How to Use New Tracker Effectively in Pokémon GO

How to Use New Tracker Effectively in Pokémon GO

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Pokémon GO has finally released it’s new update with a better tracking system and the entire Pokémon GO world has gone crazy again. A lot of people have not been able to see the entire feature yet and are confused because it just looks like Pokémon in front of some grass.

The new nearby feature shows you the Pokémon and a picture of where to find it which is the part that everyone loves about it, but not everyone can see it yet. It looks like this:


The second part of the new tracking feature is called the “Sightings” feature and many users are complaining that it’s just like the old tracking where it doesn’t tell you much. Well that’s not exactly true, there is a way to use this correctly and Zakrael breaks it down for us:

So since the update I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about how “it’s changed nothing”, “you still can’t track anything”, and so on.

Well, I don’t want to say that you’re wrong. But you’re wrong. The increased refresh accuracy of the Sightings list has made it very possible to track Pokemon, it just requires a bit of thought.

Please consult this shitty diagramas a reference with the below explanation.

  • 1.) You, a trainer out on a walk, check your Pokemon Go app at point A. “Hot damn, a Pidgey!” you think to yourself as you look at your Sightings list. You now know that you are some point within 200m of a Pidgey, but not exactly where that Pidgey is. Time to start tracking.
  • 2.) Keep walking straight ahead. Eventually, you will get more than 200m away from the Pidgey, and it will disappear from your Sightings list. This is Point B. Stop here, and take note of where you are as accurately as you can, you’ll need to use this point later.
  • 3.) Turn around and go back the way you came. The Pidgey comes back into your Sightings list. Keep walking in as straight a line as you can, past point A, until the Pidgey disappears again. This is Point C, on the other side of the Pidgey’s “detection circle” to point B.
  • 4.) Find the halfway point on the line you walked between points B and C (this is why you had to pay attention at B), and go there. This is point D. When at point D, make a turn and start walking at right angles to the line you just walked between B and C.
  • 5.) One of two things will happen. If you chose correctly, you’ll walk right into the Pidgey. If you chose poorly, you’ll end up moving away from the Pidgey and wind up at point E, where the Pidgey will disappear again. No problem there, just turn around and walk back the way you came, and eventually you’ll hit Pidgey.

Why is this different to what we had previously? Well before, the Pokemon didn’t disappear from your nearby list until they were either replaced or you force closed and restarted the app. Now we can accurately tell whether we are within ~200m of a Pokemon or not, which lets you reliably map out the edges of it’s detection circle. Once you’ve found three points on the edges of a circle (B, C and E in this example), you can find the middle. Easy.

Of course, doing this before it despawns can sometimes be a challenge, especially in places where there might be buildings in the way to mess with your straight lines. But in a lot of ways, we’re back to where we were on launch week with regards to tracking Pokemon. This triangulation process is exactly the same as I was using when the steps worked, but instead of marking the difference between 2 steps and 3 steps, I’m marking the difference between “there” and “not there”.

Hope this helps, and maybe stops people complaining about at least this specific thing. ;D

  • Vern✌️✌️✌️

    So you’re saying that it’s still trash?? Fix the step system and then we’ll talk

  • Santana Che Guevara

    The system at launch you knew within 100m AT MOST of whether you were going the right way. Not to mention that you could tell based on the relative position with other nearby pokemon whether you were getting closer to the one you wanted. This requires you to go at least twice the distance in the same amount of time before it despawns. If you see a Pidgey in sightings, walk say 180m and it disappears, you walk back and walk another 180m before it disappears again, then walk back to the middle point, you’ve already walked almost half a mile, not to mention the distance from the middle point of the line you just walked to the Pidgey (Hopefully you chose the correct 90-degree turn to make…)

  • Nathaniel Armendariz

    All you guys complain about this Shit. Why don’t YOU yourself develop a tracking system and see if Niantic adds one to their update. I can only imagine its not exactly the easiest thing to write code for a tracking system that has to refresh in real time.

  • Guest1

    Poor babies have to walk more.

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