How to request a new Pokestop and gym in Pokemon Go – Full list of available countries

Published: 15/Jan/2019 17:06 Updated: 27/Jun/2019 1:38

by Paul Cot


PokeStops and gyms can either be found in abundance or sparingly depending on where you are. Consequently, Niantic have introduced the ability to request both of these to be added to the Pokemon Go map – known as the PokeStop nomination feature.

Pokemon Go PokeStop Submissions

PokeStop submissions through the Pokemon Go app are are becoming available in more and more countries, albeit in a beta state. Niantic first provided Brazil, South Korea and Ireland with the functionality.

Since then, Niantic have allowed more countries to experiment with adding PokeStops. The full list is as follows:

  • Brazil
  • South Korea
  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Vietnam
  • Peru
  • Indonesia
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Honduras
  • Belize
  • Ecuador
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Uruguay
  • Paraguay
  • Suriname
  • Guyana
  • Taiwan
  • Denmark
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Germany
  • Singapore

Submissions Through Ingress

Niantic’s other flagship game, Ingress, has something called portals. Without going into detail, these work similarly to PokeStops whereby they are actual locations in the game based on real places.

Ingress players have the ability to submit new portals for review. When these are accepted, they will also become PokeStops. As a result of this, Pokemon Go players are downloading Ingress to effectively request PokeStops.

Firstly, this is only possible if you downloaded the Ingress app prior to the Prime version of the app. The functionality to request portals/PokeStops isn’t yet available in Prime.

The older version of Ingress is called Redacted. Furthermore, there is a supposedly working solution to get the Redacted version today.

You need to find someone who already has the Redacted version and get them to invite you through a Google e-mail. This should allow you to create an account in the Redacted version.

Reaching level 10 is required to submit portals to the Operation Portal Recon (OPR). However, reaching level 12 is required to be able to review other player’s submissions. Disappointingly reaching level 12 takes twice as long as level 10.

It is important to reach level 12 because without doing so there will simply be submissions and few players reviewing them. This would result in little to none of the requests getting accepted.

Requesting PokeStops in the Pokemon Go app…

How Ingress OPR works from r/TheSilphRoad

Other Ways to Get PokeStops

If you don’t want to invest the time in Ingress then there are other alternatives. Unfortunately those alternatives don’t fully solve the problem.

The first alternative is to find a high level Ingress player to help speed the process along.

The second, and final alternative we’re aware of, is to wait for PokeStop submissions to be rolled out across Pokemon Go. Given this started in September 2018, news regarding this might be announced soon.

Last updated 21:38 ET, June 26, 2019


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.