Pokemon Go Community Day: Grab Shiny Machop in January 2021

Monday, December 21st, 2020 11:35 am

Get ready to earn lots of Stardust!

Update (1/15/2021): Niantic announced an increased trading distance bonus will also be in effect throughout Community Day weekend. Learn more about this bonus right here.

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Trainers, as we look forward to the new year, Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, has revealed the pocket monster that will be featured in January’s Pokemon Go Community Day: Machop!

On January 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, Machop will appear more frequently than normal in the wild, and you’ll have the chance to encounter its rare Shiny form (which is green).

Machop has two evolutions. In Pokemon Go, you can evolve Machop into Machoke using 25 Machop Candy, and then evolve Machoke into Machamp using 100 Machop Candy. Machoke can also be evolved without using any Pokemon Candy if it has previously been traded.

Each time you evolve Machoke into Machamp during this Community Day event (or during the two hours immediately following it), Machamp will learn the exclusive battle move Payback.

During January’s Community Day event, you’ll earn three times the normal amount of Stardust when catching Pokemon, and Incense activated during the event will last for three hours, rather than one. Make sure to activate a Star Piece on your account during this Community Day to increase the Stardust you earn even more!

Finally, in a news post, Niantic encouraged players to take some Go Snapshots during this event “for a surprise!”

There will be two optional ways to spend real money during January’s Pokemon Go Community Day event.

First, you’ll be able to purchase the Machop Community Day Box for 1,280 PokeCoins. It will contain an Elite Charged TM, four Incense, four Star Pieces, and 30 Ultra Balls.

You’ll also have the option to spend $1 on a ticket for a Special Research storyline called “Straight to the Top, Machop!” Keep in mind, if you purchase the Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto ticket before January 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you’ll receive a ticket for this Machop-themed Special Research at no additional cost.

Are you excited about January’s Pokemon Go Community Day event? Let us know on Twitter at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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