The latest Pokemon Go update has completely revamped the tracking system. Confused by the new tabs? Check out Pokemon Go Sightings explained to learn how to track.
What is the Grass and Sightings in Pokemon Go?
The grass in the Pokemon Go Sightings tab is simply a new graphic for tracking. Sightings is the newest method of tracking for Pokemon Go.
How Does the Pokemon Go Sightings Tab Work?
The new Sightings tab mostly functions in a similar way to the old 3-step panel. The Pokemon shown in the grass on your sightings tab are those that are close enough to your radius (those three blinking circles around your avatar) to register.
The Sightings tab simply lacks the footprints that the original tracking feature in Pokemon Go had. Sightings, unlike the 3-step bug tracking, is responsive. Pokemon will appear and disappear from your tracking panel as you move closer to or further from them.
Differences Between Pokemon Go Sightings and Tracking
However, unlike the tracking tab, Sightings does not order the Pokemon. The Pokemon on the top left is no longer necessarily the closest to you. This means that tracking will be a bit more time consuming than it previously was.
Instead of knowing that the top three Pokemon are the closest, you’ll have to do some sleuthing to find the Pokemon of your dreams. Since the Pokemon will disappear once it’s out of your range, you can track a Pokemon.
A Reddit user has shared one of the most foolproof ways to track Pokemon using Sightings here. Essentially, when you see a Pokemon that you want on Sightings, begin walking in a straight line.
If the Pokemon appears within 200 meters, congratulations, you’ve found it! If the Pokemon disappears, turn back in the direction you came from. Once you’ve returned to your beginning location, choose left or right. Then walk 200m in that direction.
If you haven’t found the Pokemon at the end of whichever direction you’ve chosen, go back one more time. Most people walk at about 1.5 meters per second, meaning you’ll need to walk in each direction for 75 seconds to reach the full 200 meters.