If Pokémon GO is not enough to get you off of the couch, then probably nothing will. The hit game that began controlling our lives hit the US marketplace in the very beginning of July, and has had us all running around and pointing our phones in random directions at work and at home ever since.
The game itself is free of charge to download and begin playing, with plenty to do for players who know what Pokémon are or not to be able to easily pick up and play. For more serious Pokémon GO trainers, one can visit the in-game store to procure tools and powerups and more gear to be more efficient in their quest to catch em all –for a fee. Here is a guide to help you in your quest to buy ‘em all using the in-game currency.
The game boasts in-app purchases by converting real US currency into “PokéCoins”, the only accepted money for Pokémon GO. Using PokéCoins, players may purchase more PokéBalls with which to capture more Pokémon, eggs that can later hatch into random Pokémon, and items such as “Incense” and “Lures” that will help attract wild Pokémon to you as you patrol the halls or streets or whatever stomping ground you wander.
The coins are exclusive to the game and cannot be used or transferred anywhere else, and likewise are nonrefundable once converted. These digital little coins are gold and proudly display everyone’s favorite companion, Pikachu. You can buy and convert real world money into PokéCoins by making in-game purchases on one of the six conversion options they offer through the in-game store (from the roaming game screen, tap the Pokéball at the bottom of the screen and then select “Shop”). The available conversions in the store are as follows:
- 100 PokéCoins = $0.99
- 550 PokéCoins = $4.99
- 1200 PokéCoins = $9.99
- 2500 PokéCoins = $19.99
- 5200 PokéCoins = $39.99
- 14,500 PokéCoins = $99.99
Yikes. Although it is always easiest to buy your way through your problems, you can always earn them the natural way by playing the game the way it was meant to be played. By following the parameters of the game and naturally catching and fighting your way around the map, you can save a few hundred bucks and earn your PokéCoins fair and square.
Gyms are a PokéCoin Goldmine
Although it looks daunting, taking over a Gym is a great way to earn not only experience and bragging rights, but a pretty good haul of PokéCoins. Gyms work in two ways, but ultimately in one way: if your Pokémon can remain in the lineup of the winning and Gym owning team, then you are on PokéCoin payroll.
There are two kinds of gyms: friendly and unfriendly (a third gym type you may encounter is neutral, but good luck finding a gym that still hasn’t been tapped by another player).
Earn by Defending Gyms
If the gym you encounter is friendly, then it is owned by your own team (Mystic, Valor, and Instinct) and you fighting it can only help you and your team. When you fight against your friendly team owned gym, you are simply sparring with the Pokémon already stationed there, thereby practicing and honing their skills as well as theirs.
When you spar with them and win, your Pokémon will enter the lineup of defending champions. When you get your Pokémon in this position in the gym, you earn a small stipend of PokéCoins everyday as a reward. You can collect these coins at the PokéStore only ever so often (the current cycle is every 21 hours).
Earn by Conquering Gyms
When fighting against an unfriendly gym, things area a little different. An unfriendly gym means that the gym you are trying to fight your way into is being owned by a different team than yours. To get your way through and plant your teams flag at the top, you will need to battle your way through all of the Pokémon that are based there (there are usually no more than 6). If you are successful and can plant your own Pokémon within the gym, then you will begin to earn coins as a reward, and you can collect them according to the same 21 hour cycle.
If you are unsuccessful in taking control of a gym, do not be discouraged. You can continue swapping through Pokémon as you keep trying to fight your way to the top until you run out of fighting monsters with no cap on how many attempts you can make.
Also, the best way to earn coins through gyms? Get on payroll at multiple gyms. As if you were trying to make real world money, diversifying your assets is the way to go. A little PokéCoin income here and a little PokéCoin income there eventually will lead to a ginormous pile of PokéCoins, all of which will belong to you.
Gyms are no joke though. For a reward of about 10 PokéCoins per gym that you take control of, you will have to make sure that you are on the controlling gyms team, or taking over and conquering other gyms, both of which are not easy feats. If given the choice between two gyms, choosing the friendly gym will be easiest, but not all available gyms within walking distance of wherever you play will be friendly.
To beat other team controlled and unfriendly gyms, you need to be aware that according to the level of prestige the gym has accumulated, the difficulty level and number of players you will need to fight through will be. The higher the level of the gym, the more Pokémon you must defeat. As we said earlier, failure is nothing to be ashamed of, as you can just heal your Pokémon or try another one in its place and make another attempt at taking the gym over. Keep pushing, and you’ll get there.
How many gyms can I conquer and defend?
Players can take over and defend friendly and unfriendly gyms 10 at a time. This may sound like a cap that hurts and gets in the way of players, but for the Pokémon trainers that are actually out there and trying to make even 5 gyms get taken over, the number 10 is more than enough.
For those players who are able to fight and spar their way to the top of 10 different gyms, either as conquerors or defenders, they are on Poke payroll to receive 10 PokéCoins a day. For those doing the math at home, that is a Poke paycheck of 100 PokéCoins a day. Definitely worth the investment of time put into the walk over to the nearest gym, wouldn’t you say?