Here's What Pokemon Go's Microtransactions Get You

Microtransactions involve purchasing coins to use on items.

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Pokemon Go is a free but features an in-game shop that allows players to purchase Pokecoins using real money, and then spend those on items that can be used to catch Pokemon.

Players begin the game with a balance of zero Pokecoins and as of yet it isn't clear if or how you acquire these in-game. Those that purchase some, however, can then use them to buy additional Poke Balls, Incense, Egg Incubators, and Eggs.

Poke Balls are thrown at wild Pokemon to catch them. Players have a healthy stock of them from the outset, and more can be acquired by interacting with landmarks called Poke Stops.

Incense, meanwhile, is described as a "mysterious fragrance that lures wild Pokemon to your location for 30 minutes." Eggs hatch into new Pokemon, but need to be placed in the Egg Incubator to do so.

Pokemon Go is launching now but is currently only available in Australia and New Zealand. We've taken a look at the in-game shop and listed how much money you can spend on Pokecoins, as well as how many of the coins you need to acquire items, below. Please not that these prices are in Australian dollars. We'll update this post with more currencies as the prices in other regions become known.


  • 100 Pokecoins: $1.49
  • 550 Pokecoins: $7.99
  • 1200 Pokecoins: $14.99
  • 2500 Pokecoins: $30.99
  • 5200 Pokecoins: $62.99
  • 14500 Pokecoins: 159.99


  • 20 Poke Balls: 100 Pokecoins
  • 100 Poke Balls: 460 Pokecoins
  • 200 Poke Balls: 800 Pokecoins
  • Incense: 80 Pokecoins
  • 8 Incense: 500 Pokecoins
  • 25 Incense: 1250 Pokecoins
  • Lucky Egg: 80 Pokecoins
  • 8 Lucky Eggs: 500 Pokecoins
  • 25 Lucky Eggs: 1250 Pokecoins
  • Lure Module: 100 Pokecoins
  • 8 Lure Modules: 680 Pokecoins
  • Egg Incubator: 150 Pokecoins

If the game isn't out in your region but you're desperate to play it, you can use this guide on how to download Pokemon Go early. This is only possible on Android devices, however. Learn more about the game with this feature on the 6 essential Pokemon Go facts.

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They give you the option to spend $159.99 at once on coins? That seems irresponsible.

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14500 Pokecoins: 159.99 - done , now lets look to the ps store for some shark cards.

Avatar image for Darth_Tyrranus

Pokemon Go sounded like a cool concept at first, but all of these microtransactions probably have zapped whatever fun could have been derived from it. Pass.

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@Darth_Tyrranus: I'll pass on it too.

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@Darth_Tyrranus: what's wrong with it, as i see it's only ways to obtain itens FASTER and easier, i mean you can get pokeballs for FREE, they made the game FREE, they need money to survive too and keep the servers UP too don't you think?!?! why do you need to be such an egoistic b****?

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@belz: It was their choice to make it free to play with microtransaction. They could have gone the traditional way and make people pay to buy then get all the content. Sadly pay to win is all to frequent with these crappy mobile games.

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@lukey52: jesus christ................... but pleaaaaase tell me where is the pay to win here?