‘Pokemon Go’: What Order Are the Eggs Sorted In?

'Pokemon Go' is available for iOS and Android devices. (Niantic)

‘Pokemon Go’ is available for iOS and Android devices. (Niantic)

Six months after the launch of Pokemon Go, fans are still trying to crack one of the game’s biggest mysteries: is there any rhyme or reason to the way that eggs are sorted on the inventory screen?

In the game, trainers can see all the eggs currently in their possession by hitting the PokeBall on the bottom of the screen, selecting “Pokemon,” and then hitting the “eggs” tab. You’d think that the eggs would be sorted in the order that you obtained them, with the newest at the top and the oldest at the bottom, but that is not the case. They’re not sorted by which eggs are closest to hatching, but they also don’t seem to be arranged in a random order that changes whenever you open the inventory. So what’s the deal?

Well, the latest theory is that the eggs are arranged based on how close you are to the area where you originally got that egg. The egg on the top left of the screen would therefore be the egg whose location of origin you are currently nearest to.

That theory comes from Reddit user DamnNatureY0uScary, who observed this pattern on the Pokemon Go subreddit The Silph Road this week. The thread generated hundreds of comments and additional discussion threads throughout the Pokemon Go online community, with players sharing their own anecdotal experiences in an attempt to prove the theory true or false.

Also on The Silph Road, another player put the theory to the test and noticed that their eggs did indeed seem to be arranging themselves based on the player’s distance from the original pickup, apparently confirming DamnNatureY0uScary’s hypothesis.

This would make a lot of sense, as the pattern echoes the mechanics of Niantic Labs’ previous game, Ingress. That is also an augmented-reality mobile game where players traverse the real world, and in it, you collect keys from portals just like you collect eggs from PokeStops. Three of those keys would then be connected in order to claim an area. In your inventory, the keys are arranged based on your current distance from the corresponding portals. In other words, they’re arranged exactly the way that users now theorize the eggs are sorted in Pokemon Go. 

And this wouldn’t be the first time that Niantic borrowed heavily from Ingress in their creation of Pokemon Go; many Pokemon gyms and PokeStops are in the same locations as Ingress portals, suggesting that Niantic made use of the exact same map. It would follow, then, that they probably made use of other elements of Ingress, including this display screen and the way it sorts items.

Still, this is all just speculation, and not everyone is convinced. Based on some early tests, it seems that this might only apply to eggs that are in Incubators. Another Reddit user decided to put the theory to the test, discovering that an egg did not move on the screen at all when they were right next to the place it was picked up versus when they were 42 minutes away. However, this egg was out of an Incubator, so that may or may not be the reason for the difference.

More research will be required before it becomes clear if this really is the solution to the mystery or if it’s another example of players finding a pattern where none exists. Of course, the order that eggs are sorted in makes no real difference at the end of the day, but it goes to show how dedicated Pokemon Go fans are that they are still so devoted to solving the puzzle.

Have you put this theory to the test? What has been your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below!