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Pokemon GO Update Removes Broken 3-Step Tracking, Adds Trainer Re-Customization

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Pokemon GO received an update this weekend that includes a lengthy list of changes, some of which add new features while others seem to take away functionality, even if the functionality was broken.

Below, you can view the full list, but we feel like we should point out a couple of items. First, you can now re-customize your trainer in the trainer profile screen. So if your original ‘fit wasn’t fresh enough, it now can be. The update also refines “certain Gym animations,” improves memory issues, modifies battle damage calculations, and tweaks the achievement medal images. 

As for that removal I mentioned, we’re talking about the footprints in the nearby Pokemon screen. Pokemon GO players know that the footprints tracking function has been broken since about the first weekend the game opened and has never been fixed. Because Niantic is likely still working on fixing it, they went ahead and removed the footprints from the game for the time being.

On a related note, if you have been using PokeVision or a variety of other Pokemon trackers, you may have noticed that they are no longer working today. Niantic hasn’t told anyone why from what we can tell, but they did hint at these services not working forever. Ugh.

What’s New

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

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  • Vera Lolita

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  • Lyta Alexander

    The Nice, Great and Excellent XPs are gone. I give up, I just randomly throw pokeballs on things.

  • SpectralRaiden

    “Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen.”

    Yeah…calling that customization is a bit..

    • Averix

      Just wait, the trainer outfit in-app purchases can’t be far behind…

  • I’m not going to say which one i’m using (to keep it safe) but not all have stopped working. It was pulled from the Play store, but it still works.

  • They also removed the “Battery Saver” functionality.

    • demarcmj

      definitely still there

    • A Magnet

      Removed it on iOS only.

  • alberteezy

    This is the type of update DL gives us on the weekend?! C’mon!

  • Cole

    What’s 3 step tracking? Haven’t played the game.

    • A Magnet

      The game used to give you a rough estimate of where the Pokemon were so that you could make sure you weren’t walking in the wrong direction. That is gone now. :[

      • Alex Rud

        It was broken anyway

        • JLV90

          When it had the tracks you could at least figure out what general direction to walk in for a specific pokemon now you can’t do that at all

  • jamaall

    Has anyone noticed it being more difficult to catch pokemon? I only tried a few today but I had a lot run away and break out that were very low level. Oh and the GPS location not found bug is a great addition! Keep it up Niantic!

    • ikato kiyazaki

      a pidgey ran off in my first try

    • Riz Virani

      So that isn’t just me? The GPS signal lost bug

      • jamaall

        Happens every time I play.

      • Daniel Garcia

        Ok i thought it was my phone that was acting up. Glad to know others are getting the GPS lost error

    • Anthony_Armando

      As you gain levels Pokemon get harder to catch. It is a means by which they use to slow people from progressing too quickly relative to everyone else. I am level 23 and I would say roughly 75% of all pokemon I see have an orange ring when using a regular pokeball. This forces me to use berries and different pokeballs instead, often multiple times…. for a Weedle… or Ratta… or Pidgey…. with less than 100 CP…. yup….

      • exzaybien

        I’ve been lv 22 since last Thursday, and yes they do progressively get harder the higher level you are. However, since the update my catch rate has drastically declined.

        • Anthony_Armando

          Admittedly, I have only played about an hour or two after the update due to connection issues. Honestly, based on now this are going with this game, it does seem like they are attempting to make things more into a major grind, so I wouldn’t doubt it.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        While I think you are right in the extent that they will get harder to get at higher levels, I’ve noticed that even a CP 14 pidgey today took 5 pokeballs to capture. Take into account they removed about 15 of the pokestops and 3 gyms in my area with this update, and not only am I having to use more pokeballs, but I also don’t have as many places to get Pokeballs.

        • Anthony_Armando

          Yeah, it is more difficult to catch stuff after this update. Not only do they require more pokeballs or higher level ones, the Pokemon run a lot more frequently and sooner than before. Between this, the removal of tracking, and the continued app/server instability I have no desire to play any longer.

    • Foodie 3215

      It is definitely harder even the low level Pidgey. Seems a bit unbalanced and having to use tons of Pokeballs. I’m not even sure how people at these gyms have these super high evolved Pokemons. They must be playing non stop or something.

      They fixed things that didn’t need to be fixed and added more bugs like the GPS and footstep. But hey if it isn’t there is isn’t broken right?

      I’ve also playing less of this as it is basically random as you walk and hope something spawns along the way. Its like playing the slots but at least with the slots you win actually money. I keep it on to hatch the eggs but Niantic hasn’t improved much on the game in fact making it a bit worst IMO.

      Walking around Central Park some parts just won’t even load period.

    • Raven

      I definitely have. I am level 19 and I had a CP 46 Nine Tails pop yesterday. I have never caught one before and I figured a mere CP 46 should be child’s play. I threw regular balls, great balls, and raspberries at it like crazy with many “Great” hits. I probably went through 20 of each and it finally jetted away. I was very miffed to say the least. Since then my motivation to play has seriously tanked, which may be a good thing, lol.

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    • RiceCake

      Wow yeah. And it’s stupid Pokemon I just need got the candy. Never thought a Caterpie would need 6 pokéballs to catch? Usually after 3 I just say screw it.

      • Averix

        For the low levels, I throw 2 max. If they pop out, I leave them. As a level 23 trainer, the under 50 cp Pokémon should jump into anything I throw at them and stay there.

      • Lyta Alexander

        4 break outs by CP10 Caterpie and then it had the audacity to run away.

  • richkoos

    Also apparently they removed transferring Pokemon 🙁

    • jamaall

      It’s in the hamburger menu bottom right of the pokemon.

      • richkoos

        Yea just figured that out, dumb change but at least I don’t have to scroll past the map now

        • Victor Stuber

          Not a dumb change. It’s much quicker to transfer 100 pokemon now. Before you had to painstakingly scroll down on every pokemon

  • leDerp

    Also removal of bonus xp for better throws

    • Darr247

      Heh… he said bonus.

      • Averix

        Yeah, he said bonus.

    • calculatorwatch

      I guess their solution to the servers getting overloaded is to ruin the game so fewer people play… Smart?

  • patt

    Pokemon post on weekend really DL?

    • Eric R.

      I know. It’s really sad. 😞

      • patt

        Click baits tho..

  • Thane Price

    They also disabled the ability to use the battery saving mode in location settings in the game. You are forced to use high accuracy mode. Thanks for killing our batteries faster and making it so you definitely can’t play this in buildings.

    • Battery Saving mode didn’t do anything with GPS or location tracking, all it did was dim the screen if you put the phone down or in your pocket. I have no problem playing in buildings, never have. Maybe your phone’s GPS is just faulty.

      • One9Sixty7Ford

        I am not talking about the battery saver mode within Pokemon go, but there selection within your actual system location settings.

      • JLV90

        I have problems playing in some areas with really thick walls. Like the middle of an airport might lose GPS signal even though LTE is running at full bars and decent speeds. Other apps can find me just fine pokemon go struggles

    • Franklin Ramsey

      The battery saving mode just dimmed the screen and there was a bug that if the screen locked while the battery saving mode was active with the screen dimmed, it wouldn’t wake back up correctly so you would have to close and open the game. I’m guessing it might come back in another update if they can figure out why that bug made the touchscreen stop registering touches in the game until you closed and re-opened it.

  • alphanu22

    Cease and Desist from @NianticLabs to all tracking sites 🙁

  • Suicide_Note

    People still play this?

    • gattzzz

      People still care what other people are doing?

    • Desertwhale

      To answer your question, go outside, and open your eyes. If you see someones face buried in their phone, more likely than not they’re playing it.

      • Suicide_Note

        Could be watching porn instead of playing Pokémon.

        • ikato kiyazaki

          must be you lol

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        • Averix

          While standing in the parking lot of a church or waking in a park? LOL Probably not porn.

          • Suicide_Note

            I’ve had sex in a church, so simply watching porn in one is easy to see happening.

          • Averix

            I guess my first assumption when I see someone looking at their phone in public isn’t that they are watching porn. I could be wrong, but I don’t think a majority of people watch porn in public spaces on their mobile devices.

    • CoolSilver

      Not anymore 🙂