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Pokémon Go is testing free, daily goodies for all players who log in

Here’s how to find out if you’ve been invited

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A present in Pokemon Go. Image: Niantic
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Niantic is testing free, guaranteed daily content for players in Pokémon Go. The announcement of the new systems, which are currently in testing, was made Thursday on Twitter. The updates include user-specific encounters and a free box of gifts.

“In our continued efforts to adapt Pokémon Go gameplay to individual settings,” Niantic said in the Tweet, “we’re excited to announce that we’ll be testing two features; daily guaranteed Pokémon encounters and Daily Free Boxes.”

Users will know they are involved in testing the new features if they get a visit in-game from Professor Willow to discuss a special kind of incense — an attractant usually earned by visiting Pokéstops or purchased from the in-game store.

“This incense won’t appear in your Item Bag,” Niantic says, “but it’ll be active after Professor Willow gives it to you, attracting a Pokémon once a day that’ll appear only for you.”

Another test will offer a different group of players a free box of items in the Shop. Players will see a notification on the Shop button in the app notifying them if a box is available. Niantic said that both features will roll out to all users over the next few months.

The ongoing global pandemic has put a damper on the joy of playing Pokémon Go, especially in dense urban areas. To compensate, Niantic has made it easier to catch Pokémon at home.

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