The features Niantic announced for Pokémon Go in mid-April are starting to make their way to your mobile devices. To start with, your Buddy Pokémon — that one special monster you choose to appear next to your avatar — will now bring back gifts from nearby PokéStops and Gyms for you. It’s obviously a feature meant to encourage staying at home, so you don’t have to venture out to PokéStops to gather gifts for friends. If your buddy isn’t doing any gift gathering yet, don’t worry: Niantic’s announcement says the feature is rolling out on a regional basis to ensure stability.
Trainers, your Buddy will now bring back Gifts from nearby PokéStops and Gyms for you to send to Friends. This change is rolling out on a regional basis to ensure stability. Thanks for your patience!— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) April 27, 2020
In addition, Remote Raid Passes are now available in the in-game shop. The passes will give you a way to join raid battles on the Nearby screen or elsewhere on the map.
Remote Raid Passes are now available in the in-game shop! With a Remote Raid Pass, you’ll be able to join any Raid Battles you can see on the Nearby screen or tap on the map! Learn more: https://t.co/yNGqNxaupL #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/vZj8ObH54a— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) April 27, 2020
Finally, there’s a new 1 PokéCoin bundle you can buy. From today until May 4th, 2020 at 10AM ET/1PM PT, you can get 20 Ultra Balls, 15 Pinap Berries and 15 Razz Berries for just one coin from the in-game shop. Niantic launched the bundle as a way to make it easier and cheaper to play while you’re sheltering-in-place and can’t visit PokéStops, introducing a new one every week as one-time purchases.