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In Pokémon GO, PokéCoins are the game’s premium currency. Bought with actual money in various bundles, there’s a way to earn the coins from in-game participation. This has been limited to Pokémon defending Gyms and Trainers can only obtain a max of 50 PokéCoins per day. Of course, with quarantine orders in effect due to COVID-19, this has made earning coins in-game even trickier. 

Niantic is changing this soon, adjusting for the current “play at home” model that has been embraced this year. Instead of a worldwide rollout, Niantic will test this new PokéCoin earning system in Australia. As for what we can expect to see, the following was shared on the official Pokémon GO Blog:

In order to balance this new method of earning PokéCoins, the number of PokéCoins earned from defending Gyms will be reduced from six per hour to two. The maximum number of PokéCoins you can earn in a day will be increased to 55.

Here are some of the daily activities you might see. Complete the featured activities each day to receive five PokéCoins!

  • Make an Excellent Throw
  • Evolve a Pokémon
  • Make a Great Throw
  • Use a Berry to help catch a Pokémon
  • Take a snapshot of your buddy
  • Catch a Pokémon
  • Power up a Pokémon
  • Make a Nice Throw
  • Transfer a Pokémon
  • Win a raid

During the initial rollout in Australia, we will collect feedback and perform additional testing based on the results. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to providing this update to all Trainers once testing is complete. 

We’ll continue to follow future updates and post when the new and improved PokéCoin distribution will be available for all Trainers around the world!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)