Machop Confirmed to be the Community Day Pokemon for January 2021

Article by Brian Tein

2020 is coming to a close, and 2021 is right around the corner. Niantic has given us the information on our first Community Day, and it's a big one!

Machop Community Day: January 16, 2021
Community Day Start Community Day End Featured Move
11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Payback

This marks the first time that a Community Day Poll loser has been given a chance at the lime-light, and it's definitely a big deal! We've had a number of great options that failed to get their days, so 2021 could very well be exciting!


Payback is stated to be a Dark Type charged move, though we do not yet have the stats for the move. While it's exceptionally likely that it will be useless in PvE, it could have huge implications for PvP. Machamp's sheer power and moveset have always given it a PvP niche, but it's historically had severe issues with Psychic and Ghost Types. If the power and energy cost are reasonable, this could breathe new life into everyone's favorite Four-armed Fighting Type Pokemon.

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When you get knocked down, you just have to get back up. Despite losing out on the chance to be featured in last February’s Community Day, Machop, the Superpower Pokémon, never gave up. That resilience has paid off, because Machop will star in the upcoming January Community Day—and you can be sure it’ll make the most of it!

Date + Time

Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time


  • Machop will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!
  • Evolve Machoke during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Machamp that knows Payback.
  • Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!
  • There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Machop Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Charged TM, four Incense, four Star Pieces, and 30 Ultra Balls.
  • For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Machop Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Straight to the Top, Machop! Remember, Trainers—if you purchase a ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll get this Special Research story for free!

Stay tuned for when tickets for the Straight to the Top, Machop! Special Research story go live! Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.


  • 3× Catch Stardust
  • Incense activated during the event will last for three hours

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