Pokémon Eggs date back to the second generation of the main series, and in Pokémon Go, they also have an important role to play too.
There's no breeding mechanic this time - Pokémon Eggs are found at random from Pokéstops until you reach a maximum of 9 in your bag - and no way of telling which Pokémon's inside the Egg itself, aside from, that is, narrowing it down to the three large Egg groups for 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs below.
On the surface, Eggs in Pokémon Go appear to simply be another way of randomly acquiring a few new Pokes.
But just like the mighty Magikarp, we shouldn't judge Eggs by their seemingly ineffectual appearances.
Eggs and hatching can still be an extremely useful tool for expanding your collection - or indeed powering up the Pokémon you already have - and as such we've compiled a guide containing everything we know on the topic, and that now includes the new egg charts for Gen 2 Pokémon as well.
Pokémon Go Egg Chart for hatching 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs
Note only the first evolution of each chain is available from an Egg - for example Bulbasaur can be hatched from an Egg, but not Ivysaur or Venusaur. That rule is now the same for the new baby Pokémon Togepi, Pichu, Smoochum and co., as they were seemingly counted as pre-evolutions at first and included alongside their evolved forms - for example, Elekid with Electabuzz - in their respective egg groups. To be clear, you can now only get the babies in those evolution chains.
If you're playing during the Eggstravaganza event, our Easter event page reveals how the 2km and 5km lists have been slightly amended, with rarer Pokemon appearing in different categories.
|2km Eggs:||5km Eggs:||10km Eggs:|
|Misdreavus (Gen2)||Elekid (Gen2)|
|Pichu (Gen2)||Girafarig (Gen2)|
|Remoraid (Gen2)||Natu (Gen2)|
|Slugma (Gen2)||Sneasel (Gen2)|
|Togepi (Gen2)||Yanma (Gen2)|
Farfetch'd, Kangaskhan, Mr Mime, Tauros, Heracross and Corsola are the only region-locked Pokemon in Pokemon Go and are thus unable to find through either Egg hatching or encountering in the wild outside of those regions.The God who Peter Molyneux forgot For Curiosity winner Bryan Henderson, the prize inside the cube has been anything but life-changing.
What are my chances of hatching a specific Pokémon in 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs?
At this point, there still hasn't been enough data collected from Pokémon Go players to determine for certain the chances of hatching a particular Pokémon. However, our purely anecdotal experience suggests certain Pokémon almost certainly do have higher or lower chances to hatch from Eggs.
At launch we saw plenty of disgruntled players drawing attention to the frequency of Eevees in 10km Eggs, for instance, compared to relatively few celebrating their second or third Snorlax.
However, this specific case should be a thing of the past thanks to Eevee's demotion to 5km eggs in an Autumn update, which could actually this tier more useful, since Vaporeon - one of Eevee's three evolutions - appears to be one of the best Pokémon in the game currently, with the added benefit of freeing up 10km Eggs for more rarer creatures.
Likewise, 2km Eggs are also more useful than you'd expect, thanks to the fact that starter Pokémon can be acquired for the fairly low-investment. It's worth noting that at this point it's currently unclear just what the probability is of landing yourself a Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, or Pikachu from hatching Eggs. However, with the starters being relatively scarce in the wild - and relatively demanding in terms of Candy to evolve - if you want to land yourself a Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise or Raichu, focusing your efforts on the 2km Eggs is likely your best bet.
Want more help with Pokémon Go's Gen 2 update? Our list of new Gen 2 Johto Pokémon can teach you where to find each one, what you need to know about new Shiny Pokémon like Magikarp and Gyarados, Pokémon Go Berries, Special Items to evolve Pokémon such as King's Rock, Sun Stone, Up-Grade, Dragon Scale and Metal Coat, and how to get Eevee evolutions Umbreon, Espeon, and updated Egg distances and best Pokémon charts, as well as other Pokémon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides.
What else you need to know about hatching 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs in Pokémon Go
Finally, there are a few other general - but still important - tips to bear in mind when hatching Eggs in Pokémon Go:
- The Egg hatching list changes over time. While at launch it was noted that 10km Eggs could feature creatures from 2km and 5km tiers, this now no longer seems to be the case. More common creatures such as Pidgeys and Rattatas were also removed from the set as part of an Autumn update, alongside the demotion of Eevee hatches.
- You can only hold a maximum of 9 Eggs at a time, including the Eggs you have in Incubators.
- If you hit the maximum of 9 Eggs, you'll watch to hatch some as quickly as you can, so as to keep as steady a flow of new Eggs as possible. Prioritise 2km Eggs until you have some more space.
- Incubators purchased with PokéCoins are disposable, with only three uses each. To get the very most out of them, hatch your 10km Eggs in the disposable Incubators, whilst your free, infinite-use Incubator quickly churns out 2km and 5km Eggs in a higher volume.
- Pokémon Eggs are likely to be the quickest way to power up your starter Pokémon - Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle - unless you're fortunate enough to have found a particularly good spot to find them in the wild. The fact they can be found in the relatively common, quick-to-hatch Eggs makes all the difference.
- The Pokémon Go app has to be open in order for your distance to be counted, however you don't have to have your phone out and draining battery for it to function. Turning on the Battery Saver option in Pokemon Go's menu will instruct the app to dim its brightness when lowered to your side, whilst keeping the app open will automatically prevent your phone from locking or going to sleep - meaning you can open up Pokémon Go then just keep it in your pocket whilst taking a stroll (and repeatedly stopping to catch more Pokémon...)
- Travelling in cars, trains, and other fast-moving vehicles won't count towards your distance travelled, as the game knows when you're moving too fast to be walking.
- Often the app will display your character as moving slightly, even though you and your phone may be staying perfectly still. This can, in fact, be used to help tick away at your Egg hatching - plug your phone into a charger, leave it open, and the game should do some of the work for you simply through the quirks of its GPS.
- The CP of Pokémon hatched from Eggs are tied trainer level at the time you acquired the Egg - not at the time the Egg hatches.
- It appears that now and again seasonal updates will increase the rates of some drops, such as Pokémon Go's Halloween event, so be sure to keep an eye on that if you're saving your Incubators for a special time.
- If you're a completionist, then hatching Eggs is a requirement for one of Pokémon Go's Medals, which might be an added incentive if you're not particularly interested in Candy or Stardust.