Pokemon Go: Bonus Field Research Tasks, Gifts From Buddy Pokemon, and More

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 8:58 am

A number of exciting updates are coming to the world of Pokemon Go.

Update (04/15/20): Niantic updated the information surrounding stacking the effects of Star Pieces, Lucky Eggs, and Incense. We’ve updated our article to relfect the correct information.

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Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, announced a number of changes and updates that are coming to the mobile game. In addition to revealing details about how we’ll be able to compete in Raids from home, the developer announced that players will soon be able to collect Field Research tasks and Gifts in a new way, among other updates.

Here’s what you need to know.

Daily Field Research Tasks

Once this update launches, players will receive a free Field Research task each day at midnight without being required to travel to a PokeStop in the real world. These tasks will ask players to complete actions that can be done from home.

If players already have three incomplete Field Research tasks in their inventory, a fourth slot will be added to hold the daily task. However, if players have four incomplete tasks (that is, if they’ve yet to finish a previous daily task), they won’t receive a new daily task the next day.

Buddy Pokemon Will Start Collecting Gifts

With this update, Buddy Pokemon will gain the ability to travel to nearby PokeStops and collect Gifts that players can send to their friends.

In a news post, Niantic provided more details about how this will work:

“As you run low on Gifts, your buddy will start going to nearby PokéStops to get more for you. You’ll see a notification above your buddy’s portrait when it’s returned with Gifts in hand (or paw). A buddy of any Buddy Level will be able to do this for you!”

Changes to Powering Up Pokemon

In the future, trainers will be able to decide the CP level they want for a Pokemon and then spend all of the required Pokemon Candy and Stardust to reach that level in a single action. Currently, players need to spend a few Candy at a time to power up a Pokemon slowly until they reach the level they want.

Stack the Effects of Star Pieces, Lucky Eggs, and Incense

Once this update is released, players will be able to activate more than one Star Piece, Lucky Egg, or Incense at the same time. For instance, rather than activating a Star Piece, waiting 30 minutes for it to expire, and then activating a second Star Piece, players will be able to activate enough items to last for up to 24 hours (two Star Pieces would result in a 1-hour timer, three Star Pieces would result in 90-minute timer, and so on).

What do you think about these updates that are coming to Pokemon Go? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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