Sometimes I get a bonus when catching a Pokemon. When does this happen? It happened already multiple times to me.

(I don't mean curveball, great or excellent bonus here. I mean the undefined "bonus" visible in the screenshot)


  • I think it's because of your Lucky Egg
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 15:58
  • Then there would be a bonus for the Curveball as well.. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 16:17
  • I believe this may be the result of a good throw (Nice, Great or Excellent) with your pokeball.
    – Gizmo3k
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 15:55
  • I don't think so @Gizmo3k, it would say "Nice/Great/Excellent Throw" instead of "Bonus". Also, you can't get a Nice/Great/Excellent Throw along with a Curveball.
    – Ekmod
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 16:57
  • What level are you? What CP was the Pokemon?
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 18:38

2 Answers 2


This bonus is from catching a Pokemon on your first attempt, regardless of catching it before or its CP.

Source: Just from testing. Edit: Being new this may be a coincidence.

  • The amount of Pokemon I have caught on my very first attempt.. this is absolutely false.
    – user106385
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 3:35
  • I'm new to Pokemon-Go, so I may have run into a coincidence.
    – LampPost
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 4:01
  • If my answer is incorrect, maybe it could be the first Pokemon caught of the day. Just a thought, has not been tested.
    – LampPost
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 6:40
  • One or two users have already posted observations to suggest they received multiple bonuses in a day, so 'first of the day' would not be accurate.
    – user106385
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 6:42
  • Throwing out some more possibilities, just for conversation. Could it be a newly explored area or a certain distance away from where they started the game?
    – LampPost
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 6:52

that bonus is based on if it's a new pokemon or not. if it's one you've already collected, the bonus will be 10 - 100. if it's a pokemon that you have not collected before, it's like 500.

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    Are you talking about the Pokémon catch bonus? That is labeled, and you don't get a bonus for catching the same Pokémon again, you just get the caught Pokémon xp
    – Dragonrage
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 18:14

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