December 8, 2021

Power up PokéStops to receive better rewards and create new AR experiences

Power up PokéStops to receive better rewards and create new AR experiences


We’re excited to announce Powered-Up PokéStops, a feature that will make new use of the AR Mapping tasks we introduced last year. Soon, you’ll be able to work with your fellow Trainers to complete AR Mapping tasks and create exciting new AR experiences for Trainers worldwide, simply by using your smart device to scan real-world PokéStop locations.

You’ll be able to power up certain PokéStops and Gyms for a limited period of time by completing AR Mapping tasks. Powered-Up PokéStops will look different on the map, and any Trainer who spins one will earn extra rewards. As more Trainers level 20 and above perform AR scans of a PokéStop, the rewards for spinning it will increase, and the PokéStop will be powered up for a longer period of time. Powered-Up PokéStops will have three visually distinct levels, and they’ll level up as more Trainers work together to scan the PokéStop. The scanning requirements to achieve each level are as follows.

  • Level 1: Five scans
  • Level 2: 10 scans
  • Level 3: 25 scans

To scan a PokéStop, go to the PokéStop or Gym’s details page and tap the three dots in the upper right. You must be level 20 or above to complete AR Mapping tasks.

  2. Opt in to the feature via the on-screen prompts if it’s your first time performing a scan.
  3. Tap the record button to start scanning. Keep the subject within the frame, and slowly walk around the subject if possible.
  4. Tap Upload Later or Upload Now to upload your scan.

Learn more about Powered-Up PokéStops, including the rewards they offer and the duration of time they’ll remain powered up at each level, in this help center article.

Curious about how to submit PokéStop AR scans ? We’ve put together a tutorial video that can be found here.

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—The Pokémon GO team