Adventure Sync has arrived in Pokémon Go, bringing a useful new way to help you play the game.
Adventure Sync, in brief, is a new system that allows your Pokémon Go app to link to either the iOS HealkKit or Google Fit apps on your iPhone or Android device respectively.
In other words, it means things like your steps and distance travelled can now be recorded by Pokémon Go without you having to have the app open - giving you additional Adventure Sync rewards.
That means Pokémon Go Eggs can be hatched by you walking around with the app closed and your phone away in your pocket, and likewise Candy from your Buddy can be earned in the same way.
Adventure Sync weekly rewards and weekly reset time
Adventure Sync rewards are based on your distance at the end of the weekly reset, which is Monday, 9am local time.
Note: It appears from December 10th, Adventure Sync rewards have changed according to various reports - now offering non-Gen 4 creatures from Eggs, Silver Pinap Berries and Rare Candy. We'll update the following Adventure Sync rewards section when the dust has settled and we know what to expect.
There are three tiers of Adventure Sync rewards, which accumulate - so if you want everything, then travel a distance of at least 50km.
|Reward Tier||Adventure Sync rewards|
|5km||20 Poke Balls|
|25km||Above rewards, plus 10 Great Balls, and also 500 Stardust, or 1 Rare Candy|
|50km||Above rewards, plus 1500 Stardust, or 3 Rare Candy, or 5km Egg, or 10 km Egg|
Thanks to The Silph Road for filling in the gaps with the above.
If it isn't clear in-game what rewards you've received, then be sure to check your Journal.
Additionally, if Adventure Sync rewards don't unlock at the weekly reset time, then close and re-open the app, and you should receive them next time you log into the game, like so:
(Okay it was 20) pic.twitter.com/FUEYWEfKJI— Matthew Reynolds (@Crazyreyn) November 1, 2018
The good news is this means you can try and clear some room in your Egg inventory, so when the reset comes around, you should be able to receive an Egg.
However, like Gifts, it's only a chance you'll receive one of the above sets of rewards - it's not a guarantee!
Pokémon Go Battles have arrived! Now's a good time to refresh yourself with our Best Pokémon lists and pick up some Sinnoh Stones. Elsewhere this month, we've seen new December Field Research and additional Shinies. Meanwhile, new Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon continue to be slowly released, such as the addition of Legendary Cresselia.
Pokémon Go Adventure Sync level requirement and how to activate it
At the time of writing, the current level requirement for players to have access to Adventure Sync is level 5, having already dropped from level 40 within a few days.
Update: Adventure Sync is now available to Trainers level 5 and up!— PokĂ©mon GO is ready to #GOBattleâť— (@PokemonGoApp) November 5, 2018
This is how Niantic rolls out most new features - gradually testing it on smaller numbers of high-usage players, before rolling it out to everyone else over time - but don't expect it to take too long. Usually, features tested like this become available to most, if not all players within around a week.
Once it becomes available, it'll be very obvious, appearing on the screen the next time you log into the game. Agree to turn it on, and to make use of the iOS HealkKit or Google Fit feature, and it will begin counting your steps.
If rewards aren't unlocking, then remember that they are handed out when you log into the app. So close it, reopen fresh, and they should appear.