Pokemon Go Incubators: What You Need To Know

As a player visits more and more Poke Stops, it will not be long before they encounter their first ‘egg’. The egg item is a valuable one within the game. In the animated series Misty manages to hatch a Pokemon from an egg. Likewise, in the game, eggs can be hatched, only to do so requires an incubator. You are given your first incubator at the very start of the game but asPokemon GO incubator the eggs begin pile up so too does the need to hatch more eggs. Luckily, Pokemon Go incubators are also available in the store, where Pokecoins earned in the gym or bought with real-world cash can be exchanged for them.

Incubators in Pokemon Go are not found anywhere in the wild. Occasionally, however, you are gifted an incubator for successfully leveling up. These free incubators are great, especially if that egg hatches Lapras or Snorlax!

Hatching Eggs:

  • Load the Pokemon Go app and tap on the Poke Ball in the bottom-center of the screen. Go to ‘Pokemon’ and the slide right to ‘Eggs’.
  • Tap on the Pokemon egg you want to incubate and a list of incubators will pop up.
  • Select an incubator to begin the process. It’s that simple.

In the Pokemon Go game, eggs will only hatch after walking a certain distance. This distance must be covered while the app is running. Traveling by car or train will not help you hatch eggs, although some users report using their bicycle effectively. 

Once you have successfully covered the distance, your egg will hatch to reveal a new Pokemon, hopefully a rare one.

Types of Pokemon Go Incubators

Types of Pokemon Egg IncubatorsAs stated above, Pokemon Go incubators can be either purchased or are obtainable by leveling-up in the game. When you first sign-up for Pokemon Go, you are given your first Egg incubator. The infinity sign beneath it means it has unlimited uses. The other Pokemon Go incubators in the game can only be used only three times.

This leads to an interesting dynamic in terms of Pokemon Go advanced strategy. If you have the choice of a 2km, 5km or 10km egg and also both unlimited and limited incubators available then there is an optimum way to assign eggs to incubators. It makes sense to always use the highest distance egg in a disposable incubator.

If you, for example, were to only use a three-use incubator on 10km eggs, that incubator would be worth 30km in terms of egg hatches. If you compare that to the 6km the same incubator is worth by hatching three 2km eggs, the difference in value is massive. This means that you are best reserving your unlimited-use incubator for 2km eggs, while favoring your three-use incubators for the 10km ones.

Which Pokemon can you expect from which eggs?

Although there is no way of determining which Pokemon you will receive from your egg, thHatching a rare Pokemonere are certain that are specific to each of the egg distances. The differing distances on each egg correlates loosely to the rarity of the Pokemon you will receive each time you use your Pokemon Go incubators. The shorter the distance you have to cover, the higher the chance of hatching a common Pokemon. For rarer Pokemon, you will have to walk a longer distance.

Since the egg-hatching process demands travel, you should consider placing several eggs in your incubator before heading out on any long journeys hunting Pokemon. This might mean buying more incubators to make sure that you are fully rewarded for every kilometer traveled.

Hatching a Rare Pokemon

As stated above, to hatch a rare Pokemon, you have to cover more distance. While the Pokemon hatched from short eggs are usually common, those hatched from a 10km egg are often rare/legendary Pokemon. These rare Pokemon are among the most powerful characters in the Pokemon Go game.

Pokemon Go Eggs and XP

Pokemon Go Eggs do not just reward the user with a new Pokemon. A successful hatch of any type of egg also grants the trainer 500 XP, this is a significant amount and can certainly help them quickly progress through levels.

Pokemon Go Eggs and Candy

As mentioned in a separate article on this site, Pokemon evolve and power-up using their species’s specific ‘candy’. Whilst Pokemon caught in the wild will merit the trainer with three of that type of candy, a Pokemon hatched from an egg will reward them with a seemingly random number. This is great for the player as it decreases the time spent collecting candy for certain Pokemon, meaning stronger Pokemon, faster. For example, the vast number of Magikarp candy (four hundred) required to evolve it to Gyrados is much more achievable if you are fortunate enough to hatch several Magikarp from eggs that each give you a large number of Magikarp candy.

Egg types and their Associated Pokemon

Whilst it’s impossible to determine which egg will yield which Pokemon, certain types of eggs can only carry certain types of Pokemon. The below list shows what a trainer can expect from each egg type:

2 kilometer eggs

  • Bulbasaur
  • Clefairypokemon go incubators
  • Charmander
  • Pikachu
  • Caterpie
  • Squirtle
  • Rattata
  • Spearow
  • Geodude
  • Jigglypuff
  • Weedle
  • Pidgey
  • Zubat

5 kilometer eggs

  • Ekans
  • Paras
  • Venonat
  • Nidoran (male)
  • Nidoran (female)
  • Machop
  • Growlithe
  • Sandshrew
  • Vulpix
  • Bellsprout
  • Tentacool
  • Meowth
  • Ponyta
  • Gastly5 kilometre eggs
  • Tangela
  • Goldeen
  • Staryu
  • Drowzee
  • Oddish
  • Abra
  • Psyduck
  • Horsea
  • Diglett
  • Psyduck
  • Kangaskhan
  • Shellder
  • Diglett

10 kilometer eggs

  • Onix
  • Hitmonlee
  • Pinsir
  • Dratini
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar10 kilometre eggs
  • Kabuto
  • Aerodactyl
  • Snorlax
  • Lapras
  • Pinsir
  • Lapras
  • Eevee
  • Omanyte
  • Scyther
  • Jynx

As you can see, Pokemon Go incubators and eggs are of vital importance to potential Pokemon masters. Hopefully, you can use the information above on your quest to be the very best. Happy Pokemon hunting!

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