I assume that somewhere in the anime there is an episode I haven’t seen that explains what, exactly, is going on with Porygon. Yes, I get that it’s a Pokémon that’s made out of code, but what that actually means is another story. Regardless, the weird little pink duck thing is the focus of our Setpember Community Day and the first of two creatures that we voted on last month. There’s a chill in the air, the Pokémon are frolicking, and it’s time to play some Pokémon GO. Here’s what you need to know
Dates and Times: Porygon Community Day will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020. It will run from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time. At this point, I think we’re running with the extended COVID-19 hours for the foreseeable future, which is pretty indicative of how this whole thing has gone.
The Pokémon: Porygon is an original, from back when its blocky appearance would have represented the cutting edge of graphics technology. Its first evolution, Porygon2, represents a certain refinement in that idea. Its final evolution, Porygon-Z, is basically “Porygon2 but totally nuts”. I can get behind that.
The evolution chain is a little bit different because it requires items: an upgrade to get to Porygon2 and a Sinnoh Stone to get to Porygon-Z. Niantic says that all trainers will have the opportunity to grab some of these through timed research.
Shiny: You’re going to be on the lookout for a purple/blue color scheme to replace the pink and blue that characterizes the normal one. Here’s a look at it from Pokemon Sword and Shield:
The Move: Any Porygon-z evolved during the event or up to two hours after will know tri-attack, which is a new move for Pokémon GO. When used, it has an a chance of lowering its opponents attack and defense.
Special Research: “Decoding Porygon” is the purchasable special research this time around, though we won’t know the steps until Community Day goes live in New Zealand.
Other Bonuses: In addition to increased Porygon spawns, we’re getting 3 times catch XP and 3-hour incense.