Pokemon Go How-to Get Coins Guide

We're taking a look at how-to get coins in Pokemon Go!

Our guide on How-to Get Pokemon Go Coins features the best and easiest ways to accumulate this currency! We'll be taking a look at defending Gyms and what you can earn per day, as well as what coins can be used for to purchase.

There are currently only two real options to collecting PokeCoins in Pokemon Go. Your first is leaving Pokemon to defend Gyms, and this is a totally free way to earn coins. You'll want to be on top of this everyday, making sure you are collecting the maximum you can obtain. The second and easiest way is to throw money at the problem. You can purchase PokeCoins with real money and get all the items you want! I'm going to go into detail on both of these methods below.

Is There Coin Hacks or Generators?

There might be hacks available, but I would steer clear of these as much as possible. These would be a good way to quickly lose your account, and I don't think you'd want to lose all the work you've put into it. Most hacks are likely scams, and you could get malware on your devices or potentially download a virus!

How-to Get Coins from Gyms

You can earn some coins each day from leaving them at a gym. Your Pokemon will earn a coin every 10 minutes it occupied a Gym. You can have multiple Pokemon in different Gyms earning coins. The maximum amount of coins you can get from all of your Pokemon in Gyms per day is 50. That's not 50 each, that's 50 in total.

There's also a bit of a catch to this system. Your Pokemon has to be defeated and returned to you before you collect the coins. So, if your Pokemon is stuck in the Gym for a week, it can only possibly bring you back 50 coins.

So, you only want one of your Pokemon to return per day because you won't gain any additional coins after 50 no matter how long it has been in the Gym.

Purchasing PokeCoins

The main and most efficient way to get PokeCoins is to buy them with real money. There are many different options available to you if you want to spend a lot or a little. You are encouraged to purchase more because you get more bang for your bucks if you spend more money.

  • 100 PokeCoins: $0.99 USD
  • 550 PokeCoins: $4.99 USD
  • 1,200 PokeCoins: $9.99 USD
  • 2,500 PokeCoins: $19.99 USD
  • 5,200 PokeCoins: $39.99 USD
  • 14,500 PokeCoins: $99.99 USD

What Can You Buy With PokeCoins?

You can buy a ton of different items when it comes to using PokeCoins. You've got the ability to get Poke Balls, Lure Modules, Egg Incubators, Premium Raid Passes, Lucky Eggs, Max Potions, Incense, Max Revives, Bag Upgrade, Pokemon Storage Upgrade, and different cosmetics for your avatar!

Keep in mind that a lot of these items can be gotten by spinning PokeStops! Think twice before purchasing any items that you can get by walking around town. This is especially the case where it comes to Poke Balls, Revives, and Potions. Stuff like Revives, Potions, Poke Balls, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, Incense and Egg Incubators can be earned by leveling up your character.

Sales on certain items do occasionally take place, so keep an eye out for news of any events.

Here's a list of the purchasable items with their prices and a brief description of what they are. Prices can vary depending on sales, and some items might be offered for a limited time.


Boxes contain big batches of items and are a good value if you need a wide variety of items. Boxes are available for a limited time.

  • Special Box: 480 PokeCoins
    • 3x Premium Raid Pass, 2x Star Piece, 2x Egg Incubator, 3x Lure Module
  • Great Box: 780 PokeCoins
    • 4x Premium Raid Pass, 4x Super Incubator, 5x Lure Module, 4x Lucky Egg
  • Ultra Box: 1,480 PokeCoins
    • 10x Premium Raid Pass, 10x Super Incubator, 10x Star Piece, 10x Lure Module


Egg Incubators allow you to hatch eggs that you find. The Super version increases the speed of the incubation process. Both versions break after three uses.

  • Egg Incubator: 150 PokeCoins
  • Super Incubator: 200 PokeCoins

Premium Raid Pass

The Premium Raid Pass allows you to join a Raid Battle and can be purchased for 100 PokeCoins.

Poke Balls

If you are running out of balls to catch all those Pokemon then you might want to purchase a bundle.

  • 20x Poke Balls: 100 PokeCoins
  • 100x Poke Balls: 460 PokeCoins
  • 200x Poke Balls: 800 PokeCoins

Lure Modules

These modules can be placed at a nearby PokeStop and attract Pokemon to the area for 30 minutes. This benefits not just you, but other people who might be playing the game nearby.

  • 1x Lure Module: 100 PokeCoins
  • 8x Lure Modules: 680 PokeCoins

Max Potions

These potions will completely restore the health of 10 Pokemon. Good for use if you are big into battling. You can purchase 10 of these for 200 PokeCoins.


If you want to lure Pokemon to your location, you can purchase some Incense. These last for 30 minutes.

  • 1x Incense: 80 PokeCoins
  • 8x Incense: 500 PokeCoins
  • 25x Incense: 1,250 PokeCoins

Max Revive

If you are a big time battler and your Pokemon are fainting often then grab some Max Revives that will revive a Pokemon and fully restore their maximum HP. You can purchase six of these for 180 PokeCoins.

Bag Upgrade

This Bag Upgrade will increase the max number of items you can carry by 50! These are great if you are spinning those Poke Stops often and hitting the cap. You can purchase this for 200 PokeCoins.

Pokemon Storage Upgrade

Are you struggling to part with your Pokemon? Well, this upgrade will give you more space for cute little mons. You can purchase one for 200 PokeCoins and it will increase your storage by 50.

Styles & Cosmetics

If you want to customize your avatar there's a lot of different options available to you for purchase. These items have a variety of prices, so I'm going to list the lowest and highest prices for each of them.

  • Hats: 50 - 800 PokeCoins
  • Glasses: 50 - 400 PokeCoins
  • Tops: 100 - 500 PokeCoins
  • Bags: 200 -250 PokeCoins
  • Gloves: 50 - 150 PokeCoins
  • Bottoms: 80 - 200 PokeCoins
  • Footwear: 50 - 200 PokeCoins
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  1. Why can Niantic Add some decent shoes and head wear I cant be the only bbn one that thinks shoe game is non existent just like a shiny mew👽👽👽👽👽

  2. A little Child of 6 year has bought a lot of coins for 300euro’s.
    He played pokemon on a account of mine
    Item was on 3 and 4 januari .
    Can I get the money back?

    1. I have no idea, sorry. You’d have to talk to Niantic support, here’s more information: https://nianticlabs.com/support/pokemongo/

  3. I purchased 850 pokecoins but the game will not let me purchase the pokeballs I want. How do I fix this problem? Thanks.

    1. Pokèmon Go is a good excriseing game

      1. How does that contribute anything to the question

  4. Is there any way to find out the history of what I used my Pokemon coins for? Like how many times, I purchased poke’ balls or incubators?

  5. So i just lost my exeggucter on a gym, he was there 3.5 days. I only received 50 coins. I have a Vaporeon on a gym for 5.5 days now and i feel I’ll receive 50 coins as well. I thought it was 50 coins per day

    1. No, you can only receive, not earn, a max of 50 coins per day. Meaning, your Pokémon can be in for a week, but you can only get 50 coins from when it returns.

  6. In Poland we have 3 zl for 100 poke coins and 24 for 550 xD its funny , because when u buy 6 times 100 poke coins we get 600 coins for 18 zl ;D u van save it for another 100 and ice-cream hahahaha

    1. Your account can only receive 50 coins per day not the pokemon. So even if your pokemon stayed at a gym for 5 days it will only get 50 coins(not 250) twhen it returns. And if you have another pokemon come home at the same time you will only get 50 coins. The game doesn’t allow more I know it sucks! I had 3 come home at the same time once after 3-4 days.

  7. Pokémon in gyms don’t give me coins, why?

    1. The gym probably doesn’t get enough foot traffic for it to count as your Pokemon protecting it

  8. Thank you for telling me about hacking and losing my account and now I will never hack unless I positively need to.

  9. Funny story: for example in Czech Republic, you’ll get less pokecoins for more money. So except for 14500 pokecoins it’s better to keep buying 100 pokecoins

    1. Same in Australia. It’s cheaper to buy several lots of 100 coins for .99c than to pay $7.99 for 550 coins. And it’s the same for the other coins as well. It’s better value overall to buy several lots of 100 coins

      1. Same in Poland

  10. This is the best way I’ve ever heard the gym coins explained. I thought I was getting ripped off! But now I understand… and understand why people put smaller Pokemon in gums now too!

  11. How do I leave a Pokemon at a gym?

    1. You have to be in range of the gym. If it’s a gym of your colour you have an icon bottom right side to choose a Pokemon to leave there. If the gym is not your team then you have to battle the gym and defeat all the Pokemon present. Then you can occupy the gym with one of your own Pokemon. Best to team up with some friends that are the same gym colour and leave a group to defend the gym. The longer they protect the gym the more gold coins you will get. Good luck!

      1. Is there a way to change your color? I didn’t know this when I picked a color. Gym locations are pretty inconvienient, especially right now

        1. Yes, buy the Team Medallion in the shop for 2000 coins.

  12. My wife is a Pokemon fan. I have deposited USD19.99 into the her Google account that is related to her Pokemon character. When my wife open the game, click her character’s status, then click Shop to buy PokeCoins, and click 2,500 PokeCoins, the Google Pay status does not show my USD19.99 deposited. How to load 2,500 PokeCoins to her Pokemon character?

    1. Sorry, I wish I could help! You’d likely be better off talking to customer support with Google or Niantic.