Pokémon GO developer Niantic announced in a blog post today that it would be changing up how players receive the in-game currency, PokéCoins, as a way of making the game more accessible to quarantined players. In many places, people are following social distancing and quarantine measures, so to make the experiences better, the developers are testing out new methods of making money.
Currently, the only ways to get PokéCoins in Pokémon GO are to deposit your Pokémon into gyms and have them defend for a while or to spend real-world money. In the case of the former, players can earn up to 50 PokéCoins every day. This method worked well enough when fans could walk around freely, but right now it’s an impossibility for many trainers, even with the area of effect doubled. Niantic is introducing daily activities that will reward 5 PokéCoins per day and upping the limit from 50 to 55 to accommodate this change. Here’s the list of potential quests:
Make an Excellent Throw
Evolve a Pokémon
Make a Great Throw
Use a Berry to help catch a Pokémon
Take a snapshot of your buddy
Catch a Pokémon
Power up a Pokémon
Make a Nice Throw
Transfer a Pokémon
Win a raid
Most of these are doable at home and not terribly difficult. However, there is a downside. The current rate for defending a gym is 6 PokéCoins per hour. However, after the change, it will be reduced to 2. This means a Pokémon needs to sit in a gym for 25 hours to get the full 50 PokéCoins compared to the previous 8 hours and 20 minutes. For people with many spots nearby this may not be a problem, but for others in less populated areas, it could prove much more difficult to earn their daily coins.
Pokémon GO players in Australia will see these changes first and will have the opportunity to provide feedback to Niantic on whether they make the game more fun. Considering the game has been doing very well financially during the crisis, it’s good to see the developers striving to improve the experience.
Personally, I think Niantic has been hitting it out of the park with its recent tweaks to the game. With discount items, remote raid passes, in-game events, and everything else, I’ve been enjoying the game so much lately. Granted, it helps that a new PokéStop appeared right near my home, but even before that I’ve been (responsibly) playing Pokémon GO daily.
What do you think of these proposed quests? Will you be racking up the PokéCoins while sheltering in place? Let us know!