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Pokemon GO Update Introduces Grass… (Updated)

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When Niantic removed the 3-step tracking feature from Pokemon GO a week or so ago, I think we all assumed that this was a sign that their developers were working to fix it quickly and potentially re-issue the feature with the next major update. Today, a decent sized update arrived, but all we got was some damn grass.

Look at this

The rest of the update includes a dialog to remind you to stop driving and playing Pokemon GO, but will let you indicate that you aren’t driving to keep on catching. The update also fixes an XP bonus issue on ball throws and gives trainers an opportunity to change their name a single time.

Grass, though. Grass.

UPDATE:  While the stable Pokemon GO app may have received grass, the beta that still floats about for select testers is getting a huge new feature where tracking is a real thing again, and Pokestops will show you if a Pokemon is available! What! Check it out here.


  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed; Trainers will have to indicate they aren’t the driver
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature
  • Other fixes

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  • PokemonGoExplore

    Update August 9th: The newest Pokemon GO nearby tracking system is almost here; and it looks amazing!


  • Segamain

    but what does the grass mean? does it get taller the further away you are? sorry dumb question, but im at work and really cant go out to see what they have done

  • illinipoke

    Prreeeeety sure a lot of Pokemon Go players were introduced to grass a long time ago.

  • MiklaDfar

    And this tracking is better how? Still no sense of direction without walking around aimlessly… and, no sense of how far. For those of us where the nearest PokeStop is more than a mile away, knowing there is a Pokemon we want there means running a 4 minute mile. Or, it promotes hopping in a car and driving like a maniac to get the Pokemon before it disappears. Not well thought out IMHO.

  • This is what the revised tracking system looks like, and the reason for having grass is that it differentiates between “nearby” and “wild” pokemon.

    • Flying_Timbus

      I heard that was only for select users, I don’t think that is the experience everyone is having, not me at least.

      • Hopefully this is what it will look like for everyone soon

        • Mike

          I would think it should be the other way around though. Pokemon that have been “Sighted” should show a picture of where they have been sighted and “Nearby” Pokemon should just show grass, until they are actually “Sighted”. Makes me wonder if it’s not just backwards because it’s still in testing.

  • Flying_Timbus

    This game is sucking grass right now… but I can’t stop, the dream still lives on.

  • John W

    No mention of the A/B testing they rolled out too that brings back the nearby feature? It shows Pokémon nearby with a picture of pokestops they are near.

  • Defenestratus

    Enough with the Pokemon crap.

    • imronburgundy

      Seriously, about done with this site.

  • Steve FreshMedia

    Love the update but i only see grass everywhere…
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  • This update is total grass!

  • rodney11ride

    Banned in Iran…. Hmmm….

  • Jason James

    so they’re putting an IOS fix in my android app? :/

  • RiceCake

    What’s really bugging me is that they keep adding in acknowledgements to cover their ass’ if there is a lawsuit. Like oh you wrecked your car? Well you did acknowledge you were not driving.

    • Joseph Lampke

      why the hell is that an issue?

  • Doubtful Pokemon Fan

    Thank you Niantic for giving us more crap we dont want. Fix your game. You promised we could track and I’ve believed you. But now it seems I’ve been duped. You have made it harder to catch junk, decreased spawn rates, upped catch difficulty, and we STILL cant track a pokemon……I am just about to give up on you guys as it appears you are a bunch of liars.

    • moew

      Footsteps never worked. Now they removed the “graphics” and you are crying a river. I’ll bet you are getting water types galore now!

      • Billy Sweeney

        Actually, I’m pretty sure they worked. At some point an update, or some sort of server update broke them though. But I’m sure that the footsteps worked.

        • RiceCake

          Yup they worked for me and my friend and actually made the game a lot more fun. Meant more to the catch if you spent time actually hunting for it. Now it’s just random and I don’t see really anyone playing in my small town anymore. This game is going to be old news in another month. Can only see the same 4 pokemon for so long before you just uninstall.

      • Dylan Kennedy

        Footsteps worked

        • Originally, but then they stopped. They were always the 3 footprint graphic.

      • The footsteps worked originally. They were nerfed in the first update and went to all having 3 footsteps. Then taken out in the subsequent update. Still not sure what the grass is about. I was actually doing a search to find out what it was when I found this page.

    • OU812

      Please give up playing so we don’t have to read your sob stories.

  • Averix

    I wonder if there’s water, desert, etc. in addition to the grass. Telling you what type of terrain to head to. That would be helpful here in Hawaii where left is grass, right is ocean, and ahead is sand. LOL

    • Turb0wned

      Tell me about it, I’m in Hawaii also. I can’t play at my house though, not even Google Earth sees my house has built yet.

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    • kashtrey

      where in Hawaii you guys from?

      • Martharsievers

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      • Averix

        Kahului on Maui.

    • Grass means the pokemon are in the wild. The ones nearby will show you a circular image of the pokestop they are nearby.


    Saw my first Snorlax last night and after one throw it ran away. Waaaaa!

    • Will ⚽

      Same thing happened to me.. fat bastard can’t possibly run that fast..

      • Chris Hannan

        You know you’re out of shape when you let a Snorlax get away from you.

      • drewthebrave

        It used Rest and then rolled downhill

    • jabarri2

      caught mine the other week, weak tho, 840, cap is somewhere around 900 if i can even get more candies!

      • JRUIV

        mine was ??? and the Journal says it was 1215 CP ugh

        • Jess

          Did you already have a pokemon with a higher CP than 1215? Because it only shows ???? because it’s higher than your highest mon.

          • JRUIV

            nah, all mine are under 1200. good tip though!

      • moew

        I’ve seen 2000+ snorlax, just depends on your level and resources