Community Day: Classic events feature Community Day featured Pokémon from previous years and give players a chance to catch Shiny Pokémon they may have missed. Since the introduction of Classic events in January 2021, we have seen 4 Pokémon featured including Bulbasaur, Mudkip, Dratini and recently Larvitar.
Here’s a look at what Pokémon in my opinion would be the best options for Community Day: Classic in future.
NOTE: There is an upcoming Community Day: Classic on April 29th, 2023, but the Pokémon is yet to be announced at the time of this article being written.
Bagon first featured in Community Day in April 2019, with a bonus of 3x Catch XP. Salamence’s exclusive move of Outrage has become a very useful Charged Attack since its release 3 years ago. Since its Community Day, both Shadow Salamence and Mega Salamence have debuted and rank 1st and 2nd in the top Dragon-type rankings.
As one of the fan favourite picks, Bagon would be a great chance for trainers to stack up on XP, Outrage Salamence and XL Candy to power up their Salamence. It is worth mentioning that though Salamence is one of the top PVE Pokémon in the game, it does lack ability in PVP due to a double weakness to Ice-type attacks.
1/4 Egg Hatch Distance
|Metagross||Steel Meteor Mash (Charged)|
Beldum first featured in Community Day in October 2018, with a bonus of 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance. Considering its been 4 and a half years since this event, Shiny Beldum and Metagross with Meteor Mash are quite rare. Though it is worth noting that Beldum has featured in an Incense Day since and Meteor Mash Metagross has featured in 3 events since (Hoenn Celebration Event, Beldum Incense Day & Pokémon GO World Championships Event 2022), which drops its rarity slightly.
Nonetheless, Metagross with Meteor Mash ranks 2nd overall for Steel-type Pokémon with its Shadow form at 1st, miles away from the rest. Mega Metagross is yet to be released and could possibly be incorporated into the event in Mega Raids. If Beldum Community Day: Classic happens it would be an amazing opportunity to catch one of the games best PVE Pokemon and a highly sought after shiny family!
Swinub first featured in Community Day in February 2019, with a bonus of 3x Catch Stardust. Its evolution, Mamoswine, would learn the Charged Attack Ancient Power when evolved. Although Ancient Power isn’t its best move, Mamoswine still has large meta relevancy in the PVE Meta as an Ice and Ground-type attacker.
With the moveset of Mud-Slap and High Horsepower, Shadow Mamoswine ranks 2nd behind Primal Groudon, and regular Mamoswine ranks 8th. Similarly, with the moveset of Powder Snow and Avalanche, Shadow Mamoswine ranks 2nd behind Galarian Darmanitan and regular Mamoswine is 5th.
Either moveset makes Mamoswine a key asset in PVE, and with the prevalence of Flying, Dragon, Rock and Steel-type 5-Star Raid Bosses, it is a great addition to your team. Also noteworthy that 3x Catch Stardust would likely be the bonus, which is always great.
Torchic first featured in Community Day in May 2019, with a bonus of 3x Catch Stardust. Although Blast Burn Blaziken returned for the Hoenn Mega Raid Day event, there’s always room for more, especially seeing as Mega Blaziken and Shadow Blaziken are now available.
In terms of type rankings, Mega Blaziken is 1st for Fire & 1st for Fighting, Shadow Blaziken is 3rd for Fire & 6th for Fighting, and regular Blaziken is around 15th for Fire & 16th for Fighting. Blaziken can also be used as a spice pick in the Ultra League. Also as previously mentioned, 3x Catch Stardust is always a great bonus.
In case you were wondering, the best movesets for Blaziken are: Counter & Focus Blast (Fighting-type attacker), Fire Spin & Blast Burn (Fire-type attacker) and Counter & Blaze Kick/Stone Edge (Ultra League). However, Stone Edge requires an Elite Charged TM to learn.
3x Catch Stardust
|Rhyperior||Rock Rock Wrecker (Charged)|
Rhyhorn first featured in Community Day in February 2020, with a bonus of 3x Catch Stardust. Despite being the most recent of these options, its original event was 3 years ago. Rhyperior is a key Pokémon in the Rock-type PVE Meta with its exclusive move, Rock Wrecker. Without this move, Rhyperior lacks a strong Charged attack, so another opportunity to obtain one would be vital for newer players.
When it comes to PVE, Rhyperior with Smack Down & Rock Wrecker ranks 6th overall in DPS for Rock-types behind Rampardos, Mega Aerodactyl, Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Aerodactyl and Tyrantrum. Other than Shadow Tyranitar (available from Team GO Rocket Grunts as of March/April 2023), the Pokémon that rank higher than Rhyperior are rarer. Rhyperior also doesn’t sit too far behind them, so a chance for everyone to catch multiple would be great.
However when it comes to PVP, it isn’t very useful. In the Master League, Rhyperior is mid-tier and a spice pick, but no good for Great League. In my opinion, it probably isn’t worth using in either league though.
1/4 Egg Hatch Distance
|Gardevoir Gallade||Psychic Synchronoise (Charged)|
Ralts first featured in Community Day in August 2019, with a bonus of 1/4 Egg Hatch Distance. With two evolutions Gallade and Gardevoir, there would be benefits for both PVE and PVP focused trainers.
Gardevoir is a staple of the PVE Fairy-type Meta. Mega Gardevoir ranks 1st, Shadow Gardevoir is 2nd and regular Gardevoir is 4th with the moveset of Charm & Dazzling Gleam. Its only rivals are Shadow Granbull and Togekiss, as their isn’t too many Fairy-types in the game. However, Fairy-types are still very useful for battling Dragon-type raid bosses. Gardevoir is also a very futureproof option as only Hatterene and Crowned Sword Zacian (with the right moves) have the potential to come close but still not beat it.
Gallade and Gardevoir also have their usage in PVP. The pair are both decent choices in a challenging Great League meta, and Gallade is a decent spice pick. In case you’re curious their best PVP movesets are Confusion, Close Combat & Leaf Blade for Gallade, and Charm, Synchronoise & Shadow Ball for Gardevoir.