‘Pokemon Go’ Adding Daily Quests and Bonuses to Convince People to Play Again

Remember Pokemon Go? Chances are, you’re one of the millions of people who downloaded the mobile game when it came out this summer, and then quickly abandoned it when you realized the game was glitchy, unbalanced, and really just a mind-numbing grind of Pidgeys and Rattatas.

Game developer Niantic is trying hard to rekindle interest. They just finished up a successful Halloween event that saw an increase in Pokemon candies given out, as well as a change to spawns, giving players a chance to catch “spooky” Pokemon that are rarely seen in most places, like Gengar, Haunter, Cubone, and Meowth.

With that event now over, Niantic has announced their next scheme to get people to open the app on a regular basis again — daily quests. While there’s no official start date announced, the devs made a blog post detailing how they quests will work:


We want to provide you a detailed look at a new feature coming soon to Pokémon GO – Daily bonuses! Trainers will soon be able to receive a bonus for certain daily activities, including catching a Pokémon or visiting a PokéStop once a day. You’ll earn a larger bonus if you do this seven days in a row!


Catching a Pokémon every day will earn the following bonus:
-500 XP
-600 Stardust


Catching a Pokémon every day for 7 days straight will earn the following larger bonus:
-2,000 XP
-2,400 Stardust


Visiting a PokéStop and spinning the Photo Disc every day will earn the following bonus:
-500 XP
-A number of additional items


Visiting a PokéStop every day for 7 days straight will earn the following larger bonus:
-2,000 XP
-A greater number of additional items


If you catch a Pokémon at any time on Tuesday local time, you’ll be eligible for the next daily bonus on Wednesday at 12 AM local time.

Daily quests are tactic that many “free to play” mobile games use, so it’s no surprise that Pokemon Go will soon have its own version. What is surprising, though, is that it took this long for Niantic to implement it.

Meanwhile, regular players are still waiting for a working tracking system, legendary Pokemon, a trading system, a gym battling system that isn’t broken and stale. Ya know, all the things Niantic originally promised??

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon has been writing about random things online since 2013. His favorite video game is Rocket League, his favorite TV show is The Sopranos, and he hated the last season of Game of Thrones. Follow him @DevonTaylor113.