What Is An Egg In "Pokemon Go"? Here's How To Become A Parent In The Addictive Game

There's no longer a question about whether you play "Pokemon Go" or not — or rather, it's a question in the same vein of "Do you need air to breathe?" The mobile game has quickly ruined/improved the lives of die-hard Pokemon fanatics and intrigued skeptics alike, but if you were never into Pokemon (or ducked out of the phenomenon before Gold and Silver version), you may be wondering what are those eggs in "Pokemon Go." Well, kids, congratulations: not only are you going to be a Pokemon master, but you're going to be a parent!

In layman's terms, an egg contains a Pokemon and it's your job to hatch it! Surprise! The comforting news is that you don't have to sit on your iPhone for a few days, hoping for the best. In fact, the way to hatch an egg requires you to get up off your ass and move, much like the rest of the game. The longer you walk, the quicker your egg will hatch. So the twist is that becoming a Pokemon breeder is exceptionally simple... but by extension of that, kind of a crapshoot.

Confused, still? Allow me to explain: there is zero artistry to acquiring eggs, just luck. Just keep checking into Pokestops and eventually you should pick some up along with your Pokeballs and potions.

Now that you have your egg in hand, you want to go to your Pokemon list and click "Eggs" up top. It'll show you all the eggs in your possession. Click one, and then click "Start Incubation" to get this party started. All trainers start with at least one unlimited use incubator, and while you can incubate multiple eggs at a time (and ultimately save yourself a lot of time) other incubators have to be purchased at the app's store.

In any case, once the egg is in the incubator all you really need to do is start walking and (God willing, because we all know this game is temperamental) "Pokemon Go" will track your distance. By returning to the egg screen you can see your progress, although it can be a little unreliable. On my end, I've found that the app has a slight delay in properly tracking your distance. That, or I'm just impatience and not as fast as I think I am. The point is, when you hit the required distance needed to hatch the egg (be it 2 km, 5 km, or 10 km) the egg in question will pop up on your screen. Tap it, and you should get a brand new baby Pokemon!

Of course, this is not to be confused with the Lucky Egg, an acquired item that earns you double XP for 30 minutes. That's an entirely different article.

For now, I hope that clears up the specifics of Pokemon eggs for you newbies who are still a bit scrambled by the app. Have fun with your mass breeding!

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