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Pokémon Go Tips: How to Track and Find Nearby Pokémon

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2020-08-10 / Update for  Optimize iOS

Pokémon GO is just rolling out to the world and already become the most popular mobile game of this year. If you are one of Pokémon Go's big fans and are craving for more Pokémon, How to find, hunt, and catch nearby Pokémon must be the top issue for you. In this article we shared some useful Pokémon Go tips for your reference.

Part 1: Basic Steps to Find Nearby Pokémon in Pokémon Go

If you already play this game, you will find a little grayed out rectangle tab sticking out in the bottom right corner? This is the "Nearby" bar which displays a few Pokémon shapes (or filled in avatars, if you've already caught those critters).

Tap on the "Nearby" bar, and you'll be presented with a group of up to nine Pokémon in your local area.

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In the picture above, there are little pawprint or footprint markings underneath their avatars or shapes.

Zero footprint: You should see the Pokémon imminently;
One footprint: The Pokémon is within approx. 20 metres, and you're very close.
Two footprints: The Pokémon is within approx. 100 metres and you're on the right track.
Three footprints: The Pokémon is within approx. 1 kilometre, and you'll likely find them if you start walking in the right direction.

Part 2: How to Track and Hint a 3 Pawprint Pokémon on the Nearby tab?

The nearby screen only give you an brief hint about where is the Pokémon but there is no way to just straight up track a specific Pokémon based on your Nearby list. Below are 2 experiences from Pokémon go players.

Walking around and monitoring Nearby list

The order of the nearby Pokémon and the number of footprints beneath their avatars can help pinpoint you in the right direction.

Keep that window of all nearby Pokémon open, the list will automatically update as you move from place to place.

If a Pokémon slides to the top-left corner as you're walking about, it means you're in the right direction for that Pokémon. If it moves further down, you're going the wrong way!

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Method from Redditor TheColorlessPill and DJToaster

The solution below comes from Reddit users TheColorlessPill and DJToaster. According to the diagram below, you need to find the area between points A and B.

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Part 3: Where can I catch certain types of Pokémon?

Each geographical area has a specific Pokémon type, and some creatures are more difficult to find than others. Based on iMore data, Twitter contributions, and Silph Road's findings, there are three basic groupings of common Pokémon:

  • Fire and Rock types like Geodude, Sandshrew, and Mankey are far more likely to appear in arid climates like California.
  • Grass, Bug, and Flying types like Caterpie, Weedle, Oddish, and Spearow will pop up in grassland areas.
  • Psychic and Water-type Pokémon like Psyduck, Poliwag, Staryu, and Magikarp favor coastal land.

If you still have questions about how to play Pokémon go or you have personal helpful tips on how to track down and capture Pokémon, share them with us in the comment place, it will be thankful. Also read about How to Optimize iPhone for Playing Pokemon GO.

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