What does orange incense do in Pokémon Go?

It’s not a glitch.

Pokemon GO Incense

When players want to attract Pokémon to their location in Pokémon Go, they use their incense. It’s a great item that attracts any local Pokémon to their position without having to move. Sometimes, when players go to their bag to use the item, it appears orange instead of the traditional green. Many wonder if this is a new item, or if something is wrong with their game, but both thoughts are not true. The incense item remains the same. The color change signifies that the item will attract specific Pokémon, not every local spawn that can come through.

The change from green to orange coloring on the incense item means you can expect a specific variety of Pokémon to show up when you activate it. The swap usually happens around a particular event, which you can investigate by visiting the Today tab. You can do this by clicking the field research binoculars on the lower right-hand portion of your screen, and then swiping to the left. You should be able to see sections labeled the name of the event, and what exclusive bonuses are available. For example, during a Gastly Community Day event on July 20, 2020, from 11 am to 5 pm, Gastly had increased spawns worldwide. If you were to activate your incense, it would have been orange, and you have primarily been luring in Gastly to your location.

Whenever you see an orange incense available in your bag, it doesn’t hurt to swap over to your Today tab to see what’s going on. It’s a great way to ensure you receive Pokémon you want or any special ones available for a limited time. Plus, if you’re seeking as many Pokémon during an event, throwing down an incense increases your chances of catching one with phenomenal stats, and having enough candy to power it up.