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Here's a crowdsourced map of Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms in the D.C. area

By Caitlin Dewey

July 14, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Poké-mania is entering its second week today, and in Washington, at least, it doesn't appear to be slowing down: At least three popular meet-ups are planned for this weekend, and a dedicated subreddit for local players was among Reddit's fastest-growing in the past 24 hours.

As trainers fan across the District, however, one thing remains sort of unclear. Niantic, the creator of Pokémon Go, hasn't released any authoritative guide to where the game's main landmarks are, which means that to find them (or avoid them!), you have to play things by ear.

Related: [Help build a map of D.C. Pokémon locations: Submit yours here]

There are reasons you'd want to have that intel, of course. Pokémon Go is a mobile augmented-reality game that lays virtual locations over real-life places that must be visited in person to advance play. If you're playing yourself, you want to know where "Pokéstops" and "gyms" are to obtain supplies and battle other trainers. And if you're not playing, you might also want to know where these places are — particularly since some have attracted boisterous gamers and tech-savvy criminals.

So! We have crowdsourced a partial map of Pokéstops and Gyms in the greater Washington region, which you can navigate below. (Because many of these locations are user-submitted, we can't guarantee this is 100 percent accurate — but we are constantly auditing and adding as we go.)

Want to add to the map yourself? Awesome! We need your help to keep building it out. Fill out this form to add the gyms and stops near your school, office or house.

And as you head out to catch the 'mons this weekend, please remember to play safe: As in, be aware of your surroundings, and don't try to talk to me about this $%

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Caitlin Dewey is the food policy writer for Wonkblog. Subscribe to her daily newsletter: tinyletter.com/cdewey.

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