Pokémon GO announces plans for daily encounters, free item boxes

In a continued bid to make Pokémon GO easier to play from home, Niantic has revealed new steps they’re taking to improve the game. The official details were posted on the game’s blog:

In our continued efforts to adapt Pokémon GO’s gameplay to individual settings, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be testing two features: daily guaranteed Pokémon encounters and Daily Free Boxes.

Daily guaranteed Pokémon encounters

A limited group of Trainers will soon get a special visit from Professor Willow! If you’re part of this test, he’ll tell you that he’s been working on a special kind of Incense. This Incense won’t appear in your Item Bag, but it’ll be active after Professor Willow gives it to you, attracting a Pokémon once a day that’ll appear only for you. Be sure to check the game every day to see what Pokémon will appear!

Daily Free Boxes in the shop

Soon, a small number of Trainers will be able to receive a free box of items daily in the shop! If you’re part of this test, the Shop button will display a notification when a Daily Free Box is available. To get your Daily Free Box, simply go to the shop and claim the box in the Free section. The box will contain different items each time, so be sure to claim your Daily Free Box every day to see what items you get!

We will be rolling these features out over the coming months to more Trainers, so keep an eye out for updates.

We recommend logging in soon to see if you get into the initial rollout of either feature!

In addition, to celebrate the launch of Pokémon Sword & Shield’s first Expansion Pass release, The Isle of Armor, Galarian Farfetch’d have now spawned across the world! There are also special clothing items for your avatar as well.

In celebration of the release of The Isle of Armor (part one of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass for Nintendo Switch), Galarian Farfetch’d is making its debut! Plus, you can pick up avatar items themed around Galarian Farfetch’d and the Isle of Armor.

Galarian Farfetch’d arrives in Pokémon GO Galarian Farfetch’d is appearing in the wild! This is your chance to catch this Wild Duck Pokémon, which fights bravely using its thick, tough leek!

Date + Time Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 6:00 a.m. to Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 6:00 a.m. PDT (GMT −7)

In addition, avatar items inspired by Galarian Farfetch’d are available in the Style Shop, so you can match Galarian Farfetch’d on your adventures!

Isle of Armor–themed avatar items available! To honor the Isle of Armor, avatar items themed after the training clothing you can wear on the Isle of Armor are now available! You can get them at no cost, so check out the Style Shop!

Make sure to grab them while you can! Let us know what you think about the GO news in the comments below.