Pokémon Go players may occasionally notice that their Incense containers, usually green, may turn orange. This often happens during a special in-game occasion, such as the ongoing Lake Legends event.
Orange incense containers first appeared in May of 2020, and players suspected that Niantic might introduce other colours of incense to coincide with other events, but thus far, orange is the only unusual colour to be introduced.
Your entire stash of Incense containers will turn orange during relevant events – this isn’t a new item to seek out, but rather a slight tweak to your normal inventory items.
What do orange Incense containers mean in Pokémon Go?
In Pokémon Go, orange Incense containers will attract event specific Pokémon at a higher rate. For example, during the ongoing Lake Legend event, orange containers will increase the spawn rate of Pokémon including Psyduck, Abra, Magikarp, and Goldeen – an excellent perk for those who are shiny hunting.
After the event has finished, the orange Incense containers will likely return to their normal green colour, and will no longer provide a special spawn rate for specific Pokémon.
The full list of Pokémon that are featured during the Lake Legend event is as follows: Psyduck, Abra, Kadabra, Goldeen, Magikarp, Lickitung, Ralts, Surskit, Starly , Bidoof, and Shellos.
How to use orange Incense in Pokémon Go
Using orange Incense is the same as using traditional green Incense in Pokémon Go: simply tap the Incense in your Items list, and it will activate.
At present, Orange Incense will spawn one additional Pokémon every minute or 200 metres while moving (whichever happens first), and while standing still, it will spawn an addition Pokémon every five minutes.
Orange Incense lasts for one hour at the moment, as Niantic has extended its effectiveness as one of the ways the game has been tweaked in response to the ongoing pandemic and the need for better social distancing.
Orange Incense can be purchased individually from the Pokémon Go shop for 40 PokéCoins, or alternatively, eight Incenses cost 250 PokéCoins. After the current event finishes, these orange Incenses will return to their normal green colour.