Niantic is mixing things up for the upcoming February Pokémon GO Community Day. How and why certain Pokémon are picked as the featured Pokémon for these events remains a mystery, but this time the community will get to decide who the featured Pokémon will be.
Niantic has decided to take a community vote, with four different options for the featured Pokémon. You can vote for Vulpix, Rhyhorn, Dratini, or Machop. You will be able to do a special Research Task on Saturday, Feb. 1, between 12 am and 11:59 pm, local time. They will be called “Vote Machop,” “Vote Vulpix,” “Vote Rhyhorn,” and “Vote Dratini.” You will need to complete the task for the Pokémon that you would like to see featured. Collecting them is as simple as visiting a PokéStop.
So, on Feb. 1, check the Pokémon GO app, then complete the research task that corresponds with the Pokémon that you would like to see featured. Niantic will then run the numbers, and the research task that was complete the most will be the winner. The featured Pokémon will later be announced on Feb. 3. Each research task will need you to catch 20 Pokémon to complete.
All the potential Pokémon will have their own Community Day attacks, so think carefully about what you want before finishing your research. You can find details on all the featured Pokémon below.
- Vulpix: Vulpix as originally discovered in the Kanto region will be appearing in the wild and in Eggs. Alolan Vulpix will be appearing in Field Research and Raid Battles. Evolve Vulpix or Alolan Vulpix into Ninetales or Alolan Ninetales for the Charged Attack Weather Ball. Ninetales will learn Fire-type Weather Ball, and Alolan Ninetales will learn Ice-type Weather Ball—attacks previously exclusive to Castform. Shiny Vulpix as originally discovered in the Kanto region will become available for the first time in Pokémon GO.
- Machop: Evolve Machop into Machamp for the exclusive attack Payback. This Dark-type Charged Attack will give Machamp good coverage to deal with Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokémon that might otherwise give it trouble.
- Rhyhorn: Evolve Rhyhorn into Rhyperior for the exclusive attack Rock Wrecker. Known to be Rhyperior’s signature move, this Rock-type Charged Attack will be a powerful addition to Rhyperior’s repertoire. Shiny Rhyhorn will also become available to encounter for the first time in Pokémon GO.
- Dratini: Evolve Dratini into Dragonite for the Charged Attack Superpower. This powerful Fighting-type attack is a recent addition to Pokémon GO and could be a strategic option for Dragonite. For example, it could help Dragonite against Ice- and Rock-type Pokémon that would normally have an advantage over it. Superpower could also help Dragonite deal with Steel-type Pokémon that are weak to Fighting-type attacks.
The February Pokémon GO Community Day will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 am-1 pm local time in the northern hemisphere, and 3 pm-6 pm in the southern hemisphere.