In early March, Pokemon Go introduced the ability to enter promo codes. The corresponding area can be found in the shop at the bottom. The new feature indicates what might be possible in the future if Niantic uses the promotions properly.
Although it is technically possible to redeem codes, at least on Android devices, not a single code is yet available. Certainly a lot will happen in the near future.
However, we already have an idea of what to expect when you look at Niantic's previous Augmented Reality game Ingress. Just as the company suggested offering free items and promotional partnerships.
Where do you enter promo codes in Pokemon Go?
If you use an Android device, the input is quite simple and without major hurdles. Click on the Pokeball menu on the main screen, then on the shop and scroll all the way down until you see an input field where you type in the code.
iOS is a different story. One can not simply enter the code within the app and if Apple does not fundamentally adapt its statutes, it should change little. The company is known for stopping such code entries in its own store.
This was already the case with Niantic's previous Augmented Reality game Ingress, which is why a web-based interface was released at that time, where codes could be redeemed.
Although the manufacturer has not yet commented on how the action will run on iOS, it's far from unlikely that a similar web-based system will be released for Pokemon Go.
What we know about promo codes in Pokemon Go
Even though no codes are in circulation, Niantic has already confirmed the feature on the official website. The wording is as follows:
"Pokemon Go occasionally offers promotion codes through our partnerships and special events, and these codes can be redeemed for items such as poke balls, lock modules, eggs, and more."
So where can we expect the codes from? For one, Niantic has partnered with several international partners - Sprint or Starbucks in the US, 7-Eleven in Korea, and Unibail-Rodamco shopping malls in Europe. While these collaborations mainly involved sponsored poke stops and arenas (in the case of Starbucks still a special drink), it is easy to imagine that one will eventually receive a free promo code for the benefit of their services. Visit promocodesbox for more coupons and promo codes.
Niantic's other AR game Ingress also gives some pointers to the topic. There players regularly receive codes in the context of events or social media campaigns. Some of them are only usable once, others over several accounts - which for example led to whole lists on Reddit so that everyone can use the codes (sometimes they are blocked after a certain number of uses). Niantic itself is known for hiding the codes in encrypted puzzles or spending them during official fan gathers.
As for the content unlocked by the codes: As you can see from the above quote, it seems that you get mostly free items from PokeStops (especially Pokeballs) or Consumables (Lockmodules, Eggs).
Within the community, there is hope that the promo codes would make equally important releases - such as rare or legendary pokemon. The latter has not been more than wishful thinking, nothing has been confirmed yet. Whatever happens and how Pokemon Go changes in this respect, this page keeps you up to date.