Special Items: Lucky Egg, Star Piece, Lure Module, Incense

Besides essential items such as Pokéballs or berries Pokémon GO bag also stores special items. Their use is described below.

Lucky Egg

All experience trainer gets are doubled when using Lucky Egg. It lasts for 30 minutes and includes all activities such as catching pokémon, hatching eggs, spinning pokéstops/gym discs, feeding berries to gym defenders, defeating a raid boss and most importantly evolving Pokémon. They are available in in-game shop and as the rewards for leveling up.

During the double XP events, if not said otherwise, experience are quadrupled. It is the best opportunity to evolve all saved up new Pokédex entries for 4000 XP each. Lucky Eggs provides the most efficient XP gain during mass evolutions or multiple legendary raids in a row.

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Lucky Egg countdown is based on the device settings. However, it only serves a visual purpose and the real countdown is controlled by the server. That means there is no way to extend the duration.

Luck Egg info table
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Name Lucky Egg
Effects Doubles the experience gain for 30 minutes
Available from In-game shop, level up reward
Level up reward Trainer level 9, level 10, level 15, level 20 (x2), level 25, level 30 (x3), level 35 and level 40 (x4)
Price 80 coins each, bundle of 8 for 500 coins (62,5 each), 25 for 1250 coins (50 each)
In-game description A Lucky Egg that’s filled with happiness! Earns double XP for 30 minutes.
Featured Events
  • 11/2016 Thanksgiving – double XP
  • 04/2017 Eggstravaganza – 50% off of Lucky Eggs
  • 06/2017 Solstice Event – triple XP for catching and 50% off of Lucky Eggs
  • 09/2017 Equinox – triple XP for registering new Pokémon
  • 11/ 2017 Global Catch Challenge – double XP
  • 01/2018 Community day – double XP for 3h

Star Piece

Star Piece is a special item introduced in version 0.85.1 and first featured in special Christmas boxes in 2017. It works the same way Lucky Eggs do with a little twist – it gives only 50% additional Stardust for 30 minutes instead of double.

Their use is also similar to Lucky Eggs, but this time the spotlight is on double stardust events and hatching as many 10 km eggs in a row as possible. Other profitable activities include regular daily bonus, 7-day streak catch bonus, catching weather boosted Pokémon and the berry feeding.

Method Base Stardust Stardust with Star Piece Stardust with Star Piece in Double Stardust Event
Berry Feeding 20 30 60
1st Evolution 100 150 300
2nd Evolution 300 450 900
3rd Evolution 500 750 1500
Daily Bonus Catch 600 900 1800
7-day Streak Catch 3000 4500 9000
2km Egg Hatch 400-800 600-1200 1200-2400
5km Egg Hatch 800-1600 1200-2400 2400-4800
10km Egg Hatch 1600-3200 2400-4800 4800-9600
Raid Battle 500 750 1500

Source: Gamepress

Star Piece info table
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Name Star Piece
Effects Gives 150% Stardust for 30 minutes
Available from Special event boxes only
Activities Berry feeding, hatching eggs, raid boss reward, catching Pokémon
In-game description A small shard of a beautiful gem! Earns 50% more Stardust for 30 minutes.
Featured events 02/2018 2nd Community Day – 3x catch Stardust

Incense and Lure Modules

Both of these items provide additional Pokémon spawns for 30 minutes. Lure modules are placed into Pokéstop and spawn Pokémon that are visible for everyone within the range. On contrary, Incense spawns are exclusive for the trainer. They are available in in-game shop.

Pokémon from Lures are differentiated from others by a pink circle beneath them. After placing the module the first Pokémon spawns immediately and then there is another one every 3 minutes. This adds up to 10 Pokémon in total. Pokémon despawn shortly before the next spawn occurs.

Incense attracts Pokémon at the higher rate while moving. It is estimated to 1 Pokémon per 5 minutes while standing and 1 pokémon per 200 meters when moving. The optimal speed is 8 mph/12 kmh. Incense will then spawn one Pokémon per minute. Note that there is a speed limit, moving faster than 60 mph/100 kmh will make the Pokémon jump out and flee after the first ball guaranteed.

Spawns are influenced by nearby Pokémon, biome and the weather. Incense and Lure Modules do not attract nest Pokémon. If Incense is used in so-called deadzones (locations with no Pokémon in Sightings eg. a sea or mountain) it will draw more randomly from the Pokémon pool bringing in more variety and rarer spawns. The same applies to Lure Modules “in the middle of nowhere” as well.

Lure Module info table
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Name Lure Module
Activate Click on the Pokéstop, select white space above the disc and place the module
Effects Spawns additional Pokémon within the range of the Pokéstop
Spawn rate 1 immediately then one Pokémon roughly every 3 minutes
Available from In-game shop, level up reward
Level up reward Trainer level 8, level 10, level 15, level 20 (x2), level 25, level 30 (x3), level 35, level 40 (x4)
Price 100 coins each, bundle of 8 for 680 coins (85 each)
In-game description A module that attracts Pokémon to a Pokéstop for 30 min. The effect benefits other people nearby.
Featured Events
  • 02/2017 Valentine’s Day – 6 hour lures
  • 05/ 2017 Global Gloom Event – 6 hour lures
  • 11/ 2017 Global Catch Challenge – 6 hour lures
  • 01/2018 1st Community Day – 3 hour lures

 

Incense info table
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Name Lure Module
Activate Activated by clicking on it in the bag
Effects Spawns additional Pokémon only visible to the trainer
Spawn rate 1 Pokémon per 5 minutes while standing, 1 Pokémon per 200 meters when moving = 1 per minute if moving at least 8 mph/12 kmh
Available from In-game shop, level up reward
Level up reward Trainer level 5, level 7, level 10, level 15, level 20 (x2), level 25, level 30 (x3), level 35 (x2) , level 40 (x4)
Price 80 coins each, bundle of 8 for 500 coins (62,5 each), 25 for 1250 coins (50 each)
In-game description Incense with a mysterious fragrance that lures wild Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes.
Sources about an Incense
  • Reddit analysis on deadzones 01 Sep 2016
  • Reddit Incense spawns one Pokemon per minute 10 Jul 2017
  • TrainerTips Nick’s video 28 Aug 2016
  • Big Daddy Red’s video 9 Jan 2018

 

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