I really like to hatch eggs, and the 3 uses / incubator per egg give a huge impact for the more or less decent price. So I usually have 6~7 incubator active. First I applied them when ever they were available to what ever egg I just had but it felt kinda inefficient to do so for me.

It started feeling more efficient when I only applied the infinite incubator to the 2.0 KM eggs. But I can't really get why this should matter.

So is there any most efficient way to apply incubators to eggs to get the most use of them before they are expired?

Or doesn't it matter at all?

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    If you're looking for efficiency within all aspects of the game, You may also consider syncing all your hatches with a lucky xp egg.
    – BiAiB
    Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 19:57

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They expire when used 3 times regardless of the egg. So basically you only have two options:

  • Hatch everything with anything:
    • Fast and expensive due to incubators expiring faster.
    • Good for mass hatching to increase chances for 10 km eggs.
    • Just make sure you don't hatch 2 km eggs with a limited incubator when your unlimited one is still available. Use that one first.
  • Hatch 2 km eggs only with the unlimited incubator:
    • This saves incubator time, but eggs are hatched slower.
    • Better chances to hatch decent Pokémon due to the nature of sitting on more 5 km eggs.

Both ways have their pros and cons.

I don't hatch 2 km eggs with limited incubators (and with the unlimited one only 2 km eggs to make room for new eggs for a 10 km chance), because they're just too rare to waste them on Pidgeys.
If you're aiming for 10 km eggs and you have enough Pokéstops around to refill your egg collection it's better to use your incubators for all kind of eggs, preferably 2 km eggs due to their faster hatch time. This is of course more expensive, but a lot faster as well.


The general idea is to use the infinite incubator as often as possible.

Imagine you have one 10km egg, five 2km eggs and 2 incubators (one infinite and one with limited number of uses). There are 2 ways to hatch these eggs:

  • use infinite incubator 5 times for 2km eggs and limited one once for 10km egg
  • use limited one 5 times for 2km eggs (you have to a buy second one) and infinite once for 10km egg

Hatching eggs both ways will take you 10kms, but the first way will consume only 1 charge unlike the second one that will consume 5 charges.

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    In short: longest hatching distance eggs always go in the limited incubators in case you want to be money efficient
    – thomaux
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 8:35

I always use it for the eggs that require the highest km to hatch.

Think of it this way, let's say you walk 30 km while always having eggs in your incubators. Your unlimited incubator gives you 30 km of "hatch-distance" during that time, no matter which eggs you put into it.

If you use the limited incubator 3 times for 2 km eggs, it'll be gone after 6 km, giving you only 6 km hatch-distance. if you use it for 3 10 km eggs, it'll last 5 times as long, giving you 30 km hatch-distance. So that would be more value for your money.


It depends on how you define "efficiency" in this context.

An incubator only has 3 uses, so as far as the number of eggs you can hatch are concerned, there's no difference between 2, 5 and 10km eggs.

If however you're looking to get the most kilometres or hours out of your limited-use incubators, you'll obviously want to use them to hatch 10km eggs since those take the most distance / time to hatch.

Another school of thought is to use these 'extra' incubators to burn off the 2km and 5km eggs since they are 'additional capacity' compared to having only the infinite-use incubator. If you're paying money for your incubators, this is probably not the most interesting strategy since you'll be buying more incubators this way (because you burn through them quicker).

Personally I use the extra incubators I get from leveling up on the 10km and 5km eggs while I burn off the 2km eggs with my infinite use incubator, because I don't currently plan to spend any money on extra incubators.


I'd say use the limited incubators to get rid of the 2km/5km eggs so you can have more space therefore more chance to earn 10k eggs.

I wish I did this earlier.

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