Niantic's New Tool Will Make PokéStop Creation Easier Than Ever

By Alistair Jones on at

A new tool is about to make it easier to suggest points of interest in Niantic’s mobile games. Last night, the Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite developer announced the new Niantic Wayfarer system, allowing players across all of its games to nominate places without having to access individual titles.

Until recently, players could only suggest and review new Pokémon Go spots by logging into Niantic’s first game, Ingress. Recently, Ingress re-launched, complicating the process further. As all wayspots have to be manually reviewed to check they’re actually suitable, that was causing quite the backlog.

Wayfarer, however, is a browser-based tool that allows players to review those spots - rating their safety, accessibility, and cultural impact - without logging into one of Niantic’s games. If a spot is approved in Wayfarer, it’ll become a Portal in Ingress. A selection will then become PokéStops or Gyms in Pokémon Go and Inns, Taverns, or Fortresses in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

For now, access to Wayfarer is limited to Ingress users. Pokémon trainers should get access within the next few months, but would-be wizards will likely be waiting a little longer. You can get a full explainer of how Wayfarer will work in the video above.