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Powering-up PokéStops – Pokémon Go guide

How to power-up PokéStops using AR mapping

A trainer walks near Pokestops in a photo of Pokémon Go running on an iPhone Photo: Michael McWhertor/Polygon
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Pokémon Go players can now power-up PokéStops, which makes them drop more items. To power them up, you’ll need to make use of AR mapping and scan the stops. Our Pokémon Go guide explains how to power-up PokéStops and what kind of rewards you get.


How to scan and power-up a PokéStop

You need to be at least level 20 to power-up a PokéStop. Once you meet this requirement, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Ensure that the PokéStop has AR mapping enabled. (Only those will be eligible for powering up.)
  2. Tap the PokéStop, and tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap “Scan PokéStop.”
  4. Hit the record button, and record a 360 degree video of the PokéStop, walking around it while keeping the camera on it.
  5. Upload the scan.

Doing this will contribute to the PokéStop’s power level.

You can see more information on what Niantic is looking for from a scan on the developer’s help center post.


PokéStop power levels and rewards

According to the researchers on The Silph Road subreddit, levels and rewards are as follows:

  • Level 1: Requires five scans, rewards one bonus item, and lasts for two days.
  • Level 2: Requires 10 total scans, rewards two bonus items, buddy Pokémon gain a bonus heart from spins, and lasts for 2.5 days.
  • Level 3: Requires 25 total scans, rewards two bonus items, lures in more Pokémon, and lasts for three days.

Whether or not the rewards are worth it or not is up to you, as it can be awkward to take videos of PokéStops in public areas, especially if people don’t really know what you’re doing.

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