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For the first time in Pokémon Go, the game will enable its players to vote for the featuring Pokémon of its next Community Day.
The Community Day comes around once a month, during which players have a greatly increased chance of catching the featured Pokémon.
Once caught, if evolved on the day, the Pokémon will learn a Community Day-exclusive move, and there’s an increased chance of encountering the shiny variation of the Pokémon.
So, with players now getting the chance to select which Pokémon they’ll have the chance to catch in its shiny form and with a special attack, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the 22 February 2020 Community Day.
However, to be able to place your votes for which Pokémon you want to appear during the Community Day, you’ll need to log-in to the game on Saturday, 1 February 2020.
How to vote for the next Community Day Pokémon
The voting process for the February Community Day featured Pokémon is as simple as playing the game.
On Saturday, 1 February 2020, log-in to Pokémon Go between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm of your local time zone.
To cast a vote, you’ll need to spin Poké Stops to receive Field Research tasks. Each Field Research task will be named after one of the event Pokémon. By completing the task, you are voting for that Pokémon.
Each of the four Field Research tasks will ask you to catch 20 Pokémon. Along with the task completion acting as a vote, you’ll also be rewarded with 200 Stardust.
So, which Pokémon will you be able to vote for in Pokémon Go?
Candidates to be the featured February 2020 Community Day Pokémon
On 22 January, Pokémon Go announced that players will be able to vote for four classic Pokémon from the Generation I series of games.
You’ll be able to vote for Machop, Rhyhorn, Dratini, and Vulpix on 1 February. When the Community Day comes around on 22 February, the most-voted for Pokémon will spawn a lot more in the wild, have a greater chance of being found in its shiny form, and it be evolved to learn a special move.
If Machop wins, evolving it on the February Community Day – between 11 am and 2 pm in the northern hemisphere, 3 pm to 6 pm in the southern hemisphere – will give it the exclusive dark-type charged attack Payback.
If Rhyhorn wins, catching one and evolving it to Rhyperior – which requires the use of a Sinnoh Stone – on the Community Day will give it the charged attack Rock Wrecker. As an added incentive, should the Spikes Pokémon feature, it will be the first time that shiny Ryhorn appears in Pokémon Go.
Vulpix would come to the game in its two forms (original Kanto and Aloan Vulpix) and be catchable through two different methods. Kanto Vulpix will appear in the wild and in eggs, should it win the vote, while Aloan Vulpix will feature in Raid Battles and as a Field Research reward.
Evolve either Vulpix into Ninetales for it to learn the charged attack Weather Ball. The move is a fire-type attack if it’s a Kanto Ninetales or ice-type if it’s an Aloan Ninetales. This would also be the first time that a shiny Kanto Vupix appears in Pokémon Go.
The final option is Dratini, which appeared as one of the first featured Community Day Pokémon, as well as in a December 2018 event. Evolving a Dratini into a Dragonite on the 2020 February Community Day will give it the fighting-type charged attack Superpower.
When will the February Community Day Pokémon be announced?
After voting day, 1 February, Pokémon Go will announce the winner on 3 February.
Pokémon Go often makes these kinds of announcements via Twitter and in the news section of the app.
While the official voting isn’t underway yet, a Straw Poll has been set up on Reddit, which indicates that most people will be looking to get a new shiny Pokémon on 22 February 2020.
At the time of writing, over 10,000 votes in, Rhyhorn was winning by an overwhelming 61 per cent of the votes, with Vulpix just behind at 17 per cent. As such, it looks as though people want a copper Rhyhorn, a dusty Rhydon, or a yellow-studded Rhyperior.
Be sure to get on Pokémon Go on Saturday 1 February to vote for which Pokémon you want to feature in the 2020 February Community Day.