Pokémon Go players are fed up with PokéStop scan missions, with many wondering why Niantic added them in the first place.
Since its launch, Pokémon Go has had its fair share of questionable features, with many fans criticizing things like Routes, PokéStop Trials, Party Play, and more. Naturally, some features take some getting used to, and many end up enjoying the new rewards or bonuses they can get by participating in them.
However, there is one feature that remains just as controversial as it was when it was first implemented in the game – PokéStop scans. In essence, by completing Field Research missions, you will be asked to scan a PokéStop or Arena, meaning you need to pick up your phone and film the landmark or feature that the PokéStop is highlighting. Naturally, this can get quite uncomfortable for some players.
Pokémon Go players are fed up with PokéStop scanning challenges
“Scanning PokéStops – who thought that was a good idea?” asked one player on the Pokémon Go Reddit.
He went on to explain his frustrations, explaining how “you have to film while moving for about 20 seconds” and that “local pokéstops are exclusively like playpens. I’m not going around filming the neighborhood children’s parks, especially as a grown man lol whoever thought this was ok should be fired.”
Many PokéStops are in places that are quite uncomfortable to film, such as a children’s park, a school, a church, or even a cemetery – so it’s understandable that players might not want to take out their camera.
Other fans joined the comments to express their frustrations: “Okay. All right. All right. I absolutely hate these scan tasks. They force us to miss the real research tasks that are necessary for events. Finding a PokéStop with actual search tasks is almost impossible where I live,” proving how annoying scans can be for rural players.
Luckily, one user shared a key tip for getting rid of these annoying tasks: “Just keep one at the top of your search and you’ll stop getting them. It’s boring, you’ll always have one there but you’ll still be able to stack 3 other real research tasks.”