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Can you create routes in Pokémon Go?

You can create new Routes, but there’s a small catch right now.
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Routes are one of the latest additions to hit Pokémon Go, and honestly, they are a rather divisive feature.

Routes are how you earn Zygarde Cells, which you use to change the form of the Zygarde you earned during the Special Research task A to Zygarde.

We’ll cut to the chase – Yes, you can create Routes in Pokémon Go, but the feature isn’t available to everyone. We’ll show you how to access the create Route feature below.

While some users already have access to creating a new Route in Pokémon Go, many players do not have the functionality, yet. According to Pokémon Go Hub, Route creation was first released to Wayfarer users and other select players.

However, even if you don’t have the ability to create a new Route, you can still walk already-created Routes and earn Zygarde Cells, catch Pokémon, and more.

How to create a Route in Pokémon Go

If you have the functionality to create a new Route (or just want to check if you do), we’ll show you two different ways to do that below.

Create a Route from your Pokémon Go player profile

Time needed: 1 minute

  1. Open your player profile

    Do this by tapping on your player profile icon in the bottom-left cornerpokemon go player profile icon

  2. Locate the Route Badges section

    Scroll down on your profile page until you reach the Route Badgets sectionroute badges section on player profile

  3. If you have the functionality, you’ll see a button prompting you to Create a New Route

That’s it! If you have the functionality, you can now go ahead and create a new Route. But, there is another way to create a Route, which we’ll showcase below.

Create a Route from the Nearby tab

While the above method works perfectly fine for creating a new Route, you have another option, that might be easier for you. This is accomplished from the Nearby tab.

  1. Tap on the Nearby tab as shown below
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  1. Scroll over to Routes and look for the button inviting players to Create a New Route
nearby tab for routes
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      If you have the feature available to you, you’ll see a button below Nearby Routes, that invites you to create a new Route.

      Routes are interesting, but will players latch on to the feature?

      Ultimately, Routes are an interesting addition to Pokémon Go, but at present, the feature seems limited.

      Small-town players have limited to no Routes available and those in larger cities have noted that Routes are inconsistent. Some Routes go through areas that are tough to explore and others have reported that you have to stick to the line exactly or you don’t get credit.

      The second point is an issue because of GPS bounce that is sometimes present in the game. Typically this is out of your control and could make certain Routes frustrating.

      Regardless the feature is now in the game, so hopefully players will create some fun, interesting, and rewarding Routes!

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