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Pokémon GO Is Giving Thanks for Its Players With Bonuses for the Rest of the Month

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All that speculation about future events like Pokémon GO‘s Halloween promotion can be put to rest (or ramp up exponentially); Niantic has announced that the rest of November will have its own bonus period as a way to give thanks for players’ support.

The Halloween promotion, with its extra candy and copious spooky Pokémon, was a rousing success—not just for players, but for Niantic’s profits, as well. So, they’re jumping on Thanksgiving as another excuse to draw players back in with increased rewards for the time (and micro-transaction dollars) they’re willing to sink into the game. From November 23 through November 30, players will earn double XP and stardust for their “in-game actions,” which is usually only possible with a “lucky egg” item and, even then, confined to XP. (No indication on whether or not lucky eggs will then quadruple XP during the promotion, but that’d sure be a good way to sell a few.)

So, if you were holding onto, say, about 65,000 XP worth of Pokémon evolutions and didn’t just deplete them all over the weekend (you know, just as a “for instance” and not speaking from experience), you should probably hang onto them for a few more days and really make the most of the extra XP. Niantic’s announcement specifically notes that the event will begin at 00:00 UTC on November 23 (ending at the same time on November 30), which means those of us in the United States will actually start receiving the bonuses tomorrow evening, November 22, at 7PM EST.

Of course, this only leaves us to wonder what future promotions will be like, since this followup only makes future ones feel more likely. We’ve still got a bunch of missing legendary Pokémon (and Ditto) waiting for an introduction, as well as tons of brand new, second-generation Pokémon that data miners have found already partially inserted into the game’s code. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about all that in the near future.

(image via Niantic)

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