After laying low for a while after literally stampeding onto the app scene this summer, Pokémon Go is trying to make the transition from overnight sensation to steady moneymaker. That means giving people reasons to at least open the app on a daily basis. They started by introducing their first seasonal event for Halloween, and it sounds like their next move is targeted at the year’s less special days. Earlier this week, app developer Niantic announced in a blog post that they would start putting daily and weekly quests in the game, offering extra rewards.
At least at the outset, the quests and rewards won’t be super interesting. Catching one Pokémon (any Pokémon) will net you an extra 500 XP and 600 stardust, while catching a Pokémon seven days in a row will give you 2,000 XP and 2,400 stardust on top of those daily rewards. Same kind of deal with PokéStops — visit once a day for 500 XP and extra items, get 2,000 XP and even more items if you make it a week straight. The counter for each day starts at midnight local time, so you don’t need to wait a full 24 hours to get the next day’s rewards. You can get one set of daily rewards at 11:59 P.M. and one set at 12:01 A.M., if you want.
The rewards and quests are simple, but if the meta-quest is for Niantic to get their daily usage numbers up, it should work to at least some extent. They’ll probably want to shake up those rewards at some point, but it’s a good start for a game that got stale, as it was bound to do.
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for an epic quest to find the legendary birds. We don’t know what Niantic is planning there, but it better be good.