GO Hub Guide to Hatching

Hatching eggs can be a rewarding aspect of playing Pokémon GO, as it allows you to obtain Pokémon with varying rarities, better IVs, and earn valuable Stardust. In this guide, we will delve into the world of Pokémon eggs, explaining how to obtain and hatch them, the different types of incubators available, and the numerous benefits associated with this feature.

What Are Eggs in Pokémon GO and How to Get Them Egg icon

In Pokémon GO, eggs are items that you can incubate to hatch certain Pokémon. To obtain eggs, you’ll need to visit PokéStops, Gyms, or open Gifts from friends. Eggs come in different varieties, each categorised by distance required to hatch them. The available egg distances are:

  • 2 km Eggs: Typically contain common Pokémon.
  • 5 km Eggs: Contain a mix of common and uncommon Pokémon.
  • 7 km Eggs: Exclusively from opening gifts from friends.
  • 10 km Eggs: Offer the chance to hatch rarer and more powerful Pokémon.
  • 12 km Eggs: From defeating Team GO Rocket Leaders

When you spin a PokéStop or interact with a Gym, you may receive an egg as one of your rewards. Keep in mind that your egg inventory has 9 spaces and 3 bonus slots, so be sure to incubate and hatch them regularly.

2km 5km 7km 10km 12km

Adventure Sync Rewards

Each week, Pokemon GO players get Adventure Sync rewards according to the distance they’ve walked in the last seven days. 5km and 10km eggs can be received as an Adventure Sync reward if a trainer walks more than 25km and 50km in a week respectively. The Pokémon within these eggs changes with each season, but is typically uncommon Pokémon in the 5km of a different limited pool to the normal 5km eggs, and rare Pokémon in the 10km, again, a different pool to the standard 10km eggs.

Adventure Sync eggs share the 3 ‘bonus storage’ slots with 12km eggs. In order to receive an Adventure Sync egg, you’ll need to have one of these slots free.

Types of Incubators Available egg icon

Once you’ve acquired eggs, you’ll need incubators to hatch them. Pokémon GO offers several types of incubators:

  • Infinity Incubator: This special orange incubator has unlimited uses. You can use it to hatch as many eggs as you want without consuming it.
  • Regular Incubator: These can be obtained through levelling up, completing certain research tasks, or purchasing them from the shop. Regular incubators have three uses before they break. They cost 150 Pokécoins in the store.
  • Super Incubator: Super Incubators are more efficient than regular ones. They hatch eggs 1.5 times faster, reducing the required walking distance. They also have three uses before they break. They cost 200 Pokécoins in the store.
Infinity Incubator Regular Incubator Super Incubator

How to Hatch Eggs egg icon

Hatching eggs in Pokémon GO is straightforward:

  1. Acquire Eggs: Collect eggs from PokéStops, Gyms, or Gifts.
  2. Select an Incubator: Open your Egg Inventory from the Pokémon menu and choose an egg to hatch. Place it in an incubator.
  3. Start Walking: Eggs require you to cover a certain distance to hatch. This distance can vary depending on the type of egg: 2 km, 5 km, 7km, 10km or 12 km. Make sure to have the incubator with the egg you want to hatch selected and start walking. The game tracks your movement using GPS. Note that going above a certain speed will not count towards walking distance, so driving around will not help hatch eggs faster.
  4. Hatch Your Egg: Once you’ve walked the required distance, the egg will hatch, and you’ll be greeted by a newly hatched Pokémon. Tap the egg to reveal your newest addition to your collection.
Steps on how to hatch an egg

Benefits of Hatching Pokémon egg icon

Having got this far into this article, you may be thinking that it all sounds good, but why should you be interested in hatching Pokémon? Hatching eggs in Pokémon GO offers several benefits:

  • Improved IVs: Pokémon hatched from eggs have an IV floor of 10/10/10, this gives you a higher likelihood of encountering a hundo than from a ‘Mon in the wild.
  • Encounter Rare Pokémon: Some Pokémon, such as Larvesta and baby Pokémon, are exclusive to eggs, making hatching the only way to obtain them. This adds an exciting element of rarity to the game.
  • Rewards: Each hatch will give you valuable XP, Stardust and Candies as a reward.
Egg Distance XP Reward Stardust Reward Candy Reward
2 km 500 400-800 5-15
5 km 1000 600-1600 10-21
7 km 1500 800-1600 10-21
10 km 2000 1600-3200 16-32
12 km 4000 3200-6400 16-32

Rarity in Egg Pools egg icon

The Pokémon you can hatch from eggs change periodically, often coinciding with special events or new seasons. The likelihood of hatching each of the available Pokémon is ranked in rarity tiers from 1 to 5, where 1 has the most common species and 5 has the rarest ones. This can be seen by scrolling down when you click on a specific egg in storage.

Check out our up-to-date Egg Chart for this season’s egg pools!

Screenshots showing egg pools (Sept. 2023)

Hatching Shinies and Hatch Days egg icon

Shiny Pokémon can be hatched from eggs, but the chances are quite rare. Special “Hatch Days” are hosted occasionally where specific Pokémon are more likely to hatch from 2km eggs, shiny odds are increased and the hatch distance is greatly reduced. These events offer an excellent opportunity to target specific Pokémon or shiny variants.

To prepare for a Hatch Day, it’s a good idea to try to keep your egg storage as empty as possible. Avoid spinning stops and opening gifts on the run-up to one of these events, to maximise your Hatch Day potential.

In conclusion, hatching eggs in Pokémon GO is a rewarding aspect of the game. It offers a chance to encounter rare Pokémon, improve your collection with high-IVs, and earn valuable resources like Stardust. By understanding the types of eggs, incubators, and the process of hatching, you can make the most of this feature and enhance your Pokémon GO experience. Keep exploring, keep hatching, and become the ultimate Pokémon Trainer!

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Hey! I'm phrixu, a Pokémon GO player from the UK. I am dedicated to making Pokémon GO as accessible as possible, to the whole community!

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