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Pokemon Go is almost here and these are the microtransactions to tempt you

It's coming. The time when you miss trains, buses, planes and weddings because there's a Jigglypuff hiding in Starbucks. Pokemon Go appears to have started making its way around the world and been released on iOS and Android in Japan, Australia  and New Zealand. This means it's only a matter of time before we can hunt down Pokemon in the UK and US. 

The release also helpfully means that we can also see the free app's microtransactions. As reported by Kotaku, you can buy extra Pokeballs in quantities of 20, 100 and 200, as well as Incense for attracting the little critters. You can also buy Lucky Eggs, Lure Modules and an egg incubator. 

However, of course it's not that simple. You have to buy these items in Pokecoins which can be bought in various increments. As usual, the more you buy, the cheaper it is. As you can see in the below image, 100 Pokecoins costs $1.49 so that would be the price of 20 Pokeballs. Note that this is a screen of the Australian version of the game so that's Australian dollars. In UK currency, that's about 86p or $1.12 US. I wouldn't be surprised if that evened into 99p or 99 cents but it's unclear until we get official pricing. 

Yes, that's a 14,500 pack for $119 US/£92.29 which of course would make things cheaper but also a serious investment from the get go. A triple figure sum on a free game level of insanity. You can see the full shopping list below. 

If you want the full Pokemon Go experience, there's also the Pokemon Go Plus bracelet which will vibrate and light up when a Pokemon is nearby. It's £34.99 and currently out of stock on the Nintendo website and I imagine it'll be a bit like gold dust for a while but keep an eye out for restocks. Everyone else paranoid about ever being on time again? Yes? Good. 

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Louise Blain

Louise can often be found watching horror, drinking coffee and beating you at The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth.