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Pokemon Go Guide: How to Use Incense

by Kyle Hanson


Catching Pokemon in Pokemon Go can be pretty tough. We’ve provided some guides to try to help, but one key element of the process has been a big question for fans. Incense, an item that really helps players catch more Pokemon, has been a bit confusing for some. It’s important to know how it works though, or you’re adventures in Pokemon Go will definitely be worse for it. So, here’s our quick guide on how to use incense in Pokemon Go.

Incense is an item that helps you catch more Pokemon. It does this by making a random Pokemon spawn at your feet every few meters, or at timed intervals. So, if you’re in a more rural area, or you just want to catch a bunch of Pokemon really fast, it can be very helpful for you.

Now that you know why you would want to use it, here’s how. In Pokemon Go, once you’re ready, tap the Pokeball on the bottom of the screen. Now select Items, and tap on the Incense that should be at the top of the menu.

An incense will then appear on your screen, hovering above you. Tap it again to use it. You should now see a swirling ball of gas floating around your avatar. There will also be a timer in the top right of the screen. This tells you how long the incense will continue to work. As long as it is running you will attract nearby Pokemon to you, making it much easier to catch them.

And that is pretty much it. Incense in Pokemon Go is pretty important and useful, but thankfully it’s also easy. It won’t magically bring a Charizard or Mewtwo to your location, but if there are Pokemon hanging around and you can’t get to them, it can be a huge help.

For more on Pokemon Go check out our other guides.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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