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Pokémon Go Adjusted in Light of COVID-19 March 13, 2020

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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A health scare has been shutting down major events as of late, and applications that require people to go out and interact with others might not be the best idea to use in these times. Pokémon Go’s developer, Niantic, has made some major announcements in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. All these changes seem to be aimed at the goal of users to be able to play the game alone and at home.

First off, the scheduled Abra Community Day has been cancelled. To encourage players to play from home, a special 30-pack of incense can be purchased off the in-game shop for a single PokéCoin (USD value of a penny). Anyone with some loose coins can purchase the pack exactly once. They have also reduced the amount of distance eggs require to hatch (however you need to have started incubating the egg after this announcement was made). Even if you don’t have incense, Pokémon will also randomly generate in more places. Finally, PokéStops will generate more Gift items, encouraging users to trade items more frequently.

Stay safe, Trainers.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS Tablets and Smartphones.

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