Catch Cards in Pokémon GO

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Catch Cards are part of a brand new feature in Pokémon GO, also known as Catch & Share. It enables players to share Pokémon they’ve caught, including the location of the catch, with other players in Campfire.

At the time of writing, there have been major privacy concerns with this particular aspect of Campfire, as trainers were setting Catch Cards to ‘only me’ privacy, but notifications were being sent out sharing them with their friends lists, which included the exact location of the catch. This has now apparently been fixed and was a bug, but it still raises concerns that players could accidentally doxx themselves due to a bug within the feature.

The locations can be zoomed in on to give fairly accurate street addresses, so please be wary with how you use this feature, and consider carefully the information you share. As an example, this is a very zoomed out screenshot from my own Campfire app, I can zoom in to see the streets these Pokémon were caught on, and by whom.

This feature is currently rolling out so if not yet available to all trainers, but it will be eventually, excluding child accounts.

How to Share Catch Cards

There are two ways that you can share your Catch Cards with other players in Campfire using Catch & Share:

  • Sharing a recently caught Pokémon in the wild
  • Sharing a recently caught Pokémon from a raid 

All public posts can be seen by other players and can be “liked” by tapping the heart icon. You can also share your posts privately with a select audience of your choosing. When someone likes your photo, you will get a notification. At this time, comments are not available for Catch & Share posts.

Please note that the Catch & Share feature is not available for Trainers with child accounts.

Wild Pokémon

To share a recently caught Pokémon from the wild to Campfire:

  • Tap on the menu button on the bottom right hand side of the screen once the Pokémon has been caught and tap on “Catch Card”.
  • From this screen you can share the default Catch Card for your Pokémon by selecting the “Share To Campfire” option. You will then be taken to Campfire to create your post. 
  • At this moment, users cannot share an AR Catch Card to Campfire.
  • You will have the option to write a description, show the general location that the Pokémon was caught, and have the option to make the post private, visible to only friends, or public. Please note that when you make the post visible to your friends or the public, the location of where you caught the Pokémon will also be visible on the Campfire map to the selected audience.

 

Raid Pokémon

Similarly to sharing recently caught wild Pokémon, Pokémon caught at a raid can be shared to Campfire as a post. 

To share a recently caught Pokémon from a raid to Campfire:

  • Tap on the menu button on the bottom right hand side of the screen once the Pokémon has been caught and tap on “Catch Card”.
  • To share the default Catch Card, tap on “Share to Campfire.” You will then be taken to Campfire to create your post, the same way a wild Pokémon post works.

  

Privacy Settings

When you post a Catch Card to Campfire, you are able to select who can see the post. You can either make the post private (only visible to you), make it visible to only your friends, or you can make it public. This can be edited at any time by tapping on your post and selecting a different option. 

The location where you catch the Pokémon is always displayed on the Catch Card. Please note that when you post to Campfire and make the post visible to your friends or the public, the location of where the Pokémon was caught will also be visible on the Campfire map to the selected audience. Set your post to “only me” if you do not wish for the location of where the Pokémon was caught to be visible to others on the Campfire map. 

To delete a post, tap on your shared photo, select the three dots on the bottom right hand side of your photo, and tap delete. 

Viewing and sharing posts in Campfire

Catch & Share posts are available on the Campfire map to view when you log in to Campfire. Players can see their own recent posts for 24 hours, friend’s posts for up to 24 hours or more, and all recent public posts in their area.

Reporting a post

If you find an inappropriate post or violations of the Niantic Player Guidelines, the best thing to do is report it. 

To report a post, tap the photo for the post on the map, tap the photo again, select the three dots at the bottom of the photo, and select “Report.” From there you can select the reason for your report, and add a brief description. 

 

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