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Pokemon Go Guide: What is Sightings and How Does it Work

| August 9, 2016

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If you got the latest update to Pokemon Go last night then you might have noticed a few differences. The biggest of these is the new tracking system, called Sightings. Unfortunately only a select few have actually been given the brand new tracking system, which you can read about in a future guide. For those unlucky many who are stuck with just the new Sightings menu, there are still a few changes to keep in mind. So we put together this guide to tell you what is Sightings and how does it work in Pokemon Go.

Sightings is very much like the old Nearby (which you can read about here). It gives you an idea of what Pokemon are near you. It used to also give you directions toward them, giving you a sort of hot and cold mechanic where you could slowly track down the individual Pokemon. However, most of those features were ripped out shortly after launch. Many assumed that the placement of the Pokemon on the list was still indicative of how close they were to you, but it was pretty much random.

All of that is still true for Sightings, with the current iteration of the feature, at least the non-beta version that most players have, simply replicating it in many ways. However, a few key changes have been made that you need to keep in mind.

Whereas the old Nearby list would not update if a Pokemon de-spawned, the new Pokemon Go Sightings menu does. It will actively remove any Pokemon that you move too far away from (the scanning radius usually being about 200 meters), or that has its timer run out, making it uncatchable.

Furthermore, you won’t have your Sightings menu dominated by Pidgeys and Rattatas anymore, with the list now clumping the same Pokemon into a single image. This will make it tougher to track multiple Pokemon, but if you’re hunting commons in Pokemon Go then you’re doing everything wrong. Now, if you magically get two Dragonites or Charizards to show up, then we all hate you and you should quit Pokemon Go immediately.

So that’s pretty much it for what is Sightings and how does it work in Pokemon Go. There’s not much info right now because the feature is still being rolled out. We’ll try to keep this updated with changes as the full tracker gets put together and sent out to more players. For now you’re still kind of wandering around blind, but with a tiny rip in your blindfold.

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  • ken adams

    Dont write”how it works” in the title if you cant/dont explain how ot works. That such BS

    • Max Blood

      lol

    • Christy Gallant

      It does tell you what it does, you just don’t know how to read… the new Pokemon Go Sightings menu does. It will actively remove any Pokemon that you move too far away from (the scanning radius usually being about 200 meters), or that has its timer run out, making it uncatchable.

      I have it and it works pretty well. Like the original with the feet, if I go to far in the wrong direction the pokemon disappears off the list, so I turn around and go back…not that difficult to figure out.

    • qq

      We all know titles in this are clickbait so no surprise here again.

  • Potter

    He explained how it works your just retarded he said it gives you an idea of what pokemon are near you giving you a sort of hot and cold mechanic where you can slowly track down individual pokemon

    • B-Rad van Bakel

      You’re the fucking retard “it USED to give you an idea of hot and cold and you USED to be able to slowly track down”

      Please jog the fuck on

      • Christy Gallant

        And you’re an idiot..it does the same thing as stated above…It will actively remove any Pokemon that you move too far away from (the scanning radius usually being about 200 meters), or that has its timer run out, making it uncatchable…I have it and it works!!!

        • B-Rad van Bakel

          Cue Idiot number 2. The order the pokemon appear is completely random. Yes they drop off the list when you get too far away, thats fucking obvious. but NO it does not rearange the order based on what is closest to you. I dont know what made you think you should comment as well you dumb shit

          • Christy Gallant

            As for idiot 2, that must be you…because dumb ass I NEVER said anything about the order they are in. All I said it did is what is in the article, nothing more!! Go back to kindergarten and learn how to read or get some fucking glasses!!

            This is what I said…

            It will actively remove any Pokemon that you move too far away from (the scanning radius usually being about 200 meters), or that has its timer run out, making it uncatchable…I have it and it works!!!

          • B-Rad van Bakel

            Holy Jesus Christ, The first comment said this article explained how it works. All it fucking did was explain what everyone can see it doing not how it works. The cunt i replied to said it used a hot or cold mechanic – which it fucking doesnt. Which is what i said, you shit for brains. Furthermore the article is different from when it first went up. Please come back with another comment that has no idea about the context of the original 2 comments you dumb shit

    • Max Blood

      also “you’re” just retarded, also learn how to reply properly to someone ya chicken shit. dont just make a whole new post as a reply..bet you’re just scared

  • David Lee

    It used to also give you directions toward them, giving you a sort of hot and cold mechanic where you could slowly track down the individual Pokemon. However, most of those features were ripped out shortly after launch.

  • David Lee

    A lot of this doesnt make sense and they didnt explain how it works cause they dont really know themselves xD dont be rude Potter.

    • Christy Gallant

      I love how everyone is making fun of everyone and saying that it doesn’t explain how it works but it does, and since I have it and have used it, I can say that it does work as stated…

      It will actively remove any Pokemon that you move too far away from (the scanning radius usually being about 200 meters), or that has its timer run out, making it uncatchable.

  • Nathan Rhodes

    The blind (and misspelling) leading the blind.

  • Christy Gallant

    As I told Ken in a reply, it does work as stated in this update.

    Just like with the feet, if you go to far in the wrong direction the pokemon disappears off the list, so you know to turn around and go back…doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

  • Christy Gallant

    All of you are immature and can’t read…and who cares if there are spelling errors obviously you understood what was being said!!!

    • B-Rad van Bakel

      You are actually the one that cant read. holy shit. THE ONLY THING it does that lets you know you are getting close/far from a pokemon is drop it off the list. It used to change the order based on what was closest but it doesnt do that anymore. I hope you feel like a fool after posting the same stupid reply to everyone stating the only obvious thing about the tracker

      • Christy Gallant

        Doesn’t matter if it’s obvious it’s what is in the article and the dumb ass everyone is arguing over said the article doesn’t say what it does…I was proving a point that it does say what it does and that it works…it doesn’t change order anymore boo hoo…it also doesn’t show 5 pidgeys, it only shows 1 no matter how many are near…quit acting like a spoiled brat…don’t like the changes don’t fucking play…geeze grow up and quit calling everyone names!!!

        • B-Rad van Bakel

          please see the other comment you loud mouth skank. the article didnt say shit and is different now. So maybe dont weigh in on comments that are days old and you wont end up looking like a moron.

      • Christy Gallant

        And yes I said it more than once, because there is more than one idiot in this post!!!