Earlier this morning over on the official Pokemon GO Facebook page, Niantic announced that they were in the process of implementing a brand new feature to Pokemon GO; a daily bonus obtained by catching Pokemon and spinning Poke Stops.
This is a feature that players have been begging for ever since the game came out, and it’s a feature that you’ll find in all well-designed mobile games. It keeps loyal players loyal, it brings back players who are on the verge of quitting (or who have already quit playing), and best of all, it gives us free stuff.
The daily bonus that we’ll be getting in Pokemon GO is quite good, too. First of all, you will gain a bonus 500 EXP and 600 Stardust for catching a single Pokemon every day, and, if you keep it up for a full week, you’ll get an additional 2,000 EXP and 2,400 Stardust. If you do the math, that’s a bonus of 5,500 EXP and 6,600 Stardust every week just for catching a single Pokemon a day.
As well as the daily bonus for catching Pokemon, there’s also a daily bonus for spinning Poke Stops. Spin one Poke Stop every day, and you’ll receive a bonus 500 EXP and “a number of additional items”. Keep it going for a full week, and you’ll get an extra 2,000 EXP and “a greater number of additional items”. Again, if you do the math and perform this task every day for a full week, that’s a bonus of 5,500 EXP and heaps of extra items per week.
If you add the rewards from the two daily bonuses, you end up with 11,000 EXP, 6,600 Stardust, and a whole bunch of free items (we’re assuming it’ll just be extra Poke Balls, Eggs, Potions, Revives, etc), which is pretty good considering it’s all free, and the only thing you need to do is play the game the way you’re probably already playing it now.
The only downside I can think of to this system is that the 11,000 EXP per week may prove to be meaningless for higher level players. After all, what’s 11,000 EXP to a player who needs 1,000,000 EXP to get a single level up? Personally, I think the amount of EXP gained through the daily bonus should scale with the players’ level, while the Stardust and additional items should be the same for all.
Other than that very minor complaint, the Pokemon GO daily bonus feature is looking to be a lot of fun that will (hopefully) get more people back into the game. As of right now, there is no official word on when the update will drop, but we’re estimating 1-2 weeks because we’re eternal optimists.
You can read the full announcement on the official Pokemon GO Facebook page (linked at the top of this article), or on the official Pokemon GO Updates website.