Pokémon Go is the best mostly-broken game I’ve ever played. It crashes in the middle of battles. There are constant server issues. It’s a menace to my health and well-being that has burrowed itself into my heart like a blood clot. But as the game claws its way to usability, players are realising that Niantic did a really half-assed job setting up the in-game locations, and Pokémon Go is sending people to some really strange places.
Image: Bryan Menegus/Gizmodo. A few PokéStops from my neighbourhood. What on earth is a “historic bathroom”?
Aside from wandering around to catch monsters, the game involves walking to “gyms” and “PokéStops”, which are where Pokémon battle each other and where items are collected, respectively. Gyms and PokéStops are supposed to be linked to local landmarks. The trouble is that Niantic imported these “landmarks” from their earlier game, Ingress, where those locations were created and tagged by players, and seemingly never reviewed before becoming an integral element of a game for children.
Aside, of couse, from the incident in which a Wyoming teen found a dead body while playing the game, many of these locations are irrelevant, bizarre, or borderline offensive, and players are beginning to catalogue them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit’s r/TheSilphRoad. Compiled below are the strangest PokéStop locations people are claiming to have come across. They have been verified against the Ingress game map wherever possible. Leave your own examples in the comments.
Strip Clubs and Sex Shops
— Gajan Kulasingham (@gogogajman) July 8, 2016
@iPokemonGO found a Pokéstop at Seattle’s Club Z, which, according to the Ingress description, is home to an all-hours mirrored gloryhole maze. While the business’s floor plan does show a glory hole room on the third floor, Gizmodo is unable to confirm how reflective it is or its hours of operation at this time.
An Alarming Number of Abortion Memorials
Nope. Ain't goin to this pokestop pic.twitter.com/ZomPLBrqew
— Gab Landicho (@gablandicho) July 6, 2016
Gravestones and Mausoleums
My nearest Pokemon Gym is right through this overgrown thicket. It's….oh….ohhhh… pic.twitter.com/0u6lJurY4U
— Minovsky (@MinovskyArticle) July 7, 2016
Tumblr user drawn4life also discovered a PokéStop at the gravesite of “a great guy” only identified as Nick at the Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery in Everett, WA. YouTubers Beware The Flood were directed to a graveyard in Allentown, PA beside a strip club. An unidentified mausoleum was also found by merrcilessly.
Dick’s Balls and This Gigantic Cock
Some Sort of Monument to Chiang Kai Shek???
One of Pokemon Go's pokestop around my area hahaahah ang astiig pic.twitter.com/FVweVfVVoq
— Angela Miranda 陳美金 (@NatsukiHanamura) July 6, 2016
Who, if memory serves, killed a whole lot of people.
A Church of Scientology building
— Adam Fletcher (@PezRadar) July 9, 2016
This Restaurant Called Poke Stop
The 9/11 Memorial Pool
— Erica H. (@bigratsgoboom) July 7, 2016
Just say it Niantic. Just come out and say, “we’re not even fucking trying.”
- A “Fallopian tube shaped play area“
- This creepy shed
- A mural of Bob Ross or possibly Charles Manson
- An ugly, vacant-looking dog statue thing in Warsaw
- A gigantic clown sculpture
- Finland’s premier abandoned hot dog cart
- The Nutella tree
- Muffler Man
- Topiary of Sesame Street‘s Elmo which appears to be screaming
- Croatia’s abandoned dreams
- A GameStop with artistic ambitions
- Sad Fountain