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Huge changes made to Pokemon Go amid Coronavirus concerns – More to come?

Published: 13/Mar/2020 11:24 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:15

by Paul Cot


The Coronavirus pandemic has caused schools to shut down and events of all varieties to be canceled across the world. Now, Niantic have announced notable changes to Pokemon Go in the wake of COVID-19.

Video games are one of the only things immune to the Coronavirus. You could even argue they benefit from it whereby more people will be at home and more games will be played.


However, as Pokemon Go is a mobile game that is largely based on walking in the real world and interacting with others, it is in somewhat of a different situation. Niantic have been forced into a corner, making much needed changes to combat the virus.

Abra Community Day Postponed
Pokemon Company
The Abra Community Day has already been postponed…

Changes made to Pokemon Go

Alongside the announcement of the Pokemon Go March Community being postponed, the following changes have been made to the mobile game with immediate effect.

  • 30 Incense can now be purchased for just one PokeCoin – this is a one-time purchase and they will last for one hour
  • 1/2 hatch distance for eggs placed in incubators for the time period
  • Gifts can be obtained from PokeStops more frequently
  • Pokemon “habitats” will increase and more will appear in the wild

As of writing Niantic haven’t announced how long these changes will go on for. We can presume they will be indefinitely though, while COVID-19 is only expected to get worse.

Incense One PokeCoin30 Incense now cost just one PokeCoin!

Other items to follow?

A datamine indicated that others items could follow suit as well. Changes were found in the Pokemon Go code that changed several notable items from ‘found in the Pokemon Go Shop’ to capable of being found in PokeStops and quests.

Incense was one of these, which is now available for essentially nothing. The other items were both types of Incubators, Lucky Eggs, all variations of Lure Modules and Star Pieces.


Like Incense, the expectation was Niantic would make one or many of these items more readily available. This would be in an apparent attempt to encourage players to play from their homes and therefore removing the need to walk around in public.

Only time will tell if Niantic implement any of these changes into the game. With the Coronavirus fallout expected to last several months though, we could see Pokemon Go become an increasingly stay-at-home friendly game.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.