Players of Pokémon Go are only now discovering the subtle differences between PokéStops and how they influence their actions.
PokéStops in Pokémon Go are a vital resource for players, as they provide free items and can act as spawn points for Rocket Minions and their powerful leaders, giving you the chance to capture Shadow Pokémon.
PokéStops also act as natural gathering points for fans, especially since many are placed near famous landmarks and tourist sites. This means thatPokémon Go players regularly see PokéStops throughout their day, playing the game and exploring the outside world.
The fact that PokéStops are such a regular sight means that they become part of the landscape. However, many players are not even aware that PokéStops have different designs, indicating what is currently happening with them.
Pokémon Go players find out what the shapes and heights of PokéStops mean
A user on the Pokémon Go Reddit created a thread asking what the differences were between PokéStops with square and round bases. It turns out there’s more to PokéStop designs than anyone realized.
“There is a boost feature that levels up the PokéStop by scanning it – this is indicated by a round base. A square base is a normal PokéStop,” one user said, explaining the differences.
“Not really, but their height matters,” one user explained, “If a PokéStop is taller than the others, it can be scanned (filmed) for bonus rewards. If a PokéStop has a white circle around it, that means you haven’t spun it yet.”
“If the square of an inaccessible PokéStop starts spinning violently, it means there is a Team GO Rocket Minion supporting it.”
“What about the blue posts with a vertical diamond pattern well below the top (below the blue circle/square you are talking about)?” one user asked, and another replied, “I think this indicates a sponsored PokéStop? Like corporate sponsors.” This refers to the advertising PokéStops that exist in Pokémon Go.
Scanning the Photo Disc of a PokéStop while approaching it is possible. This can be done to increase its level, which means it will provide better items and change its appearance. If you live near one, it’s worth taking the time to boost it, as it will provide better loot in the future.