Datamine: New ‘Iris’ AR+ Photography System

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Trainers, a new AR+ system seems to have been added in the most recent datamine, called ‘Iris’. After the removal of Shared AR in recent months the AR community were feeling rather neglected, but it appears a potential major overhaul may be on the horizon!

It appears that the update relates to the AR Buddy System, and may potentially not only bring back the shared AR experience, but stickers, new animations and more!

💡 Disclaimer  Everything in this article is data mined, and therefore subject to change,  or not even being released at all. Information referenced in this article is made publicly available by a group of data miners called PokéMiners. Our article includes some of our  own commentary from experience. Data mining is, and never will be, something Niantic or the Pokémon Company endorses.


The first group of assets seem to related to the new ‘Iris’ tutorial, teaching us how to use this new mode.

Iris Tutorial Rotate Graphic
Iris Tutorial Flying Graphic
Iris Tutorial Decorate Graphic
Iris Tutorial Intro Graphic
Iris Tutorial Reposition Graphic

The final asset is labelled as ‘rotation toy’, and appears to be a new way to interact with your Buddy to rotate their positioning. It can be seen in the ‘rotate’ graphic shown above in the tutorial graphics.


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It appears that a new camera menu is in the settings. Some trainers have reported seeing a camera button at the bottom of the main menu, as shown in the screenshot below from fellow writer phrixu.

Clicking on the camera button takes you to your Pokémon box, and when you select a Pokémon it opens up into AR mode. It works for both standard, and AR+ mode.

You can use stickers to decorate the pictures you take. Have fun and share your photos with others. You never know what you’ll find!
You can call a Pokémon back into its Pokéball by tapping the recall button. Your Pokémon will then be ready to move to a new location.
Find a flat surface and either tap the footprints or drag the Pokémon from the selection menu to place it.
You can take up to 3 Pokémon out of their Pokéball and take photos together! You may even encounter other Pokémon while there!
Use the group photo mode to take a perfect shot of your Pokémon! Or try playing with your Pokémon to see their different moods.
Tap the rotate button to start using the toy. Moving the toy around your Pokémon is sure to get its attention!
Connect to the Pokéstop Area by scanning the location first to view and interact with the Pokémon there.
Unless removed, your Pokémon will stay here for up to 48hrs until they get tired and return to you. While they’re away, they may greet other trainers and Pokémon!
Decorate and share your photos!
Reposition your Pokémon
Position your Pokémon
Take photos of your Pokémon with others!
Take a group photo
Rotate your Pokémon
Connect to Pokéstop Areas!
Your Pokémon will stay and play!

These texts related to the new ‘Iris’ motion. It appears in this new mode you will be able to take photos of multiple Pokémon at once, play with your Pokémon, use toys to interact with your Pokémon, create stickers, and more!


The new ‘Iris’ mode looks to be a major overhaul of the AR+ Buddy system, something AR photographers have been asking for for years. We know we are a more niche group, but seeing the reactions on twitter, I can firmly say we are hyped!

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Turtwig obsessive, real life Psyduck, Pokémon GO AR Photographer, found footage horror fan and Pokémon GO Hub AR Queen

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