Updated Temporary Features and Bonuses



From Pokémon GO Live:

Over the past few months, we’ve been making temporary changes to Pokémon GO to adapt to the changing global environment. Some of these changes will remain implemented for the foreseeable future, such as the ability to raid remotely, changes to the GO Battle League, and the increased distance at which you can spin Photo Discs at Gyms and PokéStops. We thank you for all your feedback.

The following temporary bonuses will remain to improve Pokémon GO’s overall gameplay experience.

  • The maximum number of Gifts you can carry in your Item Bag at a time will remain at 20.
  • You will continue to receive three times the Stardust and XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day.
  • Incense duration will remain at 60 minutes.

When possible, people are generally encouraged to spend time outside, go on walks, and exercise for their mental and physical health—all while social distancing and abiding by other health and safety recommendations. Starting Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), the following temporary bonuses will be modified.

  • Hatch Distance will return to normal for Eggs.
  • The increased effectiveness of Incense will now apply only while walking.
  • Your Buddy Pokémon will now bring you Gifts only when you have nearly run out. This will happen only once per day.
  • You will still have a higher chance of getting a Gift when you spin a PokéStop. However, you won’t be guaranteed to get a Gift.

Incubators will be included in more boxes in the in-game shop.

You can also refer to this Niantic Helpshift Article regarding the status of upcoming events and in-game bonuses.


Not all of these are confirmed for October 1st just yet

Incense will last 1 hour and spawn Pokémon more frequently while walking
Mystery Box will last 1 hour
3× Stardust for your first Pokémon catch of the day
3x XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day
Open up to 30 Gifts a day
Carry up to 20 Gifts
Gifts will contain more Poké Balls
Buddy will bring Gifts if you have nearly run out
Boosted damage for Trainers battling remotely in raids*

* This is just the normal amount of damage as if you were doing the raid in person.


The following changes have been made for GO Battle League and Trainer Battle with friends:

  • GO Battle League: The walking requirement for GO Battle League has been removed globally to make it possible for Trainers everywhere to participate. (Until Further Notice)

  • Trainer Battles with Friends: The requirement to battle with friends remotely has been lowered to Good Friends. (Permanent Feature. You can challenge any Trainer Remotely with a QR Code.)

Invitations for EX Raids have temporarily been halted. Those who currently have invites will be able to complete their EX Raids, but for the time being, new invites will not be issued.

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