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.
Pokémon Go Adventure Sync 25km, 50km and 100km weekly rewards and weekly Adventure Sync reset time explained
Adventure Sync rewards are based on your distance at the end of the weekly reset, which is Monday, 9am local time.
There are four tiers of Adventure Sync rewards, which accumulate, and also give you a chance of unlocking additional rewards in each tier. Remember, anything that's possible isn't guaranteed - you could simply receive just the guaranteed rewards only.
|Reward Tier||Guaranteed Adventure Sync rewards||Possible Adventure Sync reward|
|5km||20x Poke Balls||N/A|
|25km||Above guaranteed rewards, plus 10 Great Balls, 500 Stardust||Chance of 3x Rare Candy or a 5 km Egg|
|50km||Above guaranteed rewards, plus 1,000 Stardust||Chance of 5 Rare Candy, 5 Silver Pinap Berries, 5km Egg or a 10 km Egg|
|100km||Above guaranteed rewards, plus 16,000 Stardust||N/A|
Some notes on the above: As with Gifts, make sure you have an open Egg spot to ensure you have a chance of receiving one. Additionally, the Egg pool can be different to the main one, and can focus on a smaller and sometimes rarer group of Pokémon, but changes often, making it harder to keep track than the standard Egg charts.
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:
Currently live is the Evolving Stars event, which includes the release of quest steps 5 to 8 of A Cosmic Companion - the Season of Light special research quest. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. There's also a new special research quest - A Mysterious Incense. Finally - don't forget about the new Prime Gaming rewards every fortnight.
Pokémon Go Adventure Sync level requirement and how to activate Adventure Sync
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!— Pokémon GO (@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.