There is more than one goal for trainers to hit with the new game Pokémon Go. If you don’t know already, this Augmented Reality app is one of the biggest in the world right now, and it is absolutely free to play. With micro-transactions, of course. At its most basic level, Pokémon Go is a hunting game. You go out into the world, find and capture Pokémon of different species and types. In order to catch all of the Pokémon that you want, you are going to have to explore parts of your country and neighborhood that you have never seen before.
What you probably didn’t realize is that the Pokéstops are by far the most important aspect of the game. These specially marked areas of interest are usually landmarks, historical sites, and religious buildings. In order to be a better Pokémon master, you need to hunt down each of these places and mark them for future reference. They have a ton of special items available, and are hotspots for different trainers to come together and catch Pokémon using a concentrated team effort.
What Exactly is a Pokéstop?
Let’s start off with the basics. A Pokéstop is a hotspot in your community that can be any historical landmark or location. In order to find these, you have to walk all around your city or your town. The larger cities have more than one stop. They can be buildings, statues, and even pieces of art that have some sort of historical significance. On your travels in the world of Pokémon Go, hitting up the Pokéstops that you find and picking the special items they drop is going to be a crucial part of advancing, winning battles and leveling up in game.
How Do I Find One?
In order to find a Pokéstop you just need to be a little more observant than usual as you walk around in the game. Keep a close eye on the map, and watch out for a little blue marker. This marker shows off a Pokéstop. If it is outside visible range for you, it is going to show up as a blue cube suspended on the edge of the map. As the cubes get closer (as you walk towards them or in their general direction), they change into bluish Poké Balls.
Stock Up and Stay Stocked!
One of the best parts about Pokéstops is that they let you pick up certain items. If you find a stop on your map, tap on its icon. It will show you, in the form of a popup, what the stop looks like in real life. If you swipe the picture, a list of the available items at the stop comes up in the form of bubbles. You can pop these to get the stuff you want. It is usually up to RNG for the drops, although some of the items are locked until you reach certain levels. Each stop also has a cooldown timer of 5 minutes.
In order to level up and stock up a bit faster than usual, make sure that you find all the Pokéstops in your area and unlock them. This way you can just wander back through them every now and then so that you can pick up more items and restock over and over again. Happy hunting, Trainer!