The item "Incense" has the description:

Incense with a mysterious fragrance that lures wild Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes.

Does this mean that if I stay still, over the next 30 mins Pokémon will come to me, rather than me walking around to find them?


This is a part from game code that defines how incense works.

Simply, it spawns 1 Pokémon when you walk 200 meters (1 minute minimum between 200m movement spawns) or wait every 5 minute while not moving.

You can stay still and get 6 Pokémon, or get up to 30 Pokémon by moving.

Info from game code

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    Source of that code is gist.github.com/anonymous/077d6dea82d58b8febde54ae9729b1bf – Ave Jul 17 '16 at 2:40
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    I've spent 25 minutes walking (with a total of 5 minutes of stops, in very different location) and I got exactly 0 pokemons, in an area with an average of 7 pokemons available. – Ismael Miguel Jul 24 '16 at 10:46
  • @IsmaelMiguel even if you didn't move you'd get 5 pokemon. Probably server issues. – Ave Jul 24 '16 at 12:36
  • I used 3 incenses, and I only caught around 20 pokemons since I've started playing. That is, 1-2 days since it was released on Europe. During the day, I find an average of 0 pokemons a day. – Ismael Miguel Jul 24 '16 at 17:36
  • So to get a spawn per minute, you have to travel at 12 km/h (~7.5 mph)? – Tester101 Sep 2 '16 at 13:55

In your Bag you start out with two Incenses. These attract Pokémon to your trainer – you get an encounter roughly every five minutes. Each incense lasts for half an hour, and you don’t have to walk around to get encounters to happen with the Incense!

Saw this on a Pokémon go tips page so, I'm assuming if you do stand still you'll encounter a few Pokémon.

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    I would argue that it's up to chance where they spawn. I used 2 Incense and spent the next hour in the same spot with no encounters. However, the amount of Pokémon available in my vicinity went from 2-4 to nearly 10 at any given time while the Incense was in effect – Ben Jul 7 '16 at 6:15
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    I can vouch that after several uses of incense, this description accurately describes what I have experienced. You get an encounter roughly every 5 minutes, without moving. – CodyF Jul 7 '16 at 12:57
  • @Ben There is a bug that prevents incense from working if your phone is not set to trust the network time. Have you checked if this is the case for you? – KizTrap Jul 14 '16 at 14:12

All friends are standing still when they use their incense and are getting around 3-6 pokemons, while i have not gotten a single pokemon having used 2 incenses already so i don't want to say that it's a bug but that's what it looks like.

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    There is a bug with incense where Pokemon Go will not spawn any pokemon for you unless your Date & Time settings on your phone are set to "Trust Network Provider", this is likely to prevent cheesing the incense by rolling your clock back for infinite duration. – KizTrap Jul 14 '16 at 14:11

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