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Pokémon Go promo codes and how to redeem them

How promo codes work, and where to get them from.

Image credit: Niantic

Pokémon Go promo codes allow users to receive bonus items through special promotions.

The ability to redeem codes for Pokémon Go can be done through both Android and iOS, with there only being one method to redeeming codes now, as of 13th February, 2024.

Despite launching in 2017, there have only been a handful of promotions to date. In 2020 with the Covid-19 pandemic, Niantic has begun to roll out promo codes themselves to help isolated players get items and, from 2021, there have been a number of collaborations with brands to redeem avatar items using codes.

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Pokémon Go Promo Codes

As of 16th February 2024, the following Pokémon Go codes are currently active:

Pokémon Go CodeItemExpiry Date
0HY0UF0UNDM3'Ghost in the Machine' Global Unlock quest for Rotom8pm (local time) on Sunday 25th February

It's important to note that the above codes can only be used once per account.

Niantic also has a history of releasing promo codes that can only be used by a limited number of players, so, if this is the case with a code, we shall state so in the above table.

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How to redeem Promo Codes on iOS and Android in Pokémon Go

The process of redeeming Promo Codes used to differ from platform-to-platform, but the only way you can redeem codes now is by visiting the official redemption website. This means you can no longer redeem codes in-game, even if you're an Android phone user.

Whether you're on Android or iOS, to redeem promo codes in Pokémon Go, you have to go through the official Niantic rewards website.

Log in with the same account as you would playing Pokemon Go in the app, then enter the code in the field.

It should be noted Pokémon Trainer Club accounts won't work through this website - instead, you have to link that account with another type (such as Google or Facebook) to log in.

Once you have redeemed the code, you should then receive a notification the next time you log into the game.

For long time players of Niantic's games, this process is nothing new, as Ingress had the same web-based interface for codes on iOS.

Where you can you find Pokémon Go Promo Codes?

Most promo codes are given directly to players in emails to encourage them to return to the game, but from time-to-time, Niantic will release Pokémon Go Promo Codes for anyone in the community to redeem on their account.

These are sometimes associated with events and marketing tie-ins. One example in late 2021 was a themed hoodie as part of the Ed Sheeran collaboration. Such codes are also usually time-limited, meaning you must redeem them by a certain date - such as before the event ending. Certain codes may also be limited to a certain number of players.

Otherwise, the best place to find these are on Niantic's support Twitter page. These are supplied infrequently and can expire within less then 24 hours, so be sure to redeem them as soon as you are able.

As always - promo codes can be used once per account, and will run for a limited time only.

As for those targeted promotions or giveaway codes, we discuss the history of these in the following section...

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What is the history of Promo Codes in Pokémon Go?

In 2017, 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? Over time we've seen the source of several codes, including:

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.

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 Pokémon, but there's nothing yet to support such speculation.

Good luck redeeming codes in Pokémon Go!

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Matthew Reynolds edited guides and other helpful things at Eurogamer from 2010 - 2023. When he wasn't doing that, he was out and about playing Pokémon Go or continuing to amass his amiibo collection.