For all three of you who haven’t started playing Pokemon Go, the nearby tracker was supposed to help players hone in on Pokemon. Like people on safari, it let you keep tabs on rare creatures and work out how far away they were. Or at least… it was supposed to, but the feature’s been broken pretty much since the app launched.
As of this week, Niantic has rolled out a new version of the tracker to a “subset of users” for testing, and it looks… pretty damned great.
— Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson) August 9, 2016
The tracker will now be broken up into two sections, “Nearby” and “Sightings.” The former shows you which Pokestop Pokemon are near, and lets you highlight the one you need to head towards, while the latter shows which Pokemon are out in the field. This confirms quite a few players’ suspicions that Pokemon tend to spawn closer to Pokestops. For now, “Sightings” works much like the current tracker– showing a general list without any clear direction about which way you should go.
Niantic has always held to the line that even when it worked, the tracker wasn’t quite what they wanted it to be. This is just a test and it could all change quite a bit before the final update rolls out, but if this is the direction the company’s moving, I’m feeling pretty jazzed.
For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.
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HTML Code Works for Pokemon Names
If you want to add a little flair to your Pokemon’s name, you can use HTML markup to change the style of the text. Wrap the Pokemon’s name in tags and watch the italicizing begin.
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Easy XP Trick
You might be tired of seeing Pidgeys by now, but you should be catching every single one you come across for some easy XP. Evolving a Pokemon grants 500 XP, but you can double that to 1000 XP with a lucky egg. With an abundance of Pidgeys, Caterpies, or Weedles, you can go on an evolution spree and power yourself to absurd levels.
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Catch Pikachu as Your Starter
This first trick for Pokemon Go can be found right at the start of the game, while picking your starter Pokemon. If you continuously ignore and run away from Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, Pikachu will eventually appear, ripe for the catching.
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Paw Prints Are Used for Tracking
After you’ve caught your starter, you can click the window in the lower right hand corner to see nearby Pokemon. What the game doesn’t tell you is that the paw prints under each creature is actually their distance from you. One print means they’re pretty close, whereas three prints means you’re up for an adventure.
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The Box Directs You
If you open the bottom-right window you can focus on tracking a specific Pokemon by clicking it from the menu. The box will then pulsate green if you’re moving in the right direction.
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10.0 KM Eggs Hatch the Best Pokemon
There are three different types of eggs you can find based on the distance they need to be hatched: 2.0 KM eggs hatch commons, 5.0 KM eggs hatch uncommons, and 10.0 KM eggs hatch the rarest Pokemon available, like Magmar, Lapras, or Dratini.
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You Can Manipulate Eevee’s Evolution
Eevee has been a source of anguish for trainers hoping to get their favorite of the eeveelutions, but by renaming it to Pyro, Rainer, or Sparky (a throwback to the original show), you can manipulate the outcome and increase your chance to get Flareon, Vaporeon, or Jolteon, respectively.
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The Ring Above a Pokemon Represents Potential
If you’re wondering which Pokemon to evolve and they’re both around the same CP, take a look at the ring above their heads. This represents their “potential,” or how their CP will increase through evolution and powering-up.
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Wait for the Ring to Shrink
You may notice the ring continuously shrink before you throw a Pokeball. The smaller you wait for the ring to get, the better chance you’ll have to catch it. Additionally, take note of the ring’s color, as a red ring means the Pokemon is more difficult to catch.
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Use a Razz Berry on Harder Pokemon
If you see a high CP Pokemon or notice a red ring, use a Razz berry to make it more docile, increasing the chance to catch it. You unlock Razz berries and will start getting them from Pokestops at level 8.
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Spin the Pokeball for a Curveball Bonus
Hold the Pokeball before throwing and make circular motions with your finger to give it a slight curve through the air. It may take a bit of practice, but you can get bonus XP for catching Pokemon hit with a curveball.
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??? CP Pokemon
Occasionally, you’ll come across a Pokemon with a indeterminable CP. These Pokemon are much stronger, but still relative to your level. At trainer level 1 a CP ??? Pokemon may turn out to have a CP of 50, whereas at level 10, it may have a CP of 600.
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Pokestops Refresh Every 5 Minutes
You can return to a Pokestop once every five minutes to claim its rewards. Depending on your trainer level, you may retrieve different items, including stronger Pokeballs. You unlock Great Balls at level 12 and Ultra Balls at level 20.
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All Pokemon Can Be Found
Every single Pokemon in the original 151, excluding legendaries and mythics, can be found, including evolved forms. This means second and even third forms of Pokemon are running wild, just waiting to be caught.
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Your Team Binds You to a Legendary Bird
When you examine a Gym at level 5, you’ll be prompted to pledge yourself to a team. This selection is much more than just your favorite color, however, as each team’s insignia is actually a legendary bird, Articuno, Zapdos, or Moltres, potentially tying into the Nintendo’s first legendary event.
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Mew Has Been Found in Pokemon Go’s Coding
Yes, this image is photoshopped, but a group of Redditor’s have legitimately found Mew in Pokemon Go‘s code, albeit locked away for now. For those wondering if we’re only playing with the original 150 or the real 151, now you know.
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