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

I have observed that if a Pokémon appears for me at a given time and location it will also appear for others nearby. Does this mean that if one person in a group uses incense that it will help others in the group as well?

  • Saw this topic out of the corner of my eye and was rather dissappointed that it didn't actually read "Will Pokemon go insane..."
    – aslum
    Commented Jul 26, 2016 at 16:38

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Regular incense does not affect other players. You can use a Lure Module and attach it to a PokéStop. It does affect other players.

Lure modules attract Pokemon to the PokéStop it was activated on. These Pokemon are visible to you and everyone else near the PokéStop.

Lure module

  • Thanks for the prompt reply. How do I attach an incense to a Pokespot ? Is that the same incense or do we need any other special Incense for Pokespots? Can you please elaborate? Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 10:09
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    It is not, it's a purple looking thing, I can't quite recall the name. It's available in the poke shop and maybe for free at later levels.
    – Elva
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 10:11
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    Got it with little Google. I think you are talking about Lure Module pokemon-go-wiki.com/Lure_Module Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 10:12
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    As I understand it, incense per se does not affect other players, but, like all pokemon spawns, other players will see the pokemon that spawn because of it. Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 14:07
  • Can we get some more details/references on the incense in this answer? Its mostly about lures and contradicts what I've read elsewhere... including the comments.
    – user72052
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 6:00

Incense only works for the player who uses the Incense, others don't see the pokemons spawned by it. A Lure module however will spawn pokemon at a poke stop that all players will see.


I often walk with friends and we use incense all the time, and we do all see the same (amount) of pokémon appear.

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    Do you use it all at the same time or 1 at a time?
    – Kiwu
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 11:28

Works on self only. Any extra Pokemon you encounter if you didn't use an incense yourself is purely coincidental .

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    Welcome to Arqade! Sorry but this answer doesn't differ from the accepted one.
    – pinckerman
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 12:01

Usually with those If another nearby player is using it you are able to use it as well.

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    This answer is incorrect.
    – Riley
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 9:56

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