PokéStop marker

PokeStop Example Bike

A PokéStop

PokéStops are one of the main and most recognisable game elements. They can be seen and access only in the Map View, as they are the real-world locations in places such as historical markers, monuments, art installations, churches, etc.

PokéStops have two purposes in general:

  • They're common source for most of items and only source of Pokémon Eggs
  • They gather around them wild Pokémon, both these that spawn naturally (they can be seen in Nearby section of Tracker) and these that are lured with a Lure Module activated in the specific PokéStop.

Photo DiscEdit

Photo Discs are round discs with the photograph of an object or a place for which specific PokéStop or Gym is placed. There are placed at the center of a PokéStop and they can also be found at Gyms by selecting the Photo Disc button. When a Trainer swipes the disc, a random number of completely random items will be given to the Trainer and added to their Items Bag.[1]

Once a trainer has collected items from a PokéStop, it cools down for a short period of time, that is 5 minutes. It turns purple to indicate that it is inactive. Once the cooldown period expires, it will became blue again and items can be collected once again.

To help Trainers explore new places in the real world, PokéStops they haven't previously visited will appear surrounded by rings. Once they spin the Photo Disc, the rings will disappear indicating that they've explored the location. [1]

Possible dropsEdit

Following items can be obtained by spinning Photo Discs of both PokéStops and Gyms.



  • Trainers earn bonus items when visiting Gyms controlled by their team. If they have a Badge for the Gym they're visiting, they will earn additional bonus items as well. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gather items at PokéStops and Gyms. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-07-19.