Pokémon Go Bellsprout Community Day guide

Pokémon Go Bellsprout Community Day guide

Pokémon Go is having a Bellsprout Community Day event on April 20 from 2-5 p.m. in your local time.

As expected with a Community Day event, Bellsprout will spawn in huge numbers in Pokémon Go with a high chance for it to appear shiny. There are also several other bonuses and perks, which we’ve listed out below.

How do I catch a shiny Bellsprout in Pokémon Go?

As per old research by the now-defunct website The Silph Road (via Wayback Machine), Shiny rates on Community Days are about 1 in 24, which means that if you keep playing throughout the three-hour window, you should find quite a few shiny Pokémon.

Shiny Bellsprout, Weepinbell, and Victreebel with their regular forms. Shiny Bellsprout gets yellow leaves, Weepinbell gets a green tint, and Victreebel gets a green and brown makeover with blue lips. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

If you’re short on time or Poké Balls, you can pop an Incense, then quickly tap each Bellsprout to check for shiny ones, running from any that aren’t shiny. Notably, any Bellsprout you’ve already tapped will face where your player is standing, so that should help identify which ones you may have already checked.

What Community Day move does Bellsprout’s evolution learn?

If you evolve Weepinbell into Victreebel from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. in your local time, it will learn the fast move Magical Leaf.

If you miss out on evolving it during this period, you will likely be able to evolve it during a Community Day weekend event in December to get Magical Leaf. If you don’t want to wait, you can use an Elite TM to get the move.

How does Victreebel do in the Pokémon Go meta?

You can use Victreebel in raids and gyms with Magical Leaf and Leaf Blade, but know that it is at the bottom rung when it comes to grass-type attackers. It’s usable and fine, but it gets outclassed by many things, like Kartana and every grass-type starter Pokémon. Victreebel may be better as a poison-type attacker, even more so when it’s a Shadow Victreebel, but it still falls behind popular picks like Roserade or Mega Beedrill.

PvP expert JRE47 says that Magical Leaf is an improvement for Victreebel in PvP, giving it an edge against common opponents, especially if it’s a Shadow Victreebel.

How do I make the most of Bellsprout Community Day?

The following bonuses will be active during Bellsprout Community Day:

  • Tripled Stardust for catching Pokémon
  • Doubled candy for catching Pokémon
  • Doubled chance for level 31+ trainers to get XL candy from catching Pokémon
  • Incense lasts three hours
  • Lure Modules lasts three hours
  • Bellsprout special photobombs when taking snapshots
  • One additional special trade
  • Stardust cost halved for trading

That said, you should definitely pop a Star Piece and an Incense and try to nab some powerful Bellsprout.

If you can Mega Evolve Venusaur, Beedrill, Gengar, Sceptile, Groudon, or Abomasnow, you’ll score additional Bellsprout Candy per catch.

In addition to all this, Niantic is still running special four-star raids from 5-10 p.m., where if you clear the Weepinbell raid, Bellsprout will spawn in a 300-meter radius around the gym for 30 minutes. These raids cannot be done remotely. If the usual 2-5 p.m. spawn increase doesn’t get you the Bellsprout you wanted, you can try raiding for another chance.