Pokemon Go Friends Have Already Exchanged More Than 2 Billion Gifts

Pokemon Go Friends Have Already Exchanged More Than 2 Billion Gifts

More surprises planned for the Fall.

Trainers around the world have certainly been busy since Niantic introduced the friend feature in Pokemon Go at the end of June. According to a new blog from Niantic CEO John Hanke, friends on Pokemon Go have already sent 2.2 billion Gifts, because sharing is caring.

Pokemon Go, while always popular, has been in a bit of an upswing as of late, tallying a 35 percent increase in active usage since May. In June, Niantic introduced the long-awaited friend feature that let trainers exchange friend codes and gift each other items based on locations they've been to. Since June there are now over 113 million friends on Pokemon Go who have exchanged 2.2 billion gifts combined.

Hanke says there are more Pokemon Go surprises planned for this fall. In the meantime, Niantic is hard at work on the upcoming reboot for Ingress, which is getting an anime on Netflix. Hanke also teased more of the AR Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game, but alas we still don't know much about Niantic's upcoming collaboration with WB Games.

The next Pokemon Go event will make it so that Kanto's legendary Pokemon will be more available than ever, so get your Pokeballs at the ready when the Bonus Event begins on September 13.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

PlayStation Overhauls Its Phone App Ahead of PS5 Launch

The PlayStation App is getting a new look and some new features.

AMD's New 6000 Series Graphics Cards Are Putting Pressure on Nvidia

It looked like Nvidia was pulling far ahead with GPUs. Now, it might be neck-and-neck.

Apex Legends Season 7 Features a Floating City and the Battle Royale's First Vehicle

A new map and a new way to get around are coming to the Apex Games.

Halo Infinite's Creative Director Has Left the Project

Chris Lee is the second director to leave Halo Infinite's development over the last two years.

You may also like

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's First Chapter Is Available Now in an eShop Demo

Transfer your save when the full game comes out! You can't lose, hero.

Romantic RPG Haven Will Launch This December

Set a date for this couple's journey into the unknown.

Bugsnax Will Be Free on PS5 at Launch Through PS Plus

If Astro's Playroom isn't up your alley, how about a trip to Snaktooth Island?

No More Heroes 1 and 2 Are Out Now for Nintendo Switch

Travis Touchdown is really making himself at home on Nintendo's latest device.