When it comes to Pokeballs in Pokemon GO, you’re either drowning in them, or you’re barely making ends meet, there’s really no in-between.
Most players that have been playing for a while have built up a strong stockpile, but if you’re new or coming back from a long hiatus, then chances are you’re running low on Pokeballs.
In this article, I’m going to cover how to get more Pokeballs in Pokemon GO without paying a single dime. These are tried and true methods that will leave you with more Pokeballs than you can handle!
1. Friends & Gifts
Every player wants to know how to get free Pokeballs in Pokemon GO, and the answer is surprisingly wholesome. Pokemon GO allows friends to send each other Gifts every single day, and these Gifts can contain a variety of items.
As you’ve probably guessed, one of these items can be Pokeballs, but it doesn’t stop there. Gifts can have Ultra Balls, Great Balls, Stardust, berries, stickers, and even more.
So making friends is, by far, the best way to get free Pokeballs in Pokemon GO.
So how can you get make friends in Pokemon GO? I know for a fact that every single one of my readers is extremely popular and charismatic. Still, we can receive up to 20 Gifts per day, but only one per friend. So, how can you find twenty dedicated friends?
Once again, Reddit has a Sub for it!
Here you can find many awesome strangers that love Pokemon GO and are willing to send out Gifts every single day, as long as you’re willing to return the favor.
Just like Reddit, Discord is full of many communities, especially for games like Pokemon GO. A simple Google search will bring up many Discord Servers for Pokemon GO, each with its own community and style.
These are fantastic resources for finding Friend Codes, and a great way to make real friends on top of that!
Spin them PokeStops
If you’re a newer player then you may not know how to get Pokeballs in Pokemon GO the old-fashioned way, by spinning PokeStops.
PokeStops offer a variety of goodies including Pokeballs, Potions, Revives, and even Eggs.
You can spin any PokeStop once every 5 minutes. There’s no limit for PokeStops in Pokemon GO.
If you live in a city with a lot of PokeStops and can walk around freely, then PokeStops are your best bet for stocking up on Pokeballs.
Field Research in Pokemon GO is akin to side quests in any other game. Just like side quests, these Field Research tasks give rewards.
Pokeballs, Great Balls, and Ultra Balls are some of the most popular rewards for these Field Research tasks.
If you’ve been playing for a while and haven’t been paying much attention to your Field Research, then chances are you have a few Pokeballs waiting for you to collect! You’ll just have to put in the work first, of course.
Of course, you can always buy Pokeballs. But that wouldn’t be free, right?
Well, the PokeShop in Pokemon GO uses PokeCoins, which can actually be obtained through capturing and holding Gyms.
The rules for holding Gyms are a little complicated but in summary, you can earn up to 50 Coins per day by holding Gyms. This means it will take quite a while to save up, but if you’re frugal then you can build quite the bank account.
What to Buy in the PokeShop
Now that you’ve saved up all those PokeCoins, what should you spend them on in the shop?
Fair warning, no matter how enticing it might be, you do not want to spend your coins on pure Pokeballs because you’ll find plenty using the above methods.
So what should you buy from the PokeShop in Pokemon GO?
- Daily Free Box: This free box can be claimed from the Shop every single day, and usually has a few Pokeballs every time.
- Event Boxes: Event Boxes appear in the shop periodically, and they’re always a treat. These Boxes usually only cost a single Coin and can have anything from Pokeballs to Ultra Balls, to Max Revives.
- Special Boxes: Special Boxes are another great item to purchase. For around 500 PokeCoins, you get 50 Pokeballs, a couple of Incubators, and some Star Pieces.
- Bag Upgrade: Ensures that you don’t have to throw out any of the Pokeballs you gain.