Pokémon Go reinvents classic Routes feature

Pokémon Go reinvents classic Routes feature

Explore Like a Local: Pokémon Go’s Exciting New Feature

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Are you ready to embark on a thrilling adventure in Pokémon Go? Well, get ready because a new feature is about to take your gameplay to the next level! Starting Thursday, players will be able to create and explore custom Routes, introducing in-game pathways that lead to exciting encounters and intriguing sights. It’s like going on an epic walking tour within the game!

Forget about the typical Pokémon games where you wander aimlessly. With Routes, you can now explore the game’s PokéStops and Gyms in a whole new way. Get moving, discover interesting landmarks, and unleash your inner explorer! Plus, as you walk along these specially created Routes, you’ll earn some sweet rewards, including extra XP, Buddy Candy, and other bonuses. So, are you ready to start your journey?

According to Pokémon Go senior producer Chad Jones, Routes will allow players to explore cities, towns, and parks like true locals. It’s all about sharing the knowledge and creating in-between spaces that are hidden gems only known to those who are in the know. Think interesting hikes, secret paths, hidden gardens, and captivating art. Routes aims to show players the world through the eyes of the locals, just like popular mapping apps such as AllTrails and Strava do. It’s time to tap into the hidden wonders that even Google Maps can’t uncover!

Routes in Pokémon Go are not just limited to traditional walking tours. Let your imagination run wild and create unique experiences for other players. Organize historical walking tours, gather your friends for pub crawls, or form “raid trains” to conquer Gyms together. The possibilities are endless! You can even draw interesting shapes on the map, like a Pikachu, to make your Routes stand out. (Just be sure to keep it appropriate, as Niantic will review all Routes before they go live. Sorry, no rude drawings allowed!)

Want to create your own Route? It’s super easy! Simply choose a starting point from a PokéStop or Gym, hit “record” to map your Route, provide some info about it, and submit it for review. Once approved, other players will be able to see and explore your Route from the Nearby menu. So get those creative juices flowing and share your exciting journey with the Pokémon Go community!

But wait, there’s more! Along with Routes, you’ll also discover a new item: Zygarde Cells. As part of the new “From A to Zygarde” Special Research story, you’ll encounter Zygarde, the powerful “Order Pokémon.” Although Zygarde starts off relatively weak, you can enhance its strength by collecting Zygarde Cells and transforming it into its Complete Forme. With its newfound power, Zygarde can take on Legendary Pokémon like Xerneas and Yveltal. Get ready to unleash the full potential of Zygarde and conquer the Pokémon universe!

Not only will Routes open up exciting gameplay opportunities for players in larger cities, but it’s also a game-changer for those in rural areas. Niantic understands the importance of inclusivity and wants all players to have a fantastic Pokémon Go experience, regardless of where they live. So, rural trainers, get ready to dive into the action and progress like never before!

And here’s a little secret: Niantic has already created a few Routes, but players using the Wayfarer app have already started creating their own as well. It seems like Route creation will roll out gradually, with improvements and rewards for top-notch Routes. The possibilities are endless, and Niantic is open to ideas to make Pokémon Go even more exciting!

So, grab your Pokéballs, lace up your shoes, and get ready to explore like a local! Routes are waiting for you to uncover the hidden wonders of the Pokémon Go world. It’s time to make your gameplay sessions extraordinary!