How to use Pokemon Go referral codes and unlock all rewards
Niantic have introduced a brand new Referral Program to Pokemon Go, and there are a bunch of exciting rewards on offer for those who take part.
Pokemon Go first launched back in 2016, so it’s quite surprising that an official Referral Program has only now launched, five years later. Still, it’s better late than never, and Niantic are offering some decent rewards to encourage trainers to take part.
As part of the program, existing players can refer both new players and returning players – those who haven’t signed into the app for 90 days or more – to unlock a series of referral quests that will earn both players rewards ranging from Mega Energy to Rare Candies.
After being tested in Australia, the Referral Program is now available for Pokemon Go players worldwide. Here’s all the information you need to know including how to access the program and details of all the rewards you and your friends can earn by taking part.
How to find your Pokemon Go referral code
Finding your referral code is pretty easy once you know how to do it. Once you’ve opened the game, click on your trainer’s icon on the bottom left corner, then select the ‘Friends’ page from the top of the screen.
From here, you’ll need to tap the ‘Invite’ option and your referral code will appear, along with some terms and conditions for the program, including details about who is eligible to take part.
There’s also handy ‘Share Referral Code’ button to easily share your code through messaging apps.
How to refer a friend in Pokemon Go
Once you’ve found your referral code, you’ll then need to move onto the next step of the process: Finding a friend to refer. Remember, this only works if they’re a new player or haven’t played in 90 days or more.
Here’s how to refer a friend in Pokemon Go:
- Launch the Pokemon Go app.
- Go to the Friends screen and select ‘Invite’ to get your referral code.
- Share your code with a new player or someone who hasn’t played in over 90 days.
- Wait for them to input your referral code during the signup process or on the Friends screen.
- When your friend completes quests, you’ll both unlock rewards!
Once you’ve referred a friend, there are a number of enticing rewards you can both earn as they progress through the game and complete various quests. You can find details of all of those rewards below.
Pokemon Go referral rewards
There are currently 15 quests as part of the Referral Program, and both the referrer (existing trainer) and referred (new/returning trainer) will get different rewards depending on which quest has been completed.
You must both remain on each other’s Friend List for these rewards to be unlocked. Once quests have been completed, rewards can be collected by visiting the Friend page for that specific trainer.
Here are the current Referral Program rewards in Pokemon Go:
|Referral Quest||New Player Reward||Existing Player Reward|
|Defeat 3 Team Go Rocket Grunts||Charizard Encounter||Charizard Encounter|
|Complete 25 Field Research Tasks||3 Premium Battle Passes||1 Incense|
|Purify 20 Shadow Pokemon||5 Premium Battle Passes||10 Rare Candies|
|Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader||50 Mega Charizard Energy||50 Mega Charizard Energy|
|Reach Great Buddy with a Pokemon||5 Rare Candies||Pokemon Encounter|
|Reach Ultra Buddy with a Pokemon||3 Super Incubators||5 Super Incubators|
|Visit PokeStops 30 Days in a Row||
|Trade Pokemon 5 Times||10 Pidgey Stickers||10 Pidgey Stickers|
|Catch 50 Pokemon||1 Super Incubator||Darumaka Encounter|
|Win 3 Raids||Lapras Encounter||1 Premium Battle Pass|
|Make 2 New Friends||10 Pikachu Stickers||10 Pikachu Stickers|
|Hatch 3 Eggs||1 Rare Candy||Galarian Farfetch’d Encounter|
|Evolve 100 Pokemon||Pokemon Encounter||1 Super Incubator|
|Hatch 20 Eggs||Chansey Encounter||Deino Encounter|
|Win a Raid||1 Premium Battle Pass||Bagon encounter|
As well as these rewards, referred players will also get 100 Pokeballs for starting their journey!
That’s all you need to know about the Pokemon Go Referral Program rewards. We’ll update this page once the unknown encounter rewards are revealed, so check back soon.
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