With the recent update from Niantic, the level required to use the Wayfarer System has reduced to Level 38 for Pokémon Go players. But for using the Niantic Wayfarer System one must pass a small Test, for which only 2 attempts are provided. If one fails at the first attempt they are required to wait for 1 month for the next attempt. If you are still unable to clear the test then you will be permanently blocked from using the System ever.
So, it is very important to understand the guidelines which make a Waystop eligible or ineligible. I will be sharing a sample test, important guidelines and few resources contributed by the community.
Wayfarer Test Guide
1. Locations with a cool story, a place in history, or educational value
2. Popular local spots that you would take a friend visiting your community for the first time.
3. Popular spots where locals gather but are lesser-known outside the community
4. Tourist spots that showcase local flavor and culture and that make your city/neighborhood unique
5. Adventurous, off-the-beaten-path tourist attractions—think lookout towers, observatories, signs or markers atop mountain peaks, etc.
6. Statues, paintings, mosaics, light installations, etc.
7. Venues that showcase fine art (e.g., performance art theaters and museums)
8. Buildings designed by renowned architects/structures famous specifically for their architecture
9. Public Parks – However, park benches, picnic tables, or other common features might not meet criteria unless there is something significant about them.
10. Public Libraries – As long as they do not appear to be located on private residential property; This does not include mobile libraries.
11. Public Places of Worship – This does not include places of worship that also host childcare centers, preschools, or primary/secondary schools.
12. Title and Description Guidelines
- A Wayspot may not have an “official” title (i.e., fountains and statues without names), but creative titles are welcome to distinguish the nominated Wayspot from other similar Wayspots.
- Please do not include real names, codenames, or faction/team names.
- Please do not include emojis or emoticons.
- Please do not include HTML.
- Descriptions are not required, but consider including detailed information that users might find interesting about the Wayspot. For example, interesting facts about art, architecture, historical significance, etc. You can also use the description to explain why the Wayspot is unique, historical, or significant.
- The “Description” field on Wayspot submissions may be used to populate the “More Info” link on the Wayspot details page.
1. Nominations that are images of mass-produced art pieces or objects
2. Nominations with no safe pedestrian access to the Wayspot’s real-world location
3. Nominations with images that are not objects, but rather people, body parts, or live animals.
4. Nominations that are images of natural features – includes nominations where the subject is a lake, river, stream, mountain, volcano, waterfall, etc. However, images of man-made points of interest (plaques, signs, etc.) near natural features are acceptable.
5. Nominations that are images of objects that are not permanent
6. Nominations that are images of objects that do not have a fixed real-world location – includes operational boats/trains, food trucks, or mobile libraries.
7. Nominations with a photo or other materials to which you do not own the copyright (i.e. watermarked photos, photos from the internet, etc.).
8. Nominations whose real-world location appears to be located on private residential property (including farms)
9. Nominations whose real-world location appears to obstruct the driveways of emergency services
10. Nominations whose real-world location appears to be on the grounds of primary/secondary schools, child care centers, or daycare centers
11. Nominations that are images of adult-oriented stores or services – includes liquor stores, adult entertainment, shooting ranges, firearm stores, etc. Establishments that serve alcoholic beverages like bars and pubs are acceptable.
Sample Wayfarer Test
Wayfarer Criteria – This Sheet contains many suggestions regarding do and don’t for creating wayspots.
Niantic Wayfarer Help – The official documentation containing all the information you will ever need.
Below are videos released by Niantic explaining about Wayfarer System.