Sandshrew Community Day (March 2022)


March Community Day will see the former voting candidate Sandshrew get it’s chance, similarly to Machop last year! This time, it’s clear that Alolan Sandshrew will also appear in the wild rather than raids, and Kantoian Sandslash gets a different move than it had as a voting candidate; Night Slash!

This will give it the low cost charge move it desperately needed. Alolan Sandslash does still get Shadow Claw, which many PvP analysts said was a strong move for it in the past, and it’s already quite good now!

How do you feel about an ex-candidate getting a Community Day? Let us know in the comments!


sandshrew community day info graphic

sandshrew community day info graphic

Date & Time

Event icon Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Event Bonuses

  • Egg icon 1/4 Egg Distance
  • Incense icon Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • Lure icon Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • Photobomb icon Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!

Featured Pokémon

Sandshrew Sandshrew (Alola)

Sandshrew and Alolan Sandshrew will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one of either! 4 different shinies, isn’t that great? Check them out!

Regular Sprite Shiny Sprite
Sandshrew Pokemon GO Shiny Sandshrew
Sandslash Pokemon GO Shiny Sandslash
Sandshrew (Alola) Pokemon GO Shiny Sandshrew
Sandslash (Alola) Pokemon GO Shiny Alola Sandslash

Sandshrew Community Day Exclusive Attack

Evolve Kantoian Sandshrew during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Kantoian Sandslash that knows the Charged Attack Night Slash. Night Slash is a Dark type move.

Night Slash has the following damage and energy costs:

  • Trainer Battles: 50 Damage, 35 Energy
  • Gyms and raids: 50 Damage, 3 Bars

Evolve Alolan Sandshrew during the event or up to two hours afterward to get an Alolan Sandslash that knows the Fast Attack Shadow Claw. Shadow Claw is a Ghost type move.

Night Slash has the following damage, energy gain and speed:

  • Trainer Battles: 6 Damage, 8 Energy, 2 Turns
  • Gyms and raids: 9 Damage, 6 Energy, 700ms

Keep your eyes out for our PvP analyses of these Pokémon’s new moves!

Community Day Special Research Story: Gritty and Glacial

For US$1.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Sandshrew Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Gritty and Glacial!
Stay tuned for when tickets for the Gritty and Glacial Special Research story go live.

Gritty and Glacial (1/4)

Power up Pokémon 10 times PokeBall icon 15× PokeBall
Catch 15 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Make 5 Nice Throws Candy icon 20× Candy


Gritty and Glacial (2/4)

Transfer 10 Pokémon Sandshrew (Alola)
Catch 15 Sandshrew Candy icon 30× Candy
Evolve 3 Sandshrew Pinap Berry icon 3× Pinap Berry


Gritty and Glacial (3/4)

Make 3 Great Curveball Throws Candy icon 50× Candy
Evolve a Sandshrew Star Piece icon 1× Star Piece
Transfer 10 Pokémon Great Ball icon 15× Great Ball


  • Ultra Ball icon 15× Ultra Ball
  • XP icon 2500 XP
  • Rocket Radar icon 1× Rocket Radar

Gritty and Glacial (4/4)

Claim Reward! Silver Pinap Berry icon 2× Silver Pinap Berry
Claim Reward! Sandslash
Claim Reward!
XP icon 3500 XP


Sandshrew Community Day Event Bundles

There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring featuring 30 Ultra Balls, three Super Incubators, five Lucky Eggs, 1 Elite Charged TM.

A bundle containing 30 Ultra Balls will be available in the shop at no cost. Be sure to pick it up during the event!

Free Bundle Community Day Box
Coin icon 0 Coin Coin icon 1,280 Coin
Ultra Ball icon 30× Ultra Ball
  • Ultra Ball icon 30× Ultra Ball
  • Super Incubator icon 3× Super Incubator
  • Lucky Egg icon 5× Lucky Egg
  • Elite Charge TM icon 1× Elite Charge TM


You’ll be able to get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

In-person Sandshrew Community Day celebrations

The following cities will feature in-person celebrations:

  • Linz, AT: City-Park
  • Berlin, DE: Spandau Arcaden
  • Bochum, DE: Ruhr Park
  • Düsseldorf, DE: Düsseldorf Arcaden
  • Laatzen, DE: Leine-Center Laatzen
  • Leipzig, DE: Paunsdorf Center
  • Munich, DE: Pasing Arcaden
  • Oberhausen, DE: Westfield Centro
  • Recklinghausen, DE: Palais Vest
  • Delhi, IND: Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden
  • Monterrey, MX: Parque Fundidora
  • Warsaw, PL: Elektrownia Powisle
  • Bristol, UK: Broadmead
  • Cardiff, UK: Churchill Way
  • Edinburgh, UK: Castle Street
  • Liverpool, UK: Liverpool ONE
  • London, UK: St. Alfege Park
  • London, UK: Whitfield Gardens
  • Manchester, UK: Piccadilly Gardens
  • Indianapolis, IN, US: Canal Elbow at White River State Park
  • Oakland, CA, US: TBD
  • Washington, DC, US: Top of District pier at The Wharf

Niantic have worked closely with city governments and councils to ensure Trainers’ safety and that each event is COVID-19 compliant.

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I enjoy drinking coffee and going for walks if I can muster the energy. I mostly spend time shiny hunting in mainline Pokémon games. My favourite Pokémon is Falinks, and I'm still in disbelief that it was added to GO like a year or two early. Empoleon is a close second, though.

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