Among the many different items you will earn while playing Pokémon GO are four types of lure – devices that will increase Pokémon activity around a selected Pokéstop. As you can imagine, they’re useful for catching lots of Pokémon quickly – but did you know that the special lures also exclusively unlock evolutions that stand in the way of catching them all? We reveal all in this guide to Pokémon GO’s lures.
How do Pokémon GO’s lures work, and how can I use them?
Pokémon GO’s lures can be placed on Pokéstops to increase spawning rates – and everyone playing benefits when you’re using them. Furthermore, the addition of special glacial, magnetic and mossy lures in May 2019 allowed players to get specific about which kinds of Pokémon they wanted to attract.
- The different lures attract different types of Pokémon:
- Glacial lures attract Water and Ice-type Pokémon
- Magnetic lures attract Electric, Steel and Rock Pokémon
- Mossy lures attract Bug, Grass and Poison Pokémon
- Basic lures attract Pokémon of all types
- All lures increase spawn rates. Combine with a lucky egg to earn plenty of experience!
- All lures last for 30 minutes (duration is sometimes extended during promotional events)
- Active lures benefit all players
- The glacial, magnetic and mossy lures all enable exclusive evolutions (see below)
To use a lure on a Pokéstop:
- Walk near the Pokéstop that you want to use and tap it
- Between the name of the stop and the photo disc depicting it, look for a white space with rounded edges (circled above). Tap this and select your lure.
Magnetic Lures: How to evolve Nosepass into Probopass / How to evolve Magneton into Magnezone
A couple of conditions conspire to make Magnezone (Pokédex #462) and Probopass (Pokédex #476) two of the easiest to miss Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Firstly, they do not appear in sequence with their pre-evolutions in the Pokédex. Secondly, they are unique in that if you look at a Magneton or Nosepass Pokémon page, there’s no button hinting that they can evolve.
In fact, this evolution button will only appear when you stand near a Pokéstop with an active Magnetic Lure. Before you rush out and drop a magnetic lure, it’s also worth knowing that you will need 100 Magnemite and 100 Nosepass candies for each evolution – we recommend saving up for both before you drop the lure.
Glacial and Mossy Lures: How to obtain the exclusive Eevee evolutions
The same principle applies for getting the Eevee evolutions Glaceon and Leafeon, just with different lures:
- Eevees evolved within the influence of a glacial lure will evolve into Glaceon
- Eevees evolved within the influence of a mossy lure will evolve into Leafeon
Check the silhouette of the Pokémon on the evolve button, tap it and you should be the happy new owner of a new Eeveeloution. For more information, check out our full guide to Eevee in Pokémon GO.
How to get a Glacial Lure, Magnetic Lure or Mossy Lure
Lures are available from the in-game shop for 200 Pokécoins each. Pokécoins are the game’s premium currency, though you don’t necessarily have to hand over real world money to earn them: you can earn up to 50 coins a day by having your Pokémon defend local Gyms.
You can also get one of each of the lures by participating in the Jirachi special research task ‘A Thousand-Year Slumber’ – they are the reward for completing the relatively easy tasks in step 1/7. Keep a look out for free lures in future tasks too!
The premium nature of these lures means that they are far more rarely spotted in the wild – however, keep an eye out for the tale-tale ‘confetti’ around a Pokéstop using a lure and you may be able to reap the benefits for free:
- Active Glacial Lures will have snowflake shapes falling around them
- Active Magnetic Lures are surrounded by small grey rectangles (as in the example above)
- Active Mossy Lures are symbolised by a shower of green leaves
Be a good Pokémon GO player – let your friends and other players know when you’re planning on dropping a lure so they can benefit too!
How to get standard lure modules
Basic lure modules – those that increase wild Pokémon spawning rates in general, casting pink confetti around a Pokéstop when active – can be purchased for 100 Pokécoins from the in-game shop, or in a pack of 8 for 680 coins.
The game also hands out modules:
- When you reach player levels 8, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40
- When you complete special research task steps – for example, you receive three lure modules on step one and step four of the Mew task, ‘A Mythical Discovery’