How fast can I move to hatch an egg in Pokémon Go? How long does it take to hatch a Pokémon egg? Thanks to a bit of statistical analysis, we now know the answer!
Silph Road has done the unimaginable to determine just how fast you can go to hatch an Egg in Pokémon Go by using ... wait for it ... math! It just goes to show you, kids, stay in school. If you are still trying to figure out the best possible way to hatch an Egg (or Eggs) in Pokémon Go, we've got some tips, tricks, and maybe a cheat or two.
How to get an Egg
Eggs drop when you trigger a PokéStop. You can only have nine Eggs at a time. After you pick them up at a PokéStop, You'll find them in your Pokémon section. Tap the Poké Ball at the bottom center of the map screen, then tap Pokémon and swipe to the left to view your Eggs.
How to hatch an Egg
Walking. Lots and lots of walking. When you get an Egg, place it into an incubator. The game will track your movement and hatch the Egg when you've reached the required distance. Your distance walked will periodically update without you needing to close and reopen the screen.
Egg distance ranges are 2 km, 5 km, and 10 km.
How fast can you move to hatch an Egg in Pokémon Go?
Thanks to some great testing by Silph Road, we now know that a speed of 10.5 kilometers per hour, or approximately 6.5 miles per hour will get you the maximum distance logged per minute. You can move slightly faster, but your logged results will be lower. Thanks to some help from Pythagoras, Silph Road determined that Pokémon Go logs your current location, and then a second location one minute later. It uses that information to draw a straight line from point A to point B and calculates the distance.
If you are walking in a small circle, you're not going to log very much distance. But, if you walk straight, you'll get the maximum benefit.
From Silph Road:
Because the game only calculates distance in a straight line, the max speed of 10.5 km/h can and should increase the curvier your route is. So if you stay at exactly 10.5 km/h in a straight line for 4 minutes, you should see a total of .7 added to your egg when the screen updates.
You don't have to walk. You can hop on a bicycle or scooter and keep track of your speed, working hard to stay at or around 10.5 km/h (6.5 mph).
How fast is too fast (When does the driving alert pop up)?
You may have notice with the update to version 1.3 that players must confirm they are not driving a car when they reach a certain speed in Pokémon go. You'll get a pop up message that announces you are "going too fast" and asks you to confirm that you are a passenger.
If you reach 35 km/h or about 22 mph, you'll get the passenger pop up.
How can I use Egg hatching to help me level up?
You will receive experience points for hatching an Egg. The distance you must walk to complete the incubation period is, currently, directly related to how much XP you receive. A 2 km Egg will earn you 200 XP, while a 5 and 10 km Egg will earn 500 and 1,000 XP respectively. You will also earn 500 bonus XP if you hatch a Pokémon that you don't already have in your Pokédex.
If you put in some extra money, about $10, and really planned well for it, you could earn a lot of XP all at once by hatching Eggs while using a Lucky Egg (Lucky Eggs are completely different than Pokémon eggs).
- First step: place any 10 km Eggs into incubators. Keep track of their progress.
- Second step: place any 5 km Eggs into incubators right when the 10 km Eggs are halfway completed. Keep track of their progress.
- Third step: place any 2 km Eggs into incubators when the 10 and 5 km eEggs have reached 2 km remaining. Keep track of their progress
- Fourth step: Set a Lucky Egg when you are within just a few meters of hatching your Eggs and then start walking.
Lucky Eggs double the amount of XP you earn, so hatching nine Pokémon Eggs at once would generate anywhere from 1,800 to 9,000 points (plus, more for new Pokémon bonuses) for your Trainer.
What types of Pokémon hatch from Eggs?
The three levels of Egg directly relate to the type of Pokémon that will hatch. The 2 km Eggs will produce common types, not just Rattata and Pidgey, but also Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and even the starter three: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. The 5 km Eggs produce the biggest variety of Pokémon, ranging from the very common Paras to the rare Mr. Mime. The 10 km Eggs hatch rare to super rare Pokémon like Hitmonchan and Snorlax (although, rumor has it that there is an Eevee in the 10 km mix).
Another benefit of hatching Eggs is that you earn bonus Candies and Stardust, ranging from just a few to a few dozen multipliers, when they hatch, which are very helpful when powering up and evolving your Pokémon.
What about cheats? You said something about cheats!
That's right, I did. One easy way to get the most out of hatching your Pokémon Eggs is to strap on a pair of roller skates or hop on a skate board (or a bike) and keep your movement steady at 10.5 km/h. You won't get as much exercise, but you also won't be too exhausted to celebrate when your 10 km Electabuzz hatches.
You can close and open Pokémon Go over and over again to gain a few meters. When you open the game, your GPS signal updates, which causes your Trainer to walk a few feet every time. I have successfully hatched Pokémon right from my living room that were close to their required distance.
If you're not afraid of destroying your device, you could strap it to your dog when you head to the dog park. Rover can get his exercise, running around with his canine buddies, while you sit on a park bench and play Pokémon Sapphire on your 3DS.
Your hatching tips?
Do you have any tips, tricks, or cheats for hatching Eggs in Pokémon Go? Drop them into the comments and we'll try them out.
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