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Pokémon Go announces more changes to support social distancing

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Pokemon Go Pokeballs (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Niantic is adding a number of bonuses to Pokémon Go.
  • Daily bonuses and gift caps are being increased.
  • Another one Poké Coin bundle is in the shops with a new one promised each week.

Today, March 23, 2020, Niantic announced more changes coming to Pokémon Go to support social distancing efforts in the wake of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. After the success of last week's changes, including the one Poké Coin incense bundle, Pokémon Go players can enjoy the following bonuses:

  • 3x Stardust for the first catch of the day
  • 3x XP for the first catch of the day
  • Opened Gift cap raised to 30
  • Held Gift cap raised to 20
  • More Poké Balls in Gifts
  • One Poké Coin bundles rotating weekly

Niantic also promised to prioritize updates to gameplay that will make the game more accessible for the many players finding themselves unable to leave their homes nearly as often, or at all. This week's one Poké Coin bundle will be available until Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1 PM PST and contains 100 Poké Balls. Each week, this bundle will be refreshed with more items to help enhance solo gameplay and gameplay from home. For players who have not yet purchased last weeks one Poké Coin bundle of 30 Incense, that bundle is still available but will also be removed from the Poké Shop on March 30. Players are also encouraged to turn on push notifications in the Pokémon Go app settings and to follow Niantic's Help Article for the latest events and updates as Niantic continues to adjust the game to support play during this global health crisis.

Are you still managing to play Pokémon Go while practicing safe social distancing? Have any tips for your fellow Trainers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.