Every Pokemon enthusiast desires to collect as many different Pokemon as possible, both common and rare. Yet, as we have learned, this isn’t always easy.
There are numerous ways to discover new Pokemon. The most common way is, of course, to track down Pokemon at select locations and catch them. But this isn’t the only means by which to catch ‘em all.
Eggs are another, no less popular, way to discover new Pokemon. Like all eggs, you have to wait for the Pokemon to hatch, though the precise identity of that Pokemon cannot be known. Click here for a full list of Pokemon you can get from eggs.
Still, you can have some idea based on how long it takes to hatch the egg. Players have to wait a certain amount of time before the egg hatches. This time is typically measured in terms of distance. The longer the distance, the rarer the Pokemon inside the egg.
In order to hatch the egg, the Pokemon player must have an incubator. Players may have more than one incubator at any one time and this may be the case where the player wants to hatch more than one egg.
And it is in this guide that we explore the ins and outs of how to hatch eggs, how best to incubate these eggs, and how to use eggs to your advantage. Eggs are a quintessential component of Pokemon Go. Let’s not waste any more time in learning how they work.
- 2km (1.6 miles)
- 5km (3.1 miles)
- 10km (6.2 miles)
What are Eggs in Pokemon Go
Eggs are an indispensable component of the new game, Pokemon Go.
But what are eggs, and how do you find them? First and foremost, players need to know what a PokeStop is. It’s at PokeStops, after all, that players can find eggs.
A PokeStop is a check-in point where players can acquire certain items. These items include Pokeballs (items that players use to directly catch Pokemon), and eggs. A PokeStop can be located at any place such as a historical location, monument, or other building/park.
So let’s get the basics right first. In order to receive eggs, a player must first attend a PokeStop where he/she can receive the egg in the first place. Once the player has the egg, then the real fun begins.
Once you’ve obtained all the available items at the PokeStop, that PokeStop will then turn purple. At this point, you can safely assume the PokeStop has been successfully used.
It’s in the egg, after all, that nascent Pokemon lie. The Pokemon could be a common breed, such as a Pidgey, or it could be a rare breed. The greater the amount of time it takes to hatch the egg, the rarer the Pokemon, a standard rule of thumb.
However, the egg won’t hatch for no reason. The player must first possess an egg incubator, an item that assists the incubation and growth of the egg into a fully-fledged Pokemon. An egg incubator can only hold one Pokemon at any given time.
Players can, though, possess more than one egg incubator. This may be the case where players want to hatch more than one egg at any given time. An egg incubator works in conjunction with the phone’s GPS and navigation to determine the distance taken.
In other words, players need to walk and in some cases, walk a lot. It may take up to 2km in some cases, or 10km in others. Either way, the phone needs to move. This is a great way for players to mobilise and receive exercise while playing the game at the same time.
So that’s basically it. Eggs can be found at PokeStops though must be incubated in an incubator for a given distance. One of the great advantages of hatching eggs is that it allows players to access some common, though also some rare, Pokemon in the game.
But how specifically should players incubate their eggs? It is to this question that we must now turn.
How To Find Eggs in Pokemon Go
There are two different ways to find eggs in Pokemon Go. The first and most basic way to get eggs in Pokemon Go is to check into Pokestops. While you likely won’t get a 10km egg, you will rack up a decent amount of 2km and 5km eggs.
The second method is bit tougher but more profitable way to secure some eggs. Aside from potions and Pokeballs, leveling up your character can also bring your eggs including the harder to find 10km egg.
How to Hatch Eggs in Pokemon Go
So let’s delve into more detail in how you can successfully hatch eggs.
First of all, players should check out their list of Pokemon and hit the ‘Eggs’ tab. You’ll then have the chance to select a given egg to be placed into the incubator (should you own one). If you don’t own an incubator, you can buy one at one of the available shops.
It’s also worth noting that an incubator has a limited lifespan. You cannot use the same incubator for an indefinite number of hatches. Each incubator can take only a few hatches at any time. After that, players must purchase, or obtain, a new incubator.
(Note: the incubator the game starts with has unlimited uses. This is in contrast with incubators purchased at the shop which run out after 3 uses)
At this point, all it takes is walking. Your phone’s pedometer will correctly monitor the distance covered. It’s not possible, therefore, to hop onto the local bus and cover 5km in the hope that the egg hatches. This strategy simply won’t work.
The vast majority of Pokemon take between 2 and 5 kilometers to hatch. Some, though, take up to 10 kilometers.
For example, Pokemon which take 2 kilometers to hatch are common Pokemon such as Bulbasaur, Charmander, Pikachu, and Zubat. Pokemon which take 5 kilometers to hatch are less common Pokemon such as Ekans, Magnemite, and Porygon.
So learning how to use eggs can be a real plus and a great way to obtain some pretty cool Pokemon with some pretty cool abilities. Many of these rarer Pokemon, such as Dratini, can evolve into very powerful Pokemon. So it’s in your interest to take the time to hatch.
It’s very important that players keep the Pokemon Go app open during the hatching process, otherwise the app won’t be able to calibrate the number of steps taken. It might be worth your while to turn on battery saver in case it’s eating up too much of your battery.
Some players have actually completed distance using more novel techniques, such as skating or biking . However, others have reported that it didn’t work so well. Find out what works best for you and, in any case, the exercise it worth the effort!
That’s about it for this guide to eggs. We’ve gone through what eggs are, how to hatch eggs, and what strategies you should adopt. All going well, you can wake up to some pretty cool Pokemon at your disposal!