Community Day For April 2024 Brings A Shiny Bellsprout!

Hey, Trainers! Welcome to another Community Day Spotlight. This month the event is focusing on Bellsprout from Gen 1!

Saturday the 20th of April is the date, 2:00 pm till 5:00 pm is the time.

Bonuses are:

  • 3X Stardust for catching Pokemon.
  • 2X Catch Candy.
  • 2X chance for Candy XL to be awarded during catches so long as you’re Level 31 or Higher.
  • Incense and Lure Modules launched during event hours will last for 3 hours.
  • Photobombs.
  • 1 additional Special Trade may be performed. (2:00pm till 10:00pm)
  • Trades will cost 50% less Stardust. (2:00pm till 10:00pm)
  • Stickers available in all the usual ways will be Bellsprout themed.
  • For $1 or your local equivalent, you can take part in a Special Research story. (You can gift these passes to Great Friends for the same price.)
  • 4 Star Raids will appaear after Community Day ends featuring Boldore – beat these to have Roggenrola spawn within 300 meters of the Gym for 30 minutes. (Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time)
  • So, let’s take a stroll through the garden and see if we can’t spot the star of the show amongst all those spring blooms!

    Spotlight on Bellsprout

    This little guy was a counterpart to Oddish in Generation 1. I always kind of liked that – it was a skinny, weird looking kind of monster compared to Oddish, who is round and cute. The Pokedex informs us that this Pokemon eats bugs, snaring them in its mouth. It’s said to be a kind of mandrake root because its face appears pretty human and… um. I have never met anyone and thought to myself that they look like a Bellsprout. I’ll keep my eyes peeled, I guess? Anyway, they soak up moisture by burying their feet in the soil and this makes it hard for them to run from foes…. but they CAN dodge! That whiplike body allows for lightning fast speed when twisting and turning out of the path of oncoming attacks.

    You ever wonder if Weepinbell misses having legs? Like… it kind of floats around off the ground in the games which is cooler overall but still. Going from one type of locomotion to another might be a bit jarring for it.

    Victreebell lures in unsuspecting prey with a sweet aroma reminiscent of honey. This is a trick, however – the honey scent comes from Victreebell’s internal acid which can melt even large Pokemon within a day. It’s said that Victreebell gather together in huge clusters in the middle of rainforests. We have people looking into it to verify this but none seem to return…. must be a nice place, I guess?

    I think most of us remember James’ Victreebell from the earlier Pokemon anime series. This was where the long-running joke of James’ Pokemon being…. uhh. Aggressively attached to him came from.

    But can it dissolve its foes in Pokemon GO!?

    Spotlight on Victreebel

    With a Max CP of 2748, 207 Attack, Defense of 135 and a Stamina of 190 this poor plant is going to be pushing up daisies in most battles. It’s severely outclassed as both a Grass Type and a Poison Type, including by most of the other fully evolved Grass Types of its own generation; Venusaur and its mega key among them. This is one of those monsters that you use if it’s a favorite or has some value as a bit of nostalgia but it’s essentially not a viable option otherwise.

    It’s a Grass/Poison Type so it’s weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type moves, and offers Resistance to Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Water, and Grass-type moves.

    In terms of Fast Attacks, you have Razor Leaf and Acid, both STAB. For Charged Attacks you get Sludge Bomb, Solar Beam, Leaf Blade, Acid Spray, and Leaf Tornado which are ALL STAB! The Community Day option of Magical Leaf is, obviously, going to be one of the better available choices for speed and power as Community Day moves tend to be – spend the candy and snag a secondary Charged Attack for Poison Type STAB and you’ll have better coverage over all.

    Shiny Bellsprout is noticeable due to it’s yellow leaves, instead of green ones, and the same for Weepinbell’s slightly less green leaves and lighter color lips. Shiny Victreebel however is more green in the body with a purplish pink mouth and slightly darker leaves. These aren’t the easiest to spot but not super difficult either. Just be observant and you’ll be fine.

    And that’s all I got for you, Trainers! As always, I wish you the best of luck out there! Stay hydrated, have fun and Catch ‘Em All!

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