AR Mapping Tasks Are Now Live in Pokemon Go

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Article by Brian Tien

Another new feature is coming to Pokemon Go, as well as a new source of items for us!

Players Lv.20 and up now have the ability to obtain special research tasks and scan Pokestops/gyms in order to receive special rewards. This will help Niantic to create a more in-depth map for Pokemon Go and their other games and help to make them more realistic in the future. 

  • Make sure that you turn on "Enable Pokestop Scan" in the game's settings, otherwise you will not receive these special research tasks
  • When a task is given, players will be allowed to scan the stop that dropped the research or another stop within a set distance from it.
  • Niantic Kids accounts can't join in with this feature currently, though parents will be able to enable the feature in the future

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An exciting feature is coming! You can soon experience Pokémon GO in a whole new way with AR Mapping tasks.

Certain PokéStops will have a special design indicating that you’ll receive an AR Mapping task when you spin them! The task will require you to complete an action either at the PokéStop where you received the task or at another PokéStop within a certain radius. Complete the task by heading on over to the AR scanning screen and exploring the area around you. This task will count as your daily Field Research task.

Trainers level 20 and up will have access to this new feature beginning on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This feature will not be available to Niantic Kids accounts at launch. In the future, parents will have the option to toggle this feature on for Niantic Kids accounts. Stay tuned for updates on when that option will become available.

For more details on AR Mapping tasks, check out this help center article.

We’re excited for the future of AR in Pokémon GO and hope you are, too. Let’s GO!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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