PokéStops are where you’ll find Items to use in Pokémon Go. Visiting PokéStops is a great way to save money; why buy these items when you can collect them for free?
How to Find PokéStops
Trainers can find PokéStops just about anywhere. You will often find them in public locations that have artwork, unique architecture or offer a gathering space. PokéStops are shown on your map as blue squares. Tapping on the blue square will open the PokéStop, showing a photo of where it is and the name of that location.
How to Collect Items from PokéStops
You must be close to a PokéStop to collect from it. As you get close to one, it will change from a blue square to a floating blue PokéBall. Get closer still and it will start spinning. You’re close enough now – tap on the PokéStop to open it, and then swipe across your screen to spin it and release your items. After you collect from a PokéStop, it will turn purple. You can collect from that PokéStop again when it returns to blue color, which takes approximately 5 minutes. You do not need to leave the PokéStop for it to return to a purple color; you just need to wait the 5 minutes.
Here’s What You Get
Visting PokéStops will help you collect a variety of items, including PokéBalls, Eggs and Revives. Also, each time you spin a PokéStop, you’ll get 50XP! Players at higher levels get better items, as you can see here:
- PokéBalls (Great Balls at level 12+ and Ultra Balls at level 20+) – These are used to catch Pokémon.
- Razz Berries (level 8+) – These can be fed to Pokémon to make them easier to catch.
- Potions (Potions at level 5+, Super Potions at level 10+, Hyper Potions at level 15+, Max Potions at level 25+) – These are used to heal your Pokémon after battling.
- Revives (Revives at level 5+, Max Revives at level 30+) – These can be used to restore a Pokémon after it has fainted during a battle.
PokéStop Pro Tips
- Find a cluster of PokéStops and spend time playing the game in that location to collect more items.
- Use a Lure Module at a PokéStop so you can capture Pokémon while you are collecting items.
- Keep an eye on how many items are in your bag; if you have 350, you can’t collect more.
- PokéStops can only be accessed when in range; if you are in a moving vehicle, you may not be able to collect items.
- When you see your PokéStop items appear on the screen in bubbles, you can click on each bubble or just exit out of this PokéStop to put the items in your bag.
- Curious about how many PokéStops you’ve visited? The Backpacker medal will tell you. Click on your avatar on the lower left of your screen to find this.