Pokemon Go Guide: What do the Leaves Mean

by Kyle Hanson


Pokemon Go has a lot of complex and confusing elements, and it doesn’t take up too much time explaining them all to players. Instead they are left to figure them out for themselves. This has led to a lot of confusion, but also a lot of interesting interactions, with players working together to solve the more puzzling aspects of Pokemon Go. To help out, we’re gonna explain one of these confusing pieces. So here’s our guide explaining what do the leaves mean in Pokemon Go.

If you’ve been playing Pokemon Go for a while, walking around and trying to catch Pokemon, then you’ve surely seen the rustling leaves all around the map. What do they mean? Essentially the same thing that they do in the regular Pokemon games. To make it simple: there’s a Pokemon nearby.

Sure, you have your nearby list on the bottom right of the screen to show what is close to you, but it doesn’t hint at the actual location of the Pokemon themselves. This is what the leaves do, showing you that a Pokemon is likely in that specific area.

Not always though, and sometimes they’ll run away before you can make it to them. Still, the leaves in Pokemon Go are a very helpful tool for finding Pokemon. If you see them on the map, and you’re trying to catch some new Pokemon, then head to them. It might do nothing, you might get there and no Pokemon will appear. However, it could lead right to whatever Pokemon you’re looking for.

Pokemon Go helps point you in the direction of new Pokemon in a number of ways, and the leaves are just one. For more tips on how to find and catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go check out this other guide. If you have any other questions be sure to let us know in the comments.

- This article was updated on March 8th, 2018

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