Attack of the Fanboy

Tracking Pokemon With DexNav in Pokemon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire

by Dean James


The new Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has brought forth a number of new features, but one of the most intriguing that shakes up the game that we have known forever is the DexNav. Previously, Pokemon could be found by walking in tall grass, with mechanics added in in the recent past, such as shaking grass to find them. However, the DexNav takes it a step further by actually helping you search for Pokemon. In fact, certain Pokemon in each area are only able to be obtained through this method. The normal finding of Pokemon by walking through grass as usual is still in the game though, so do not worry.

Once the DexNav is installed a little bit into your journey, you should make sure to turn your bottom screen to this feature. Then when walking around, you will be alerted fairly often of a special Pokemon in your area courtesy of a magnifying glass symbol on the bottom screen.

Touch the screen where the magnifying glass is and a tracker will pop up.Now start to inch slowly around by barely pushing the circle pad in any direction. You will know you are going in the right direction is yellowish orange arrows start to grow in number on the bottom screen.


Eventually, you will see some sort of Pokemon sticking out of tall grass, so continue to slowly move towards them and when you touch them, you will enter a Pokemon battle with them. If you move too fast, they will run away completely.

In addition, as you move towards the Pokemon, you will start to see what it is with a silhouette, as well as details like level, type, ability, potential, first move, and held item.

In the early goings of the game, this is the exclusive way to grab Pokemon like Taillow and Ralts, which are mainstays on many player’s teams. Even better, once you capture a Pokemon, the map will show which ones are available in that area that you’ve caught, in case you are looking for more.

Also, after obtaining the National Dex in the post-game, more Pokemon will be able to be found through this method throughout the game, so don’t forget to check back at that point!

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