Pokemon Go is celebrating the holidays with a special year-end sale. For a limited time, trainers will be able to purchase discounted gift boxes containing various items. How limited is this event, exactly?
If you’re debating whether to buy one of these gift boxes, you have a few days to decide, as the current three options (special, great and ultra boxes) will be available until December 30th. These gift boxes will disappear from the game’s store sometime on the afternoon of the 30th, Pacific Time.
However, the boxes will then be replaced by three new ones. Starting on the afternoon of the 30th, bronze, silver and gold boxes will become available in the game’s store. These boxes will contain Incense, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, Poke Balls and Great Balls. This is in contrast with the current three gift boxes, which contain Incubators, Incense, Great Balls and Ultra Balls.
The bronze, silver and gold gift boxes will be available from December 30th through the afternoon of January 3rd, Pacific Time.
To purchase these gift boxes, you’ll need to trade in PokeCoins, with the boxes ranging in price from 250 coins to 1500 coins. There are only two ways to acquire Poke Coins: First, when you place one of your Pokemon at a gym as a defender, you’ll get a coin bonus every day that your Pokemon is there and that the gym is still controlled by your team. To claim this bonus, simply visit the shop and click on that shield icon in the top right corner.
The second way is just buying these coins with real-world money. To do so, visit the Pokemon Go shop and scroll down to the coins section, picking however many you would like to purchase. They’re only sold in packs, so you may have to end up buying more coins than you actually plan to use on a gift box.
The addition of these gift boxes is one of several special events that Niantic, the creator of Pokemon Go, unveiled in time for the holiday season. In addition, they also have released into the wild limited edition Pikachu wearing adorable Santa hats. Plus, from now until January 3rd, players will have a higher chance of hatching generation 2 baby Pokemon from eggs, and they’ll also get a reward of one Incubator per day for visiting Poke Stops.
More holiday festivities will kick off on December 30th when, in addition to the gift boxes being changed, lures will now last 60 minutes instead of 30, and spawns of the generation one starter families will be increased.