Since hatching eggs is such a big part of progressing in Pokemon Go, and you only have one infinite use incubator... this means incubators are a pretty useful commodity. Can you ever receive them from Pokestops? And if so, what level do you need to be?

  • I have not heard of this happening to anybody, but I am not 100% sure.
    – kcborys
    Jul 11, 2016 at 18:47
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    Well, like several other items in the game you might need to be a higher level to 'unlock' them at pokestops. I can't find this information anywhere yet.
    – two bugs
    Jul 11, 2016 at 18:48
  • I imagine you need to be at least level 6, you can't get any other incubators before that... but i don't have enough to make a full answer. Jul 11, 2016 at 18:49
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    While not a pokestop, you can receive an incubator as a level-up bonus for specific levels.
    – Stephen S
    Jul 11, 2016 at 19:00
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    Related: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/272594/…
    – Ellesedil
    Jul 13, 2016 at 20:59

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I don't believe that you can receive Lures, Incubators, Lucky Eggs, or Incense from Pokéstops, and that you must either purchase them from the store or receive them as a reward for leveling up. I don't have any evidence other than anecdotal at level 20 with 1000+ visited Pokéstops. If anyone has any counter-evidence please post it!

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    I don't have any screenshots of it but I did get an Incubator with 3 uses from a pokestop once.
    – Riley
    Jul 12, 2016 at 11:15
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    @YunusNedimMehel You got that as a gift for reaching level 6.
    – Telestia
    Jul 12, 2016 at 12:15
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    Are you sure those weren't from leveling up?
    – turner
    Jul 12, 2016 at 13:49
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    @Taegost: gaming.stackexchange.com/a/273507/68492
    – Ellesedil
    Jul 13, 2016 at 20:58
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    Incubators are now (and have been for a while) acquirable via research rewards.
    – Ellesedil
    Dec 13, 2019 at 17:51

According to http://www.gamesradar.com/pokemon-go-level-rewards/

You get 1 incubator at level 6, 10, 15 and 2 incubators at level 20.

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    According to thesilphroad.com you also get another 1 at 25, 3 at 30, and 4 at 40.
    – Brandon
    Jul 28, 2016 at 23:49

Items from the Shop (with the sole exception of Pokeballs) may not be acquired without the use of Pokecoins or the level-up bonus.

This is an intended feature of Niantic's -- these items are "premium," and therefore, are to be bought in order to generate a revenue supply from the game.


You can get incubators from pokestops. I received one (with three uses) a couple of days ago around level 4 or 5. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it was apparently a rare event or I would have taken a screenshot. It also has fallen off my journal or I'd screenshot that. They are out there!

The incubator is on its last use now so I was trying to check how rare they are from pokestops when I found this question.

Edit: I see now that you apparently get one from leveling up to 6. I was pretty sure I had it before then, but perhaps not. I don't have two, so if you 100% get one from leveling to 6 then it must be that one. Leaving this post for posterity anyway cause why not.


Yes, you can get incubators from Pokéstops. All the incubators I got were from Pokéstops. I didn't spend any money on them. I had a lot of luck I guess, because my brothers and cousin didn't get any of them.


Can't say for sure, but this page from "International Business Times" says you can obtain Incubators from Pokéstops.

  • I'd like to understand why am I being downvoted. I just posted a link to a website that says it is possible to receive incubators from pokéstops, making it clear I don't know this for sure. Do you have any evidence that says this is wrong? I don't see any evidence in any other answer here. But I'd be glad to know if this is wrong. Aug 24, 2016 at 13:46

I have 2 of the 3-use incubators, I'm level 11, never spent a cent in the shop, after checking the level rewards, I'm pretty sure I got one from pokestop.enter image description here

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    I can't remember what level they're given at, but you get given an incubator for leveling up twice pre 15
    – Aequitas
    Jul 13, 2016 at 17:50
  • You should really use your 3-use incubators for the 10K's, not your infinite incubator. The reason being, because they're so rare, you want to get the most you can out of each incubator use, in terms of KM. Use your infinite on 2's until there are none left, and only then on 5's :D Jul 27, 2016 at 21:40
  • You get them at levels 6 and 10, that's why you had 2.
    – Brandon
    Jul 28, 2016 at 23:51
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    "You should really use your 3-use incubators for the 10K's, not your infinite incubator." Sigh. The disposable and infinity incubators work identically, so which one you put which eggs in can't make a difference. Mathematically, the best strategy is to to always incubate the shortest egg you have in your stash -- even without taking evolution experience into account (when you count evolution experience, 2K eggs are worth more than 3000 experience). Aug 14, 2016 at 19:47
  • above should be "five 2K eggs are worth more than 3000 experience". That's actually really low, it's more like 4000 or more. Whereas one 10K egg is worth somewhere around 1500 experience. Aug 14, 2016 at 19:57

soo a friend of mine have 3 incubators and she says that she got them frome pokestops and i belive here she is only lv 7 so yes i think u can get it frome pokestops but its has a low drop rate ^-^

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    She totally bought them. Jul 12, 2016 at 11:54
  • Or she received it by levelling up to level 6
    – thomaux
    Jul 15, 2016 at 9:13

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