As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worsens, people are being told to self-isolate if they have any symptoms, including a cough or fever. This would normally mean that progress in games like Pokémon GO would take a huge hit. Pokémon GO players need to physically visit locations outside of their home and generally meet up with other trainers for raids or battles. However, developer Niantic has created a temporary solution to help those who need to stay at home… stay at home.
Pokémon GO, minus the go thanks to coronavirus
Right now it’s possible to purchase Incense in Pokémon GO at a 99 percent discount. That drops the item’s cost to just 1 PokéCoin. Incense is a consumable that attracts Pokémon to the player for a certain period of time. It’s incredibly powerful and can help players complete challenges and catch Pokémon without leaving the house. The item has even been boosted to function for an hour per use, meaning that a full day of playing Pokémon GO really is possible right now from the comfort of your own home.
This isn’t the only help Niantic is offering to players though. Incubators, which require you to accrue a certain number of steps to hatch an egg, are now twice as effective. Additionally, Pokémon GO players will find the wait time between Gift drops at PokéStop visits has been decreased, meaning that players can claim more Gifts without needing to wait around too long. This should help them avoid congregating in large crowds and maintain their self-isolation.
Niantic has also confirmed that the upcoming Abra Community Day Event has been postponed, as well as a number of other events that would have caused a surge in player activity. These delays may be small in the grand scheme of things, but they’re helpful to those whose main game is Pokémon GO and would miss out otherwise. They will also ensure that as many players as possible can take part in the events when the situation is less serious.