Pokémon GO Is Letting Your Squirtle Squad Dreams Come True This Sunday

With Pokémon Let’s GO being announced just a few months ago, and including optional Pokémon GO integration, a lot of players are returning to that beloved app. Those of you who have fallen off the app and have just returned will find a lot of new updates, including a monthly Community Day:

For just a few hours each month, you can encounter a special Pokémon in the wild. During these hours, there’s a chance to learn a previously unavailable move for that Pokémon or its evolution, as well as earn some Community Day bonuses. Celebrate what it means to be a part of the Pokémon GO community and make new friends along the way!

Last month, it was announced that July’s Community Day would focus on Squirtle: everyone (who is on the right side of history)’s favorite gen one starter. This obviously means a high probability of Shiny Squirtles but Niantic just announced something extra to the mix. Players will have a chance to encounter Squirtle sporting sunglasses just like the Squirtle Squad from the anime.

In addition to being an adorable, practical Pokémon: Squirtle is known for those iconic shades paired with some swagger. So I love the fact that this Pokémon can join my roster. One of Pokémon’s greatest strengths as a franchise is the way it seeps into everything: consoles, phones, merch, cards, television, movies, everything. When Pokémon fever initially broke out in the 90s people thought it’d be just a fad. But today we are all just as hyped to catch em’ all and, more importantly, to do so with others.

The Squirtle Community Day happens this Sunday, July 8. To find the three-hour window the event is happening in your local area, click here.