Pokémon Go Promo Codes allow users to receive bonus items through special promotions.
The ability to redeem codes is only possible through Android, with just a couple of promotions to date, and going by Niantic's previous augmented reality game Ingress, there could be some interesting opportunities.
How to redeem Promo Codes on iOS and Android in Pokémon Go
On Android, the process is straightforward; tap the Pokeball menu on the main map screen, then the Shop, and scroll right to the bottom to see an entry field where you can enter the code.
iOS, however, is a different story. You cannot enter codes via the app, with Apple known to restrict the entry of codes inside apps on its store.
This is what happened with Niantic's previous game Ingress, and so a web-based interface was offered to allow users to redeem codes.
Though Niantic hasn't commented on how it'll work, it's possible the same web-based entry system could apply to Pokémon Go one day.
But for now, codes are Android only. That said, if you are an iOS user, you can log into the game using your account on an Android device and redeem them that way.
What we know about promo codes in Pokémon Go
Niantic originally acknowledged the feature on its official support site with the following:
"Pokémon GO occasionally offers promotional codes through our partnerships and special events. Promo codes can be used to redeem items such as Poké Balls, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, and more."
What does that mean in practice? We've already seen the source of several codes, including:
- Niantic emailing inactive players welcoming them back with Incubators and Lucky Eggs
- Sprint giving away common items (Incense, Poké Balls, and so on) through a online promotion in 2017
So far the use of codes has been few and far between. Where could the game go next?
For one, Niantic could continue to team together with a number of partners across the world (as they have with Sprint) - such as Starbucks in United States, 7-Eleven in Korea and Unibail-Rodamco malls across Europe.
While these collaborations have mostly involved sponsored PokeStops and Gyms (and in the case of Starbucks, a special drink) it's easy to conceive situations where free promo codes being handed out for using their services.
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We can also get some clues from Niantic's other augmented reality game, Ingress, who give out codes direct to players on a regular basis through social media and events.
Code provided range from being single use, to being redeemable across multiple accounts - leading to lists being shared on Reddit and pastebin so anyone can use them (though are sometimes later locked after a certain number of uses).
Codes are known to handed out from Niantic itself inside encrypted puzzles as well as during official fan gatherings.
As for what the codes will unlock, as quoted above, it appears items available free from PokéStops (specifically Poké Balls) as well as paid-for consumables (Lure Modules and Lucky Eggs) will be made available.
There is also hopes from the community promo codes could be used to obtain more substantial unlocks - such as rare or even the remaining legendary Pokémon, particularly Mew and Celebi, but there's nothing yet to support such speculation..