When Pokémon Go disrupted everyone’s lives last week, it injected hometowns across the world with a little bit of mystery alongside loads of digital pocket monsters. What sort of weird new routes through town would you discover? What parts of the city held different types of Pokémon? What locations in your city are important enough to be the gyms and Pokéstops? But that mystery was never meant to last. You can’t be the very best (like no one ever was) by aimlessly wandering. Even mealtimes must be dedicated to the cause of [pretend I said your favorite arbitrary team allegiance here]. Luckily, Yelp has our backs.
For anyone who wants know if that hot new spaghetti grilled cheese place also has a place to stock up on Pokéballs nearby, the rating website has introduced a Pokéstop filter.
For the uninitiated, a Pokéstop is a location that essentially works as a real-life item drop. Pokémon Go players stop at the location to restock on Pokéballs, potions and other important items. Previously, you might have actually had to walk around to find these all-important locations, but Yelp is taking the guesswork out with the “Pokéstop nearby” filter.
Much like their own ratings, Yelp is relying on their users to identify restaurants with nearby Pokéstops.
“In order to leave no PokéStop unturned, we need your help! To identify a business that’s in the vicinity of a PokéStop, check-in to that location on Yelp and answer a quick question to let fellow Yelpers and trainers know that this is the place they want to be,” the company wrote in a blog post unveiling the new feature. “In just the past 24 hours, Yelpers have already identified thousands of PokéStops! With your help, we’ll become Pokémon masters in no time.”
While it may suck a bit of the fun out of the game, at least it will keep you from having to visit “Cross Guy” and “Big Dumb Red Art.”