After months of waiting, Pokémon Go finally has an active tracker once again. It’s just not the one most players are used to seeing.
Trainers following Pokémon Go‘s updates closely may be aware of the special tracker that’s been deployed in San Francisco for the past few months. As it turns out, Niantic has been testing and tweaking that system, and it’s now rolling out worldwide.
The new tracker is divided into two parts: “Sightings” and “Nearby.” Sightings is, basically, the same system players have been seeing for the past few months?it shows the Pokémon that are in your immediate area, though there’s still no direction marker or indication of distance. The Nearby system, however, gives you the exact location of a Pokémon by making them appear near local PokéStops. You’ll see the Pokémon’s image appear on top of a photo from a nearby Stop. Head to the right location, and that Pokémon is sure to be, well, nearby.
Niantic is taking its time to roll out the new system. As of right now, the update should be appearing for all players in states West of the Mississippi River, with the exceptions of Hawaii and Alaska. It’ll roll out over the course of the day.
Players in Eastern states, Hawaii, and Alaska can expect to see the same update soon, though Niantic didn’t give a date. In the meantime, those players can begin the hunt for one of Pokémon Go‘s most elusive Pokémon: Ditto.
Source: Niantic Labs