Pokémon Go Incense Day: May time, date and bonuses explained

Everything you need to know about Incense Day in Pokémon Go. 

Incense Day is an event in Pokémon Go themed around the use of, unsurprisingly, Incense, which is used to attract Pokémon to you.

Alongside increasing the duration of Incense to an hour, Incense Day supplies you with a variety of bonuses that will help you catch a variety of Pokémon.

Below you'll be able to find the time and date for the next Incense Day, as well as the bonuses that apply to that event.

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Incense Day time and date in Pokémon Go

The next Incense Day will occur on Sunday, May 17th from 11am to 5pm local time.

Each hour of this event causes any Incense you use to attract a particular type of Pokémon, with that Pokémon type changing every hour.


Incense Day bonuses in Pokémon Go explained

During Incense Day in Pokémon Go you'll be able to take advantage of a variety of bonuses.

The first one is an obvious one - any Incense used during the event period will last for an hour. This will allow you to catch far more Pokémon whether you are.

Secondly, throughout the upcoming Incense Day, Carvanha will be attracted to any Incense that you use. You might even get lucky and find a shiny Carvanha.


Finally, during this event the specific type of Pokémon that are attracted to the Incense that you use will change when the hour does.

This Incense Day is focused on two different specific types - dark and water-type Pokémon. Here are the following hours during the Incense Day when these types are active:

  • 11am to 12pm - Water-type Pokémon
  • 12pm to 1pm - Dark-type Pokémon
  • 1pm to 2pm - Water-type Pokémon
  • 2pm to 3pm - Dark-type Pokémon
  • 3pm to 4pm - Water-type Pokémon
  • 4pm to 5pm - Dark-type Pokémon

Throughout these hours you might also encounter a rare Pokémon - Scraggy for dark-type and Alomomola for water-type.

How to prepare for Incense Day in Pokémon Go

If you're planning on taking part in Incense Day in Pokémon Go, then you should make sure you're prepared for it.

First things first, you need to ensure that you actually have Incense. If you don't then you can easily purchase some from the in-game store or earn it by completing Special Research tasks, such as Let's Go Meltan.

Currently, there is a special bundle for sell in the in-game store, which costs 1 PokéCoin and contains:

  • 3x Incense
  • 15x Razz Berries
  • 20x Poké Balls
  • 10x Pinap Berries

Having a Lucky Egg or two for doubling your XP is also a good idea, especially if you're planning on catching a lot of Pokémon.

Finally, you should also ensure that you've stocked up on Poké Balls and berries of all varieties. The worst thing that could happen to you on Incense Day is that, when that rare Pokémon you've been hunting appears only to discover that you're all out of Poké Balls.

Where to purchase Incense in Pokémon Go

You can purchase Incense in Pokémon Go from the in-game store, which is accessible via the main menu.

During the event, you'll be able to purchase an exclusive bundle of three Incense in exchange for 1 PokéCoin. This means that you can easily take part in three hours of the event.

If you wish to partake in more than three hours of the event, then you can purchase additional Incense at these PokéCoin prices:

  • One Incense - 40 PokéCoin
  • Eight Incense - 250 PokéCoin

Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League, Remote Raids and the trade evolution feature. There are also planned changes to PokéCoins on the way. Meanwhile, coming soon is the Sinnoh Throwback quest. Last year saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, and with it new regional exclusive Pokémon and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day.

Previous Incense Days in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find all the Incense Days that have occurred in Pokémon Go so far:


The 1st Pokémon Go Incense Day:

Date: Sunday, April 19th

Time: 11am to 5pm local time

Featured Pokémon: Sentret

Bonuses: Special Incense Hours for water, fire, grass, psychic, bug and ground-type Pokémon

Good luck with Incense Day!

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