In Pokemon Go, it’s pretty helpful to know exactly where in your city or town a Pokemon was originally caught. After all, certain Pokemon often spawn around the same area quite a bit, but after hunting so often, it’s easy to forget where you got your hands on that Lapras or Snorlax. The game now allows trainers to look up this information. Well, sort of.
When Pokemon Go first launched, players could actually see the precise area on the map that they caught a Pokemon. You always had that information at your disposal, and you could make reference to it when trying to capture more of that species. But unfortunately, this was later removed from the game, in the same way that the three-step tracking system was removed due to various issues and glitches with it.
But although a new tracking system was later released to replace the old one, for a while, there has been no replacement for being able to pinpoint a Pokemon’s location. That is until the game’s newest update, released on September 23rd. The replacement is better than nothing, but it’s not nearly as good as one would hope.
Once you’ve installed the newest update (which is gradually beginning to roll out starting today, September 23rd), here’s how you can find the information:
- Hit the Poke Ball in the bottom center of the screen to open up the menu.
- Choose “Pokemon.”
- Pick the Pokemon you want to get information about.
- Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.
- The information about where the Pokemon was captured will be displayed under the Pokemon’s moves.
If you just see the name of a city but nothing else, you’re not missing anything. That’s it.
Unlike when the game first launched, players are now only told the city that the Pokemon was caught in, with no other information being available. If you travel a lot, this could be helpful. But otherwise, users have mostly been snickering at how hilariously useless this new feature is considering that for most players, every Pokemon will probably have the same city displayed under it.
Plus, at this early stage, there are reports that it isn’t even working right for some people. Certain players are complaining that the app is showing a Pokemon as being caught somewhere that it definitely wasn’t caught, and though it’s a minor complaint, there’s also an annoying extra comma after the city name that is totally going to bug everyone for weeks. Via Reddit user badbonji, here’s what it looks like as of today, September 23rd:
The new Pokemon Go update is being released in phases, but the majority of users should expect to receive it within the next few days.