Pokemon Go tracking finally goes live and actually works 0
by Seamus Byrne November 22, 2016 4:25 PM PST @seamus
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One of the biggest reasons a lot of people quit playing Pokemon Go was its tracking system. It was so bad that a host of third party trackers gained a lot of popularity, but Niantic Labs -- makers of Pokemon Go -- kept shutting down the trackers, leaving dedicated hunters crying for help. Or quitting the game in droves.
But today a real tracking system has gone live and it actually works.
Now when you check the list of nearby Pokemon you see the Pokestop photo that is closest to each of the Pokemon on the list. Go back to the map, find that Pokestop and head that way to get in range of the Pokemon you're looking for.
This works brilliantly in high density areas, like in cities. Yesterday walking through Sydney I spotted a Lickitung as the closest Pokemon on the list, but walked for blocks before it finally disappeared. With no indicator to follow it, there was no way to know where to walk.
Today a Venusaur appeared on my nearby list and I could see where to find it -- a Pokestop two blocks from the CNET office in Sydney. I hustled my way to the stop a few minutes walk away and within seconds the Venusaur appeared. Bingo!
There's an obvious problem for this tracking system. Outside areas with high density Pokestop action, you're still stuck wandering aimlessly hoping for the best. The 1-2-3 feet icons are back when you tap a specific nearby Pokemon, so maybe that will work better than before? It's the best you can hope for for now.
Some are reporting that the new Pokestop tracking isn't showing up in some areas, so it may be limited to these high density cities for now. For those seeing it, the thrill of the hunt -- and some bonus XP for Thanksgiving -- might be just what you needed to get back out there to catch 'em all.
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