Earlier this year, Niantic began to experiment with Pokémon GO’s premium currency, PokéCoins. Available to purchase with real-world money, PokéCoins could also be earned by defending Gyms. There are limitations with this (maximum of 50 PokéCoins earned per day) and PokéCoins wouldn’t be earned until your Pokémon was knocked out of the Gym.

Hoping to make the premium currency somewhat easier to obtain, but not crashing in-game economy, Niantic started testing out PokéCoin rewarded tasks in Australia. After a month of testing, Niantic made the following changes to this test:

 

  • The maximum number of PokéCoins earned per day will be 50.
  • The number of PokéCoins earned from defending Gyms will be six per hour.
  • The maximum number of PokéCoins earned per day from defending Gyms will be 30.
  • The number of PokéCoins earned per day from completing the featured activities in the Today View will be 20.

 

Now, Niantic is expanding the testing area to three countries and including Team GO Rocket-centric tasks to the pool of PokéCoin tasks. From the Pokémon GO Blog post detailing the revamping of the PokéCoin system:

“In response to positive community feedback and these results, we’re updating the current PokéCoin-rewards test for Trainers in Australia as well as expanding this test to Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan. The update introduces Team GO Rocket–related tasks to the daily activities you can complete to earn PokéCoins.”

Niantic is certainly taking its time making sure that a worldwide implementation will not break the PokéCoin bank and debut with as few hiccups as possible. With Pokémon GO Fest 2020 behind them, the Pokémon GO team can focus more on this and other quality improvements for the gotta catch ‘em all app.

 

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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?)

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