Community Day Classic – Swinub!

Hey, Trainers! Who’s ready for another blast from the past?

The date and time are Saturday, the 29th of April from 2:00pm till 5:00pm local time!

What bonuses can we expect?

  • 3X Stardust for catches.
  • Lures and Incense launched during event times will last for 3 hours.
  • Photobombs!
  • For $1 or your local equivalent, you can take part in a Special Research quest: Swinub Community Day Classic. (You can also gift these Tickets to friends.)
  • Swinub will be dashing all over the countryside in big ol’ herds.
  • Evolve Swinub or Piloswine all the way to Mamoswine to snag the Community Day exclusive move, Ancient Power.
  • You might find a Shiny or two!
  • So, as per usual with these classic Community Days, very minimal number of extras available, but newer players or those who otherwise missed out on the first opportunity to catch a Shiny the first time around or any time since will now get their shot.

    Let’s fire up the frying pan and cook this bacon, shall we? I mean… uh. Let’s look at the star of the show!

    Spotlight on Swinub!

    Swinub was introduced in Generation 2 but wasn’t available till quite a ways into the game. For being around so long, information on it is fairly sparse! The Pokedex simply tells us that this Pokemon has a good nose for grub. Its favorite food is a mushroom that lives under dead or dried grass and snow, and that while foraging for this delicacy, it sometimes will turn up hot springs. A pretty great skill, to be sure.

    Evolve your Swinub into Piloswine and it will grow in size and pop out a couple of tusks. The Pokedex informs us that these tusks are actually made of ice and gasin mass in snowy weather. It uses these tusks to dig up food that’s covered in ice and snow, much like Swinub. Unlike Swinub, though, its huge, coarse coat of hair covers its eyes. It can’t see where its going and so has to use its nose to sniff out a path. It charges relentlessly, even though its legs are pretty short under all that hair. This was the Swinub family’s final form until Generation 4!

    In Generation 4, Piloswine that know the move Ancient Power will evolve upon level up. The Pokedex tells us that Mamoswine used to be a common sight during the ice age, but as our planet has warmed, the population thinned to the point where some regarded it as having gone extinct. One was thawed after having been stuck in a glacier for 10,000 years and it just woke up! Which is pretty great. (Can’t wait till they finally bring mammoths back in our world. Get moving on that, Science!) Its tusks are just huge and made of ice.

    Can it use them to put its enemies on ice in Pokemon GO?

    With a Max CP of 3763, Attack of 247, Defense of 146 and Stamina of 242, it’s fine. I’d say it was pretty good if that Defense was more helpful and if it didn’t have 5 weaknesses due to the Ice/Ground Typing (Fire, Grass, Steel, Water, Fighting.) balanced against only 2 resistances (Regular resistance to Poison and a special resistance to Electric.) All in all, it can definitely dish out some good damage but keeping it in play is hard.

    In terms of Fast Attacks you’ve got Powder Snow and Mud Slap (Both STAB) In terms of Charged Attacks you have Stone Edge, High Horsepower, Bulldoze and Avalanche. The latter 3 are STAB. Your Community Day move of Ancient Power is Rock Type so doesn’t help for Type coverage against anything other than Fire, but it does okay damage and charges fast.

    Shiny Swinub is a mint green so very easy to spot. Shiny Piloswine is a gross yellow/green and shiny Mamoswine is a darker, more green/brown color.

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

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