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December 2022’s special two-day Community Day recap event is over for Pokémon GO and Niantic hasn’t wasted any time in announcing the next event. With January, not only will we see the start of the new year, but we’ll also get back to the standard one-day Community Day event. Oh, and Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day sub-event which was set aside for 1-Star Raid battles featuring 2021 Community Day Pokémon, is back.

As for which Pokémon will kick off 2023, that honor goes to Kalos’ Grass-type starter, Chespin!



On Saturday, January 7th, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time, Trainers can find Chespin more frequently in the wild along with boosted shiny rates. Chespin evolved from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. your local time into Chesnaught (via Chespin to Quilladin to Chesnaught) will also learn an event-exclusive Charged Attack, Frenzy Plant.

For Trainers that enjoy the Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day sub-event, it’s back. Standard rules apply, as it’ll take place after the 3-hour Community Day block, happening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. your local time. Quilladin will be featured in special, 4-Star Raids and Chespin will spawn in the area of the Gym where the Raid took place for 30 minutes after successfully winning a Raid.

Other Community Day event staples – event bonuses, Community Day-themed Stickers, and a paid Special Research Story – will also be back. Details can be found on the official Pokémon GO blog post, save for what the Chespin-themed Stickers will look like.

With Chespin securing one of 2023’s Community Day spots, no doubt that we’ll also see Fennekin and Froakie be spotlighted later this year. That leaves eight spots open, along with the possibility of Classic Community Day events. For now, save the date for Saturday, January 7th, and may you catch an elusive “shundo” Chespin.


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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?)