. You can get them by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and/or purchasing them from Pokémon GO’s in-game shop.



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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?)