The Pokémon GO referral program is officially here!
If you are interested in introducing Pokémon GO to a friend or family member, now you can do so and receive rewards that will benefit you and the recommended account.
Coaches in Australia have briefly accessed this feature to provide feedback that has helped shape this new addition to the game.
Date and Time
The referral program of Pokémon GO begins to work Tuesday, March 30th to 1:00 pm PT.
From the official announcement:
The Pokémon GO referral program is now active worldwide!
We would like to thank our instructors in Australia for helping us test and refine this feature. Your participation and input have helped us prepare this feature for launch.
Every trip is better with friends. So why not invite some of your friends to join yours?
Whether it’s your friend’s first time playing or he’s coming back after a break, they’ll receive rewards like Pokémon encounters, rare candies, incubators, and more as they hit milestones in their adventure – and so will you! With Season of Legends still ongoing, it’s the perfect time to invite your friends to join your journey.
Niantic here confirms that inactive accounts will also receive these rewards after continuing their Pokémon GO journey. This feature gives Trainers a good opportunity to get encounters with rare Pokémon and valuable items that can benefit all types of players.
From these rewards, we can see that they contain rare Pokémon that can often be difficult to obtain. Arguably 2 of the rarest encounters, Deino and Gible can be captured from the aforementioned account by completing 2 of the respected tasks. We can also see the debut of 2 new stickers with Pidgey and Pikachu.
You will also receive the “Friend Finder” badge for referring an account to the game.
How to refer a friend
1. Go to the Friends screen and touch Invite to get your referral code.
2. Share that code with a friend who is new to Pokémon GO or who hasn’t played in at least 90 days.
3. Once you enter your referral code, either during the registration process or later on the Friends screen, you will both start receiving rewards.
4. As your friend reaches milestones on his journey, both of you will receive more rewards. Make sure to help them along the way!
As we can see, referring a friend is as easy as sending an invite code and then sitting back and relaxing while getting rewarded when the referred account performs a task.
Do you remember what it was like when you started your adventure in Pokémon GO? Were there other Trainers in your life who helped you on your way to becoming the best you can be? We hope the referral program encourages you to reach out and give your friends a helpful hand, too. We are all here to enjoy Pokémon GO together, and this is the perfect opportunity to welcome (or welcome) Trainers to our community. Let’s go on this journey, together!
This feature is a great way to encourage new trainers to give Pokémon GO a shot, ultimately benefiting the game and the community as a whole.
The only real downside to this feature according to the Pokémon GO community is the idea of people using multiple accounts to benefit from rewards that are against ToS.
Another point that coaches have raised is the idea of making rewards exclusive to this role, which can be a laborious task. Fortunately, the current rewards can be obtained in-game from tasks, raids, or encounters.
Will you introduce Pokémon GO to a friend and enjoy the rewards?