Anyone else still playing Pokémon Go? Admittedly, we’re a dying breed. It seems like most players have dropped off, either because they got tired of catching Rattatas, or because playing Pokémon Go in the middle of winter is misery defined.
To the credit of Niantic, they know how to look after the few that remain. In recent months, they’ve introduced promotions around major holidays and events, which have had the effect of adding a bit of variety to a game that gets a bit mundane.
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Over Halloween, Pokémon Go was flooded with ghost-type Pokémon, like Haunter and Gastly. Then when Christmas arrived, it made it vastly easier to catch the hard-to-find Pikachu. This was followed by a new year event that increased the spawn rate of starter Pokémon.
For Valentine’s Day, Niantic is doing first things. Firstly, it’s increasingly the spawn rate of pink (specifically pink) Pokémon, like Chansey, Clefable, and the ultra-rare Porygon. Moreover, you’re also given a decent shot at hatching a second-generation pink pokémon from an egg, like Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum.
But perhaps most excitingly, the amount of candy you’ll get from catching Pokémon in the wild is set to double, albeit briefly. This makes Pokémon like Dragonite, which requires 100 candy, and Gyarados, which requires an insane 400 candies, much more attainable.
It also doubles the candy you get from transferring Pokémon to the professor, and from hatching eggs.
The Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day promotion starts today, and will end next Wednesday. Take advantage of it while you can!