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The free-to-play Pokemon Go is set to launch this month for Android phones and iPhones and the game's microtransactions have been made public, giving gamers an idea of what they may be spending if they decide to put some money into the game.
Gamespot rolled out a list of the prices for the different cash shop items, detailing what each set of items cost and what some of them do. Cash shop items are purchased using Pokecoins, and each item will require a set number of coins. You can check out the list below.
100 Pokecoins: $1.49
550 Pokecoins: $7.99
1200 Pokecoins: $14.99
2500 Pokecoins: $30.99
5200 Pokecoins: $62.99
14500 Pokecoins: 159.99
20 Poke Balls: 100 Pokecoins
100 Poke Balls: 460 Pokecoins
200 Poke Balls: 800 Pokecoins
Incense: 80 Pokecoins
8 Incense: 500 Pokecoins
25 Incense: 1250 Pokecoins
Lucky Egg: 80 Pokecoins
8 Lucky Eggs: 500 Pokecoins
25 Lucky Eggs: 1250 Pokecoins
Lure Module: 100 Pokecoins
8 Lure Modules: 680 Pokecoins
Egg Incubator: 150 Pokecoins
It's explained in the article that the Poke Balls will come standard as part of the player's inventory when they start the game, but after capturing (or failing to capture) Pokemon, it may be necessary to acquire more Poke Balls from the cash shop.
In Pokemon Go, not every Pokemon will be easy to capture. In fact, some of them may even require special Poke Balls in order to capture them effectively. This will likely apply to rare Pokemon or those legendary Pokemon that Nintendo have been handing out over the past year.
As you can see, you can get Poke Balls for just a $1.49, which is not too bad. But considering that you can quickly blast through multiple balls trying to capture a single Pokemon, it's also easy to see how this sort of thing can be a real money sink for some players.
The Gamespot article also discusses another item on the list above...Incense. This is likely going to be very popular in Pokemon Go given that it lures Pokemon from outside of the vicinity, closer to your position. So if you're in an area where you're not likely to come across the kind of Pokemon that you want, you can use the Incense to lure the Pokemon to your position and make it a lot easier to capture them. This would also be ideal for people who live in areas where they don't venture out much but want to gain access to some of the more rare Pokemon. The Incense in Pokemon Go only last for half an hour.
Another thing described on the list is the Egg item. Lucky Eggs will grant you with a number of Pokemon if they're successfully hatched. According to the article, you'll need to place the Egg item in an Egg Incubator, in order to hatch a new Pokemon. They don't say if it will always give you a new Pokemon or just a random Pokemon that could already be in your inventory.
You can look for Pokemon Go and the accompanying wrist accessory to launch throughout July.