When Niantic announced that the next Pokemon Go Community Day would be July 21 and the featured Pokemon would be Mudkip, folks wondered what the special move would be for trainers who evolved it into a Swampert.
Exclusive moves for Pokemon Go Community Day evolved Pokemon have been a staple in the event.
Hydro Cannon’s Bulbapedia entry states the attack was introduced in Generation III and can only be learned by water starter Pokemon. In the games, the only Pokemon who can learn it are Blastoise, Feraligatr, Swampert, Empoleon, Samurott, Geninja and Primarina.
If Pokemon Sword and Shield follow this trend, it’s likely Sobble’s fully evolved form will be able to learn the move.
Bulbapedia notes that Hydro Cannon inflicts damage but forces the Pokemon to recharge during the next turn, similar to other attacks like Hyper Beam – unless it misses. While Hydro Cannon is mainly for attacks, it can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination. Trainers can earn four extra appeal points if they use Rain Dance, followed by Hydro Cannon.
In Pokemon Go, Hydro Cannon is a charged water attack with 90 power and has a duration of 1.9 seconds. Similar to the core game series, only evolved starter Pokemon – Blastoise, Feraligatr and Swampert – can learn it. The only acceptation is Smeargle, who is a normal type Pokemon and not a starter.
Hydro Cannon will be a good move for a Swampert to learn, and since it is Community Day, trainers could find themselves with a shiny version of the Pokemon who knows the attack. In addition to the Pokemon, trainers can enjoy three times the capture experience for each Pokemon they find, and three hour lure modules.
The July Community Day event will run from 4-7 pm. in local time zones. Niantic noted the later time is an effort to make it a “cooler experience,” for catching Pokemon and hopes it will create a better overall experience for folks. Trainers who don’t like the later time can expect Community Day events to return to their regularly scheduled time of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a few months.