0.205.0 APK Teardown Part 2: More on Routes!

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Hello Trainers! The Pokéminers have come through again with more details on the latest 0.205.0 update. They’ve dug up a lot more details on the routes, and a little more. You can read the Pokéminers breakdown here. Go give them an upvote! You can read the article about the original teardown here.

You know the drill by now, everything in this article is datamined, and therefore subject to be changed or not even being released at all. You’ll see a running theme as we go along as well, that a lot of this seems unfinished.

While there is a lot of information here, there are large parts that just don’t seem ready yet. So with all of that in mind, keep your expectations at a reasonable level and let’s dive in!

Route Badge

Routes will have badges associated with them much like how gym badges work. Each route will have its own badge, there will be different versions of the badges (bronze, silver, gold, etc). When displayed, the badges will show you a bunch of interesting information.

The badges will have some interesting information attached to them.

  • The Route Name, Description, and Image
  • The route starting position
  • Who created the route.
  • Estimated time it’ll take you to complete it, or how long it took to be created? This one’s unclear, likely the first one.
  • The number of times you completed the route.
  • Last time you walked the route.
  • The number of stamps you have earned on the route
  • The last POIs interacted with on the route

Route Stamps

Spinning stops on the route will reward you with stamps that you can view in the badge menu. Stamps appear to have a type and a colour, but these don’t have subcategories so it’s likely unfinished at this point.

NPC Dialogue

There is a new dialogue system added into the game which looks identical to the existing dialogue system used for Team Go Rocket. It seems at this point it’s just placeholder code, which lends more support to this feature isn’t quite finished just yet.

Route Activities

It does appear that the NPC’s will be used to guide trainers through different activities, which are:

  • No Activity
  • Trade Pokemon
  • Compare Pokemon
  • Trade Gift

It’s not clear if these activities will be based on individual stops, or the entire routes themselves. However, the miners believe they will be based on stops, as each stop appears to contain one of the above activities.

The Pokémon Trade, and Trade gift sections don’t have much in the way of code inside them, again, another sign this isn’t quite ready. Given what we’re about to talk about below, the Pokémon Trade and Trade gift functions won’t be with other players, but the afore mentioned NPC. Kinda like trading your Pokémon for a regional variant of the same Pokémon in the main series games. (ex: Rattata for Alolan Rattata)

The Compare Challenge!

The Compare section, however, does have quite a bit. It appears that you’ll need to compare a Pokémon of yours to one that the NPC has? You’ll have to compare your Pokémon to theirs in one of several categories:

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Age
  • Walked Distance
  • CP
  • Max HP

So, if the NPC shows you an extra large Magikarp for example, and says “My Magikarp is 13kg, I bet you don’t have a Magikarp bigger than mine!” You would search your Pokébox for a Magikarp that’s greater than 13kg and show it to the NPC. Then you would win the challenge and get a prize? Maybe?


An interesting tidbit is that the Routes and the tappables both have separate toggles, so Niantic can turn one on without the other. So perhaps they are not related?


Tappables appear to be linked to pokéstops on the route specifically, and it looks they’ll appear on the ground around the Pokéstop and your buddy will be able to collect them. The game appears to keep track of the number of tappables, and how many you’ve collected separately.

Disclaimer: Just because something is on this list doesn’t mean that it’ll be added as a reward from the routes. I’m looking at you Pokécoins.

  • Evolution items
  • Stardust
  • Pokécoins
  • Candy
  • XP
  • Eggs
  • Clothing
  • Stickers
  • Mega Energy
  • XL Candy

Tappable Settings

Tappable settings will need to be pushed to the Game Master, so they’ll be visible when they are pushed. However they will have settings like:

  • Visual radius
  • Spawn angle
  • Movement respawn threshold
  • Buddy FOV
  • Buddy collect chance
  • Average tappables the player can see
  • A toggle to disable the player from actually being able to collect tappables.

Route Postcards

This is new! There’s no code surrounding sending the postcards, only receiving them. Again, unfinished?

You’ll receive postcards at specific Pokéstops along the route, and they will contain:

  • The player’s public profile and their buddy (including their nickname)

    • The buddy section of the postcard also has a candy rewarded section too. Perhaps you’ll get candy for the senders buddy Pokémon?

  • The stops name, description, image, etc

Wild Snapshot Quests

Another feature already datamined, however what’s new is the game keeps track of which Pokémon your taking the snapshot of, what type(s) it is, and how many pictures you’ve taken.

Misc stuff

  • The Event Banner section in the today view can now automatically rotate through multiple images.
  • Nearby raid notifications can now be turned off remotely from the server.
  • When a battle request comes in it now contains what type of battle it is: (Friend, GBL, Rocket, etc).
  • A bunch of new error messages were added for a few things like lures, encounters, raids, etc.
  • Deep linking notifications appear to be removed in this update.
  • AR Scanning received a separate Telemetry section. So information like Device OS and Model, POI Submission info entered, feedback is now sent back to the server.

That’s all for now trainers, stay safe out there!

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I've been playing Pokemon Go since the game launched way back in 2016, I am a loyal Valor player and also a content creator on YouTube going by the name Professor Glaw.

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