There were few speculations that Niantic would bring back the voting system with the August Community Day, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Niantic announced Magikarp as the featured Pokemon for August Community Day, which felt quite underwhelming at the time, but made perfect sense due to the ongoing Ultra Unlock Event. The August Community Day received mixed reactions mainly diversified because of the number of newer players who would have needed a Magikarp for Special Research and the older players who already have a bunch of Gyarados (let’s not even talk about Magikarp).

So, that leads us here, looking forward to September Community Day Pokemon, which to our surprise marks the return of Community Day voting. This time players will actually get to choose their desired Pokemon through a voting system on Twitter. It would have been a lot better if Niantic could somehow add this voting system in game but as of now, it feels like a long shot. Moving forward, the rules here are simple:

The two Pokemon that receive the most votes will be featured during the next two Community Day events, with the Pokemon with the most votes featured in September and the runner-up in October!


Now, the question is which Pokemon should you bother voting for? And most importantly why? So let’s talk about this as we discuss on to which two Pokemon are the best options for Community Day.


September Community Day Candidate Pokemon

September Community Day Pokemon IrisGuardian

This time around there’s some really cool Pokemon to choose from. Niantic has used a nice combination of new and existing Shiny Pokemon for the upcoming Community Day. Although, some might not prefer recycling older Community Day Pokemon, but Niantic has an answer for that too. So, let’s check out the featured Pokemon to vote for:

  • Charmander: Charmander is one of the original starters from Gen 1 and although it has already had a Community Day appearance, way back in May 2018, a lot of players still want it. This is mainly due to it’s excellent stats and PvP usage, but also because a number of players have missed it earlier. Moreover, if you vote for Charmander now, you can evolve it into a Charizard that knows Dragon Breath Fast Attack.
  • Caterpie: Caterpie might not serve you well in PvP or in Raids side of things, this doesn’t mean that it is not a fan favourite.
  • Grimer: Niantic has announced that Alolan Grimer will also be available during the Community Day if Grimer is selected as a featured Pokemon. This means, players might be interested in both of these variants during the community day.
  • Porygon: Porygon seems to be the fan favourite this time around and it’s Shiny variant might appeal to a number of old and new players.

Community Day Pokemon Exclusive Moveset

The exclusive move is now all what Niantic has to offer for most September Community Day Pokemon offerings as 3/4 of them have their shiny in game already. What this means is your votes will now boil down to exclusive moveset of a particular Pokemon, especially from PvP perspective.


Exclusive Move: Dragon Breath (Dragon Type)

Dragon Breath is a Dragon-type Quick move in Pokemon Go that deals 6 damage and generates 4 energy. It is strong against Dragon Pokemon and weak against Steel Pokemon. Dragon Breath is particularly useful in PvP due to it’s high energy gains and very short (0.5 second) cooldown period. From the raid side of things, Dragon Breath is boosted by Windy weather. Overall, a much awaited move for Charizard which might just enhance it’s effectiveness in Ultra League.

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Exclusive Move: Hurricane (Flying Type)

Hurricane is a Flying-type Charge move in Pokemon Go that deals 110 damage and costs 100 energy. It is strong against Fighting, Bug and Grass Pokemon and weak against Rock, Steel and Electric Pokemon. Hurricane is favorable for raids due to it’s high damage but at a cost of higher energy requirements. From the PvP side of things, Hurricane ccan be used as a secondary charged move but it might not even come into play due to Butterfree’s low bulk. Overall, Hurricane for Butterfree is definitely not the best option to go for.


Exclusive Move: Fire Punch (Fire Type)

Fire Punch is a Fire-type Charge move in Pokemon Go that deals 55 damage and costs 33 energy. It is strong against Bug, Steel, Grass and Ice Pokémon and weak against Rock, Fire, Water and Dragon Pokemon. Fire Punch is actually pretty great for PvP depending on how you use it. The main benefit of Fire Punch here is it requires very less energy to charge with and is Super Effective against steel type Pokemon. So, if you’re interested in Ultra League, you can use Fire Punch with Muk, but the only problem here is Muk is already dominating the Ultra League with it’s pre-existing movesets. So, all in all, we’re not really looking forward for Fire Punch, be it PvP or PvE.

Also Read: Pokemon Go Egg Chart August 2020


Exclusive Move: Tri Attack (Normal Type)

As of now there’s not much word about the Tri Attack Charge Move as it is it’s first appearance in game. The only thing we know as of now is Tri Attack is of decreasing the opposing Pokemon’s Attack and Defense when used against them. We will be updating this section as soon as we get confirmed reports on it.

Voting Guide: Date & Results

Voting Guide for September Community Day: Date & Results IrisGuardian

Niantic has confirmed that their voting polls will be up on Twitter on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), and you’ll be able to cast your vote until Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). Here, you have a 24 hour window to cast your votes; yes, you will be voting for 2 Pokemon at once because you’re choosing featured Pokemon of both September and October Community Days. When this 24 hour window closes, Niantic will tally up the votes and announce the results shortly.

Also Read: How To Catch Ditto In Pokemon Go August 2020

The Pokemon that receives the most votes by the end of the voting period will be the featured Pokémon for September Community Day on Sunday, September 20, 2020. The Pokemon that receives the second-most votes will be featured during October Community Day on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Which Pokemon To Vote For September/ October Community Day?

September Community Day IrisGuardian

Now that we know everything about the September/October Community Day Pokemon, it’s time to evaluate them based on their overall worth in a particular niche. For this, we have created two different categories and listed down the best available options.

From PvP Perspective

From PvP side of things, Charmander definitely takes a lead here with it’s Dragon Type, Dragon Breath Fast Move which blows away the competition here. A Charizard with a Dragon Breath is much more useful in Ultra League than you might initially think. With Dragon Breath, it’s match ups against other Dragon Types become a lot more favorable for Charizard; so overall, you should definitely vote for Charmander for it’s excellent PvP value.

Here, Porygon Z might be tied up with Charizard, but as of now we have very little idea about the Tri Attack moveset (this section is subjected to update as soon as possible).

For Collection Purpose

Here, Porygon undoubtedly takes the number one spot if you’re looking forward to fill up your shiny collection. Porygon is the only candidate here whose Shiny form will be debuting at the upcoming Community Day; and not to mention that the Shiny Porygon looks just gorgeous. All in all, Porygon should definitely have your vote if you want a new Shiny in game which you can add up to your collection.

Also Read: 10 Gorgeous Shiny Legendary In Pokemon Go 2020

Here, Charmander is a runner up as it’s really hard to encounter a Shiny Charmander in the wild and a majority of players have missed the first Charmander Community Day in 2018. So, by now you might have got an idea which two Pokemon should you be voting for.

Parting Words

The initial impressions of players across the world indicates Porygon will be the featured Pokemon for September Community Day gaining the highest number of votes. We might see Charmander as the October Community Day featured Pokemon, with the second highest number of votes. This is actually what we would recommend you to go for as both of these Pokemon provide an excellent value for players in many ways. They are not only useful in PvP and PvE, but are also really collectible in game.

The Community Day Voting System is back as Niantic announced four Pokemon which are likely to be September/October Community Day featured Pokemon.

Here, we are discussing which Pokemon should you be voting for the upcoming September/October Community Day to be the featured Pokemon.

Written By

Swetabh Srivastava

Swetabh Srivastava is the Co-founder & author at IrisGuardian. He's an avid tech enthusiast, having experience in the field of tech journalism for years. He now contributes his knowledge in various online platforms including IrisGuardian and most other social platforms. For most part, he's a writer by day and reader by night. When he's off work, you can find him sketching or reading novels of Stephen King on the go.