How to Get Coins in 'Pokémon Go': Gyms are the best free way to get money in the game

How to Get Coins in 'Pokémon Go': Gyms are the best free way to get money in the game

You need some incubators but you don't want to spend real-world money on coins in the Pokémon Go shop. What do you do? You'll need some coins. 

The easiest way to get money in Pokémon Go is to spend your real-world cash, but, don't worry, there are other options too. Microtransactions aren't the only way to earn coins in Pokémon Go, but you're going to have to put some work in to take advantage of the other method.

If you see a number in the shield in the upper right, you have Pokémon playing defense at a gym somewhere.  Mic/Pokémon Go

How to Get Coins in Pokémon Go: Get ready to hit the gym

Taking over gyms is fun for its own sake but you also get a reward for defending gyms. The more gyms you're defending, the larger the reward.

To check on your coin collection activity, open up the Pokémon Go shop in the app. If you have any Pokémon that are currently defending gyms, the shield icon in the upper right-hand corner of the shop screen will have a number greater than zero. This is the number of Pokémon you have defending gyms.

You'll earn 10 coins for each Pokémon defending a gym. You may cash in this bonus by tapping on the shield icon and collecting you rewards only once every 24 hours. To take the greatest advantage of this source of coins, come up with a list of nearby gyms you can take over, even if you can't hold them for long. Once you've placed all the Pokémon in gyms that you can, cash in the reward!

If you're still having trouble, check out our rundown of the best gym defenders and attackers in Pokémon Go.

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