The pandemic really hit all of us harder than we expected. Things are still rough in some countries while the situation continues to improve in others. It is imperative that all of us take the vaccine and ensure the safety of our friends, family, and ourselves.
Talking about the pandemic becomes really important when you talk about Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is a game that is entirely based on exploration of the real world and it makes you go out and find Pokémon, visit PokéStops, take over Gyms and so much more. All of this had to be discontinued because of the pandemic. The entire core of Pokémon Go was shaken.
This put Niantic in a tough position as they had to change the entire model of the game. Let’s look at the brighter side. Covid cases have dropped in some countries and vaccinations are booming. Things are beginning to open up and as a result, Niantic is also offering some exploration bonuses in places that are recovering from the destruction of the pandemic.
New Exploration Bonuses in Pokémon Go
As things start to get better, so will the rewards. Niantic has stated that over the next several months, playing outside will be more rewarding and you will receive more rewards for spinning stops, playing at in-person raids, and walking.
Pre-existing Bonuses in Pokémon Go
These include bonuses that were tested on a trial basis in the U.S and New Zealand and other bonuses like First catch of the day, GO Battle League and Trainer Battle requirements will start rolling out based on local conditions.
Bonuses for Playing Together in Pokémon Go
These will out be in July and will be tried first in the U.S. and New Zealand. You will receive two free raid passes per day from spinning photo disks at Gyms. While moving, incense effectiveness will increase. Pokémon Go will guarantee you gifts at PokéStops so as long their maximum gift inventory has not been reached. Spinning PokéStops for the first time will grant you 10X XP.
Please note that these bonuses will last as long as the current season, The Season of Discovery persists however other rewards will continue to be rolled out. In case the rewards are not available in your country, please be patient as the features will be out only when it is safe to do so. You can check out what is available for you here.
Refrain from going out and playing Pokémon Go if the situation in your area is not safe. You will get a chance to receive all these new rewards. All in good time. Till then stay safe and enjoy gaming from home!