Incense and Buddy “Stay at Home” Bonuses return until June 2021

From November 19 until at least June 2021, Incense effectiveness will be increased and your Buddy will bring you more Gifts every day

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Trainers, just a quick update on the topic of temporary bonuses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Niantic has announced that they are returning two bonuses until June 2021:

  • Incense effectiveness will be increased, now attracting Pokémon to you more often.
  • Your Buddy Pokémon will now bring you more Gifts each day, up to five gifts at once and up to three times a day.

These bonuses will return to the game beginning Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. PST. These bonuses are temporary, but they will remain in the game at minimum through June 2021. Niantic has pledged to give at least one month’s notice before they change.

Additionally, some of the “Stay at home” bonuses are being converted into regular event bonuses. Look out for the following bonuses to show up during select upcoming events, making sure they have components that can safely be played regardless of your situation:

  • Incubator distance reduction
  • Trade distance increases
  • 1 PokéCoin bundles
  • …and more

We’ve already written at length about how good Stay At Home Bonuses were when they were available in full swing, so seeing a portion of them return makes us happy – despite them returning due to increased COVID-19 spread.

Stay safe and enjoy the new bonuses! We got a nifty guide on Staying safe while playing Pokémon GO during the Pandemic: Winter Edition, so check that out as well.

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