How has the coronavirus changed the way we play Pokemon Go?

Yolanda Curtis
March 31, 2020

But due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most of Pokemon GO players are just staying at home.

The latest in a string of new updates for Pokémon GO will see a hugely significant change to the game's signature Raid Battles, as developer Niantic does its bit to help players stay safe at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The final change will be an adjustment to how the game tracks steps. With that in mind, Niantic wrote on their blog on 30 March 2020, explaining how they will adjust Pokemon Go so the players can fully enjoy it from the comfort of their homes. These were needed for a game like Pokemon GO.


First, developers are improving the Adventure Sync feature to improve its efficiency by counting steps in indoor environments. In case you are unfamiliar with this game lingo, the Adventure Sync feature records your steps even when the app is running in the background or closed, and rewards you accordingly at the end of each week, depending on the level you are at. find your activity.

Explore: we're also looking into how we can help players virtually visit and share memories about their favorite real-world places, until they can once again visit them in person.

Live Events: we're re-imagining what it means to participate in a Niantic live event this summer, and putting our creative energy towards bringing the excitement directly to your home.


Additionally, incense sticks for increasing monster spawns have been discounted by 99 percent and they now last an hour.

"While we've made these updates based on the current global health situation, we also encourage players to make decisions on where to go and what to do that are in the best interest of their health and the health of their communities", Niantic said. The frequency of gifts dropped by the PokeStops has also increased and Incubators for hatching Pokemon eggs have been made more effective. Lastly, Niantic is planning to tweak how in-game events can proceed without asking players to go out.

With no events, a good explanation for this is that some Pokemon are spawning in some areas. The trend is not surprising, because games have seen a massive increase lately due to the entire coronavirus situation as more people turn to gaming as a distraction. That way, people could still hatch eggs or meet walking goals.


Niantic has been doing well with their two games right off the bat since it caters to people who love VR games, most notably Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

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