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Niantic Making Changes To Pokemon Go Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game that requires players to get out of their houses


Due to the coronavirus outbreak, a majority of the world’s population is in lockdown or practising social distancing. This makes it a bit hard for Pokemon Go players to play the game. As you must know, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality mobile game that requires players to get out of their houses and be a little more active. However, going out to catch a Pokemon while the world is facing the coronavirus induced lockdown is not a great idea for Pokemon Go players.

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In order to adjust to the changing situation, Niantic has made a number of changes to the game to make it more stay-at-home friendly during the coronavirus lockdown. These changes include:

  • 3× Stardust and XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day
  • The number of Gifts you can open daily will now increase to 30, and the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.
  • Gifts will also contain more Poké Balls.
  • Rotating 1 PokéCoin bundles in the shop. New 1 PokéCoin bundles will be available in the shop each week as one-time purchases.
  • Poke Balls and Incense will be much cheaper
  • Egg incubators will require fewer steps
  • Pokemon Gyms can be accessed from a shorter distance.

Despite the coronavirus lockdown, there has been no slump in the popularity of Pokemon Go. Niantic’s efforts to make the game more local than global has definitely paid off. Gaming in general has seen a massive surge due to the coronavirus lockdown.

We just hope that the changes Niantic is making to the game would be enough to keep people at home. However, a man recently broke the coronavirus curfew in Italy and cited popular mobile game Pokemon Go as the reason for doing so.

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