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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


How to catch Dragonite easily in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:56

by Brent Koepp


One of the most popular Pokemon of all time, Dragonite, can now be caught in Sword & Shield. The lovable orange dragon was added to the RPG in its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here is how you can catch the majestic beast fast. 

In a first for the franchise, Game Freak opted out of a third game for its eighth generation release, Sword & Shield, in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, the Nintendo Switch title got its second DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The massive update brought a host of past gen favorites to Galar, including the beloved ‘mon Dragonite. The majestic beast has an incredibly low spawn rate, however a new method will have you catching it in literally no time at all.

dragonite pokedex entry
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Dragonite can now be caught in Sword & Shield.

How to catch Dragonite quickly in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Introduced in 1996, Dragonite has been one of the most beloved Pokemon for decades. According to its Pokedex entry, the creature is “kindhearted, and if it spots a drowning person or Pokémon, Dragonite simply must help them.”

While not a Legendary, the character is a fan favorite. Unfortunately for Sword & Shield owners, it also has one of the lowest spawn rates in the Crown Tundra DLC, with its lower evolutions having a 5% chance of showing up.

Thankfully, a method has been discovered that forces the monster to spawn. We will cover the steps below on how to find the Dragon-type, and it’ll have you adding it to your team in the quickest way possible.

ballimere lake map pokemon sword shield
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Dragonite can easily be found at Ballimere Lake near the Dyna Tree.

Steps to quickly catching Dragonite

  • Step 1: Hit the Home button on your Switch, and go to System Settings. Next, scroll down to the very bottom and click System. Go to Date and Time and set Synchronize Clock via Internet to OFF. Lastly, set your date to September 3, 2020.
  • Step 2: Fast travel to the Dyna Tree location. If step 1 was performed correctly, it should be thunderstorm weather. After spawning in front of the tree, immediately take a right, then a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower level.
  • Step 3: Due to the thunder, Dragonite will spawn in this location. You will see the lovable orange dragon walking around the overworld. Save your game first, then run into it and engage in a battle.
  • Step 4: We recommend using a Pokemon with False Swipe, or a sleep move. Using an Ultra Ball or higher will increase your odds. Should you accidentally knock it out or run out of items, reload your save and the monster will be in the exact same spot.
thunderstorm in pokemon crown tundra
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Dragonite walks around the overworld only during thunderstorms.

Dragonite in Pokemon Max Raid dens

Another method to securing Dragonite is through Max Raid dens. According to popular Pokemon outlet Serebii, there are five raid dens that the monster shows up in.

Based on tests we ran though, the weather method at Ballimere Lake is infinitely faster. However, those that want to catch the character this way can do so at the locations below.

  • Giant’s Bed
  • Path to the Peak
  • Frigid Sea
  • Three-Point Pass
  • Ballimere Lake
dragonite max raid battle
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The Dragon can also be found in Raid dens.

There are two other methods to get the orange Dragon, and that is either capturing its lower evolution Dratini in Dynamax Adventures, or finding it at Ballimere Lake at a 5% spawn rate. However the thunderstorm method is almost instant.

The Crown Tundra has given Sword & Shield players hours of new gameplay with the host of Legendaries and new monsters they can catch. Thankfully, Dragonite is fairly easy to secure.