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A PokéStop (Japanese: ポケストップ PokéStop) is a type of location in Pokémon GO.
In the Map View, PokéStops are marked as blue or purple floating cubes. When the player is within range of a PokéStop, the cube will turn into a Poké Ball symbol. PokéStops that the player has not searched since June 21, 2017 are surrounded by a blue ring.
Several PokéStops in an urban area. The PokéStops with pink particles around them have active Lure Modules.
PokéStops are fixed locations in the real world that players must physically visit to obtain items. PokéStops are generally in public locations, including (but not limited to) public artwork/murals, places of worship, libraries, famous landmarks, police stations, fire stations, and public parks. While players must be physically close to PokéStops to collect items, they generally do not need to enter the building to be close enough (if the PokéStop is a building).
PokéStops are based on a selection of portals from the Niantic game Ingress. Until 2015, Ingress players could submit proposals for portals which subsequently had to be approved by Niantic.
If for some reason a physical location is unsuitable as a PokéStop, players may send a request to Niantic via the Pokémon GO website or Niantic Support official Twitter account to remove it from the game. This could be due to safety concerns or if there is an error related to the PokéStop (the landmark no longer exists, never existed in the first place, or has been converted to a different use such as a private residence).
Inspecting a PokéStop
If a PokéStop is visible in the Map View, it can still be inspected even if it is outside of range.
When a player taps on a PokéStop, it will show the name of the PokéStop, the start of its description (if any), a photo of its real-world location, and the contents of its PokéStop Module slot. If a player taps the name, it will show a larger version of the photo and the full description of the location (if any). If the player taps on the PokéStop Module slot, they can view the player whose PokéStop Module is currently placed (if it has a Module) or place their own (if it does not and they are within range).
Searching a PokéStop
Players may search PokéStops to collect items and/or Eggs. To search a PokéStop, the player must tap on it, then spin the PokéStop's Photo Disc while within range. This will cause 3 to 5 items and/or Eggs to appear in bubbles that emerge from the Photo Disc. While it is possible to tap the bubbles to collect their contents, they will be collected regardless. In addition, searching a PokéStop gives the player 50 XP (250 XP if it is the first time the player has searched the PokéStop since June 21, 2017).
Once the player has searched a PokéStop, it will turn purple for that player only for 5-10 minutes. The player cannot search a purple PokéStop until it turns blue again.
The items that searching a PokéStop can yield are dependent on the player's level, with certain items not being unlocked until later levels. Searching a PokéStop will not yield Eggs if the player already has the maximum 9 Eggs. Multiple of the same item can be obtained from a single search.
If the player searches 10 different PokéStops in a row, upon spinning the tenth PokéStop they will receive a large number of items and an Egg. If the player visits any PokéStop twice within a chain, the chain is broken.
Daily bonuses were added to Pokémon GO in version 0.45.0 (labelled 1.15.0 on the iOS App Store), which was released on November 7, 2016. The first PokéStop or Gym the player searches each day (local time) earn the player a bonus 500 XP and extra items. If the player searches PokéStops or Gyms every day for 7 days in a row, they will earn a bonus of 2500 XP and even more items.
Evolution items (the Dragon Scale, King's Rock, Metal Coat, Sun Stone, and Up-Grade) are only found rarely. From March 21, 2017 onward, the player is guaranteed to find an Evolution item when obtaining the bonus for searching a PokéStop or Gym for the seventh day in a row.
While within range of a PokéStop, a player can place a PokéStop Module in its Module slot, providing a temporary effect to the PokéStop. A PokéStop can only have one PokéStop Module at a time, meaning that a new PokéStop Module cannot be placed until the old one runs out. PokéStop Modules are one-time use items, and cannot be removed after being placed. Any player inspecting a PokéStop can view the username of the player who added the PokéStop Module. Currently, there is only one type of PokéStop Module, the Lure Module.
A Lure Module placed in a PokéStop's Module slot will remain for 30 minutes. While in the slot, it increases the frequency that wild Pokémon appear near the PokéStop. This impacts all nearby players of Pokémon GO, not just the player who placed the Lure Module. A PokéStop that has a Lure Module in its Module slot will be displayed as having pink particles around it in the Map View.
Niantic has expressed interest in releasing other kinds of PokéStop Modules; however, this has yet to come to pass.
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