Finding Pory: Pokémon GO Doubles Candy And Pink Pokémon Bounty For Valentine’s Day

It’s about to get pink all up in Pallet Town. Niantic just released some love-themed updates for Pokémon GO in honor of Valentine’s Day. The limited-time celebration starts today and ends on Wednesday, February 15th at 2pm EST.

Don’t worry about getting your sweetheart a heart-shaped box of chocolates. For a limited time, Buddy Pokémon will find twice as much candy. Trainers will also receive double the amount of candy when catching, hatching, or transferring Pokémon.

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Are you hoping to catch more Pokémon, as well as the eye of that special someone? Lures will now last six hours instead of thirty minutes. Lures can only be dropped at designated Pokéstops and will help all nearby trainers catch more Pokémon. The available Pokémon during this time period will also be distinctly more pink. Pokémon like Chansey, Clefable, and Porygon will spawn more than usual, while Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will be more likely to hatch from eggs.

Niantic’s Valentine celebration is one of its many promos to regain the audience they attracted this past summer. Last autumn, Niantic attempted to lure back trainers with an in-game Halloween event, daily bonuses, the introduction of Ditto, and a Christmas-themed Pikachu. The company has also targeted coffee-lovers/addicts. 7,800 Starbucks are now Pokéstops and gyms. Trainers can even order a Pokémon GO-themed frappuccino (vanilla bean base with raspberry syrup, freeze-dried blackberries, and whipped cream).

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Pokémon GO also became available on Apple Watches this past year. Trainers can receive notifications about nearby Pokémon and PokéStops, be pinged when their eggs hatch or they receive a medal, and count distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs and receiving Candy with their Buddy Pokémon. They can even log their catching sessions as work-outs.

600 million people walked 8.7 billion kilometers to capture 88 billion Pokémon in 2016. The game has since lost its initial popularity but still ranks as one of the top ten highest-grossing mobile games of all time. Perhaps the Valentine event will encourage Pokémon GO fans to walk off the winter blues.