Pokémon Go Coins is the game's premium currency to buy new items in the game - some you can get from regular play, and others such as permanent upgrades which exclusively from the shop.
There are two ways to get PokéCoins. One is through paying real-world money (the means of which the game is monitised) and the other is by interacting with Gyms.
With the substantial summer 2017 Gym rework, the way you earn and received Coins has changed - for the better and worse.
How to get PokéCoins and collect them in Pokémon Go
To get PokéCoins without paying real-world money, you must interact with Gyms, which are available from Trainer level 5.
These are towering, spinning monuments (not to be confused with regular PokéStops) that can be taken over by one of the game's three Teams and must defend it by placing Pokémon inside.
This is how Coins work following the 2017 Gym rework:
- For every 10 minutes you have a Pokémon in the Gym, you gain 1 PokéCoin.
- Your earnings will be delivered to you automatically when your Pokémon has been removed from the Gym.
- There is a cap of 50 Coins per day you can receive across all Pokémon and Gyms.
The cap was initially mentioned on the official support page and later removed, but appears to still be in place, according to the Silph Road sub-Reddit.
This is different to how Gyms worked in the game's first year, where placing a Pokémon in a Gym would get you a flat rate of 10 Coins per creature (with a 21 hour cooldown period whenever you cash out) so in theory, you can now easily earn 50 PokéCoins in the same period.
However, if your Pokémon has been in a Gym for several days (accruing more than 50 coins), they will only provide 50 coins in total when they come back to you. It also means that, if other Pokémon come back to you on that same day, you won't receive any more Coins - as you've already hit the cap for that day.
As such, it is probably better to have your Pokémon return from Gyms on a regular, staggered basis, rather than over long periods and all at once to maximise your gains.
It's also worth noting you can only have one of your Pokémon in one Gym at a time, you can still have Pokémon in multiple Gyms. There is now a cap of 20 Gyms you can place creatures inside.
So it's a similar system but with a few key differences. If you previously kept creatures in Gyms for days on end then you could see fewer Coins rewarded, but it otherwise gives you more opportunities to earn Coins more often.
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips and tricks page and how to catch Legendary Pokémon like Articuno and Lugia, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, including those requiring Special Items. We also explain the recent Gym rework, how to get PokéCoins, Raids, Raid Battles, and Raid Bosses, and what we know about the addition of promo codes. Elsewhere, read about Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distance charts, best Pokémon tier lists, best moves and movesets and the XP chart. Plus, sice their release you can read everything we know about the Halloween event and Ghost Types Duskull, Dusknoir, Shuppet, Sableye and Banette, and all the other Gen 3 Pokémon that are expected to be on their way.
What can you use PokéCoins for?
When you have started earning PokéCoins - or bought them from the shop - you can use them to purchase items. Here are the current going rates:
- Premium Raid Pass (level 35 required, 100 PokéCoins for 1)
- Max Revives (level 30 required, 180 PokéCoins for 6)
- Max Potions (level 25 required, 200 PokéCoins for 10)
- Poké Balls (100 PokéCoins for 20, 460 PokéCoins for 100, 200 PokéCoins for 800)
- Lure Modules (100 PokéCoins for 1, 8 PokéCoins for 680)
- Egg Incubator (150 PokéCoins for 1)
- Lucky Egg (80 PokéCoins for 1, 500 PokéCoins for 8, 1250 PokéCoins for 25)
- Incense (80 PokéCoins for 1, 500 PokéCoins for 8, 1250 PokéCoins for 25)
- Bag Upgrade (200 PokéCoins for 50 PokéCoins extra item slots)
- Pokémon Storage Upgrade (200 PokéCoins for 50 extra Pokémon slots)
Before you splash the cash, it's worth noting:
- Some of the above (PokéBalls, Revives, Potions) can be received from PokéStops
- Revives, Potions, Poké Balls, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, Incense and Egg Incubators are given out as level rewards
- Bag Upgrade and Pokémon Storage Upgrades are exclusive to the shop
- Sales for select items do take place, usually doing seasonal events such as Solstice and rock event, so if you can be patient before you buy a set of
- Lucky Eggs or Egg Incubators, then do so!