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Pokemon Go Players Want to Keep Increased PokeStop and Gym Interaction Distance

Trainers, Niantic and Pokemon Go announced that they will be making some changes with the current in-game bonuses, and it looks like the players, including myself, are not happy about it.

Niantic and Pokemon Go announced in a blog post that they will remove and/or change some bonuses that were introduced last year, and to be honest, we are not sure what they were thinking with this update. They pretty much want to change all of the cool bonuses and give back nothing in return.

Here is the list of changes:

  • Over the past year, Incense effectiveness was increased to attract Pokémon to you more frequently, even if you weren’t able to leave home. After the change, this effectiveness will be set at the standard level when you’re stationary and increased effectiveness will kick in when you are moving.
  • Previously, your Buddy Pokémon brought you more Gifts each day, up to five gifts at once and up to three times a day. This was because we knew Trainers were running low on supplies like Poké Balls and berries to help them catch Pokémon. As we move to encouraging Trainers to play outside more, they can continue to receive supplies from spinning PokéStops. After the change, the frequency of these gifts from Buddy Pokémon will be reduced.
  • Previously, PokéStop and Gym interaction distances were increased, to enable people to engage from further away. After this change the distance will revert back to the standard distance, when it makes sense in different places, though may be increased during future events and as part of certain features.

Now, this got players’ attention and most players are frustrated with these changes. They are so frustrated that they decided to create a petition to gather community support to keep the increased PokeStop and Gym interaction distance.

This was supposed to be a permanent change and it was one of the best features in Pokemon Go. Well, players want to keep the increased PokeStop and Gym interaction distance, and hopefully, the petition will be signed by many players.

The petition was created by Sword Slash and you can give your support here.

How do you feel about these changes? Should Niantic and Pokemon Go change these bonuses or keep them as permanent bonuses? We would like to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hello everyone! My name is Dejan, but you can call me Mr.D. I enjoy all video games, especially Apex Legends, Pokemon Go, and Spider-Man. A husband and father of two who also goes to the gym often and does Crossfit. I got inspiration for gaming exactly 8 years ago, and I've been writing gaming news for 7 years. I hope that you will find all the answers to your questions regarding gaming on our site. Stay healthy, and love each other!


  1. Yes, please leave the increase distance!!! I use a walker or a cane and sometimes need to park and play. It has been nice this year to be able to reach more stops and gyms.

  2. Oh please don’t remove distance or remote raid! They are awesome to have, especially when helping someone raid who may be in another state or town!

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