A Gift is an item that can be sent to another Trainer. Gifts contain items that are of higher value than what Trainers normally obtain from spinning PokéStops. Only one gift can be sent to each Friend per day and at most 20 Gifts that can be opened in a single day. There are two kinds of gifts — regular and sponsored.
- Gift's in-game description
- A box that you can send to a friend. Contains a variety of useful items.
Trainers may have up to 20 Gifts in their Item Bag at any given time and they do not take up any space in the Item Bag. They can be viewed from the Item Bag page and also discarded from there.
Once Trainer receives the Gift from PokéStop, they can send it to their friends. To do so, Trainer needs to enter Friend detail page and tap on the Gift button below their avatar display.
The button might be grey if it is unavailable, as either Trainer does not have Gift in their Item Bag or the Friend did not have opened the previously sent Gift yet. The button appears grey with an arrow icon if there was a Gift sent to that specific Friend today.
Once the send Gift button is tapped, Trainer can choose which Gift from their Item Bag, they want to send.1 After choosing Gift, Trainer can send it 2, add Sticker 3 or tap on the Gift's postcard 4 to display detailed view of PokéStop or Gym, where the Gift was obtained from.
Trainer can choose Stickers from their Item Bag 5 or buy them from in-game shop. After selecting Sticker it can be swapped or removed before sending a Gift.
After sending a Gift to a Friend, the arrow icon displays on their avatar icon in the Friends list page.
Once Trainer receives the Gift from their friend, they will receive Notification on the top of the screen which can be also viewed in the in-game Notification Tab. On the Friends list, there is also displayed which Friend has sent a Gift if it was not opened yet.
After tapping on the Friend who has sent a Gift, there will be a Gift overlay 1 on their profile page which can be skipped to perform any other action with Friend - sending a Gift, battling or trading.
After tapping on the Gift from a Friend, Trainer has an option to open the Gift 2 or exit the screen to postpone opening. There is also a Gift's postcard 3 shown with an image and name of the PokéStop or Gym from which the Gift was received and sent – Trainer can tap on the postcard to see details 4 on the Photo Disc.
When Trainer opens a Gift, there will be animation cued 5 and random of items given to Trainer's Item Bag. Following items and consumables in various amounts can be received after opening Gifts from friends:
- 7-km Eggs
- Poké Balls
- Great Balls
- Ultra Balls
- Super Potions
- Hyper Potions
- Max Revives
- Pinap Berries
- Johto Evolution Items (including Sun Stone, Metal Coat, King's Rock, Dragon Scale and Up-Grade) – extremely rarely
- Rare Candy – only during special events and from Sponsored Gifts
Sponsored Gifts are different type of Gifts that cannot be sent to friends but instead they can be opened by a Trainer who received them from PokéStops, Gyms or after winning a raid.
If Trainer taps on a Sponsored Gift, they will see the logo and name of the sponsor, and they will have the choice to open the Gift or exit the screen. Similarly to opening regular Gifts from friends, Trainer sees a post-card of the Gift with sponsored message and once they tap button, items from the Gift appear in bubbles and are received by Trainer to their items bag. After that the message from the sponsor is displayed and Trainer has an option to tap the “Learn more” button for more information about the sponsored offer.
There is a limit to the number of Sponsored Gifts that can be received in a day, and Trainers are not guaranteed to receive a Sponsored Gift from the same PokéStop or Gym as the Gifts are distributed on an individual account basis.
Trainers can choose to opt out of this feature by deselecting the “Show Sponsored Gifts” option in the Game Settings menu. This setting does not affect ability to receive or send regular Gifts from sponsored or non-sponsored Gyms or PokéStops.
Trainers with Child accounts will not receive Sponsored Gifts, even if permissions for accessing sponsored content are granted through the Niantic Kids Parent Portal or Pokémon Trainer Club website.
Stickers are consumable collectables in game, that can be used to decorate postcard of the Gift that is being sent to friend. Trainer can stack up to 25 of each kind of sticker and similarly to Gifts, Stickers do not use space in Item Bag.
Currently, owned stickers can be only seen during selecting them to stick on the postcard of the Gift that is mean to be sent to a friend.
Following stickers can be obtained for free from opening Gifts from friends:
Victini sticker was available only from Gifts during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.
Following stickers were available from certain Special or Timed Research campaigns:
- In order to obtain 7-km Egg from the received gift, Trainer needs space in their eggs collection, exactly like in case of obtaining eggs from Photo Discs.
- There must be enough room in the Item Bag, before opening the gift.
- In 0.179.0 game update, Sponsored Gifts were added to the game.
- In game files there is an asset for missing icon which is currently unused.
- Initially, Trainer could only have 10 Gift in Item Bag. It is increased to 20 since the COVID-19 pandemic and was announced to be permanent on September 29th, 2020.
- Initially, Bulbasaur Sticker by Funwari had a "Bye" word included, it was changed month after its release.
- According to Niantic on the postcard feature:
We want this to mirror the feeling of when a friend gives you a present from a store you enjoy or sends you a postcard from a far-off land. It's intentionally sentimental and brings two Trainers together in their travels. Plus, how exciting would it be if one Trainer sent a Gift from a special vacation spot or an exclusive event?"
- Increased Daily Bonuses, changes to Gifts, and rotating 1 PokéCoin bundles. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-03-24.
- Developer Insights: Inside the Philosophy of Friends and Trading. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-06-22.
- Sponsored gifts (Japan). /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2020-08-17.
- Updates to temporary bonuses. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-10-02.