Sometimes you want shinies just because you want shinies, and sometimes you want shinies because they are deeply cool. Such is the case with Shiny Black Charizard, one of the first hot tickets when Niantic first started making Community Day in Pokemon GO, which is now repeating itself here in October. I actually missed this because of a wedding the first time, so I̵
Start / end times: Charmander Community Day is October 17, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. Despite Niantic rolling back some of the other COVID-19 buffers and restrictions at pre-pandemic prices, this one looks like it’s here to stay.
Pokémon: What is there to say? One of the original Kanto starters and one of the most famous Pokémon in the game this side of Pikachu. I once read that Charmander’s designs preceded the idea of elementary types for Pokemon, and that they added the iconic flame to the tail later when it was decided that it would be a type of fire. I can not find where I read it, but if anyone knows where to find a quote, let me know. Charmander evolves into the foolish teen Charmeleon and then into the stray Charizard.
Shiny: The real target here is the Black Charizard, but if you want one of them, you must first get a shiny Charmander. Look for a kind of pale gold color, which is not exactly what you would expect considering the Black Charizard. It is assumed that it kicks in after adolescence.
The movement: Any Charizard that evolves during or up to two hours after Society Day knows Dragon Breath, a quick draw of the dragon. This should make it practical against Dragon-types because it can exude super-effective damage without being vulnerable to Dragon-type damage.
This is a change from Charmander’s first day of society, in which Charizard’s learned explosive combustion.
Bonus: In addition to the regular incense bonuses, we have three times Stardust to capture Pokemon, which is always handy, whether you’re low level or trying to put together as many combat league teams as possible.
Research: The available research is called “A Tale of Tails”. We see what’s inside when it’s going live in New Zealand, but typically these things have similar steps asking you to catch a bunch of the featured Pokemon and throw a few evolutions in there.