Earning Coins, a currency of Pokémon GO, isn’t easy. But it’s getting easier. Soon players will be able to earn Coins though more than just maintaining ownership of a Gym.
According to an update by Niantic, players will be able to earn coins through non-Gym methods. Players can earn up to five coins a day by completing a collection of small goals, such as taking a snapshot or leveling up a Pokémon. Players can unlock these tasks by spinning PokéStops, similar to how Field Research tasks work.
Before, the only way to earn coins was to defeat a local gym and place one of your own Pokémon into the gym. The longer they stay there, the more coins you earn. It used to be at a rate of 5 coins an hour, with a cap of 50 coins. With the updated methods, this has been reduced to 2 an hour, but with a cap of 55 coins.
You can also purchase coins via microtransactions. They are sold at a rate of 100 coins for $1 USD, with discounts for larger sizes.
Coins can be used to purchase either new cosmetic items for trainer avatars or for supplies and equipment. To help alleviate the limitations of quarantine, Niantic has been releasing special supply packs on the PokéStore, allowing users to purchase bundles like 50 great balls, or 50 berries, for 1 single coin.
I was never great at holding gyms. My Pokémon were never great at battles and always were defeated quickly. This made earning coins nearly impossible during normal activity. It’s a great reassurance to know that there are now other ways to earn coins.