Sponsored Gifts in Pokemon GO Explained

Sponsored Gifts in Pokemon GO represent certain brands in the US and Tokyo
Sponsored Gifts in Pokemon GO represent certain brands in the US and Tokyo / Niantic Labs

Sponsored Gifts in Pokemon GO are the newest way for trainers to get an edge.

Some trainers might have noticed a bright purple banner hanging at the bottom of some of their research tasks. Anyone who's been spending time in Pokemon GO ahead of the new localized annual Pokemon GO Fest knows that PokeStops are one of the quickest ways to accrue research tasks and challenges. Recently, a little banner with the word "Sponsored" has made an appearance on quite a few of these tasks.

What exactly does that mean?

Sponsored Gifts in Pokemon GO Meaning

Currently, the only locations hosting Sponsored tasks are Tokyo, Japan and the United States. These tasks are also rather limited in what they're tasking players to do. The most common requests are sending three gifts to friends and catching a certain number of Pokemon.

These tasks can only be picked up by brand-affiliated PokeStops such as your local T-Mobile store location, Starbucks coffee shop, and others.

Gifts can be sent from the Friends tab adjacent to the trainer profile on the app. Meanwhile, Pokemon can be caught just about anywhere on the map using traditional means, lures, and incense.

Rewards for completing these tasks are usually rare candies and large amounts of stardust.