Does the new Nearby feature of Pokemon Go prevent a Lapras or Snorlax from being found?

Does the new Nearby feature of Pokemon Go prevent a Lapras or Snorlax from being found?

Niantic is rolling out the Nearby feature in some more cities besides San Francisco, so instead of seeing up to 9 Pokemon, you see some selected Pokemon near the Pokestops nearby, and you see only 3 Pokemon close to you.

Example screenshot I found online:

In some cases, in the top 6 slots, I did see 3 Tentacools at somewhat far away Pokestops (in some cases, up to 2km away), and Tentacool is a Pokemon I may not even catch when it pops up when I am walking.

So there are only 3 spots left for the wild Pokemons, so if there is a Lapras or Snorlax, won’t the 3 spots prevent the Lapras or Snorlax from showing up? (because it might be showing Paras, Rattata, and Weedle with only 3 spots available).

Or it might be worse if I am hunting for a Snorlax I see in those 3 spots, but then a Paras also became close to me, and took one of those 3 spots, making the Snorlax disappear from screen, and making it look like I walked farther away from the Snorlax but in fact did not?

And if this new feature can really prevent a Snorlax or Lapras (or Dratini) from being found, is there a way at all to disable the “Nearby” feature? Or else I might have to travel to a different city to play, which makes it more troublesome to play it the way it used to be.

See on Reddit

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