July Community Day takes place on Sunday, July 19, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, and it features Gastly. Gengar’s exclusive Community Day move is Shadow Punch.
Date + Time
Sunday, July 19, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time
- Gastly will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Gastly.
- Evolve Haunter (the evolved form of Gastly) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Gengar that knows Shadow Punch.
- Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!
- There’ll be a special one-time-purchase July Community Day Box, featuring 30 Ultra Balls, an Elite Fast TM, two Incense, and two Super Incubators.
- For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Community Day–exclusive Special Research story: The Great Gastly! Follow Professor Willow as he investigates some spooky happenings in his mobile lab!
- Eggs will require 1/4 Hatch Distance when placed in Incubators during the event period. Please note that this bonus will not stack with other active Hatch Distance bonuses.
- Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
Our thoughts on this CD
Shadow Punch is a subpar move for Gengar, as Gengar already has access to an assortment of great moves. In other words, you don’t have to play during this CD for the fear of missing out.
However, Mega Evolutions are coming to Pokémon GO later this year, and Gengar has a particularly cool Mega Evolution, especially in its shiny form:
We suggest you do spend some time to farm a solid collection of shiny Gastly, and hold on to them. We advise against evolving them excessively, as we still don’t know how Megas will work. We don’t expect it to cost Candy, but just in case it does, you want to have some spare Gastly candy to go around.
Participate, farm, don’t go overboard with evolving and you should be future proof.