POKÉMON GO’s next Community Day is coming this July, and it’s going to feature Mudkip.
To help out players for whom this is the height of summer, the three-hour event is going to be at a different time to normal.
On July 21, the UK will be overrun by everyone’s favourite amphibious fish monster for three hours, from 4p.m. to 7p.m.
That’s considerably later than normal, but given the event happens at the same hours across the world, Niantic has shifted this one so that players in warmer countries don’t have to go out in the heat of the day to catch the beasts.
On Community Days the nominated creature appears much more often across the world, and if you catch one it’s much more likely than normal to be shiny.
A Shiny Mudkip is bright purple as opposed to the usual blue hue.
You won’t see them showing up that colour on your map, though – you have to go into the catch screen to see if any given Pokémon is going to be shiny or not.
Pokémon caught during Community Days events also get exclusive moves – though sometimes you need to evolve the wee beasties to reveal them.
We don’t yet know what move Mudkip, Marshtomp or Swampert will be graced with, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.
The most recent community day featured Shiny Slakoth caused something of a ruckus among European players because the relaxed creature just didn’t bother showing up for much of the event.
Developers Niantic later confirmed this was due to a bug rather than its own indolence, and the event will be re-run later on this summer.
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