That blast from the past is actually Draco Meteor! Pokemon GO Community Day Classic: Dratini!

Hey, Trainers! Is Celebi punking us? Did Dialga warp us back to the carefree days of our far-flung past? Well. 2018.

Nope on both counts – it’s just another Community Day Classic event! We’ve covered these before; they’re a great way for newer players to get in on the fun of older events without sacrificing any standard Community Days. (Or for older players who were working or otherwise busy on the initial date to play catch-up.)

The date? Saturday November 5th, 2:00pm till 5:00pm, local time.

So, what bonuses can we expect?

  • 3X Catch Stardust!
  • Incense and Lure Modules activated during the event last for 3 hours.
  • For $1 or your local equivalent, you’ll have access to the Special Research Story: Dratini Community Day Classic (Remember, you can gift these Tickets to friends!)
  • Photobombs!
  • Dratini will be slithering hither and yon!
  • If you’re lucky, you could snag a few Shiny Dratini!
  • Dratini or Dragonair evolved all the way to Dragonite will learn the Community Day Charged Attack Draco Meteor!
  • With that all said and done, let’s break down the star of the show!

    Spotlight on Dratini

    Dratini and its evolutions occupied the lofty spot of The Only Dragon Types for the entirety of Generation 1. In Gen 2, Kingdra was added but it wasn’t until Generation 3 that it had any real competition in the form of Bagon.

    I remember trying to catch them in my Blue cartridge back during Pokemon’s early days! They had such a low catch rate, I thought I’d never manage to grab one! I certainly gave the Safari Zone a lot of money, back in those days…

    Anyway! The Pokedex tells us that this Pokemon sheds constantly. It’s hide sloughs off almost daily as it grows. It’s body contains massive amounts of life energy, and this is what causes it to grow so consistently – even small specimens regularly hit 6′ 6″ in length! They aren’t exactly strong in this state, though, and so do their best to live peaceful lives at the bottom of Fast flowing, turbulent waters.

    25 Dratini Candy gets you a Dragonair, which just looks like a bigger Dratini, if we’re being honest. 100 more candies gets you a Dragonite… and I have to say? The family resemblance drops off heavily in that third stage.

    I feel like I’m looking at a Willy Wonka’s Workplace accident Ala Violet Beauregard, here. Dragonair chewed some tangerine flavored gum, got Wonka’d and after the Oompa Loompas had sung a few verses, decided to live with the results.

    The Pokedex, it should be noted, does not contradict this hypothesis. What it does say is that, despite its bulk, it can circumnavigate the world in 16 hours! Phew! That’s fast! It is known as the sea incarnate and bravest the most violent tempests without hesitation. It sometimes does this to rescue drowning people and Pokemon. Very kind!

    Will it be kind to your enemies in Pokemon GO?

    With a Max CP of 4287, Attack of 263, Defense of 198 and Stamina of 209, Dragonite is a pretty great Pokemon both offensively and defensively. It outshines Salamence in its base form, but just barely. As a Dragon/Flying Type, it’s especially weak to Ice Type Attacks with standard weakness to Rock Type Attacks, Fairy and Dragon. It resists Fighting, Fire, Bug and Water Type Attacks with special resistance to Ground and Grass Type Attacks.

    In terms of Fast Attacks you have Steel Wing as well as Dragon Breath and Dragon Tail, the latter two of which are STAB. in terms of Charged Attacks, you have a lot of options! Hyperbeam, Superpower, Outrage, Dragon Claw and Hurricane – that’s not even counting the Legacy Attack, Dragon Pulse. You also, of course, have Draco Meteor, the Community Day Attack.

    Shiny Dratini goes from Blue Razz to Grape flavor! (It’s regularly blue, but the Shiny is purple.) Dragonite becomes kind of a ‘meh’ green color.

    And that’s all I got for you, Trainers! As always, I wish you the best of luck!!

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