Pokémon Go Player Finds New Tracking Strategy

Pokémon Go Player Finds New Tracking Strategy

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We all know that the in-game tracker for Pokémon Go is terrible but there are players who are trying to figure out how exactly to use it without resorting to cheats and hacks. Reddit user Tuism shared their findings with other users:

What we know

  • Spawn points are 99% hourly – meaning every hour at the precise minute, a poke spawns remains there for 15 minutes (with the last 90 seconds hidden from Sightings)
  • Your Sightings show mons around you in a radius of 200m.

1. Map out spawn points WITH times around your “base”.

Your “base” could be home, or work. Wherever you sit for a major part of your day. This will take an hour or two to start, and some more time to refine, but all the while you’ll be catching mons 🙂

  • I Take screenshots whenever I run into spawns. Easiest to take them with north (the red arrow in the compass) up.
  • With the screenshots, add map points to a Google My Maps map, in categories of every 10 minutes.
  • For the next while, if I run into mons at the same point again, I take another screenshot. If the time of the next shot at the same point is earlier, I update the time on it. Eventually you’ll get to the precise minute when the spawn point starts.

2. Establish the 200m radius around your base

  • My Maps has a ruler tool. Use that to draw 200m north, east, west and south of you, and then the 4 directions in between. Join the dots in a polygon and you’ll have a pretty good radius where your sightings cover.

3. Stuff we can work out

  • Triangulating your actual time against the radius against spawn points and their times will give you a pretty good idea of exactly when to go where for mons on your Sightings.
  • Note when you have a single mon on your Sightings in an hour. Try and work out which spawn point it is for that time. If you ever have a single rare mon or something you want, you can just walk up to it and grab it 🙂
  • Knowing when exactly spawners activate, you can watch Sightings around the minute to see which mon gets added. If it’s something you want, you can walk to that point and grab it.
  • You can work out a cool walking route that intersects as many spawns as possible for whenever you feel like a walk.
  • If you know points at the edge of your 200m radius, sometimes GPS drift can make mons appear and disappear. Or if you just walk from one side of your room/office/home you could work out some mons are at those edge points.

4. Stuff we can’t work out

  • Sometimes spawn points are out of reach. If you continually feel like there are pokes on sighting that aren’t in any of your mapped points, that must be the case. It’s unfortunate, just have to account for it.

Since the scanners are down and the in-game tracker’s terrible, I’ve really had the most fun mapping and working stuff out around me. It’s an interesting puzzle, though it only really works in familiar areas. It’s a plaster on the gash of not having a good in-game tracker, but hey, we can make our own fun 🙂


If you don’t feel up to reading the whole thing, let me break it down for you. Basically, the sightings you see on your screen are Pokémon that are in a 200m radius and each Pokémon spawn you encounter will remain there for 15 minutes. Next, you take screenshots of your spawns and add them to your Google Maps map. Next, you’ll take screenshots of the next time you see a Pokémon in that area–and make sure you’re keeping track of the time that they spawn. Keep doing this until you find the precise moments that Pokémon in your area spawn.

Sure, this is a difficult ritual to get into the habit of but whoever said catching Pokémon was easy? Ash Ketchum straight up left his home at ten years old to be the very best and to catch ’em all but he didn’t even earn his first two badges, at least according to Misty.


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