New Exploration bonuses and changes to Stay-at-home bonuses

Soon, Pokémon GO players will be able to benefit from new exploration bonuses, but some of the previously announced play at home bonuses don’t stay. Niantic has shared three strategies to address how current and new bonuses will be handled in the coming summer months.

Before we dive into the changes, please note that all of these changes will be introduced in a staggered fashion, where it makes sense for each place in the world, to help people play safely. Without further ado, let’s dive into what’s changing.


Bonus Changes Summary

When and where:

  • All changes are based on region / country and start in the US and New Zealand at the end of July.
  • None of the changes will take effect until GO Fest 2021 ends in July

🌟 New exploration bonuses:

  • Receive up to two free raid passes per day with Gym Photo Turntables.
  • Benefit from greater effectiveness of incense while moving.
  • Get guaranteed gifts when spinning PokéStops as long as they have not reached their maximum gift inventory.
  • Receive 10 times more bonus XP when you spin a PokéStop for the first time.

☘ Bonuses that remain the same:

  • The duration of the incense will be kept at 60 minutes.
  • No walking is required for GO Battle League.
  • You can challenge any trainer remotely with a QR code, and the requirement to fight friends remotely has been reduced to good friends.
  • The maximum number of gifts you can carry in your item bag at one time will remain 20.
  • Trainers will be able to open up to 30 gifts per day, compared to 20 above.
  • You will continue to receive three times more Stardust and XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day.

🛑 Bonuses being removed / nerfed:

  • The effectiveness of the incense will not increase while you are standing.
  • The frequency of Buddy Pokémon giveaways will be reduced to normal.
  • The distance interaction between PokéStop and Gym is being reduced back to standard

New exploration bonuses for playing together in the real world

Outside of Pokémon GO Walking nature

With parts of the world moving toward recovering from COVID, Niantic has announced a series of changes to Pokémon GO game bonuses, with the goal of promoting outdoor play and reconnecting with Trainers in person.

Starting in late July, the following exploration bonuses will be issued to instructors to test first in the US and New Zealand. The instructors:

  • Receive up to two free raid passes per day with Gym Photo Turntables.
  • Benefit from greater effectiveness of incense while moving.
  • Get guaranteed gifts when spinning PokéStops as long as they have not reached their maximum gift inventory.
  • Receive 10 times more bonus XP when you spin a PokéStop for the first time.

These bonuses will end when the Discovery Season ends on September 1, 2021. Some of these bonuses may carry over into the following season, and new bonuses will also be available.

These bonuses will be available in other countries and regions, as it is safe to do so. Niantic has assured the press that they plan to activate the appropriate bonuses when and where they are available, as soon as possible.

Because of this, Trainers can experience different bonuses at different times. To see what exploration bonuses are available to you, check your Today’s view.


Stay-at-home bonuses to be removed or changed

All of these changes won’t be made until after Pokémon GO Fest in July, and Niantic has committed to removing them first as a test in the US and New Zealand starting in late July:

We will continually remove or change them in other countries and regions over time while introducing new exploration bonuses.

Nerf incense

Over the past year, incense has increased its effectiveness in attracting Pokémon to you more often, even if you couldn’t leave the house. After the change, this effectiveness will be set to the standard level when stationary and higher effectiveness will be activated when moving.

Nerf friends gifts

Previously, your Buddy Pokémon brought you more gifts each day, up to five gifts at a time and up to three times a day. This was because we knew Trainers were running out of supplies like Poké Balls and berries to help them catch Pokémon.

As we move forward to encourage Trainers to play more outside, they can continue to get supplies from Spinning PokéStops. After the change, the frequency of these Buddy Pokémon giveaways will be reduced.

PokéStop nerf distance

Previously, the interaction distances for PokéStop and Gym were increased, to allow people to interact from further away. After this change, the distance will revert to the standard distance, when it makes sense in different places, although it may increase during future events and as part of certain characteristics.

Remote raids

Interestingly, the Remote Raids changes have not been detailed in this announcement:

Remote Raids have become an important part of the game in the past year and we will continue to evolve them. Our intention is to find the right balance between remote play and in-person play, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months. Many of these in-person raid changes will be to prepare for the eventual return of EX Raids.


Stay-at-home bonuses that stay

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These changes will remain standard parts of the game for the foreseeable future, some of which were previously announced:

  • The duration of the incense will be kept at 60 minutes.
  • No walking is required for GO Battle League.
  • You can challenge any trainer remotely with a QR code, and the requirement to fight friends remotely has been reduced to good friends.
  • The maximum number of gifts you can carry in your item bag at one time will remain 20.
  • Trainers will be able to open up to 30 gifts per day, compared to 20 above.
  • You will continue to receive three times more Stardust and XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day.

Pokémon GO Live events coming up or being planned

Pokémon GO Live Events

Niantic recently shared a tentative list of upcoming Pokémon GO live events taking place this summer. The list is nothing to scoff at, especially in the days after COVID.

Community days

Featured Pokémon continue this summer with new Community Days, including:

  • Saturday july 3 – Tepig Community Day (July 2021)
  • Sunday August 15 (all details to be announced in July)

Pokémon GO Fest

The Pokémon GO Fest takes place on July 17 and 18 and will once again be a global event. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pokémon GO this year, ticket prices are reduced from $ 14.99 to $ 5.00.

Meloetta has been announced as GO Fest 2021 with Mythical and there are a metric ton of bonuses for players around the world.

Safari Zone

Niantic has shared that the rescheduling of the Pokémon GO Safari Zones that were postponed last year is being planned. More details on these events will be shared as plans are confirmed, but here are the 3 cities you can anticipate as you see the return of Safari Zones:

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