Nests are a strange phenomenon in Pokemon GO, and nobody fully understands how they work or behave. We know that there’s a nest rotation every two weeks, certain species of Pokemon don’t nest (like Dratini), and nests are usually isolated to parks. That’s about all that we know for sure. But now we’re also pretty sure that you can create your own nest in Pokemon GO.
The reasoning is fairly straight forward: Pokemon GO uses a tool called Open Street Map (OSM) to determine where to spawn Pokemon, therefore, if we jump online and alter our local area in OSM, we should be able to change the way in which Pokemon GO spawns Pokemon, and create our own nests.
The idea that there is a link between OSM and Pokemon GO isn’t new; it’s been kicking around online for months now, and has been widely accepted as fact over at places like The Silph Road. That being said, a thread posted this morning by aenariel gave us a new insight into how nests operate, and speculated that one could create their own nest by tinkering with OSM.
Before we go any further, I’d like offer a warning: Don’t abuse this tool. Open Street Map is used for many more things than just Pokemon GO, and it is incredibly selfish to purposely sabotage your local map just so you can create a few nests near your house. It’s one thing to create your own nest in Pokemon GO at a real-world park, and another to abuse the system. Just don’t do it.
According to aenariel, there appears to be two criteria that (generally) must be met before an area can become a nest. The first is that the area is marked as a park (or a meadow, even) on OSM, and the second is that it has been given a name. As you’ll see for yourself in a few minutes, most parks are accurately marked on OSM, but, the vast majority won’t be named (unless you live in a populated area with dedicated OSM editors!)
The next step is simple: Go over to OSM and create a free account. Find your local area, and make sure that all of your local parks appear on the map, and that they are appropriately named. When you create an account, there is an optional tutorial that will explain how to edit the map, so I highly encourage you to stick around and watch it. Otherwise, take a look at aenariel’s thread on Reddit for some more help.
And then comes the hard part: You need to wait. According to aenariel, no changes should appear until at least the next nest rotation, possibly even the one after that. It all comes down to how often the data from OSM is pulled to create/update the maps in Pokemon GO.
So there you have it, that’s how you can create your own nest in Pokemon GO. Like I mentioned earlier, please don’t abuse this tool. Just log on, make sure your local parks are correctly mapped and named, and then log back out. Let me know in the comment section below how the process went for you!
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