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Pokémon Go makes more changes to help players stuck at home

Niantic offering cheap Poké Balls and a boost in gifts

Artwork of three Poké Balls from Pokémon Go Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Pokémon Go players are stuck inside while (we hope) practicing good social distancing and self-isolation habits, and that’s making it difficult to play the social mobile game. Niantic is quickly adapting, however, and offering relief for Pokémon Go fans who suddenly find themselves with a dearth of Poké Balls.

Similar to the cheap Incense offering that rolled out in Pokémon Go earlier this month, Niantic is now selling a 100-pack of Poké Balls through the in-game store for just one PokéCoin. Niantic says it plans to offer weekly bundles so players can stock up on items. The super cheap Incense and Poké Ball bundles will be available until Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m. PDT.

Players who can make it to nearby to PokéStops should do so, because Niantic has increased the number of gifts players can hold to 20, and increased the number of gifts players can open per day to 30. (The developer previously increased the frequency of gifts at Pokéstops.) So send gifts to your Poké Ball-starved friends right now if you can.

Finally, Pokémon Go is also offering 3x Stardust and 3x XP for players’ first catch of the day.

Niantic says these changes will be available in Pokémon Go “until further notice.”