March Community Day #3 Guide: Bulbasaur

Community Day #3 is on its way, and there is no time like the present to start preparing for it. By now, we should all have a decent idea of what to expect and this one is going to be a “Bulbasaur bonanza!”. A shiny Bulbasaur is also expected to make an appearance during this Community Day event.

As was the case with Dratini Dragon, the special move is not yet announced for Bulbasaur Grass Poison. We will update as soon as it becomes available; it could very well be something to redefine the Bulbasaur family’s place as the most useful Grass type in the game!

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Event times in various regions

The third Community Day will take place on March 25th 2018 (the third Sunday in March) and it follows the previously established time slots:

  • The Asia-Pacific region: from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
  • The Americas and Greenland: from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)

Bulbasaur catch rates and throwing tips

Bulbasaur’s base catch rate is 20%, same as Pikachu’s catch rate. This means Bulbasaur will be more difficult to catch than Dratini during the Community Day, despite most players having Gold Grass and Poison medals.

We prepared a table for common Bulbasaur catch scenarios. Assumes that you have double gold medals and that throws are curved:

NormalNice30% – 36%
Great37% – 45%
Excellent45% – 50%
GreatNice41% – 49%
Great50% – 59%
Excellent60% – 65%
UltraNice50% – 59%
Great60% – 69%
Excellent70% – 75%

Bulbasaur’s hit box is also quite small and often deceiving – it’s target reticle is smaller than Dratini’s and it’s quite challenging to land an excellent throw consistently. Given it’s distance and size, we suggest you practice mid-distance throws at targets with small circle radius — Rattata and similar targets.

Recommended items for advanced players

We recommend that you prepare for the event by stocking up on the following items to take full advantage of the event and maximize your XP gain as you journey towards level 40, and beyond! Also, make sure to check your local Weather Forecast for the 25th, Bulbasaur is boosted during Sunny and Cloudy weather.

Recommended items for advanced players
Lucky EggIncenseLurePokéballGO Plus
  • Poke Balls – A large portion of your inventory should be dedicated Poke, Great and Ultra balls before the 25th to ensure you can spend the time catching.
  • Lures – Set these up at every stop in your favorite hunting location to increase the amount of spawns you find. Usually, triple Lure is the best option
  • Incense – Make sure to use your Incense to boost your chances of finding the elusive Gen I starter.
  • Lucky Eggs – Using this item will double your XP gain giving you 6x XP per catch!
  • Pokémon Go Plus – Use ’em if you got ’em to help you catch a bit faster, and track your steps more accurately for egg hatching while you’re out hunting. Keep in mind that this only uses basic Poke Balls; you will want to have a lot of them.

Bulbasaur CP and IV chart

The following chart depicts best and worst CP at level 1 through 35 for a level 30+ trainer and for that level Pokémon.  A huge thank you fries out to Dare for running the calculations for us all! To make things a little easier to remember, here are the maximum Bulbasaur CPs that can be found in the wild:

  • 841 CP – non weather boosted, 100% IV, level 30 Bulbasaur
  • 911 CP – Sunny or Cloudy weather, 100% IV, level 35 Bulbasaur
    • This is the best Bulbasaur you can find in the wild
LevelMin CPMax CP
35 661911
34 672897
33 683883
32 672869
31 661855
30 651841
29 629813
28 607785
27 585757
26 564729
25 542701
24 520673
23 499645
22 477617
21 455588
20 433560
19 412532
18 390504
17 368476
16 347448
15 325420
14 303392
13 282364
12 260336
11 238308
10 217280
9 194250
8 171221
7 148191
6 125162
5 102132
4 79102
3 5673
2 3343

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Incense and GO Plus guide

We strongly suggest using Incense + GO Plus For the March Community day event. The event features triple catch experience, which (in our opinion) is the best part of this event.

We expect that players will get anywhere from 90 – 150 Bulbas during the event, depending on their throws and luck. Given how tricky Bulbasaur is to catch, you shouldn’t rely on Bulba XP for this event.

We suggest combining 6 Incense + GO Plus at all times to maximize your XP gain.

Shiny vs normal Bulbasaur

If released (which is very likely given the past Community Day events), this is why the shiny Bulbasaur family looks like. The sprites are from handheld games and are not 100% representative of how the actual 3D model in Pokémon GO would look. Once Pokémon GO sprites become available, we’ll update the table below.

Normal vs shiny Bulbasaur family
Shiny Bulbasaur Pokémon GOShiny Ivysaur Pokémon GOShiny Venusaur Pokémon GO

General event tips and tricks

  • Get to your favorite local catching spots early.
  • Be patient – there will be errors and bugs on the start of the event, don’t worry.
  • Ensure that you have Lures up the entire duration (Lures will last for three hours.)
  • Catch everything you see! The more you catch, the faster you will gain XP!
  • Use Incense to attract even more Pokémon to you while you’re out hunting.
  • Make sure that you keep your Lucky Eggs active the entire duration to maximize your XP!
  • Chat with your fellow Trainers and grow your local Pokémon Go community.
  • Promote the new Pokémon Go features and events to Trainers who are just starting their adventure or haven’t been playing for a while.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

Niantic released the results for Community Day 2, and Mystic dominated the map in nearly every corner of the world! Will they maintain this momentum or will they “Blast off at the speed of light”?

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